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159AC PDFTitle:BARRISTERS (QUALIFICATION FOR ADMISSION AND PUPILLAGE) RULESGazette Number:L.N. 92 of 2003
Section:4Heading:Qualification for admission under section 27(1) of OrdinanceVersion Date:28/03/2003


(1) Subject to subsection (3), a person is qualified for admission as a barrister under section 27(1) of the Ordinance if he-

        (a) has obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Laws;
        (b) has been admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong for at least 3 years either immediately or in any case not more than 12 months before the date of his application for admission and during that time he was in practice as a solicitor in Hong Kong or was employed in the public service of the Government as a legal officer within the meaning of the Legal Officers Ordinance (Cap 87); or
        (c) is an overseas lawyer who satisfies the requirements specified in subsection (2).
(2) For the purposes of subsection (1)(c), an overseas lawyer is qualified for admission as a barrister under section 27(1) of the Ordinance if he-
        (a) holds a certificate of admission as a legal practitioner from the appropriate authority in his jurisdiction of admission and such certificate is currently valid and in force;
        (b) has practised for at least 3 years in his jurisdiction of admission;
        (c) is a person of good standing in his jurisdiction of admission; and
        (d) has passed the Examination (excluding any examination paper which such person has been exempted from sitting pursuant to subsections (4) and (5)).
(3) A person must have completed not less than 6 months of the period of approved pupillage specified in section 10 or, if the period of approved pupillage has been reduced to less than 6 months under section 16, such reduced period of approved pupillage, before he seeks admission as a barrister.
(4) Where the Bar Council is satisfied that, by reason of his substantial experience as a practising lawyer in one or more of the areas of law covered by the Examination, a person should be exempted from sitting one or more examination papers of the Examination, it may exempt such person from sitting such examination paper or papers.
(5) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (4), unless the Bar Council otherwise determines in a particular case, a person whose jurisdiction of admission is a common law jurisdiction shall be exempted from sitting Paper I of the Examination.