Department of Justice (Non-Civil Service Vacancies)
Vacancies for Legal Trainees
Under the Legal Trainee Scheme

Applications are invited from candidates who are permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to fill Legal Trainee vacancies under the Legal Trainee Scheme (LTS) from 3 August 2015. For the purpose of this Scheme, those pursuing practical training under the Solicitor Stream are called Legal Trainees (Solicitor) and under the Barrister Stream Legal Trainees (Barrister).


  Candidates should be -
  (a) Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) graduates/PCLL students/potential PCLL students of the local universities who will graduate in 2015;
    civil servants serving in the Department of Justice, the Legal Aid Department, the Legal Advisory and Conveyancing Office of the Lands Department, the Land Registry, the Companies Registry, the Intellectual Property Department, the Official Receiver’s Office and the Judiciary who hold qualifications recognized for training purposes by the Law Society of Hong Kong or the Hong Kong Bar Association;
  (b) have attained ‘Level 2’ or above in English Language and Chinese Language (Notes 1 & 2) in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE) or the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE), or equivalent.

Notes (1) For appointment purpose, ‘Grade E’ in English Language (Syllabus B) and Chinese Language in the HKCEE before 2007 is accepted administratively as comparable to ‘Level 2’ in English Language and Chinese Language in the 2007 HKCEE and henceforth.
  (2) 'Level 1' result or above in the Use of Chinese paper of the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE) will also be accepted as meeting the Chinese language proficiency requirement for appointment as Legal Trainee.


Legal Trainees will undergo practical training under professional guidance designed to satisfy the training requirements of the Law Society of Hong Kong or the Hong Kong Bar Association. The training period is two years for Legal Trainees (Solicitor) and one year for Legal Trainees (Barrister). Legal Trainees are not civil servants and do not occupy any posts on the establishment. They are not appointed on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service.


Legal Trainees will receive, in the first 12 months, a monthly honorarium equivalent to the pay on point 27 of the Master Pay Scale (MPS), and in the second 12 months, a monthly honorarium equivalent to the pay on point 28 of the MPS.

The pay equivalent to point 27 of the MPS is $43,120, and the pay equivalent to point 28 of the MPS is $45,155 currently.

Legal Trainees are subject to the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Ordinance (Cap. 485).

How to apply

Candidates should submit, on or before 6:00 p.m., 30 June 2014, duly completed application forms [G.F. 340 (Rev. 3/2013)] to the Personnel and Establishment Section, Department of Justice, Room 3131, 31/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Hong Kong. Please ensure that sufficient postage is paid if the application is sent by post. Late applications will not be accepted. Application forms are obtainable from any Public Enquiry Service Centre of District Offices of the Home Affairs Department or from any Job Centre of the Employment Services Division of the Labour Department. The form can also be downloaded from the Civil Service Bureau's website (http://www.csb.gov.hk). Candidates should specify the post title they apply for, i.e. Legal Trainee (Solicitor) or Legal Trainee (Barrister). Candidates who have no specific preference may indicate this by inserting Legal Trainee (Solicitor/Barrister) under “Title of job applied for”. Candidates under this last category may be assigned to a stream the Selection Board finds most suitable for them in accordance with their performance at the selection interview. Completed application forms should be accompanied by -

  (a) copies of documents in respect of academic and language qualifications with full details of examination results at the HKDSEE, HKCEE, IELTS, CRE (if applicable) and the LLB level or equivalent; and
  (b) supplementary letters detailing personal interests and other relevant information.

Applicants must provide their Bachelor of Laws / Juris Doctor / Common Professional Examination results and local PCLL admission confirmation on or before 5 September 2014 for further processing of their applications. Applications will not be further processed if we do not receive the required documents from the applicants by the deadline.

Where possible, an academic reference written by a staff member of the Department/Faculty of Law should be provided and sent direct to the aforesaid address on or before 5 September 2014.

Candidates who are selected for interview will normally receive an invitation in September 2014. Those who are not invited for interview may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.


Enquiries can be made to Executive Officer (Personnel)4 or Clerical Officer (Training) of the Department of Justice at 2529 9328 or 2529 9530. Information pamphlets on the LTS are available at the office of Administration and Development Division, Department of Justice, 31/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Hong Kong.

General Note

As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment. The vacancy advertised is open to all applicants meeting the basic entry requirement irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race.

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