Legal Trainees , Department of Justice (Ref: 44042)

Department: Department of Justice

Publish Date: 2021-03-12 09:00:00

Job Title: Legal Trainees

Salary (Monthly): $55995

Salary (Hourly): $N/A

Salary (Daily): $N/A

Entry Requirements:

(a) Permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; (b) Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) graduates/PCLL students or potential PCLL students of the local universities who will graduate in 2022; or 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 recognised for training purposes by the Law Society of Hong Kong or the Hong Kong Bar Association; and © 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.


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).

Terms of Appointment:

To fill Legal Trainee vacancies under the Legal Trainee Scheme (LTS) from 1 August 2022. 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 salary equivalent to the pay on point 27 of the Master Pay Scale (MPS), and in the second 12 months, a monthly salary equivalent to the pay on point 28 of the MPS. The pay equivalent to point 27 of the MPS is $55,995, and the pay equivalent to point 28 of the MPS is $58,635 currently. Legal Trainees are subject to the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Ordinance (Cap. 485).

General Notes:

(a) Candidates must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the time of appointment unless specified otherwise.

(b) 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.
© Non-civil service vacancies are not posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates appointed are not on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service. Candidates appointed are not civil servants and will not be eligible for posting, promotion or transfer to any posts in the Civil Service.
(d) The entry pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made.
(e) Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the recruiting department may devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend recruitment examination and/or interview.
(f) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he/she will be invited to attend the selection interview/written examination without being subject to any further shortlisting criteria.
(g) Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions/Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications. They should submit copies of their official transcripts and certificates by mail to the below enquiry address.

How to apply:

Candidates should submit, on or before 6:00 p.m., 30 June 2021, duly completed application forms [G.F. 340 (Rev. 3/2013)] to the Training Registry, Personnel and Establishment Section, Department of Justice, 8/F, West Wing, Justice Place, 18 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong (Re: Application for the post of Legal Trainee) . 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 ( 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 (i) HKDSEE/HKCEE, (ii) Bachelor of Laws (LLB) level or equivalent, (iii) International English Language Testing System (IELTS), (iv) PCLL (if available) and (v) CRE (if applicable); and
(b) supplementary letters detailing personal interests and other relevant information.

Applicants must provide their LLB /Juris Doctor/ Common Professional Examination results and local PCLL admission confirmation on or before 31 August 2021 for further processing of their applications. Applications will not be further processed if we do not receive the required documents by the deadline.

Where possible, an academic reference written by a staff member of the Faculty/School of Law should be provided and sent direct by the staff to the aforesaid address on or before 31 August 2021.

Candidates who are selected for interview will normally receive an invitation in September 2021. Those who are not invited for interview may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.

Enquiry Address:

Department of Justice, 8/F, West Wing, Justice Place, 18 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong. Enquiries can be made to Executive Officer (Personnel)4 or Clerical Officer (Training).

Enquiry Telephone: 3902 8739 or 3902 8763

Application Start Date: 2021-03-12 09:00:00

Application End Date: 2021-06-30 18:00:00