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    Heads of the overseas lawyers qualification exam

    Hey,
    i want to take the exam this fall and would like to hear more about the information on preparing and application. I would like to apply as a non-common law "overseas lawyer", is there anybody here with simiar background and plan?

    best

    jacob


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    Just did the OLQE last year. Its a pain from start to finish, especially in relation to the application. The HK Law Society are very specific in their requirements and they are by far the worst bureaucracy I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. Suggest you have a good and detailed read on the HK law society website:

    The Law Society of Hong Kong

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    thank you

    Hey, Pin:
    thanks for your comments. I can predict the difficulty of getting registered and dealing with the HK law society. I had been to their website and now have some specific quesstions.
    1. I once worked as an house-atterney in a national bank for a couple of years. Can those years be counted as the years of experience?
    2. Do you have more specific information about how to prepare for the exam? I suppose that I can't get the preparation materials until I register successfully.

    Best

    Jacob


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    Quote Originally Posted by jacob007:
    Hey, Pin:
    thanks for your comments. I can predict the difficulty of getting registered and dealing with the HK law society. I had been to their website and now have some specific quesstions.
    1. I once worked as an house-atterney in a national bank for a couple of years. Can those years be counted as the years of experience?
    2. Do you have more specific information about how to prepare for the exam? I suppose that I can't get the preparation materials until I register successfully.

    Best

    Jacob
    Hey there

    Re the inhouse, I think you really need to ask the Law Society if they will accept that as years of experience, the notes on the website should be able to assist, otherwise I think you may need to contact the law society.

    As for exams, how many are you planning on taking? Again, if you go on the website, they have details about what they expect you to know for each Head and they have past papers. Information for 2010 isn't up yet, but I do not think there will be a major change from 2009.

    I would highly recommend doing a course though. I did mine with Lex Omnibus and they were good. I also hear the other provider (name slips my mind at present) is also not too bad. It will cost quite a bit of money, bit it will also save you a lot of time as they provide 90% of what the Law Society may examine you on.
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