This just in – there will be NO Head VI on Hong Kong Constitutional Law in this year’s OLQE! Below I quote the Law Society’s own words:
The proposed amendments to the Overseas Lawyers (Qualification for Admission) Rules including the addition of a new written Head of “Hong Kong Constitutional Law” have been submitted to the Chief Justice for his final approval with an intention that they will come into effect in 2014. After the Chief Justice has granted his final approval, the proposed amendments will be gazetted and tabled for consideration by the Legislative Council followed by the a vetting procedure. Their implementation date will depend on the progress of the legislative amendment procedure. These amendments may affect the 2014 Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination but not the 2013 Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination.
So if you were lazing about with your applications or dilly dallying about whether to take it this year or another, and have no valid reason (e.g., waiting for 5 years’ experience) to wait, take it now! But note, still no definitive word on 2014’s OLQE, though my guess is that it WILL change, because Hong Kong Constitutional Law issues have become rather important in recent years. My sense is that the Hong Kong government will want its solicitors to understand when the PRC can and cannot review a Hong Kong legal decision according to the Basic Law.