Lawyers have voiced support for Hong Kong University's decision to axe 45 places from a mandatory post-graduate course for law graduates over three years. Law Society president Anthony Chow Wing-kin said the supply of lawyers was potentially high, with 500 new solicitors expected next year. 'When the economy is not doing well or marking time, that level of supply is potentially too high. Fewer lawyers may be better,' he said. The post-graduate certificate in laws is mandatory for graduates with a law degree. The cuts will reduce the current 200 places to 155 after three years. Hong Kong University's dean of law, Professor Albert Chen Hung-yee, said the cutback was needed to redistribute internal resources and had nothing to do with the supply of lawyers in the SAR.