Curriculum Structure (subject to University's approval)

Candidates are required to complete eight 9 credit courses, including three 9 credit compulsory courses and a capstone experience in accordance with the regulations and syllabuses for this degree.

  1. Capstone course:
    • LLAW6135 Alternative Dispute Resolution
  2. Compulsory courses for all students:
    Three (3) of the eight (8) courses are compulsory, including:

    • LLAW6161 Mediation
    • LLAW6138 Arbitration Law
    • LLAW6157 Arbitration Practice, Procedure & Drafting
  3. Compulsory Non-law courses:
    Students without a Bachelor of Laws or an equivalent qualification must also complete the following three (3) courses:

    • LLAW6160 Legal System and Methods
    • LLAW6158 Contract Law
    • LLAW6159 Evidence
  4. Elective courses:
    Students should check the Department of Law course list and timetable for other LLM Arb&DR elective courses.

    Upon completion of this LL.M. programme, graduates are eligible to apply for the following professional accreditations:

    1. Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (headquartered in London) - Membership (MCIArb) or Fellowship (FCIArb**)
    2. Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited - Accredited General Mediator (subject to completing Stage 2 and Stage 3 requirements as stipulated by the HKMAAL Mediation Accreditation Committee)
    3. Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators - Associateship (AHKIArb) or Fellowship (FHKIArb)

    **Subject to achieving a minimum 55% (grade D+ from 2012-2013) in the LLM Arbitration Practice, Procedure & Drafting course (LLAW6157) and a minimum 70% (grade B- from 2012-2013) in the LLM Arbitration Award Writing course (LLAW6241); and a successful CIArb Peer Interview.

    Full Time Degree

    Law Students
    Semester 1
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Arbitration Law
    • Mediation
    • Elective course
    Semester 2
    • Arbitration Practice, Procedure & Drafting
    • Elective course
    • Elective course
    • Elective course


    Part Time Degree

    Non-law Students Law Students
    Year 1 Year 1
    Semester 1 Semester 1
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Legal System and Methods
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Arbitration Law
    Semester 2 Semester 2
    • Contract Law
    • Evidence
    • Arbitration Practice, Procedure & Drafting
    • Elective course
    Year 2 Year 2
    Semester 1 Semester 1
    • Arbitration Law
    • Mediation
    • Mediation
    • Elective course
    Semester 2 Semester 2
    • Arbitration Practice, Procedure & Drafting
    • Elective course
    • Elective course
    • Elective course