Mode of
Attendance

Full-time: 1 Year
Part-time: 2 Years

Programme
Director

Dr James Fry

T. (852) 3917 2953 | E. lawpgs@hku.hk

Tuition
Fees

(As of 2017-2018)
Full-time:
$121,000 p.a. (local students)
$146,000 p.a. (non-local students)

 

Part-time: $60,500 p.a.

Application
Deadline

(For admission in Sept 2018)
28 February 2018.

Aims
Programme structure
Courses
Admission requirements
Words from alumni
Online application

The Master of Laws programme at the University of Hong Kong is a highly competitive course for those who already received outstanding results while studying for their first law degree at top universities throughout the world.

Many come to the programme already with exceptional legal experience and postgraduate degrees. All are fluent in English, and many are fluent in other languages.

The programme provides students with a maximum amount of flexibility in developing their legal interests and expertise in a friendly, engaging and international environment.

Students are required to complete 72 credits, including a capstone experience in accordance with the regulations for this degree and the syllabuses.  Students may choose courses from the course outlines of individual areas of law below, and courses from any of the specialist programmes in any given academic year, in any case, no more than five courses from each of the specialist curricula.

(Each of the courses listed below carries 9 credits unless otherwise stated.)

  • Capstone courses
    • (Students must choose one course from the list below.)
    • LLAW6054 9-Credit Dissertation
    • LLAW6014 18-Credit Dissertation
    • LLAW6022 Advanced research methodology
  • Electives
    • (Students may choose courses from the course outlines of individual areas of law below, and courses from any of the specialist programmes, in any case, no more than five courses from each of the specialist curricula.)
    • PRC Law
      • LLAW6268 Administrative law and governance in China
      • LLAW6115 Advanced seminar on Chinese law
      • LLAW6185 China investment law
      • LLAW6186 China trade law
      • LLAW6003 Civil and commercial law in the People’s Republic of China
      • LLAW6025 Company law and securities regulation in the People’s Republic of China
      • LLAW6251 Comparative property law
      • LLAW6171 Corruption: China in comparative perspective
      • LLAW6114 Cross-border legal relations between the Mainland and Hong Kong
      • LLAW6214 Current issues in Chinese law
      • LLAW6070 Human rights in the People’s Republic of China
      • LLAW6212 Intellectual property protection in China: law, politics and culture
      • LLAW6008 Introduction to Chinese law and legal system
      • LLAW6056 Law and development in the People’s Republic of China
      • LLAW6110 Law and regulation of banking and insurance in the People’s Republic of China
      • LLAW6029 Managing commercial disputes in China: law, issues and techniques
      • LLAW6139 PRC information technology law
      • LLAW6047 PRC property law
      • LLAW6048 PRC security and insolvency law
      • LLAW6225 PRC shipping law (in Putonghua)
      • LLAW6201 PRC taxation law and policy
      • LLAW6167 PRC tort law
      • LLAW6213 Property protection in China: law, politics and culture
      • LLAW6211 World trade law, policy and business
    • Human rights and public law
      • LLAW6228 Advanced legal theory
      • LLAW6183 Animal law
      • LLAW6058 Armed conflict, humanitarian law and human rights
      • LLAW6153 Business and human rights
      • LLAW6232 Clinical legal education programme – refugee stream
      • LLAW6226 Comparative constitutional law theories
      • LLAW6262 Comparative law of elections
      • LLAW6220 Constitutionalism in emerging states
      • LLAW6267 Courts
      • LLAW6233 Critical theory in legal scholarship
      • LLAW6114 Cross-border legal relations between the Mainland and Hong Kong
      • LLAW6060 Current issues in human rights
      • LLAW6062 Economic, social and cultural rights
      • LLAW6063 Equality and non-discrimination
      • LLAW6064 Ethnicity, human rights and democracy
      • LLAW6119 Human rights and cyberspace
      • LLAW6070 Human rights in the People’s Republic of China
      • LLAW6034 Human rights in Hong Kong
      • LLAW6242 Human rights in practice
      • LLAW6036 International criminal law
      • LLAW6007 International dispute settlement
      • LLAW6073 International protection of refugees and displaced persons
      • LLAW6231 Justice
      • LLAW6199 Law and policy
      • LLAW6179 Multiculturalism and the law
      • LLAW6075 National protection of human rights
      • LLAW6046 Privacy and data protection
      • LLAW6109 Public international law
      • LLAW6144 Rights and remedies in the criminal process
      • LLAW6240 Security and human rights
      • LLAW6221 Selected problems of the European convention on human rights
      • LLAW6076 Seminar in human rights research
      • LLAW6215 Seminar on human rights and constitutionalism in Asia
    • Commercial, corporate and financial law
      • LLAW6187 Advanced topics in competition law
      • LLAW6024 Banking law
      • LLAW6150 Comparative law
      • LLAW6251 Comparative property law
      • LLAW6154 Competition law I
      • LLAW6155 Competition law II
      • LLAW6101 Competition, mergers and acquisitions
      • LLAW6245 Compliance in the Hong Kong securities industry
      • LLAW6255 Compliance: law in practice
      • LLAW6254 Compliance: regulation in practice
      • LLAW6252 Construction of commercial contracts
      • LLAW6207 Corporate conflicts
      • LLAW6082 Corporate governance and shareholder remedies
      • LLAW6002 Credit and security law
      • LLAW6206 Cross border corporate finance: issues and techniques
      • LLAW6127 Current issues in financial law
      • LLAW6087 Current issues in insolvency law
      • LLAW6088 Derivatives: law and regulation
      • LLAW6210 Energy law
      • LLAW6222 Financial dispute resolution: Hong Kong and international perspectives
      • LLAW6194 Global business law I
      • LLAW6195 Global business law II
      • LLAW6005 Hong Kong intellectual property law
      • LLAW6107 Insurance law
      • LLAW6099 International commercial arbitration
      • LLAW6007 International dispute settlement
      • LLAW6133 International economic law
      • LLAW6057 International securities law
      • LLAW6096 International tax and tax planning
      • LLAW6110 Law and regulation of banking and insurance in the People’s Republic of China
      • LLAW6239 Law and regulation of private banking and wealth management I
      • LLAW6246 Law and regulation of private banking and wealth management II
      • LLAW6178 Law, economics, regulation and development
      • LLAW6055 Law of international finance 1
      • LLAW6094 Law of international finance 2
      • LLAW6224 Mergers and acquisitions
      • LLAW6097 Pension and investment funds in Hong Kong and the PRC
      • LLAW6093 Regulation of financial markets
      • LLAW6049 Securities regulation I
      • LLAW6244 Securities regulation II
    • International and comparative law
      • LLAW6187 Advanced topics in competition law
      • LLAW6229 Arms control and disarmament law
      • LLAW6236 ASEAN law
      • LLAW6226 Comparative constitutional law theories
      • LLAW6248 Comparative contract law
      • LLAW6150 Comparative law
      • LLAW6262 Comparative law of elections
      • LLAW6209 Comparative family law
      • LLAW6251 Comparative property law
      • LLAW6154 Competition law I
      • LLAW6101 Competition, mergers and acquisitions
      • LLAW6267 Courts
      • LLAW6249 Entertainment law: Popular iconography and the celebrity
      • LLAW6036 International criminal law
      • LLAW6007 International dispute settlement
      • LLAW6133 International economic law
      • LLAW6037 International environmental law
      • LLAW6128 International trade law I
      • LLAW6230 Law and practice of investment treaty arbitration
      • LLAW6253 Law of the cities
      • LLAW6211 World trade law, policy and business
    • Admiralty and shipping
      • LLAW6172 Carriage of goods by sea
      • LLAW6128 International trade law I
    • Information technology and intellectual property law
      • LLAW6106 Advanced issues in information technology
      • LLAW6261 Asian communications law and policy
      • LLAW6124 Communications law
      • LLAW6223 Copyright and creativity
      • LLAW6117 Cybercrime
      • LLAW6111 E-business law
      • LLAW6005 Hong Kong intellectual property law
      • LLAW6119 Human rights and cyberspace
      • LLAW6120 Intellectual property and information technology
      • LLAW6140 Intellectual property, innovation and development
      • LLAW6212 Intellectual property protection in China: law, politics and culture
      • LLAW6132 International and comparative intellectual property law
      • LLAW6170 Introduction to information technology law
      • LLAW6181 Management and commercialization of intellectual property
      • LLAW6176 Online dispute resolution
      • LLAW6219 Patent law
      • LLAW6139 PRC information technology law
      • LLAW6046 Privacy and data protection
      • LLAW6141 Regulation of cyberspace: theories of internet and normativity
      • LLAW6200 Topics in trademark law
    • Others
      • LLAW6138 Arbitration law
      • LLAW6238 Comparative arbitration in Asia
      • LLAW6209 Comparative family law
      • LLAW6174 Family mediation
      • LLAW6222 Financial dispute resolution: Hong Kong & international perspectives
      • LLAW6216 Graduate seminar
      • LLAW6237 International arbitration: practice, process and strategy
      • LLAW6163 Negotiation: settlement and advocacy
      • LLAW6204 Public law in common law jurisdictions
      • LLAW6227 Introduction to private international law (conflict of laws)
      • LLAW6263 Introduction to U.S. class action law
      • LLAW6197 Law and social theory
      • LLAW6196 Preventative law: approach to conflict prevention
      • LLAW6164 Principles of family law
      • LLAW6258 Private law in common law jurisdictions
      • LLAW6247 Medico-legal issues
      • LLAW6250 The regulation of biomedical research

NOTE: Not all courses will be offered in any given year. For actual courses available, please refer to annual course offerings.

Applicants must comply with the General Regulations and the Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curricula, and fulfil at least one of requirements (1) or (2) below AND (if applicable) requirement (3):

(1) hold a degree of Bachelor of Laws with at least second class honours or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University for this purpose; or

(2) have obtained either the Common Professional Examination of England and Wales or the Common Professional Examination Certificate of this University, provided that in either case a second class honours degree or a qualification of equivalent standard of this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose has also been obtained;

(3) for an applicant who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English, shall satisfy the Faculty English language requirement with one of the following recognized English tests:

(i) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – a score of 593 or above (paper-based test) or 97 or above (internet-based test); or

(ii) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – an overall band score of 7 or above with no subtest below 6.5;

in each case, for admissions purposes, the test score report is regarded as valid for two years.

“The LLM programme at HKU is an unrivalled opportunity to develop relevant, practical skills for the evolving Asian legal market. In my time in the programme I was able to take a diverse curriculum, including courses in business and corporate finance, Hong Kong constitutional and human rights law, technology law, and PRC law, all taught by experienced practitioners from business and legal backgrounds. For an aspiring American lawyer with an interest in Asia it was a truly unique experience, and I’m sure the impact on my career will be palpable in the coming years.” Judd Abramson (from the US, UPenn JD, HKU LLM 2012), Associate, The Law Firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York, USA.

 

“The LLM at HKU is about diversity. I had the opportunity to choose from an extremely wide range of courses, be that human rights, intellectual property law, arbitration, or international economic and financial law. The LLM programme has allowed me to explore legal fields previously unbeknown to me as well as to deepen my knowledge of areas I was already familiar with – and all this in one of the world’s most fascinating jurisdictions: Hong Kong is deeply rooted in the common law tradition, yet its laws and culture have been and will continue to be influenced greatly by Mainland China and the rest of the world. This diversity is ever-present in the daily life on campus, too, where scholars and students from all legal traditions and from every corner of the world come and work together, and one can be sure to not just acquire valuable legal skills, but also form friendships for life.” Michelle Kalt (from Switzerland, LLM 2014), Legal Intern with the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

 

“The LLM programme at HKU provides an excellent foundation for aspiring legal scholars. Those passionate about the law are given the opportunity to learn and contribute to a range of specialist areas: from International Humanitarian Law to PRC Law, with a great deal in-between. Teaching is of the highest quality, with local and international academics nurturing legal scholarship with patience, care and skill. Yet the greatest achievement of the LLM at HKU is its multi-dimensional focus: critical legal analysis is not limited to issues raised in Hong Kong and China but across Asia, Europe and the United States. In sum, the LLM broadens the scope and depth of a candidate’s legal knowledge to an unprecedented level – which is ultimately what every lawyer, whether in academia or in practice, truly desires.” Justin Ismail (from Hong Kong; Oxford BA, HKU LLM 2014)

 

“The LLM programme at the University of Hong Kong has unique features. It offers a great opportunity to learn about the most relevant current legal issues both in Asia and internationally. If you take into consideration the increasing importance that Asia, especially China, has gained in the world economy, being able to understand the major challenges that the region is facing and its global implications is a significant asset for any international lawyer. Besides, living in Hong Kong is an outstanding experience since it is one of the most dynamic and prosperous cities in the world. Not only can you learn about Asia, but you can also live it. That is why the LLM programme at HKU is highly recommendable.” Juan Ignacio Stampalija (LLM 2012), Assistant Professor of Law, Universidad Austral School of Law, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

“The law keeps on changing everyday. Good command of legal theory and awareness of its contemporary development are important for every legal practitioner. The LLM programme of HKU offers a great variety of courses for practitioners to pick and choose according to their professional needs and provides them an excellent opportunity to sharpen their competitive edge.” Lewis Law (LLM 2013), Senior Government Counsel in the Civil Division, Department of Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Online application for admission in September 2018 is not open yet.

Deadline: Hong Kong Time 12:00 noon, 28 February 2018.