The international nature of many legal transactions today has created a demand for lawyers who can practise in multiple jurisdictions. Such lawyers are prized by law firms and corporate law departments. The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) therefore established a new joint legal education programme in 2009, that opens doors for candidates selected for admission to, and successfully complete, the programme to practise law in both Canada and Hong Kong.
Under this Joint LLB-JD programme, a student will be able to complete 2 degrees in two jurisdictions in 5 years. Students who have successfully completed 180 HKU credits including the compulsory core of 132 law credits and 9 broadening credits with a cumulative grade average of at least 3.1 are eligible to apply for this two-year programme at UBC. The Joint LLB-JD degree will allow students to pursue professional qualification study in both Hong Kong and British Columbia.
(From left to right) HKU Vice Chancellor Professor Lap-Chee Tsui, HKU Dean of Law Professor Johannes Chan, UBC Dean of Law Mary Anne Bobinski and UBC President Stephen Toope in the signing ceremony at UBC, Vancouver. (Photo by Martin Dee, UBC)