LLAW1008 The legal system of HKSAR

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW1008
Course name: The Legal System of the Hong Kong SAR
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: First
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 6 credits

1.2 Course description

This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the legal system of Hong Kong, the only common law jurisdiction in East Asia. It encourages students to appreciate the underlying values of legal practice and the administration of justice in the context of wider global and regional developments. It explains the crucial role played by the rule of law in Hong Kong’s historic transition from a cluster of marginal fishing settlements into a leading international financial centre over the course of nearly two centuries. And it enables students to reflect on the idiosyncratic challenges facing this internationalised jurisdiction, under Chinese sovereignty since 1 July 1997.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Eric Ip ericcip@hku.hk CCT 705 By email
Course convenor / tutor Karen Kong kykong@hku.hk CCT 910 By email
Course tutor Harry Chan heyharrychan@gmail.com N/A By email
Course tutor Jason Cheng jnmc@hku.hk N/A By email
Course tutor Michael Cheung michaelmkcheung@hku.hk CCT 921 By email
Course tutor Jerry Tam jerrytam@connect.hku.hk N/A By email
Course tutor Allison Wong allisonwongwy@gmail.com N/A By email


2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Acquire a sound understanding of the key features of the Hong Kong legal system.

CLO 2 Acquire an understanding of the ways in which ideologies shape the structure, design and operation of the legal system and be able to critically assess the successes and failings of the system in light of these values.

CLO 3 Acquire an understanding of the common law legal system, its relationship with the rule of law and the protection of human rights.

CLO 4 Acquire an understanding of the role of case law, legal reasoning, legal personnel and the machinery of the courts as key features of the common law legal system.

CLO 5 Acquire an understanding of the recent issues requiring legal reform in the context of the Hong Kong legal system.

CLO 6 Acquire a sound foundation and context for the study of other substantive law courses.

2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

PLO A Demonstrate a solid understanding of the body of legal knowledge and the capacity to critically analyse and evaluate legal principles and arguments, at a level required to meet the standards and expectations of the legal profession and the community at large.

PLO B Apply the knowledge, lawyering skills and legal reasoning to real situations in life, with a view to resolving issues, problems and disputes within the legal parameters.

PLO C Appreciate the underlying values of the law and the legal system in the broad social, economic, political and cultural contexts: justice, the Rule of Law, and protection of rights and liberties which form the fabrics of a civilised society, and the importance of upholding these values by the legal community.

PLO D Appreciation of the differences in laws and legal systems among different political, social and cultural environments, and develop a comparative understanding of the different legal systems, legal ethos and legal cultures among the various jurisdictions.

PLO E Ability to present effectively legal arguments in the professional context, as well as conveying and explaining the law effectively to lay clients and members of the larger community

PLO F Strong awareness of social issues and conditions, and utilise analytical abilities and rhetorical advocacy for the betterment of the human community.

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Tutorial participation TBC 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Final take home exam 9 Dec 2020 90% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/grading-criteria/


4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Lecture 2 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Tutorial 1 hour / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).


5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/

By the publication of the course profile online, the Faculty deems the student as having been notified of the course requirements.