LLAW2013 & LLAW2014 Land law I & II

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW2013 and LLAW2014
Course name: Land Law I & II
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: Full year
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 6 credits + 6 credits

1.2 Course description

This course takes a student-driven approach to the study of land law, offering students the opportunity to choose the way of learning and assessment that they find most suitable (details provided in the “Assessment” section of this webpage). This is a foundation course on land law covering the following topics:

Introduction to property and land law

Acquisition of interests in land: legal and equitable methods

Concurrent interests under co-ownership

Acquisition of possessory title by adverse possession

Priority: enforceability of interests against third parties

Leases: nature; creation; termination; relationship of landlord and tenant

Leasehold covenants: nature; enforceability; remedies

Licences: nature; revocability; enforceability

Easements: nature; creation; termination; enforceability

Security interests: mortgages; charges

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor / tutor (first semester) Alice Lee alicelee@hku.hk CCT 607 By email
Course convenor / tutor (second semester) Say Goo shgoo@hku.hk CCT 501 By email
Course tutor (first semester) Francis Chung francis.chung@siroswald.com N/A By email
Course tutor (first semester) Kurt Ng kurtncy@gmail.com N/A By email
Course tutor (first and second semester) Jacky Chan heiching@gmail.com N/A By email
Course tutor (first and second semester) Tommy Cheung tommycheungtw@gmail.com N/A By email
Course tutor (first and second semester) Carter Chim cchim@hku.hk CLE By email
Course tutor (first and second semester) Joshua Kanjanapas jkanjanapas@gmail.com N/A By email

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 explain the legal and equitable doctrines applicable to the ownership and acquisition of interests in land and their rationale;

CLO 2 identify problems concerning the acquisition of, and conflicting claims over, interests in land and apply the relevant land law doctrines to solve those problems;

CLO 3 critically evaluate the elements of each land law doctrine;

CLO 4 synthesize the various land law doctrines and comment on their interrelationship;

CLO 5 make suggestions on the development of land law.

CLO 6 Sharpen your communication, presentation, legal research, and problem-solving skills, all of which will be helpful to your career and lifelong learning.

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

CLO 5  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓

3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Student-initiated Optional Exploration TBC 0% or 30% 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Exams (first and second semester) 1st sem (take home exam): 10 Dec 2020 100% or 70% 1 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

3.2 Assessment Detail

*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

The Student-initiated Optional Exploration in the first semester is “optional” in the sense that students are free to decide whether or not to opt for this activity, which will count for 30% of the overall Land I & II grade if and only if the mark awarded turns out to be higher than the exam marks. Students may choose their own way of expression to demonstrate their understanding of the course materials. Students will take charge of their own learning, and be rewarded for their contribution to learning, ability to captivate the class and creativity. The optional exploration is both a learning process and a self-assessment opportunity for students to shine in their own way. To help students understand the requirements and expectations for the activity, there will be illustrations in the first session, where detailed arrangements will be further discussed and agreed upon by the whole class.

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

(In the first semester, students are invited to upload their submissions for Student-initiated Optional Exploration, and selected works may be shown in class to encourage and facilitate discussion.)

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: S.H. Goo & Alice Lee, Land Law in Hong Kong (LexisNexis, 2015, 4th edition)
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.