LLAW6301 Law, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship (LITE) – postgraduate internship

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6301 / JDOC6301
Course name: Law, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (LITE) - Postgraduate Internship
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits / 6 credits
Cap on student numbers: 30

1.2 Course description

The Law, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (LITE) programme is an interdisciplinary and experiential programme for students of all backgrounds. In LITE - Postgraduate Internship, postgraduate students will have the opportunity and commit to be onsite to work with Hong Kong tech companies at least the equivalence of one day in the week during the semester (“host companies”).

Host companies are initially expected to come from Cyberport, Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP), and the FinTech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK). Sectors and business areas may include fintech, digital entertainment, artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, and cybersecurity, among others.

As compared to the structured project-based LITE Lab - Tech Startup Law (LLAW3255), LITE - Undergraduate Internship is more fluid to reflect the operations of innovation firms, startups, and social entrepreneurs, with tasks assigned supervised by relevant officers of such fast-moving and evolving companies. Supervision is primarily by the host company and may include multiple shorter-term projects and deliverables that evolve during the term of the internship. Priority will be provided to tasks and officers which are legally-related, and accordingly, host companies will tend to be later stage as compared to the companies involved in LITE Lab - Tech Startup Law (LLAW3255).

Student-company pairings will be made based on each student’s previous work experience, academic focus, areas of particular interest, and relevant skillsets. In addition to class time, expected time commitment will be 9-10 hours per week devoted to the internship, comprised primarily of time committed to be spent on-site with the host company, reporting and communicating with the LITE instructors about progress.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Stephanie Biedermann sbied@hku.hk CCT 802 By email
Course convenor Brian Tang bwtang@hku.hk CCT 802 By email

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Students will gain practical first-hand experience by learning from, conducting research with, and assisting some of the daily operations of a Hong Kong technology company.

CLO 2  Students will apply their communication, organization and research skills in a technology company workplace setting under the supervision of the technology company to one or more projects over the period of the semester.

CLO 3  Students will strengthen their awareness of the professional, legal, and technological challenges faced by technology companies, and will reflect on these issues by creating materials that explain and illustrate these considerations in context for a general audience.

2.2 LLM Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

PLO A On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the body of legal knowledge and the capacity to conduct research on, critically analyse and evaluate legal principles, at a level required to meet the standards and expectations of the legal profession and the community at large.

PLO B On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to apply their legal knowledge and research skills to practical situations or theoretical challenges, and utilise their comparative understanding of the law and its political, social and cultural contexts to provide original and creative insights to legal problems.

PLO C On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to apply the knowledge, lawyering skills and legal reasoning to real and novel situations in life, with a view to resolving issues, problems and disputes within the legal parameters.

PLO D On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to demonstrate the 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 E On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to appreciate the underlying moral values of the law and ethics in the profession 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 F On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to develop a strong awareness of social issues and conditions, and utilise analytical abilities and rhetorical advocacy to provide leadership for the betterment of the human community.

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course

CLO 1  ✓
CLO 2  ✓
CLO 3  ✓

3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task* Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Learning reflections TBC 10% 1, 5 3
Attendance and class contribution N/A 10% 4, 5 2, 3
Internship final project / tool / explainer TBC 40% 2, 3, 5 2, 3
Internship participation and delivery TBC 40% 2, 3 1, 2, 3

*Students will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.

  *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 the 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

Seminar: 3 hours / 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.