Pathway Programme with the University of New South Wales (UNSW)



This programme is designed for single LLB students who wish to start on an LLM programme with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) before completing the LLB programme. The maximum annual intake of each programme is two students.

Students admitted to this programme will spend their first three and a half years studying at HKU.  Then, in their second semester of the fourth year, they will study for their LLM degree at UNSW.  Upon successfully completing all course requirements at both HKU and UNSW, these students will be awarded an LLB degree from HKU and an LLM degree from UNSW.  The curriculum structure is as follows:

Year (to be taken at HKU)

No. of Credits

First Year

60 Credits (normal study load)

Summer Semester of the First Year

6 credits from Summer Learning Component

Second Year

60 Credits (normal study load)

Third Year

60 Credits (normal study load)

Fourth Year (Semester 1)

30 Credits (normal study load in one semester)

Year (to be taken at UNSW)

No. of Credits

Fourth Year (Semester 2)

24 Advanced Standing Credits / LLM at UNSW

Fifth Year (Semester 1)


Information about the LLM at UNSW can be found at

All information may be subject to change without prior notice.


  • LLB Year 3 students with a minimum CGPA of 3.50 at the time of application.  Nominees should also have a minimum CGPA of 3.50 at the end of the semester prior to departure;
  • Completed all totalling 216 credits, including 6 credits from the summer learning component, with all core courses completed


Interested applicants should apply by submitting the following documents directly to the Exchange Team (Out-going) by email at  by 5:00 PM HKT, January 28, 2022 (Friday).

  • Personal Statementof no more than 750 words (the contents of your personal statement should outline those features about yourself that distinguish you from other candidates and/or anything you feel is relevant to your application, including highlights about your non-academic achievements) with your full name, university number, curriculum and year of study; and
  • A copy of your academic transcript(s)

Students will pay only the fees of the institution at which they are studying.  In other words, outgoing HKU students will pay HKU tuition fees for the first four years and UNSW tuition fees for the second LLM semester.