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The international nature of many legal transactions today has created a demand for lawyers who can practice in multiple jurisdictions.  Such lawyers are prized by law firms and corporate law departments. Hence, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) have established the joint legal education programme since 2009 that opens doors for candidates, who successfully complete the programme to practice law in both Canada and Hong Kong.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Under this joint LLB-JD programme, a student will be able to complete 2 degrees in two jurisdictions in a total of 5 years.  Students who have successfully completed 180 HKU credits^ by their third year of study, including the compulsory LLB courses (i.e. 126 credits of core courses + 6-credit DRC requirement) and other required courses for graduation purpose (i.e. 36 credits common core courses and 12 credits language courses) with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 3.1 are eligible to apply for this two-year programme at UBC. This joint LLB-JD programme will allow students to pursue professional qualification studies in both Hong Kong and British Columbia.

The curriculum structure will be as follows:

Year of studyHost institutionStudy load
Year 1HKU60 HKU credits
Year 2HKU60 HKU credits
Year 3HKU60 HKU credits
Year 4UBC30 UBC credits
Year 5UBC30 UBC credits

Notes:

  1. Upon successful completion of the two year of JD study at UBC, students will obtain HKU LLB and UBC JD respectively from HKU and UBC.
  2. Students may apply for the PCLL programme^ to pursue the qualification in Hong Kong as a barrister or solicitor.

^ For the purpose of PCLL admission, students must satisfactorily complete Evidence I (or Evidence II) and Land law III on top of the 180 HKU credits.

QUOTA OF ADMISSION

Up to five students may be admitted to the programme each year.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Students are required to prepare their applications shortly after commencing their third year of study, and submit the completed application form and the following documents by January 31 of the academic year to UBC for consideration:

  1. A Personal Statement
    - Your Personal Statement is an essay of no more than 750 words.
    - The contents of your 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. 
     
  2. Transcripts
    - You must make arrangements with every post-secondary institution you have attended (with the exception of UBC), to have official transcripts sent directly to the UBC Allard School of Law.  This includes transcripts from any Universities or Colleges attended on exchange and the HKU Law School. 
    - Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a notarized English translation. 
     
  3. Two Academic Letters of Reference

  4. Letter of Permission issued by HKU Law

  5. To facilitate consideration of application, please submit the completed application form and the items 1-3 above to our Faculty Office (10/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower) 2 weeks before the application deadline, i.e. no later than mid-January.  If your application has been endorsed, the Faculty Office will return the submitted documents together with the Letter of Permission to you.  Please arrange for the completed application form and the full sets of documents (1-4 above) to be sent to The Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC directly at the following address:

    JD Admissions
    University of British Columba
    The Peter A. Allard School of Law
    1822 East Mall
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
    Canada

    Admissions to the programme is made by Allard School of Law.

    COST

    This joint legal education programme is NOT an exchange programme.  Students will be required to pay the UBC tuition fees while they are staying at UBC for the 4th and 5th years of study.  They will be required to complete 60 credits of courses in UBC to fulfill the requirements of their JD programme.  Please refer to https://allard.ubc.ca/programs/juris-doctor-jd-program/programs-and-courses/courses-and-degree-requirements for more information of the curriculum requirements for the JD programme at UBC.

    For 2020-21 school year, tuition fee for non-international students (Canadian citizens) is CAD 402.87 per credit, whereas tuition fee for international students is CAD1,167.50 per credit.  Tuition and fees are subject to change. 

    For more information on tuition and programme fees, please refer to https://allard.ubc.ca/programs/juris-doctor-jd-program/costs-and-funding/tuition-and-program-fees

     

    ENQUIRIES

    (1) For further information about your HKU LLB degree and study plan, please contact the Exchange Director (outgoing) via the Exchange Team (outgoing) of the Department of Law at lawexch@hku.hk.
    (2) For information about the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@allard.ubc.ca or 1-604-822-6303.
    (3) General information about the Allard School of Law can be found at www.allard.ubc.ca.  
    (4) For information about practicing law in BC, visit the Law Society of BC website at www.lawsociety.bc.ca.