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Experiential Learning at HKU law emphasises practical skills, problem solving, and service

HKU’s experiential programmes demonstrate the range of what is possible within the legal profession.
We equip the next generation of lawyers with a solid foundation of legal knowledge and principles.
We instill strong awareness of community and dedication to social issues.

The letters by the titles below indicate the main type of student experience with that programme:

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Free Legal Advice Scheme
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Offers preliminary legal advice to the public on a variety of topics including contract disputes, family law, workers’ compensation, employment, property ownership and inheritance, defamation, intellectual property, criminal actions, and judicial review, among others.
Instructors: Eric Cheung, Patricia Ho, Edmond Lam
In collaboration with: HK Duty Lawyer Service
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Free legal advice scheme

Refugee and Human Trafficking Clinic
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Provides law students interested in international human rights, refugee law, and anti-trafficking with an opportunity to gain practical legal skills by engaging with individual clients and conducting strategic legal research.
Instructors: Lindsay Ernst, Patricia Ho
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Refugee Law Clinic

Global Migration Legal Clinic 
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Assists with specific legal casework and problems affecting migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong and greater Asia; devises broader solutions, including education and community legal empowerment.
Instructors: David Bishop, Lindsay Ernst
In collaboration with: Migrant Workers Project, Migrasia Global Solutions Limited, EmpowerU
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Global Migration

Disability Rights Clinic
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Provides an interactive platform for sharing research, policies, and strategies for promoting disability rights in China and the Asian region.
Instructors: Lindsay Ernst, Stephanie Biedermann
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Disability Rights

Equality Rights Project
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Builds capacity among public interest lawyers and NGO leaders working in the area of ending violence and discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability.
Instructor: Amica Ho
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Rule of Law Education project (ROLE)
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Guides law students in disseminating knowledge and values on the rule of law to primary/secondary students and the general public, to enhance understanding of the rule of law as the foundation of Hong Kong’s institutions and success.

Instructors: Isabella Liu, Stephanie Biedermann
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Street Law Programme
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Uses interactive methods to teach practical law lessons to non-legal professionals, marginalized groups, and other community members.
Instructor: Lindsay Ernst
In collaboration with: Chosen Power, Connecting Myanmar,
Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, Mother’s Choice,
Migrasia, EmpowerU, PathFinders, PILnet, Mender of Things (MoTH),S.T.F.A. Leung Kau Kui College, BABSEACLE, University of Pasundan, Street Law Inc., Georgetown Street Law Program, Pennsylvania State University, Monash University, Ropes and Gray, Skadden, and Mayer Brown
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Law, Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship (LITE Lab)el_clinic_logo

Empowers students to work with under-resourced tech startups, legal departments, social entrepreneurs and NGOs to co-design proof-of-concept and access to justice lawtech, conduct cutting-edge legal and policy research, participate in internships, and compete in hackathons and other international innovation competitions.
Instructors: Brian Tang, Stephanie Biedermann
In collaboration with: Cyberport, Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, iDendron, FinTech Association of Hong Kong
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International Human Rights Opportunities:

Human Rights Investigation Project

Uses cutting edge fact-finding and investigation methods to gather and verify information related to human rights violations, as a basis for international analysis and reporting.
Instructor: Lindsay Ernst
In collaboration with: Amnesty International's Digital Verification Corps
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Court Monitoring Project

Trains and certifies students as trial monitors to assess the fairness of local trials in accordance with international human rights standards.
Instructors: Lindsay Ernst, Sharron Fast
In collaboration with: TrialWatch, Clooney Foundation
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Court Monitoring

Other Experiential Learning Opportunities

Moot Court Competitions

Selects and trains law students to represent HKU in five international mooting competitions, heightening student skills in legal research, legal writing, and oral advocacy.

In collaboration with: Friends of the Faculty, Sweet & Maxwell Asia/Thomson, Eric Au Memorial Fund, Law Society of Hong Kong, Deacons, Clifford Chance, Hong Kong Bar Association, Teresa Tong, Johnny Mok
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Social Justice Summer Internship

Creates opportunities during the academic summer term for students to engage in-depth with a host organisation focusing on an issue related to social justice and to conduct a research project.

Instructor: Puja Kapai
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Student-led Initiatives

Student Experiential Learning Community Service Task Force (SELECT)

Assists student-led experiential learning and pro bono initiatives by providing logistical support.

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