Joint Programmes

Joint legal education programme with the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC

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

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

Interested candidates are required to apply by 1 February at the latest.

(1) For further information about your HKU LLB degree, study plan and application process, please contact Mr. Alex Mak (, Mr. Alex Green ( or Mr Tristan Wong (  
(2) For information about the admissions process, please contact UBC’s Admissions office at

(3) For information concerning the UBC Law curriculum or life at UBC, please contact Assistant Dean (students) Ms Kaila Mikkelsen at

(4) For general information about the UBC Faculty of Law at Allard Hall, please see

(From left to right) HKU Vice Chancellor Professor Lap-Chee Tsui, HKU Dean of Law Professor Johannes Chan, Allard School of Law Dean of Law Mary Anne Bobinski and UBC President Stephen Toope in the signing ceremony at UBC, Vancouver. (Photo by Martin Dee, UBC)