Introduced in 2004-05, the 4-Year LLB programme is designed to meet the changing demands on law graduates. It is devised by benchmarking against the law programmes offered by the best law schools in the world and has a number of features to ensure the competitiveness of our graduates. These salient features include :
The new programme offers the possibility of specializing in a particular area of law such as commercial law, Chinese law, international trade and economic law, so that our graduates would have an edge over law graduates elsewhere with general legal training. The programme also offers the possibility to do a minor in a non-law discipline offered in the University. For minors offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences to LLB students, please click here for further details.
Teaching of the new curriculum will be largely problem-based and be conducted in a small group, student centred environment. Apart from legal knowledge, the curriculum will also focus on transferable skills such as communicative skills, analytical skills, research skills and problem solving skills.
Students in the 3rd and 4th years of study will have an opportunity of going overseas as exchange students with a partner university. The University has entered into exchange agreements with over 150 leading universities worldwide and the Faculty has entered into other Faculty-specific exchange agreements with leading universities. Students may spend one semester or one academic year in one of these universities with scholarships.
Students will have the chance to participate in various clinical programmes and workshops to handle cases in real life. Students will also have a chance to participate in international mooting competitions.
Applicants for admission to the LLB programme must satisfy the University entrance requirements (http://www.als.hku.hk/admission/intl/admission/admissionHK2) which are the basic eligibility requirements. However, admission to the LLB programme, both for JUPAS and non-JUPAS applicants, is very competitive, and our Faculty's policy is to identify students who are competent in analytical and critical thinking, in expression and communication skills, and who possess good oral and written language skills, notably in English.
The Faculty adopts a wide variety of assessment mothods, ranging from sit-in exam, open book exam, take-home exam, research paper, coursework assessment, online assessment, oral presentation, mooting, simulation exercise etc. Most courses would have a component of research essay, though the weighting may vary from courses to courses.