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CityU offers Master of Laws (LLM) degree in various fields of study

The City University of Hong Kong offers its students, and aspiring lawyers a diversified selection of LLM degree options to choose from. Students are also given the opportunity to earn the degrees on flexible schedules.

Earn an LLM degree on a schedule that works for you

For many, earning a master degree in law studies is a full-time commitment. Although true, it is not limited to people who have that luxury. The university seeks to provide access to higher levels of education to those who have other full-time commitments to prioritize. One can earn an LLM degree from CityU through three scheduling option schemes. The scheduling options are as follows: Full-time (for local and non-local students), part-time (for local and non-local students), and combined Mode (for local students only)

Before applying for a slot at the School of Law for an LLM degree, it is important to note that classes will be conducted in the daytime. Evening and weekend classes are also available but are not guaranteed.

Distinguishing a career specialization

Lawyers are held with high esteem in both local societies and professional communities all around the world. Because of the prestige that comes with being a lawyer, many have sought to earn the title for themselves. Today, the world is abundant with good lawyers managing their own practice. With the amount of work that comes with their careers, many lawyers are unable to proceed with taking up further studies even if it was something they had always intended to do. It is undeniable that earning an additional LLM degree will take any lawyer a cut above the majority.

Selecting an LLM degree stream of learning

The City University of Hong Kong offers its LLM degree students seven different, yet equally important streams of learning to choose from. These streams of learning are designed to provide each student with a comprehensive understanding of the subject matters involved in their chosen fields of study. By taking up further education in a more specialized discipline of study, each aspiring lawyer is trained to become more globally competent and to be of greater value to society and the law community.

Master of Laws studies at CityU

The top ranking law school continues to strive to become the top university for law studies. True to its commitment, it has provided its students with only the best quality of education achieved through years of development. Since its establishment, the university now offers seven LLM degree courses of study.

The following streams of learning are available for study to students with the right qualifications: Masters of Laws in Chinese and Comparative Law, Masters of Laws in International Economic Law, Masters of Laws in Common Law, Masters of Laws in Maritime and Transportation Law, Masters of Laws in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, Masters of Laws in Corporate and Commercial Law and Masters of Laws.

Applying for entry to the CityU School of Law

The City University of Hong Kong upholds the highest of standards when selecting individuals to be accepted into the LLM degree programmes in the School of Law. The requirements for entry into the university include having a law education and an experience in a professional practice in the country. Furthermore, applicants are expected to have passed certain examinations and assessments at the university-accepted minimum.

Apart from the necessary documentation, applicants to the School of Law must also be proficient English speakers. Applicants coming from non-English speaking institutions are required to submit documentation of their English speaking and writing skills to university for further assessment.

Master of Laws (LLM)

Aims | Streams | Award Titles | Medium of Instruction and Assessment | Mode of Programme and Class Schedule | Programme Structure | Courses | Courses offered in 2020/21

Cooperation with the Supreme People’s Court of the PRC | Cooperation with Overseas Universities

Entrance Requirements | Tuition Fee | Scholarships for 2021/22 | Student Testimony | Accommodation | How to Apply | Admission Enquiries | Contact

Aims

The programme aims to provide an intensive study of issues and practices relating to International Economic Law, Corporate and Commercial Law, Intellectual Property and Technology Law, Common Law, and Chinese and Comparative Law. Students may also choose to follow a general course of study. Participants with a pre-entry background in law will be provided with an opportunity to enhance their professional competence, specialist knowledge and career focus.

Streams

  • International Economic Law Stream deals with international legal issues concerning business transactions and economic development with a particular emphasis on problems relating to different jurisdictions.
  • Corporate and Commercial Law Stream focuses on legal issues concerning corporations, finance and business with practical importance in the regional and international markets.
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Law Stream explores cutting-edge issues relating to copyright, patent, trademark, design, trade secret and cyberspace.
  • Common Law Stream provides students with an opportunity to study the origins, practices, values, principles and theories of common law, and equips students with legal skills of comparing common and civil law systems and methods.
  • Chinese and Comparative Law Stream focuses on a comparative understanding of the legal framework of China.
  • General Stream provides students with an opportunity to study any topics in which they may be interested.

 

Award Titles

English Title Chinese Title
Master of Laws in International Economic Law 法學碩士(國際經濟法)
Master of Laws in Corporate and Commercial Law 法學碩士(公司與商事法)
Master of Laws in Intellectual Property and Technology Law 法學碩士(知識產權與科技法)
Master of Laws in Common Law 法學碩士(普通法)
Master of Laws in Chinese and Comparative Law 法學碩士(中國法與比較法)
Master of Laws 法學碩士

 

Medium of Instruction and Assessment

In 2021/22 academic year, only English module will be offered for the following streams:

  • International Economic Law
  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Law
  • Common Law
  • Chinese and Comparative Law
  • General

For Chinese module in 2021/22, it will not be offered.

 

Mode of Programme and Class Schedule

Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.

Classes are held during daytime. Classes may be offered in weekday evenings / Saturdays in special cases. The School of Law does not guarantee to offer weekday-evening or weekend classes to LLM students enrolled in the combined mode or part-time mode.

[Important Note] All students with their LLB obtained from non-common law jurisdictions admitted to any of the above streams are required to attend an intensive course LW6102E "Introduction to Common Law System and Methodology" in the latter half of August 2021. Students have to apply for their student visa and exit permit, if applicable, in advance so that they will be able to attend the course at CityU. LLM students who are not undertaking a full year of study at CityU can be exempted from taking the course subject to the LLM Programme Director’s approval. Meanwhile, those who cannot attend the course due to exceptional circumstances will need to take LW6181E "Common Law System, Reasoning and Methodology" which will be offered in Semester A of 2021/22 as a replacement course to fulfill the LLM programme requirement, subject to approval by School of Law.

 

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and the following programme-specific entrance requirements: *

  • holding an honours degree in law or equivalent qualification; or
  • having been admitted for professional practice of law in Hong Kong or other jurisdictions; or
  • having obtained either a Common Professional Examination (CPE) of the United Kingdom or Hong Kong with satisfactory results, provided that a second class honours degree has also been obtained; or
  • having obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Hong Kong Law or Master of Arts/Laws in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution;

    AND
  • being proficient in English.

For applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English, the minimum English language proficiency requirement is as follows: ^

  • a minimum total score of 595 (paper-based test); or 97 (internet-based test); or 70 (revised paper-delivered test; sum of Reading, Listening and Writing section scores) in TOEFL; or
  • an overall band score of 6.5 in IELTS; or
  • a score of 520 in the Mainland China’s College English Test (CET) Band 6; or
  • other equivalent qualifications.

^    TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years. Applicants are required to provide their TOEFL / IELTS test results obtained within the two years preceding the commencement of the University’s application period. For CET-6 scores, the validity period is three years.

*    An applicant who holds a legal qualification from a common law jurisdiction will not be eligible to enrol in the Common Law Stream.

 

Programme Structure

Students who complete the required courses and electives and achieve a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 or above will receive the degree of Master of Laws (LLM).

Each LLM course is worth 3 credit units except Dissertation (6 credit units), Intensive Seminar (1 or 2 credit units), Research Seminars, and Judgment-writing: Principles and Practice (1 credit unit).

International Economic Law Stream

Required Courses:

  1. LW6142E International Investment Law
  2. LW6144E International Trade Law

Programme Electives:

Select 18 credit units from the offered LLM courses of which the course codes end with “E” and/or designated courses from the JD and LLMArbDR Programmes of the respective academic year (please refer to courses under JD and LLMArbDR programmes) with at least 6 credit units from the following courses (which will be offered depending upon demand and available expertise):

LW6143E Law and Business in Asia
LW6145E Transnational Legal Problems
LW6160E Advanced Study of Antidumping and Countervailing Measures
LW6167E Current Issues in WTO Law
LW6173E Private International Law
LW6180E International Commercial Contracts and Uniform Sales Law
LW6102E Introduction to Common Law System and Methodology#
or
LW6181E Common Law System, Reasoning and Methodology#

# Students should take LW6102E before Semester A starts. In case students cannot take LW6102E due to visa problem, they are required to take LW6181E in Semester A.

Corporate and Commercial Law Stream

Required Electives (15 credit units):

1. LW6103E Company Law
2. LW6105E Cross-Border Restructuring and Insolvency
3. LW6106E Comparative Corporate Governance
4. LW6107E Capital and Securities Market Regulation
5. LW6108E International Finance: Law and Regulation
6. LW6109E Banking Law
7. LW6110E Commercial Law
8. LW6111E Insurance Law
9. LW6112E Human Rights Responsibilities of Business
10. LW6134E Chinese and Comparative Company Law
11. LW6161E Chinese and Comparative Competition Law

Electives (9 credit units):

Select 9 credit units from the offered LLM courses of which the course codes end with “E” and/or designated courses from the JD and LLMArbDR Programmes of the respective academic year (please refer to courses under JD and LLMArbDR programmes).

LW6102E              Introduction to Common Law System and Methodology#
or
LW6181E              Common Law System, Reasoning and Methodology#

# Students should take LW6102E before Semester A starts. In case students cannot take LW6102E due to visa problem, they are required to take LW6181E in Semester A.

Intellectual Property and Technology Law Stream

Required Courses:
  1. LW6195E International and Comparative Law of Copyright, Designs and Allied Rights
  2. LW6196E International and Comparative Law of Trade Marks and Patents
Programme Electives:

Select 18 credit units from the offered LLM courses of which the course codes end with “E” and/or designated courses from the JD and LLMArbDR Programmes of the respective academic year (please refer to courses under JD and LLMArbDR programmes) with at least 6 credit units from the following courses (which will be offered depending upon demand and available expertise):

Course Code and Title
LW6113E Law and Technology
LW6115E Selected Issues on Chinese IP Law
LW6118E Entertainment Law
LW6127E International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law: Trademarks and Patents
LW6133E International and Comparative Copyright Law
LW6198E Intellectual Property: Law, Practice and Procedure
LW6199E Business Intellectual Property
LW6102E Introduction to Common Law System and Methodology#
or  
LW6181E Common Law System, Reasoning and Methodology#

# Students should take LW6102E before Semester A starts. In case students cannot take LW6102E due to visa problem, they are required to take LW6181E in Semester A.

Common Law Stream
Required Courses:

  1. LW5608 Constitutional Law
  2. LW6164E Law of Contract*
  3. LW6165E Law of Tort*
  4. LW6102E Introduction to Common Law System and Methodology#
    or
  5. LW6181E Common Law System, Reasoning and Methodology#

# Students should take LW6102E before Semester A starts. In case students cannot take LW6102E due to visa problem, they are required to take LW6181E in Semester A.

* Students who have taken a contract law and/or tort law course(s) at undergraduate level or above at CityU or other institutions in a common law jurisdiction are not allowed to take this/these course(s).

Programme Electives:

Select at least 12 credit units from:
(i)      the offered LLM courses of which the course codes end with “E”, or
(ii)     designated courses from the JD and LLMArbDR Programmes of the respective academic year (please refer to courses under JD and LLMArbDR programmes) except:

Course Code and Title
LW5061 Hong Kong Legal System
LW5602A Law of Contract I
LW5602B Law of Contract II
LW5603A Law of Tort I
LW5603B Law of Tort II
LW5606A Criminal Law I
LW5606B Criminal Law II
LW5607A Land Law I
LW5607B Land Law II
LW5617 Family Law in Hong Kong
LW5618 Law and Gender
LW5622 Legal Methods, Research and Writing
LW5623 Jurisprudence
LW5630A Equity & Trusts I
LW5630B Equity & Trusts II
LW5634 Public International Law
LW5641 Intellectual Property: Theory, Copyright and Design
LW5647 Law of Wills
LW5664 European Competition Law and Policy
LW5670 International Human Rights Law
LW5671 Consumer Law
LW5673 Animal Law and Welfare

Chinese and Comparative Law Stream

Required Electives (15 credit units):

1. LW6115E Selected Issues on Chinese IP Law
2. LW6121E Constitutional and Administrative Law of China
3. LW6122E Chinese and Comparative Financial Law
4. LW6129E Chinese and Comparative Environmental Law
5. LW6134E Chinese and Comparative Company Law
6. LW6136E Property Rights in China: Legal, Economic, and Policy Analysis
7. LW6138E Chinese Law of Obligations
8. LW6140E Chinese and Comparative Commercial Law
9. LW6141E Chinese Foreign Trade and Investment Law
10. LW6161E Chinese and Comparative Competition Law
11. LW6169E Chinese and Comparative Labour Law
12. LW6172E Law and Society in China
13. LW6187E Chinese and Comparative Alternative Dispute Resolution

Electives (9 credit units):
Select 9 credit units from the offered LLM courses of which the course codes end with “E” and/or designated courses from the JD and LLMArbDR Programmes of the respective academic year (please refer to courses under JD and LLMArbDR programmes).

LW6102E              Introduction to Common Law System and Methodology#
or
LW6181E              Common Law System, Reasoning and Methodology#

# Students should take LW6102E before Semester A starts. In case students cannot take LW6102E due to visa problem, they are required to take LW6181E in Semester A.

General Stream

There is no required course in the General Stream. Students should select 24 credit units from the offered LLM courses of which the course codes end with “E” and/or designated courses from the JD and LLMArbDR Programmes of the respective academic year (please refer to courses under JD and LLMArbDR programmes).

LW6102E              Introduction to Common Law System and Methodology#
or
LW6181E              Common Law System, Reasoning and Methodology#

# Students should take LW6102E before Semester A starts. In case students cannot take LW6102E due to visa problem, they are required to take LW6181E in Semester A.

Courses under the Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Laws in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (LLMArbDR) Programmes

For non Common Law Stream students:

  1. the ceiling on the number of JD and/or LLMArbDR credit units that students are allowed to earn is 9;
  2. students are not allowed to take G-LEAP courses (namely LW5641 and LW5664);
  3. if the contents of a JD and/or LLMArbDR course and an LLM course are similar, students will be allowed to take the LLM course only;

For all students:

  1. LLM students will not receive credit nor be allowed to enroll in co-taught JD/ LLB courses under any circumstances (for 2020 cohort and thereafter);
  2. if a student requests to take a course under the JD and/or LLMArbDR programmes and he/she has previously completed a similar course in a common law jurisdiction, he/she will not be allowed to take the course;
  3. a list of JD and/or LLMArbDR courses that are open to LLM students will be announced at the beginning of a semester;
  4. the grades obtained in the approved JD and/or LLMArbDR courses will be counted in determining students’ LLM award classifications.

For the information on each course, please click HERE.

 

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for academic year 2021/22 is HK$6,200 per credit. The minimum number of credits required to complete the programme is 24.

 

Scholarships for 2021/22

LLM Admission Scholarships

A maximum of 3 scholarships, each to the value of 12-credit tuition fees, which equals HK$74,400.

The number of scholarships and the allocation of scholarships each year are left entirely at the discretion of the Law School.

Further details of the LLM Admission Scholarships are available at
https://www.cityu.edu.hk/slw/current_students/finance.html

UGC Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme

The Master of Laws in Corporate and Commercial Law has successfully obtained fellowships from the UGC Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme (Second Cohort) for 2021/22 intake. The fellowship recipients are required to pay a minimum tuition fee of HK$42,100 and the differences will be subsidized by the fellowships subject to a cap of HK$120,000 for each student regardless of the actual study period of their programme.

Three Fellowship awards are available for local students admitted to this programme under the Fellowship Scheme supported by the HKSAR Government. Local students admitted to the programme in full-time, part-time, or combined study mode will be invited to submit applications for the fellowships. 

 

Cooperation with Overseas Universities

CityU School of Law operates collaborative programmes with Europe-Asia Research Institute of Aix-Marseille University, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in France, and Université de Fribourg in Switzerland. Selected students will study at these partner universities and obtain one postgraduate degree from CityU and one from the partner university, where the designated study-loads at the institutions are successfully discharged. For further details, please visit https://www.cityu.edu.hk/slw/academic/global_gateway.html.

 

Cooperation with the Supreme People’s Court of the PRC

CityU School of Law also collaborates with the National Judges College and the Supreme People’s Court of the PRC to provide advanced legal education to Chinese judges. A number of Chinese judges are selected to study in the LLM programme at CityU. During their study at CityU, they will have an opportunity to undertake internships at the Hong Kong courts.

 

 

Accommodation

Students should be prepared to arrange their own accommodation, as on-campus accommodation is usually not available due to limited space. For assistance in locating information on off-campus accommodation, see “Off-campus Accommodation” at https://www.cityu.edu.hk/sro/htm/e_off-campus.htm

 

How to Apply

Before submitting your application, please visit https://www.cityu.edu.hk/pg/taught-postgraduate-programmes/apply-now for “Notes for Applicants”.

 

Admission Enquiries

Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies
Telephone: (852) 3442 5588
Fax: (852) 3442 0187
Email: tpadmit@cityu.edu.hk
Website://www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs

 

Contacts

Further information about the programme is obtainable from:

Dr LIN Lauren Yu-Hsin
Associate Professor
LLM Programme Director
School of Law
City University of Hong Kong
83 Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3442 7672
Fax: (852) 3442 0190
E-mail: yuhlin@cityu.edu.hk
General Office, School of Law
City University of Hong Kong
83 Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3442 8008
Fax: (852) 3442 0190
E-mail: lwllm@cityu.edu.hk
Website: //www.cityu.edu.hk/slw