P43
Juris Doctor
法律博士

Year of Entry

2019

Application Deadline

Local & Non-local : 31 Mar 2019

Mode of Study

Full-time

Mode of Funding

Non-government-funded

Indicative Intake Target

115

Minimum No. of Credits Required

72

Class Schedule

Normally day sessions

Normal Study Period

2 Years
Students will commence study in Semester A 2019-20
(2 September 2019)

Maximum Study Period

5 years

Mode of Processing

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Programme Director
Dr Mark KIELSGARD
BA [George Mason University (Phil. Government), Fairfax, Virginia, USA]; JD [Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, New Jersey, USA]; LLM [St.Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida, USA]; JSD [St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida, USA]; Post Graduate Studies [Phil (George Mason University), Int’l Criminal Law (Salzburg University Law School, Leiden University Law School, National University of Ireland, Galway)]
+852 3442 7624
Associate Programme Director
Ms Sara Tsui
LLB (Hons.); PCLL; Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong SAR (Currently in practice); LD Candidate (University of Nottingham Trent)
+852 3442 7162
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8008
+852 3442 0190
Outline
Programme Aims and Objectives

To provide a well-rounded legal education to those who already possess a first degree in a non-law discipline (or a law degree from a non-common law jurisdiction) and who wish to enter the legal profession in Hong Kong or who want to equip themselves for a career in law-related employment.

Career

The School of Law prepares you for the legal profession and for law-related careers in the public service and private enterprise. Our law degree particularly meets the need of those who would like to join the legal profession in Hong Kong, or look for other law-related opportunities in Mainland China and the Asia-Pacific region.

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the following entry requirements:

  • a bachelor's degree in a non-law discipline; or

  • a bachelor's degree in law from a non-common law jurisdiction, which was obtainable after at least eight semesters of full-time study.  Holders with a degree in law from a common law jurisdiction are NOT eligible to apply.

English Proficiency Guidelines 

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

  • a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based); 71 (revised paper-delivered test; sum of reading, Listening and Writing section scores); or
  • an overall band score of 7 in IELTS, with no individual score below 6.5; or
  • a total score of 520 in the Chinese mainland's College English Test (Band 6).

(The School has stipulated a validity period of three years for results of the above tests. Applicants are required to provide their English test results obtained within the three years preceding the commencement of the University's application period.)

Course Description

In order to graduate, JD students must complete 72 credits comprising:

  • Required courses (Legal Methods, Research and Writing, Legal Systems of Hong Kong and Mainland China, and Jurisprudence); and
  • Electives offered in JD, LLM and LLM ArbDR programmes.

Core courses required for admission to the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) Programme and the legal profession in Hong Kong are:

  • Civil Procedure
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Commercial Law 
  • Company Law I & II
  • Constitutional Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Criminal Law I & II
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Law of Contract
  • Law of Evidence
  • Law of Tort
  • Land Law I & II 

Stream

JD students have an option to specialise in any one of the following areas:

  • International Commercial Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Chinese and Comparative Law
  • Air and Maritime Law
Professional Accreditation

The Juris Doctor (JD) is a degree recognized to apply for admission to PCLL, a programme that should be completed to enter the legal profession in Hong Kong.

Did You Know?
  • CityU Law School is the first law school in Hong Kong that offered the JD programme
  • You can complete JD with CityU and LLM with University Paris 1 in three years
  • You can complete JD with CityU and LLM with Université de Fribourg, Switzerland 
  • You can study intensive summer courses in different countries: University College Oxford (U.K.), and Monash University (Australia)
  • You will have the opportunity to join Legal Placements in HK law firms, banking and international companies, courts in mainland China and overseas NGO
  • You will have the opportunity to receive extensive professional training to sharpen advocacy skills and to participate in international mooting competitions
  • You will have the opportunity to join exchange studies at an overseas university in Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Korea, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, the Netherlands, the U.K. and the U.S.
  • You may interact with world-class scholars on cutting-edge issues without leaving the CityU campus
  • Some courses have been included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund (CEF). For application details, please refer to http://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/cef/en/index.htm
  • Admission scholarship is provided to outstanding student
  • Financial support is provided to students for participation in overseas-learning activities, mooting competitions and overseas placements
  • One-credit elective courses are taught by renowned scholars