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. They will be provided with an opportunity to enhance their professional competence, specialist knowledge and career focus.
Year of Entry2021
Application DeadlineLocal : 30 Jun 2021
Non-local : 14 May 2021
Mode of StudyCombined †
Mode of FundingNon-government-funded
Intermediate AwardPostgraduate Diploma; Postgraduate Certificate
Indicative Intake Target170
Minimum No. of Credits Required24
Class ScheduleClasses are held during daytime. Classes may be offered in weekday evenings / Saturdays in special cases.
Normal Study PeriodFull-time: 1 year; combined mode: 2 years
Maximum Study PeriodFull-time: 2.5 years; combined mode: 5 years
Mode of ProcessingApplications 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.
Our Master of Laws (LLM) Programme offers a unique blend of comprehensive legal information, innovative skill-based training, opportunities for independent research, the flexibility to study in any of a variety of streams and international study opportunities.
Students are able to obtain their LLM degrees in any of the following 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.
[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.
For more details on our programme structure, please refer to the LLM programme website.
Fellowship awards are available for local students admitted to this programme under the Fellowships Scheme supported by the HKSAR Government. This programme in the priority area of “Business” is one of the targeted programmes listed under the Fellowships Scheme with 3 fellowship awards. Local students admitted to the Corporate and Commercial Law Stream of the programme in full-time, part-time or combined study mode will be invited to submit applications for the fellowships.
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;
- 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.
* An applicant who holds a legal qualification from a common law jurisdiction will not be eligible to enrol in the Common Law Stream.
^ 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.
# Applicants are required to arrange for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send their TOEFL results directly to the University. The TOEFL institution code for CityU is 3401.
In the 2021/22 academic year, only English module will be offered for the following streams:
- International Economic Law Stream
- Corporate and Commercial Law Stream
- Intellectual Property and Technology Law Stream
- Common Law Stream
- Chinese and Comparative Law Stream
- General Stream
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 both institutions are successfully discharged. For further details, please visit:
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 Hong Kong courts.
CityU School of Law is home to the Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law, Hong Kong Commercial and Maritime Law Centre, Human Rights Law and Policy Forum, and Centre for Judicial Education and Research. Also the Asia Pacific Law Review, an internationally reputable peer-review law journal published by LexisNexis, has its editorial home in the School of Law.
After completing certain LLM courses, students are eligible to apply for CPD points from the Law Society of Hong Kong's Continuing Professional Development programme.
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.