Master of Laws

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Application Closed

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Intermediate Award

Postgraduate Diploma; Postgraduate Certificate

Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required


Class Schedule

Classes are held during daytime. Classes may be offered in weekday evenings / Saturdays in special cases.

Normal Study Period

Full-time: 1 year; combined mode: 2 years

Maximum Study Period

Full-time: 2.5 years; combined mode: 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 Lauren LIN Yu-Hsin
J.S.D., J.S.M., Stanford Law School ; M.B.A., LL.B., National Taiwan University
Associate Programme Director
Dr HE Tianxiang
LL.B. (HQU) ; LL.M. International Law (JinanU) ; Ph.D., Intellectual Property Law (Maastricht) ; Ph.D., Criminal Law (Renmin)
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8008
+852 3442 0190
Programme Aims and Objectives

The programme aims to provide an intensive study of issues and practices relating to International Economic Law, Corporate and Financial 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.

Course Description

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Corporate and Financial Law Stream focuses on legal issues concerning corporations, finance and business with practical importance in the regional and international markets. 
  3. Intellectual Property and Technology Law Stream explores cutting-edge issues relating to copyright, patent, trademark, design, trade secret and cyberspace.
  4. 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.
  5. Chinese and Comparative Law Stream focuses on a comparative understanding of the legal framework of China.
  6. 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 2022. 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 approval by School of Law. 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 2022/23 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.

Fellowships Scheme

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 1) Corporate and Financial Law Stream; or 2) Intellectual Property and Technology Law Stream of the programme in full-time, part-time or combined study mode may be invited to submit applications for the fellowships.

IMPORTANT: Please note that only local applications submitted by 31 May 2022 will be considered for the UGC Fellowships Scheme.

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;

  • 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 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.

Academic unit may consider ‘TOEFL iBT Home Edition’ and ‘IELTS Indicator’, as indicated below, as equivalent qualifications for the fulfillment of the University’s minimum English proficiency requirement for admission to TPg programmes on a case-by-case basis, with immediate effect for 2022/23 cohort:

•    TOEFL iBT Home Edition: a score of 97; or
•    IELTS Indicator: an overall band score of 6.5

Medium of Instruction and Assessment

In the 2022/23 academic year, only English module will be offered for the following streams:

  • International Economic Law Stream
  • Corporate and Financial Law Stream
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Law Stream
  • Common Law Stream
  • Chinese and Comparative Law Stream
  • General Stream
Bonus Features

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 our Global Gateway page.

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. 

Did You Know?

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.

Professional Accreditation

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.