School of Law

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 2018/19

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

Entrance Requirements | Tuition Fee | Scholarships for 2019/20 | Accommodation | How to Apply | Admission Enquiries | Contact

 

Aims

The programme aims to provide an intensive study of issues and practices relating to Chinese and Comparative Law, International Economic Law, Common Law, Maritime and Transportation Law, Intellectual Property and Technology Law, and Corporate and Commercial 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

  • Chinese and Comparative Law Stream focuses on a comparative understanding of the legal framework of China.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Maritime and Transportation Law Stream deals with legal issues concerning maritime and transportation law at both the regional and international levels. Students of the Maritime and Transportation Law Stream who do not have a law degree are required to take two foundation courses in addition to the stipulated curriculum for students with a law degree. Extra tuition fee for the two foundation courses will be charged. In other words, those without a law degree will need to take 6 more credits next to the 24 credits for normal curriculum, i.e. 30 credits in total, in order to graduate from the programme.
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Law Stream explores cutting-edge issues relating to copyright, patent, trademark, design, trade secret and cyberspace.
  • Corporate and Commercial Law Stream focuses on legal issues concerning corporations, finance and business with practical importance in the regional and international markets.
  • General Stream provides students with an opportunity to study any topics in which they may be interested.
  • [Important Note]  (not applicable to non-law applicants for Maritime and Transportation Law Stream)
    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 “Introduction to Common Law System and Methodology” in the latter half of August 2019.  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 taking a full year of study at CityU may be exempted.

 

Award Titles

English Title Chinese Title
Master of Laws in Chinese and Comparative Law 法學碩士(中國法與比較法)
Master of Laws in International Economic Law 法學碩士(國際經濟法)
Master of Laws in Common Law 法學碩士(普通法)
Master of Laws in Maritime and Transportation Law 法學碩士(海事法與運輸法)
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 Corporate and Commercial Law 法學碩士(公司與商事法)
Master of Laws 法學碩士

 

Medium of Instruction and Assessment

In 2019/20 academic year, only English module will be offered for the following streams:

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

For Chinese module, please visit http://www.cityu.edu.hk/pg/201819/programme/LLM3.htm for details.

 

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.

Students of the 2019 cohort who obtained their LLB from a non-common law jurisdiction must attend a compulsory two-credit course “Introduction to Common Law System and Methodology” to be held at CityU from 20 to 29 August 2019. As such, successful applicants with LLB from a non-common law jurisdiction must arrive in Hong Kong and complete the student enrolment procedures at CityU by 19 August 2019 (Monday) at the latest. That would mean you must also obtain an activated student visa/entry permit to study in the LLM programme before enrolment.

 

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; or
  • (applicable to applicants for Maritime and Transportation Law Stream) holding an honours degree in maritime or logistics studies, or related disciplines, or holding an honours degree in any discipline with 3-year or above working experience relating to Maritime or Logistics industry; #

    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 7 in IELTS; or
  • a score of 500 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.

#    Foundation Courses
Students of the LLM Maritime and Transportation Law stream who do not have a degree in law are required to take two foundation law courses – LW6164E Law of Contract and LW6181E Common Law System, Reasoning and Methodology – on top of the stipulated curriculum for students with a law degree to keep up their study progress. Foundation courses serve as foundation for all other non-foundational law courses. Given the nature of these two courses, the School of Law offers both in Semester A of each academic year and students will need to take the foundation courses before or at the same time of taking other non-foundation law courses in the first semester of their study.

^    The School of Law 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.

 

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), Introduction to Common Law System and Methodology (2 credit units), Intensive Seminar (1 or 2 credit units), Research Seminars, and Judgment-writing: Principles and Practice (1 credit unit).

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).

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

Common Law Stream
Required Courses:

  1. LW5608 Constitutional Law
  2. LW6102E Introduction to Common Law System and Methodology (2 credit units)
  3. LW6164E Law of Contract*
  4. LW6165E Law of Tort*

* 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 13 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
LW5602 Law of Contract
LW5603 Law of Tort
LW5606A Criminal Law I
LW5606B Criminal Law II
LW5607A Land Law I
LW5607B Land Law II
LW5617 Family Law in Hong Kong
LW5621 Legal System of Hong Kong and Mainland China
LW5622 Legal Methods, Research and Writing
LW5623 Jurisprudence
LW5630 Equity & Trusts
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
LW5618 Law and Gender
LW5673 Animal Law and Welfare

Maritime and Transportation Law Stream

Required Courses for MTL students who have a university degree in law:

  1. LW6189E Bills of Lading Law
  2. LW6192E Admiralty Law

Required Courses for MTL students who do not have a university degree in law:

  1. LW6164E Law of Contract (Foundation Course)
  2. LW6181E Common Law System, Reasoning and Methodology (Foundation Course)
  3. LW6189E Bills of Lading Law
  4. LW6192E Admiralty 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):

Course Code and Title  
LW6111E Insurance Law  
LW6175E Maritime Insurance Law  
LW6176E Aviation Law  
LW6179E Maritime Arbitration Law  
LW6188E Chinese and Comparative Maritime Law  
LW6190E Charterparties Law  
LW6191E Admiralty Procedure Law  

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
LW6115E Selected Issues on Chinese IP 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

Corporate and Commercial Law Stream

Required Electives (15 credit units):

1. LW6103E Company Law (subject to approval)
2. LW6105E Cross-Border Restructuring and Insolvency
3. LW6106E Legal and Operational Aspects of Corporate Governance
4. LW6107E Capital and Securities Market Regulation
5. LW6108E International Financial Law (subject to approval)
6. LW6109E Banking Law
7. LW6110E Commercial Law
8. LW6111E Insurance Law
9. LW6112E Human Rights Responsibilities of Business
10. 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).


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).

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 unless otherwise approved by the university;
  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 2019/20 is HK$5,390 per credit. The minimum number of credits required to complete the programme is 24. For students in the Maritime and Transportation Law Stream without a law degree, the minimum number of credits required for them to complete the programme is 30 as they are required to take two more law foundation courses (6 credits).

 

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 //www6.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.

 

Scholarships for 2019/20 (subject to approval)

•   LLM Admission Scholarships

There are three types of scholarships provided to LLM students:

  • a maximum of 1 full scholarship to the value of 24-credit tuition fees, which equals HK$129,360;
  • a maximum of 3 scholarships, each to the value of 12-credit tuition fees, which equals HK$64,680; and
  • a maximum of 4 scholarships, each to the value of HK$30,000.

Further details of the LLM Admission Scholarship are available at
//www6.cityu.edu.hk/slw/pros_students/LLM_scholarship.html

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

•   The HK Maritime Law Scholarship Scheme

The Hong Kong Maritime Law Scholarship Scheme was initiated in 2010-11 and has been operated under the Maritime and Aviation Training Fund since 1 April 2014. Each year, a number of scholarships are offered to selected students of the Maritime and Transportation Law Stream of the LLM programme. These scholarships can be used to cover the full tuition fees at CityU.

Remark: The scholarships would continue to be operated, subject to the injection of additional funding being endorsed by the LegCo in the first quarter of 2019.

Further details of the HK Maritime Law Scholarship are available at
//www6.cityu.edu.hk/slw/HKCML/scholarship.html

 

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 Yu-Hsin
Assistant 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
 
Dr Zhao Liang
Assistant Professor
LLM Programme Associate Director
School of Law
City University of Hong Kong
83 Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3442 4178
Fax: (852) 3442 0190
E-mail: l.zhao@cityu.edu.hk