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Taking up Bachelor of Laws at CityU HK

Graduating with a Bachelor of Laws from the right university can do more for your career than you can ever imagine. Take your pre-law studies full-time at none other than the City University of Hong Kong.

The benefits of pre-law studies

Whether you’re undecided on which career path to take or you’re determined to proceed to studying law, earning a Bachelor of Laws degree will be a smart move to make. Rest assured that what you learn from the course will not be limited to applications in a law profession. Time has proven that its applications have been well received in many large scale industries. Should you find yourself thriving in a different industry, having the advantage of a pre-law education will benefit you largely especially in dealings with corporate matters and even in matters dealt with in public. This means that you can spare your company of future legal complications because of the pre-law education you received.

Furthermore, giving thanks to the economic growth that Hong Kong has had the benefit of enjoying, businesses all over the country have grown at exponential rates. The expansions have brought on a need for new and additional legal procedures and undertakings.

Studying Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at CityU HK

Becoming a part of the Bachelor of Laws program is equivalent to taking up any other undergraduate course. It requires students to take up full-time schedules for the entire four-year duration. The Full Time-Mode scheme is advantageous for those who have acquired degrees prior to enrolling, and to school leavers as well.

In your four years of continuous study at the City University of Hong Kong, one can expect to be taught the foundational subjects for law studies. The focus of the curriculum is that of providing students with an edge on the most fundamental concepts and practices which they will encounter once they proceed to taking up further studies in law.

Chinese Law studies

To elevate each student’s competence, the Bachelor of Laws curriculum also includes subjects in Chinese law. The pre-law students will find themselves familiar with the legal systems that govern China by the time that they graduate. Furthermore, students are also given the freedom to add more subjects to their curriculum to enable them to distinguish a path towards the career they seek to build.

The CityU HK promise

In line with the students’ desires of attaining an excellent Bachelor of Laws education, the City University of Hong Kong work tirelessly to achieve following goals: To educate the students in law studies that will enable them to maintain liberal in accepting its theories and putting them into practice on standards suitable to that of an undergraduate course of study, to oversee that students gain no less than a critical understanding of the law profession to enable each of them to provide Hong Kong and the world with what is due them, to encourage the furthering of each student’s capability for intellectual tasks, specifically in analytical and critical problem-solving, and to promote effective written and spoken communication skills.

The City University of Hong Kong strives to provide its students with the education that they deserve which in turn will result to producing globally competent graduates that will bring glory to the university.

Continuous growth and improvement

The City University of Hong Kong administers its Bachelor of Laws studies in an environment that promotes growth and improvement. This is proven in the university’s openness in receiving constructive feedback. In fact, over its years as an institution, the university has made a number of amendments to the Bachelor of Laws programme.

Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Introduction | Programme Aims | Programme Structure | Special Features | Career Prospects | Admission Requirements | Assessment of Applications (HKDSE) | Tuition Fee | Applications and Enquiries | Switching to Law Major and Application for Law Minors | LLB Information Seminar



The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) provides a sound preparation not only for the practice of law but for many other careers. Recent rapid economic and social developments in Hong Kong, in the PRC and world wide have created many new opportunities for lawyers and legally aware persons throughout commercial, business, professional and public life. Legal education and law teaching must ensure that law graduates are sufficiently well equipped to meet those opportunities. Legal education and training in Hong Kong has itself been the subject of an extensive review over the past few years and many positive recommendations for changes in course format and course delivery have been made. CityU has embraced those recommendations and has substantially redesigned the LLB programme. There are consequent changes in the delivery of the programme and in the way students are assessed.

The School of Law offers LLB programme in Full-Time Mode (four years). The Full-Time programme will be attractive to both school leavers and those who have a bachelor degree.

The curriculum will concentrate on the essential core common law subjects as they apply in Hong Kong. Students will also be introduced to the laws and legal system of mainland China. In addition, students will be able to select subjects they wish to study depending upon their intended careers and interests from a wide range of electives.


Programme Aims

The programme aims to:

  1. provide a liberal education in the theory and practice of law at the level and rigour appropriate for an undergraduate degree;
  2. equip students with a critical understanding of law and legal institutions so as to enable them to serve the needs of Hong Kong and the international community; and
  3. facilitate the development of a range of intellectual skills, in particular the ability to think analytically and critically, to solve problems, and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this Programme, students should be able to:

  • Know the law
    • analytically and critically describe the main substantive/procedural laws and the legal system of Hong Kong, and also describe the principles of international law or the laws of other jurisdictions;
    • describe the law and legal system of the People’s Republic of China and its relation with Hong Kong’s constitutional set-up and commercial future;
  • Apply the law
    • apply the law to solve legal problems;
  • Evaluate & contextualise the law
    • critically evaluate the law in action and the dynamic interplay between law and other social phenomena and real-life situations;
  • Acquire & Use legal skills
    • use a range of legal or intellectual skills – such as reading and interpreting cases and statutes, identifying and evaluating relevant facts, conducting independent legal research, developing and offering solutions to legal problems, using and citing relevant authorities appropriately, drafting documents, and communicating in a coherent, cogent and persuasive manner – in performing various tasks;
  • Act ethically & responsibly
    • act with a strong sense of ethics and with due regard to social and professional responsibilities.
  • Develop the attitude
    • develop an attitude of inquiry and a sense of curiosity to learning and knowledge.
  • Opportunity to Discover
    • have an opportunity to make an original discovery and/ or innovation concerning the operation of the law and procedure in Hong Kong


Programme Structure

The structure of our LLB prorgamme allows students to broaden their horizons by studying various law and non-law subjects. A special emphasis is placed on exposing students to comparative and international perspectives. In order to graduate, LLB students are required to complete 126 credit units (for LLB students of 2012 cohort and thereafter) comprising core law courses, law electives, Gateway Education courses such as English language courses and Chinese civilisation courses.

The core courses for LLB students are: Legal Research and Writing, Hong Kong Legal System, Law of Contract, Law of Tort, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Land Law, Applied Legal Theory, Company Law, Public Law of the PRC, and Private Law of the PRC. Students contemplating entry to the legal profession must also complete the following courses: Equity and Trusts, Law of Evidence, and Commercial Law.

In addition, LLB students may choose electives from various areas such as commercial law, environmental law, public law, international law, human rights law, international economic law, Chinese law, intellectual property law, cyberspace law, dispute resolution, international advocacy, comparative law, and criminal law.

A feature of the LLB Programme will be an integrated approach to learning and assessment by which students will be able to acquire and improve their general transferrable skills and competencies. There will be more emphasis on in-class presentations, inter-active teaching and small group activities rather than on the traditional take home written coursework and the closed book examination. Attention will be paid throughout the programme to the continual improvement of language skills.

LLB Programme Structure (for students of 2015 cohort)

LLB Programme Structure (for students admitted from 2016)

LLB Programme Structure (for students admitted from 2017)

LLB Programme Structure (for students admitted from 2018)

LLB Programme Structure (for students admitted from 2019)


Special Features


Career Prospects

A law degree offers a firm foundation for a variety of careers and further study, both in Hong Kong and overseas. Graduates who wish to practice law in Hong Kong will also need to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) programme which we also offer at CityU.

Many law graduates also enjoy successful careers in accountancy, business, finance, management, journalism and the Civil Service. Graduates may pursue further studies or professional qualifications in law, business and management, accountancy, finance and corporate administration. The Master of Laws (LLM), offered by the School of Law, also creates significant opportunity for law graduates to extend their qualifications to the postgraduate level.


Admission Requirements

JUPAS Applicants

To be eligible for admission to the LLB Programme, the HKDSE applicant should achieve Level 5 or above in English Language and satisfy the University general entrance requirements (visit:

Direct/ Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and meet the following programme specific entrance requirements.

  • an overall band score of 7 in IELTS#; or
  • a TOEFL# score of 100 (internet-based test); or
  • Grade C or above in HKALE AS Level Use of English; or
  • other equivalent qualifications.

#Obtained within 3 years before admission.

Applicants may apply for admission to the LLB Programme directly. Advanced standing entry will not be considered.

Mature applicants are eligible to apply for admission notwithstanding they do not satisfy the general entrance requirements, provided they can demonstrate suitability for the programme and an aptitude for study. Mature applicants must be over the age of 25 by 1 September of the year of admission to the LLB Programme.  


Assessment of Applications (HKDSE)

Please click here for details.


Tuition Fee

Please click HERE for the tuition fee information.

For tuition fee enquiries, please contact the School of Law General Office by email at or by phone at 3442 8187.


Applications and Enquiries

  • Admission Period
    Students are admitted to the four year full-time LLB Programme at the start of Semester A (which normally begins in early September) in each academic year.

  • How to Apply

    Applicants seeking admission to the LLB Programme can apply either through JUPAS or directly to the University but not to both.

    Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) is a scheme and the main route of application designed to assist students with Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination results (past and/or current), to apply for admission to University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded Bachelor's degree and Associate Degree/Higher Diploma programmes offered by the eight JUPAS participating-institutions, the self-financing Bachelor's degree programmes offered by The Open University of Hong Kong, and SSSDP Bachelor's degree programmes offered by the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP) institutions.

    You are eligible to apply through JUPAS if

    • you are a local school applicant sitting the HKDSE Examination in the current year; or
    • you are a local non-school applicant and you wish to apply for admission on the strength of your HKDSE Examination results.

    You are NOT eligible to apply through JUPAS if you are currently enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree programme offered under JUPAS, regardless of whether you wish to apply for admission on the strength of your HKDSE Examination results.

    In accordance with the HKSAR Government's policy, only applicants with valid documentation confirming they are LOCAL applicants can apply via JUPAS.

    For more information, please visit the JUPAS website.

    Details of the JUPAS scheme are obtained from the JUPAS web-site or from the JUPAS office at the following address:

    JUPAS Office
    Room 248
    2/F Main Building
    The University of Hong Kong
    Pokfulam, Hong Kong

    24-hours Interactive Voice Response system (IVRS): (852) 2334 2330
    Telephone number: (852) 2334 2929 / 2233 2929
    Fax: (852) 2858 4825

    Applicants who will be relying upon HKDSE results and seeking admission through the JUPAS route must submit their applications via the Web at An online demo on application submission can be downloaded from that website.

    If you wish to apply directly to the University, please visit HERE.

    Apply online or download application materials at

  • Admissions Enquiry:

    Telephone: (852) 3442 9094
    Online Enquiry Form:

    Further information about the programme is obtainable from:

    Professor Kelvin LOW
    LLB Programme Director
    School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
    83 Tat Chee Avenue,
    Hong Kong
    Tel.: (852) 3442 4662
    Fax: (852) 3442 0190

    Professor Michael TSIMPLIS
    LLB Programme Associate Director
    School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
    83 Tat Chee Avenue,
    Hong Kong
    Tel.: (852) 3442 9133
    Fax: (852) 3442 0190

    Miss Anna LUI
    Teaching Fellow
    LLB Programme Associate Director
    School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
    83 Tat Chee Avenue,
    Hong Kong
    Tel.: (852) 3442 8191
    Fax: (852) 3442 0190

    General Office, School of Law
    City University of Hong Kong
    83 Tat Chee Avenue
    Hong Kong
    Tel: (852) 3442 8008
    Fax: (852) 3442 7847
    Website: //