Center for Transnational Legal Studies

Studying Abroad at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies

City University School of Law has entered into an alliance with Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS), Georgetown University Law and other top-ranked law schools around the world.  For the list of Founding Partners and Partner Institutions, please click here.

The CTLS is located at North West Wing, Bush House, Aldwych, in the heart of London’s legal quarter.

The faculty members of the partner institutions will join other international faculty in teaching at the CTLS. The CityU students will be provided with the opportunity to study at CTLS for one semester. The faculty and students are drawn from a range of world-class law schools located in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas.

The programme will also include a core course on transnational legal theory, a weekly workshop featuring some of the world’s leading scholars and practitioners of international, transnational, and comparative law, and a participatory exercise to introduce students to each other and to the different perspectives that they bring to the Center.
For more information, see the CTLS website on the Georgetown University Law website.

General Information

CityU students have the opportunity to attend the Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS) in London for an intensive semester-long programme. The Center is coordinated by Georgetown University Law Center, taught by faculty from each of the law schools involved in the CTLS.

CTLS offers students and faculty a unique opportunity to participate in a semester-long intensive programme in international, comparative and transnational law, allowing all participants to reflect on challenging legal problems in a truly transnational way.

Places available

1-2 quotas per year will be provided (subject to confirmation).


English proficiency requirement:
Minimum English-language proficiency scores: TOEFL: 100 (internet-based)/ 600 (paper-based); IELTS: 7.0

For LLB student, he/she must:

  • have completed the third year of their four-year LLB programme prior to departing for CTLS with a CGPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) or higher 

For JD student, he/she must:

  • have completed the first year of their two-year JD programme prior to applying,
  • have completed the second year of their three-year JD programme prior to departing for CTLS,
  • have a CGPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) or higher.

**For JD students, please note the following credit transfer requirement stipulated by the University.

According to AR 5.6, credit transfer should be limited to a maximum of 30% of the total credit units for the award being pursued. Students are advised to refer to the Academic Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Degrees Section 5, Credit Transfer for details of CityU's credit transfer policy.

If you intend to qualify for the PCLL programme, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have satisfied all the requirements for admission to the PCLL programme. For details, please visit here.

Application Process

The term away is the same as an exchange term - with respect to tuition, credit requirements, credit units etc. The difference is that students are studying at a centre that draws on academics and students from around the world.

Students wishing to apply for this programme must read and follow the instructions for a regular exchange programme. In addition, applicants should provide a statement of interest, a curriculum vitae and academic transcript.

For UG students, please apply through online:
Go to AIMS and select "Outbound Student Exchange Application" under Student Services

For JD students, please apply through online.

Students are advised to seek appropriate course planning advice from the Programme Director to ensure they have sufficient space on their Law School study plan prior to applying.

Course Selection:

Some courses are required by the CTLS. For details of the course list, please refer to the CTLS website.

Participating students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of study at CTLS. Credits will be transferred back to CityU. For the TPG students, please note the Academic Regulation 5.6 for the credit transfer policy.
Students continue to pay tuition fees to City University of Hong Kong through their current arrangement while attending CTLS, and do not pay additional tuition fees to Georgetown University.
Students are liable for all travel/transportation, living expenses, textbooks, passport, visa and personal expenses associated with CTLS during the academic semester abroad.

Academic Credit

At the successful completion of a semester of study at the CTLS, students will receive a Certificate in Transnational Legal Studies that bears the names of the founding participating schools.

A transcript will be provided by the CTLS upon the completion of the programme.

The CTLS will not grant any degree.


Participants are required to have overseas medical coverage and travel emergency assistance benefits. CTLS provides this coverage through the Georgetown University World Class Coverage Plan underwritten by ACE American Insurance Company.

For details, please refer to the CTLS website.


Students are responsible for their own housing while abroad. The administration of CTLS provides information about and a selection of housing options for CTLS students. For details, please click here.

Academic Calendar

Please visit the CTLS website for more details.


Please visit the CTLS website for more details.