Introduction | Foundational Programme | Collaborative Programmes


With the accession of China to the World Trade Organization, the dynamic growth of the Asian economy and the general impact of commercial globalisation, it is increasingly important for lawyers and executives to understand the new rules of doing business in the international marketplace. In order to remain competitive in this fast-paced commercial culture, it is essential to master the relevant legal knowledge, develop useful professional skills and understand the cross-cultural dimensions of international business and legal practice. In response, CityU School of Law has established the GLOBAL GATEWAY® Programme to provide multi-jurisdictional opportunities of legal study for all students from diverse academic communities.

GLOBAL GATEWAY® offers students the possibility of exchange programme and dual LLM degree from leading international law schools under the auspices of cooperative agreements with CityU. It seeks to serve as the legal educational link between China and the world. The GLOBAL GATEWAY® Programme aspires to provide opportunities for students in Greater China to pursue international legal studies in Hong Kong and overseas. Likewise, it seeks to provide opportunities for overseas students to seek postgraduate legal education in Hong Kong and Greater China.

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Foundational Programme: Master of Laws at City University of Hong Kong

CityU School of Law
Hong Kong
Master of Laws

The foundation of GLOBAL GATEWAY® is the LLM programme at CityU School of Law. The LLM is geared to provide lawyers, law students, business and government officials with the professional skills and substantive knowledge necessary to enhance their practice of law or their legal skills and knowledge as it relates to government or business in the global environment. Students are allowed to choose from a range of timely and valuable specialisations including Chinese and Comparative Law, International Economic Law, Common Law, Intellectual Property and Technology Law, Corporate and Commercial Law and General Studies. 

Our GLOBAL GATEWAY® partner law schools send their students to study the LLM programme, contributing to a diverse, dynamic and truly global student body, which includes students from Mainland China, Hong Kong, United States, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Poland.

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Collaborative Programmes (in alphabetical order of university name)

Aix-Marseille University 
Master of Laws in European Business Law

The Aix-Marseille University (AMU) is one of Europe’s most renowned law schools. Current CityU LLM students in their last year of study or recent CityU LLM graduates may apply. Applicants must also be proficient in English.

Successful applicants will be admitted to the LLM in European Business Law programme at AMU. They will receive advanced standing and choose 3 among the 8 (except EU Commercial Law, EU Competition Law and EU Taxation Law). They will not take examinations in these 3 chosen modules, but are still obliged to attend the courses as other students do. Successful applicants are required to pay the requisite tuition fee to AMU as well as take care of all other expenses.

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University Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne 
Master mention Droit international, parcours-type <<Global Business Law and Governance>>

CityU School of Law has signed an agreement with University Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1) on the operation of a joint master’s programme, which is for selected and CityU LLM students, final-year JD students, and LLMArbDR students who have a law degree, and Paris 1 master’s students.

Participating CityU students will spend the Spring Semester (January to April) at Paris 1 and other semester(s) at CityU. During the term at Paris 1, they will take a total of 30 ECTS, which consists of five courses chosen from WTO Law, International Investment Law, International Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration, International Contracts, International Economic Law (Breaking Issues), Introduction to French Law, International and European Competition Law, International Financial and Monetary Law, EU as a Global Actor and the compulsory Dissertation or Internship course. CityU and Paris 1 will recognise the courses that the students have completed at the other university. Students will obtain Master mention Droit international, parcours-type <<Global Business Law and Governance>> from Paris 1 as well as a degree from CityU upon fulfilment of all requirements of Paris 1 and CityU.

Participating Paris 1 students will be admitted to the CityU LLM programme.  They will spend the Fall Semester (late August to December) at CityU and the other semester(s) at Paris 1.

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Université de Fribourg
Master of Laws 

CityU School of Law has signed a collaborative agreement with Université de Fribourg (UF) on Master of Laws programmes.  It aims to equip students with knowledge in both Asian and European law under its integrated curriculum.  Each institution will admit up to 10 students into the programme per academic year. Each programme will last for a minimum of 1 semester and a maximum of 2 semesters (i.e. from September to June of the following year) at the host institution.

UF students (applicable to MLaw or LLM students and MLaw or LLM graduates) participating in the programme will be allowed to transfer a maximum of 7 credits to CityU towards its LLM programme once they are admitted to CityU. UF students are required to complete 17 credits at CityU in order to satisfy CityU LLM requirements. They will obtain an LLM degree certificate from CityU.

CityU students (applicable to LLM and LLMArbDR graduates, and JD students and graduates) participating in the UF LLM programme will receive credit transfer with a maximum of 15 ECTS (2.5 ECTS = 1 CityU Credit; 15 ECTS = 6 CityU Credits). CityU students are required to complete 30 ECTS in order to satisfy UF LLM requirements. They will obtain an LLM degree certificate from UF. Credits earned from courses taken at UF will not be transferred towards the degree conferred by CityU. 

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