Master of Laws (LLM)

The LLM programme is dynamic in meeting the society and the world’s needs. It provides students with the opportunities to learn the professional skills and legal knowledge necessary to serve the needs of modern society. The programme design allows students to choose stream focus and tailor their course selection for their own career goals. The streams that CityU School of Law offers include International Economic Law Stream, Corporate and Financial Law Stream, Intellectual Property and Technology Law Stream, Common Law Stream, Chinese and Comparative Law Stream, and General Stream. 

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Graduate legal education is a significant aspect of the Law School. In particular, students from all over the world join us to gain a better understanding of the Asian perspective of law and to experience life in Hong Kong, one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in the world. I hope you will join us for a splendid year of master's study at CityU School of Law.

 

 

 

Dr Lauren Yu-Hsin LIN
LLM Programme Director

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Streams

 

Joint master's programme and co-operation with overseas universities

CityU School of Law operates collaborative programmes with Aix-Marseille University, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Université de Fribourg. 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.

Aix-Marseille University (AMU)
Université de Fribourg (UF)
University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1)

LLM Chinese judges 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. 
Medium of instruction English
Mode of programme The programme can normally be completed in 1 year for full-time study mode and 2 years for part-time study mode.
The maximum study period for full-time students is 2.5 years and 5 years for part-time students.
Classes are held during daytime. Classes may be offered in weekday evenings / on Saturdays in special cases. CityU 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.
Bridging course 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.
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 CityU School of Law.
Those who cannot attend the course due to exceptional circumstances will need to take a replacement course subject to approval by CityU School of Law.
Residence Requirement

In order to uphold the quality of students’ LLM experience, a residence requirement will be imposed on all LLM students starting from 2022/2023 academic year. Students are required to live in Hong Kong throughout the year of full-time LLM study, apart from short breaks taken between semesters. Under special circumstances, the LLM Programme can exercise discretion on students’ obligation to fulfill the residence requirement with justifications.

Award requirements Students who complete the respective stream requirement of four required courses/electives, obtain a total of 24 credit units, and achieve a cGPA of 2.85 or above will receive the degree of Master of Laws (LLM).
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Application deadlines for 2023 entry

30 April 2023 (for non-local applications)
30 June 2023 (for local applications)

Entrance requirements We will consider applicants with an LLB degree or those who have a legal professional qualification to practise.
 

To be eligible for admission, applicants must also meet the minimum English language proficiency requirement (for applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English only) as follows:
• a minimum total score of 88 (internet-based test) in TOEFL; or
• an overall band score of 6.5 in IELTS; or
• a score of 520 in Chinese mainland's College English Test (CET) Band 6; or
• other equivalent qualifications.

TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years. For CET-6 scores, the validity period is three years.

Courses on offer in 2022/23 Please click here to view the LLM courses currently on offer in 2022/23.
Tuition fees The tuition fee for academic year 2023/24 is HK$6,600 per credit. The minimum number of credits required to complete the programme is 24.
Scholarships for 2023/24 LLM Admission Scholarships
A maximum of 3 scholarships, each to the value of HK$30,000 are available. The number of scholarships and the allocation of scholarships each year are left entirely at the discretion of the Law School.
Applications are considered alongside with the LLM applications on a rolling basis. Applicants do not have to apply separately.
UGC Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme
The Master of Laws in Corporate and Financial Law and Intellectual Property and Technology Law have successfully obtained fellowships from the UGC Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme (Fourth Cohort) for 2023/24 intake. The fellowship recipients are required to pay a minimum tuition fee of HK$42,100 and the differences will be subsidised by the fellowships subject to a cap of HK$120,000 for each student regardless of the actual study period of their programme.
Three fellowship awards are available for local students admitted to this programme under the Fellowship Scheme supported by the HKSAR Government. Local students admitted to the programme in full-time, part-time, or combined study mode will be invited to submit applications for the fellowships.
Financial assistance The Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (NLS) provides financial assistance to the LLM students who meet the eligibility requirements of the scheme. For details of other eligibility requirements of NLS, please visit http://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo/en/postsecondary/enls/overviewhtm.
Meanwhile, the LLM course LW6126E Dispute Resolution in Theory and Practice is included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund (CEF) purposes. Details of CEF are available from https://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/cef/tc/index.htm.

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This LLM programme offers a highly interactive learning environment, where enthusiastic and detail-oriented professors would provide real life events as examples, allowing me to not only understand law in its practical context, but also develop skills as a professional.

LAM Sum Yee Samantha

LLM Corporate and Commercial Law Stream Graduate 2022

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The experience of studying at City University of Hong Kong was one of the most memorable experiences of my life, where teachers do not just impart knowledge, but explore the unknown boundaries of humanity with students.

GAO Ge

LLM Common Law Stream Graduate 2022

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I am so grateful to have the selfless support from every individual at the School of Law, which provides me with a new destination and an inspiring point of departure for my future path.

GUO Ai

LLM General Stream Graduate 2022

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I appreciate the course leaders for always encouraging us to think critically and to express ourselves boldly. I am grateful for sharing this wonderful year with all the lovely teachers, staff and friends at CityU.

LIAO Wenting

LLM Common Law Stream Graduate 2022

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​​​​Despite the pandemic, all the teachers and faculties embraced us with great  patience, care, knowledge and conscientiousness. Whether we were online or on campus, professors were well prepared for the course and tried their best to explain every concept and answer our questions.

XIA Yunxin

LLM Corporate and Commercial Law Stream Graduate 2022

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It feels very nice to explore a new field in law. IP law is my interest and during my studies I was exposed to multiple perspectives. Professors are responsible and we participated in classes actively. Thanks to CityU for this experience!

 

CHEN Yongqin           

LLM Intellectual Property and Technology Law Stream Graduate 2022

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From my interaction with the professors, I can sense their dedication and commitment to their particular law fields, and their happiness and enthusiasm in imparting valuable beliefs to students.

WANG Ning

LLM Common Law Stream Graduate 2021

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Common law is very different from civil law in many respects. The study at CityU broadened my horizons and enriched my mind. The experience is valuable and pleasant also. The professors at CityU are really excellent; they are nice, smart and graceful!

XU Jiangming

LLM Common Law Stream Graduate 2021

What GPA do I need in order to be admitted into the LLM programme?
There is no minimum GPA requirement. However, admission to the LLM programme is mainly based on academic merit. Other relevant factors such as working experiences and extra-curricular activities will also be taken into consideration.
What are the English proficiency requirements of the LLM programme?
For the English proficiency requirements,we accept:
  • a minimum total score of 88 (internet-based test) in TOEFL; or
  • an overall band score of 6.5 in IELTS; or
  • a score of 520 in Chinese mainland’s College English Test (CET) Band 6; or
  • other equivalent qualifications.
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.
We will consider other English test results. However, applicants must provide proof to show the result is equivalent to the above English tests.
What is the intake target of the LLM programme?
The intake target of our LLM programme is 170 (all streams included).
Will there be interviews?
Admission will be based primarily on the demonstrated performance in your academic studies, although we will also take into account any personal statements you make and any academic or professional references you provide. Interviews may be arranged if they are considered necessary in individual cases. You should not assume that your application has been unsuccessful simply because you have not been invited for an interview.
Do you accept online IELTS Indicator / TOEFL iBT home edition?
LLM do not accept the two online English tests for this cohort. 
Does LLM require recommendation letters?
It is not a must for LLM applicants to provide reference letters. However, they are welcome to include the letters in their applications if they consider these helpful to their applications.
There is no specific requirement for the content of the reference letter as long as the referee is giving a faithful illustration of the applicant's strengths.
Am I eligible to apply for LLM if I do not have an LLB?
We will consider applicants with an LLB degree or those who have a legal professional qualification to practise.
Can I defer my LLM offer to the subsequent year?
Deferred admission is normally not considered. You may apply for the programme again in mid-November of the subsequent year.
For how long does the LLM programme last?
The LLM programme is a combined-mode programme. Local students can study in a combined mode, i.e., they can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to 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.
Are there any loans or scholarships available?
The University does not make student loans or otherwise to cover the costs of tuition fees for either local or overseas students. Students who wish to apply for the Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (NLS) may browse the homepage of the Student Financial Assistance Agency at https://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo/en/ or contact the Agency's hotlines at (852) 2150 6222 or (852) 2150 6223 for eligibility and application procedures. Relevant information can also be accessed through University's Student Development Services (SDS) at https://www.cityu.edu.hk/sds/web/index_main.shtml
The LLM Admission Scholarships
Applications are considered alongside with their LLM applications on a rolling basis. Applicants do not have to apply separately.
UGC Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme
The Master of Laws in Corporate and Financial Law and Intellectual Property and Technology Law have successfully obtained fellowships from the UGC Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme (Fourth Cohort) for 2023/24 intake. The fellowship recipients are required to pay a minimum tuition fee of HK$42,100 and the differences will be subsidised by the fellowships subject to a cap of HK$120,000 for each student regardless of the actual study period of their programme. Three fellowship awards are available for local students admitted to this programme under the Fellowship Scheme supported by the HKSAR Government. Local students admitted to the programme in full-time, part-time or combined study mode will be invited to submit applications for the fellowships.
Can I apply for exemption / credit transfer?
The general policy is not to grant any exemptions, as this is a specialised programme.
Students can apply for credit transfer for their academic work completed. At least 70% of the credit units required for an award of the University must be earned by the successful completion of courses required by the LLM programme. Students should not take the courses for which transfer credits have been granted. For further details on credit transfer, please visit http://www.sgs.cityu.edu.hk/student/TPg/record/credittransfer
Is accommodation available for non-local students?
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
What are the differences between a JD and an LLM?
The JD programme is intended for people who are interested in pursuing studies in the law and are already graduates in a non-law discipline. The LLM programme is generally for people who hold a law degree, except for LLM in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution which is for people with any university degree.
The JD degree is recognised for the purpose of applying for entry into the PCLL programme, provided the student has completed all courses required for PCLL admission. The LLM programme is not recognised for this purpose.
Can I change to other stream during my LLM study?
Please be advised that LLM students are only allowed to change their stream once unless there are exceptional circumstances. Therefore, you are reminded to thoroughly consider your situation before making a request for changing streams.
If I had a law degree from a common law jurisdiction, can I apply for the Common Law Stream?
Applicants who hold a legal qualification from a common law jurisdiction will not be eligible to enrol in the Common Law Stream. Please also note that students who have taken a contract law course at undergraduate level or above at CityU or other institutions in a common law jurisdiction are not allowed to take LW6164E Law of Contract and LW6165E Law of Tort. However, they can study other streams of the LLM programme.
Does your programme offer classes during evening or weekend?
For local students, their study mode can be combined or full-time mode. The maximum study periods are 5 years and 2.5 years respectively. Classes are held during daytime. Classes may be offered in weekday evenings / on Saturdays in special cases. CityU 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.
Any joint degrees or overseas exchange opportunities?
The LLM programme offers joint master's and collaborative programmes with Europe-Asia Research Institute of Aix-Marseille University and University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in France, and Université de Fribourg in Switzerland. Please refer to “Programme Information” for more details. LLM students can also join the exchange programme offered by LLM or CityU School of Law. Details are available at https://www.cityu.edu.hk/slw/current-students/overseas-study-opportunities/student-exchange-programmes.
Does LLM offer internship?
We support our students to take up study/curriculum-related internship. The duration of the internship should not exceed one-third of an academic year.
Please note the permission of undertaking internship is subject to approval by the Immigration Department. If you find an internship (which should be study/curriculum-related), we shall issue a support letter for you. Please let us have the following information:
  1. a copy of your No Objection Letter (NOL) from the Immigration Department;
  2. a copy of your internship agreement, which should include the duration of internship, working hours, allowance (if any);
  3. contact person and telephone of the company; and
  4. a written statement stating that you would take full responsibility to manage your full-time study.
Am I allowed to take JD / LLMArbDR courses during my LLM study?
  1. The ceiling on the number of JD and/or LLMArbDR credit units that students are allowed to earn is 9.
  2. Common Law Stream 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.
  4. LLM students will not receive credit or be allowed to enrol in co-taught JD/ LLB courses under any circumstances (for 2020 cohort and thereafter).
  5. 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.
  6. A list of JD and/or LLMArbDR courses that are open to LLM students will be announced at the beginning of a semester.
  7. The grades obtained in the approved JD and/or LLMArbDR courses will be counted in determining students’ LLM award classifications.
What are the graduation requirements?
Students who have successfully completed a minimum of 24 credit units, fulfilled the stream requirements and achieved a CGPA of 2.85 or above will obtain an LLM degree.
What are the career prospects for LLM graduates?
The LLM programme has hundreds of graduates working locally and worldwide, including the United States, France, Italy, Germany, China and Singapore. In Hong Kong alone, our graduates are working in governmental offices, law firms, non-governmental organisations and corporations. Our alumni network offers the potential of enriching your educational and professional opportunities.
Whom shall I contact for enquiries?
For Admissions Enquiries:
Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies
4/F, Fong Yun Wah Building
83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3442 5588
Fax: (852) 3442 0187
E-mail: tpadmit@cityu.edu.hk

For General Enquiries:
LLM Programme
School of Law
City University of Hong Kong
83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3442 8008
Fax: (852) 3442 0190
E-mail: lwllm@cityu.edu.hk
Website: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/slw/