What will I learn?

The BA&LLB programme invites you to explore connections between the law and literary studies. This double degree programme, which awards you with two degrees over five years of study, cultivates an appreciation for narrative and rhetoric in the law. The curriculum provides a solid foundation for legal practice and a wide variety of careers beyond the law, from journalism to the arts to politics.

Programme Introduction

PURSUE A CAREER IN LAW, HUMANITIES, AND BEYOND

Jointly offered by the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Arts, this programme draws on the complementary strengths of the two Faculties where questions of textual interpretation are paramount. It aims to develop competence in both legal and literary analysis, encourage interdisciplinary thinking, and enrich students’ sense of human and social values.

2 bachelor degrees in 5 years

Study across the fields of law and arts to earn two degrees in 5 years.

Professional opportunities

BA&LLB graduates use their degree to move into a range of careers. These include all of the traditional legal pathways – solicitors, barristers, etc. – but also an additional range of possibilities opened up by the training in Arts and Literary Studies made available by this unique degree.

What You’ll Study

The programme fosters valuable skills in both legal argumentation and literary analysis. As a Literary Studies major, BA&LLB students can choose their course of study in the Faculty of Arts from a wide array of subjects in English literature, Chinese literature, comparative literature, language and communication, linguistics, translation studies, and many others. In the Faculty of Law, students take foundational courses in legal studies as well as upper-level electives that allow them to explore their interests in greater depth.

In addition to studying individual subjects in both faculties, students in this programme take interdisciplinary seminars which bring together legal and literary texts – an opportunity to deepen and broaden both legal knowledge and critical analysis skills. Currently offered in the programme are subjects examining law and film; medieval law and literature; law, meaning and interpretation; contemporary law and literary texts; legal history; and many more.

Exciting Opportunities

Students successfully entering this programme will be part of a small cohort, with whom they will take the core subjects in the programme. They also participate fully in the opportunities offered by both the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Law – including university clubs and societies, international exchange, internships, experiential learning, and other programmes. In addition, students in the BA&LLB programme have access to tailored internship and research opportunities in their final year, available only within the programme.

Career Prospects

This exciting double degree programme offers students a range of highly in-demand skills for careers in the law. Combining creativity, critical analysis, language skills and rigorous legal training, the course equips graduates with the skill-set and qualifications for a dynamic career. Upon attaining their LLB, many students from the programme pursue further qualifications in the law, preparatory to becoming a barrister or a solicitor in Hong Kong or abroad. At the same time, the programme offers its students a wide array of additional career options, including academia, journalism, politics, consulting, and many more.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
HK$171,000.00 (16,28,416) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

24 August 2022

More details

Start date

1 September 2022

Venue

The University of Hong Kong

MG 14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education/HKCEE/HKALE or equivalent. English Language Requirement: IELTS - An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module; TOEFL - A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or an overall score of 70 in the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English - Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; or Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English. IB score will vary according to the program selected.

For international students

Competitive Admission Standards:

  • An International Baccalaureate Diploma with 31 points out of 45 or equivalent
  • GCE A-Level / International A-Level: Candidates should present at minimum of 2A 1B level subjects, excluding English and Chinese language or equivalent
  • SAT Reasoning Test / ACT plus Writing and SAT Subject Test / Advanced Placement Test: Candidates should have completed - Redesigned SAT: 1350; SAT Subject Tests: 550 in each of the 3 subjects; AP Exams: Level 3 in each of the 3 subjects or equivalent

You must achieve at least one of the following English Language Requirements to be considered for admission to HKU.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

GCSE / GCEO

  • Grade C in English Language at GCSE/GCEO;
  • Grade C in English First Language at IGCSE; or
  • Grade B in English as a Second Language at IGCSE

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

  • Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; or
  • Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

SAT Reasoning Test: Sub-scores of 550 in both Critical Reading and Writing in the same attempt of the SAT Reasoning Test (prior to March 2016); or Test scores of 31 in Writing and Language and 30 in Reading in the same attempt of the Redesigned SAT Reasoning Test;

IELTS: An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module;

A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or an overall score of 70 in the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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