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What will I learn?

The HKU-UCL Dual Degree Programme in Law was jointly launched by The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and University College London (UCL) in September 2016. This unique Programme enables selected students to study in two of the world’s key global financial centres, London and Hong Kong, and to gain insight into the legal systems of two important common law jurisdictions – one as the origin of the common law with easy access to Europe, and the other in an important hub of legal education in Asia that benefits from the rapidly growing economy of China. Students will spend the first two years at UCL and the following two years at HKU. It provides a unique experience to live in two different cultures and offers a wide diversity of opportunities. Upon graduation, they would be eligible to pursue further professional qualifications that would eventually enable them to qualify as legal practitioners in both jurisdictions.

During their time at UCL, students will take a compulsory extra-curricular placement in the UCL Centre for Access to Justice where they will have the opportunity to interact with legal professionals in providing legal assistance to the local community. During the last two years of study at HKU, students may have an opportunity to study a course on an intensive basis in an eminent university in Mainland China, and broaden their horizons by participating in a legal internship through designated clinical courses offered by the Faculty. Upon successful completion of the whole programme, separate Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degrees will be awarded by these two prestigious and highly-ranked law schools.

Programme Structure

The curriculum for the dual degree programme in law normally requires 4-Year full-time study. Students under this dual degree Programme will spend the first two years at UCL and the following two years at HKU. After completing all four years of study, students will be awarded the HKU LLB and UCL LLB degrees.

To complete the curriculum, a student need to satisfy curriculum requirements for the first two years of study of LLB at UCL, which is equivalent to 132 HKU credits in value, and pass in courses totalling at least 168 credits in value in the last two years of study at HKU. The sequence of the programme of study is as follows:

Study at UCL (equivalent to 132 HKU credits)

The first two years of study are the same as for the three-year LLB degree at UCL: four compulsory modules are studied in each year.

Study at HKU (168 credits with 84 credits per year)

The last two years of study are mainly to complete professional requirements for the award of an LLB degree at HKU.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Law

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HKU Fee: HK $171,000 per annual; UCL Fee: £24,000 (2022/23) per annual

*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

(i) Via JUPAS scheme (on the strength of HKDSE)

  • an average of 36 across the four compulsory subjects and two highest scoring elective subjects, with Level 5** in one core subject;
  • at least level 5 in English and Maths; and
  • no score lower than 4.

(i) Via non-JUPAS scheme (on the strength other than HKDSE)

  • GCE A levels: Minimum grades A*AA; or
  • IB Diploma: 39 points (excluding bonus points) with no score lower than 6, including a score of 19 points in three higher level subjects (7,6,6); or
  • an equivalent standard in an alternative qualification which satisfies the University of Hong Kong entry requirements.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a panel interview in March of each calendar year by email and/or telephone.

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

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