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Juris Doctor (JD) City University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Course info


Programme Aims and Objectives

To provide a well-rounded legal education to those who already possess a first degree in a non-law discipline (or a law degree from a non-common law jurisdiction) and who wish to enter the legal profession in Hong Kong or who want to equip themselves for a career in law-related employment.

City University of Hong Kong offers a taught programme of study tailor-made for students aiming for admission as a solicitor or barrister in Hong Kong.

The programme is also suitable for students looking for a professional alternative to the MBA degree and aiming for leadership roles in commerce, industry, government, the media and community services.

The core of the JD programme will consist of three courses that are essential for a proper understanding of the law and its workings in Hong Kong: Legal Methods, Research and Writing, Legal Systems of Hong Kong and Mainland China, and Jurisprudence.

Students will also be required to select courses from a wide range of electives drawn from the JD curriculum, the Master of Laws (LLM) and the Master of Laws in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (LLMArbDR) programmes.


The School of Law prepares you for the legal profession and for law-related careers in the public service and private enterprise. Our law degree particularly meets the need of those who would like to join the legal profession in Hong Kong, or look for other law-related opportunities in Mainland China and the Asia-Pacific region.


JD students have an option to specialise in any one of the following areas:

  • International Commercial Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Chinese and Comparative Law
  • Air and Maritime Law

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Juris Doctor (JD).

Full Time (Normal Study Period: 2 years; Maximum Period of Study: 5 years)

Tuition fees

HK$388,080.00 (36,62,699) per year

HK $5,390 per credit


02 Sep, 13 Jan


City University of Hong Kong

Tat Chee Avenue,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirement for international students

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the following entry requirements:

  • a bachelor's degree in a non-law discipline; or
  • a bachelor's degree in law from a non-common law jurisdiction, which was obtainable after at least eight semesters of full-time study. Holders with a degree in law from a common law jurisdiction are NOT eligible to apply.

For applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English, the minimum English language proficiency requirement will be:

  • a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based); or
  • an overall band score of 7 in IELTS, with no individual score below 6.5; or
  • a total score of 520 in the Chinese mainland's College English Test (Band 6).

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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