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What will I learn?

The programme aims to provide an intensive study of issues and practices relating to Chinese and Comparative Law, International Economic Law, Common Law, Maritime and Transportation Law, Intellectual Property and Technology Law, and Corporate and Commercial Law. Students may also choose to follow a general course of study. Participants with a pre-entry background in law will be provided with an opportunity to enhance their professional competence, specialist knowledge and career focus.

Course Description

Our Master of Laws (LLM) Programme offers a unique blend of comprehensive legal information, innovative skill-based training, opportunities for independent research, the flexibility to study in any of a variety of streams and international study opportunities.

Students are able to obtain their LLM degrees in any of the following streams:

  1. Chinese and Comparative Law Stream focuses on a comparative understanding of the legal framework of China.
  2. International Economic Law Stream deals with international legal issues concerning business transactions and economic development with a particular emphasis on problems relating to different jurisdictions.
  3. Common Law Stream provides students with an opportunity to study the origins, practices, values, principles and theories of common law, and equips students with legal skills of comparing common and civil law systems and methods.
  4. Maritime and Transportation Law Stream deals with legal issues concerning maritime and transportation law at both regional and international levels. Students of the Maritime and Transportation Law Stream who do not have a law degree are required to take two foundation courses on top of the stipulated curriculum for students with a law degree to keep up their study progress. Extra tuition fee for the two foundation courses will be charged. Such students will need to take 6 more credits next to the 24 credits normal curriculum -- i.e. 30 credits in total, in order to graduate from the programme.
  5. Intellectual Property and Technology Law Stream explores cutting-edge issues relating to copyright, patent, trademark, design, trade secret and cyberspace.
  6. Corporate and Commercial Law Stream focuses on legal issues concerning corporations, finance and business with practical importance in the regional and international markets.
  7. General Stream provides students with an opportunity to study any topics in which they may be interested.

Which department am I in?

School of Law

Study options

Full Time (Normal Study Period: 1 year, Maximum Study Period: 2.5 years)

Tuition fees
HK $5,390 per credit
Application deadline

Expected May 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

City University of Hong Kong

Tat Chee Avenue,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree of one of the universities in Hong Kong or of an overseas institution recognized for this purpose by the University; or hold such other qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University as equivalent. English Language Requirements: a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or band 6 in the Chinese mainland's College English Test; or other equivalent qualifications

For international students

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and the following programme-specific entrance requirements:

  • Holding an honours degree in law or equivalent qualification; or
  • Having been admitted for professional practice of law in Hong Kong or other jurisdictions; or
  • having obtained either a Common Professional Examination (CPE) of the United Kingdom or Hong Kong with satisfactory results, provided that a second class honours degree has also been obtained; or
  • Having obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Hong Kong Law or Master of Arts/Laws in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution; or
  • (Applicable to applicants for Maritime and Transportation Law Stream) holding an honours degree in maritime or logistics studies, or related disciplines, or holding an honours degree in any discipline with 3-year or above working experience relating to Maritime or Logistics industry.

AND

  • being proficient in English if they are applying for the English Module; or being proficient in English and Chinese (Putonghua) if they are applying for the Chinese Module.

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

  • a minimum total score of 595 (paper-based test); or 97 (internet-based test); or 70 (revised paper-delivered test; sum of Reading, Listening and Writing section scores) in TOEFL; or
  • an overall band score of 7 in IELTS; or
  • a score of 500 in the Mainland China's College English Test (CET) Band 6; or
  • other equivalent qualifications.

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

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