What will I learn?

Programme Aims and Features

This joint programme in literary studies and law provides students with the opportunity to pursue their studies in both literature and the law, and to explore the connections between the two. On completion of the five-year programme, students will be awarded both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws. In addition to preparing students for legal practice, the programme cultivates an appreciation of the narrative dimensions and rhetoric of legal discourse and of the overlaps between literary and legal histories. The curriculum provides a solid foundation for legal practice as well as a wide variety of careers beyond the law, including journalism, media and communications, the arts and culture, and politics.

Professional Recognition

To practise law in Hong Kong, LLB graduates must pass the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL), a one-year full-time or two-year part-time course taught by the Faculty of Law at HKU (or by other universities if applicable). Thereafter, prospective solicitors must spend two years as a trainee in a law firm, or in the Department of Justice, while prospective barristers must undertake 12 months of pupillage. Admission to the PCLL offered by the Faculty of Law is open to law graduates from the University and other approved universities and similar institutions in Hong Kong, and also to and holders of other recognised law qualifications acceptable to the PCLL providers who can demonstrate competence in the required core subjects. Admission is competitive: the selection criteria currently include the standard and origin of the applicant's first degree in law.

The LLB degree has also been recognised by professional bodies and universities overseas. The Law Society of England accepts it for exemptions from Part 1 of the Common Professional Examination, and exemptions may also be granted from certain papers in Part 1 of the Bar Final Examinations in England. Law graduates of the University regularly go on to study for higher degrees at prestigious universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, London and Stanford.

Career Prospects

Many graduates of the Faculty of Law are now serving the Hong Kong community as solicitors, barristers, magistrates and judges, corporate counsel and government lawyers. Others are teaching law in Hong Kong's three law schools. Our alumni have served as chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association, Permanent Judge of the Court of Appeal and Judges of the High Court. Many have also been appointed Senior Counsel or joined the governing bodies of the legal profession in Hong Kong, the Bar Council of the Hong Kong Bar Association and the Council of the Law Society of Hong Kong.

In addition to preparing students for legal practice, the curriculum provides a solid foundation for a wide variety of careers beyond the law, including positions in journalism, media and communications, the arts and culture sectors, and politics. Faculty graduates can also be found pursuing a wide range of careers that at first sight might seem to have little to do with law. Some of our graduates become senior figures serving the business sector, political leaders, chairpeople of statutory bodies, and senior civil servants and journalists.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
HK$171,000.00 (US$ 21,837) per year

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

Application deadline

Expected July 2020

More details

Start date

Expected September 2020

Venue

The University of Hong Kong

G14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants taking SAT or ACT and/or Advanced Placement Tests should hold: an overall minimum score of 1800 in SAT Reasoning Test or a composite score of at least 27 in ACT plus Writing; and Grade 3 in three or more Advanced Placement Tests; or a score of 600 or better in each of three subjects in SAT Subject Tests. For applicants following Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) in community colleges: should hold the US High School Graduation Diploma; at least 12 years of pre-university schooling on a full-time basis; and successful completion of IGETC with Grade C or above in each of the subjects. Other English Language Requirements accepted: a score of 583 or better in the paper-based TOEFL; or Grade C or better in English Language at GCSE / GCEO; or Grade C or better in English First Language at IGCSE; or Grade B or better in English Second Language at IGCSE; or other equivalents.

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;

    TOEFL: A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or 583 in the paper-based test.

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    About this uni

    University of Hong Kong had ten of its disciplines ranked in the top 20 globally in the QS World University Rankings by subjects 2019.

    • Recognized as ‘most international’ university in the world
    • Professors ranked among world’s top 1 % of scientists
    • Intensive international collaboration with top universities
    • Graduate employment rate of nearly 100% for 13 years