What will I learn?

The JD Programme is a versatile postgraduate law degree for graduates with bachelor degrees in non-law disciplines, which potentially leads to admission into the legal profession or assuming leadership roles in a variety of work sectors. It is a respected and internationally-recognised award conferred by many universities in leading jurisdictions aboard and provides students with an intellectually-enriching general education in law.

An important feature of this Programme is that it is entirely postgraduate in both form and substance. As a JD student, you will share classes only with other graduate students. You will also be able to choose from a wide range of exciting electives.

Career options:

  • Solicitor
  • In-house Lawyer
  • Barrister
  • Careers in commerce, finance, education, public service etc.

Further study options:

Postgraduate studies for Master or PhD degrees.

Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) (on completion of required elective courses and meeting other rigorous admission requirements).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Education

Study options

Full Time (24 months)

Tuition fees
HK$201,600.00 (US$ 25,918) per year
HK $5,600 per unit for a total of 72 units within normative study period.
Application deadline

Expected April 2022

More details

Start date

Expected January, September 2022

Venue

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Shatin,

Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Master's degree holder from a recognized university; or graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B" ; or completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree. English Language Requirements: TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based); IELTS (Academic): 6.5; GMAT (Verbal): Band 21.

For international students

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, applicants should have:

  • graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree in a non-law subject or a law degree from a non-common law jurisdiction, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or
  • graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree in a non-law subject or a law degree from a non-common law jurisdiction, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B" in undergraduate courses; or
  • completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.

Applicants may apply for admission to the JD Programme before having completed a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) provided that they are in the final year of study for a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent). In these cases, any offer made will be subject to the conditions that all requirements for graduation in the Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) and for admission to the JD Programme are satisfied prior to commencing the JD Programme.

Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirements by:

  • possessing a Bachelor’s degree obtained by completing a programme of study in Hong Kong or an English-speaking country, or which was taught primarily in the English Language; or
  • achieving a result of Band 7.5 or better in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which result was obtained not more than two years prior to the date of applying to join the JD Programme; or
  • achieving a result of 600 (Paper Based Test) or 100 (Internet Based Test) or better in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which result was obtained not more than two years prior to the date of applying to join the JD Programme.

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

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