What will I learn?

This programme is specifically designed for graduates in law from non-Common law jurisdictions (notably Mainland China) who wish to acquire an expertise in Common Law as it is practised in Hong Kong and in other common law jurisdictions.

The curriculum for the Master of Common Law extends over one academic year of full-time study. Teaching is in English and candidates shall be required to have an adequate standard of English.

Students are required to complete the compulsory non-credit bearing course and not fewer than 72 credits, including a capstone experience in accordance with the regulations for this degree and the syllabuses. Students may choose courses from the course outlines of individual areas of law below, and courses from any of the specialist programmes, but in any event no more than two courses from other LLM specialist programmes. Students who hold a law degree from a PRC university may not choose courses related to PRC law subjects, except with the approval from Programme Director and the Department Head.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Law

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$153,300.00 (US$ 19,576) per year
Start date

2 September 2019, 20 January 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 shall hold a Bachelor's degree of this University or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose; shall satisfy any other admission requirements which may be prescribed from time to time for the relevant curriculum. Other English Language Requirements accepted: an overall score of 550 or above (Paper-based test) in TOEFL; or Grade C or above in Overseas General Certificate of Education (GCE); or Grade C in International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE); or Grade C in Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language (CPE).

For international students

Applicants must comply with the General Regulations and fulfil the following requirements

(1) Hold a degree of Bachelor of Laws with at least second class honours or an equivalent qualification from a university or comparable institution in a non-common law jurisdiction

(2) Applicants who do not have a bachelor's degree with English as the medium of instruction are required to satisfy the English language proficiency on the basis of one of the following recognized English tests:

(i) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - A score of 97 or above (internet-based test) or 593 or above (paper-based test); or

(ii) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - An overall band score of 6.5 or above;

in each case, for admissions purposes, the test score report is regarded as valid for two years.

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

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

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