Master of Laws (LLM)

Aims | Streams | Award Titles | Medium of Instruction and Assessment | Mode of Programme and Class Schedule | Programme Structure | Courses | Courses offered in 2017/18

Cooperation with the Supreme People’s Court of the PRC | Cooperation with Overseas Universities

Entrance Requirements | Tuition Fee | Scholarships for 2018/19 | Accommodation | How to Apply | Admission Enquiries | Contact

 

Aims

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.

Streams

  • Chinese and Comparative Law Stream focuses on a comparative understanding of the legal framework of China.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Maritime and Transportation Law Stream deals with legal issues concerning maritime and transportation law at both the 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 in addition to the stipulated curriculum for students with a law degree. Extra tuition fee for the two foundation courses will be charged. In other words, those without a law degree will need to take 6 more credits next to the 24 credits for normal curriculum, i.e. 30 credits in total, in order to graduate from the programme.
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Law Stream explores cutting-edge issues relating to copyright, patent, trademark, design, trade secret and cyberspace.
  • Corporate and Commercial Law Stream focuses on legal issues concerning corporations, finance and business with practical importance in the regional and international markets.
  • General Stream provides students with an opportunity to study any topics in which they may be interested.

 

Award Titles

English Title Chinese Title
Master of Laws in Chinese and Comparative Law 法學碩士(中國法與比較法)
Master of Laws in International Economic Law 法學碩士(國際經濟法)
Master of Laws in Common Law 法學碩士(普通法)
Master of Laws in Maritime and Transportation Law 法學碩士(海事法與運輸法)
Master of Laws in Intellectual Property and Technology Law 法學碩士(知識產權與科技法)
Master of Laws in Corporate and Commercial Law 法學碩士(公司與商事法)
Master of Laws 法學碩士

 

Medium of Instruction and Assessment

In 2017/18 academic year, only English module will be offered for the following streams:

  • Chinese and Comparative Law
  • International Economic Law
  • Common Law
  • Maritime and Transportation Law
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Law
  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • General

 

Mode of Programme and Class Schedule

Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.

Classes are held during daytime. Classes may be offered in weekday evenings / Saturdays in special cases. The School of Law does not guarantee to offer weekday-evening or weekend classes to LLM students enrolled in the combined mode or part-time mode.

 

Entrance Requirements

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 TOEFL score of 595 (paper-based test) or 97 (internet-based test); 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.

*    An applicant who holds a legal qualification from a common law jurisdiction will not be eligible to enrol in the Common Law Stream.

#    Foundation Courses
Students of the LLM Maritime and Transportation Law stream who do not have a degree in law are required to take two foundation law courses – LW6164E Law of Contract and LW6181E Common Law System, Reasoning and Methodology – on top of the stipulated curriculum for students with a law degree to keep up their study progress. Foundation courses serve as foundation for all other non-foundational law courses. Given the nature of these two courses, the School of Law offers both in Semester A of each academic year and students will need to take the foundation courses before or at the same time of taking other non-foundation law courses in the first semester of their study.

^    The School of Law has stipulated a validity period of three years for results of the above tests. Applicants are required to provide their English test results obtained within the three years preceding the commencement of the University’s application period.

 

Programme Structure

Students who complete the required courses and electives and achieve a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 or above will receive the degree of Master of Laws (LLM).

Each LLM course is worth 3 credit units except Dissertation (6 credit units), Intensive Seminar (1 or 2 credit units) and Research Seminars (1 credit unit).

Chinese and Comparative Law Stream (English and Chinese Modules)

English Module
Required Electives (15 credit units):

1. LW6121E Constitutional and Administrative Law of China
2. LW6122E Chinese and Comparative Financial Law
3. LW6129E Chinese and Comparative Environmental Law
4. LW6134E Chinese and Comparative Company Law
5. LW6136E Property Rights in China: Legal, Economic, and Policy Analysis
6. LW6138E Chinese Law of Obligations
7. LW6140E Chinese and Comparative Commercial Law
8. LW6141E Chinese Foreign Trade and Investment Law
9. LW6161E Chinese and Comparative Competition Law
10. LW6169E Chinese and Comparative Labour Law
11. LW6172E Law and Society in China
12. LW6187E Chinese and Comparative Alternative Dispute Resolution

Electives (9 credit units):
Select 9 credit units from the offered LLM courses of which the course codes end with “E” and/or JD courses

Chinese Module
Required Electives* (15 credit units):

1. LW6121C Constitutional and Administrative Law of China
2. LW6122C Chinese and Comparative Financial Law
3. LW6129C Chinese and Comparative Environmental Law
4. LW6136C Property Rights in China: Legal, Economic, and Policy Analysis
5. LW6138C Chinese Law of Obligations
6 LW6161C Chinese and Comparative Competition Law

 *  Students may be required to take the required course(s) in the English Module depending upon staff availability

Electives (9 credit units):
Select 9 credit units from the offered LLM courses of which the course codes end with “C”. Students may be required to take the elective course(s) in the English Module depending upon staff availability.

International Economic Law Stream (English and Chinese Modules)

English Module
Required Courses:

  1. LW6142E International Investment Law
  2. LW6144E International Trade Law

Programme Electives:

Select 18 credit units from the offered LLM courses of which the course codes end with “E” and/or JD courses (please refer to courses under the JD programme) with at least 6 credit units from the following courses (which will be offered depending upon demand and available expertise):

LW6143E Law and Business in Asia
LW6145E Transnational Legal Problems
LW6160E Advanced Study of Antidumping and Countervailing Measures
LW6167E Current Issues in WTO Law
LW6173E Private International Law
LW6180E International Commercial Contracts and Uniform Sales Law

Chinese Module
Required Courses:
  1. LW6143C International Investment Law
  2. LW6144C International Trade Law

Programme Electives:

Select 18 credit units from the offered LLM courses with at least 6 credit units from the following courses (which will be offered depending upon demand and available expertise):

LW6131C Legal Systems in South East Asia
LW6146C Transnational Corporate Law
LW6160C Advanced Study of Antidumping and Countervailing Measures
LW6173C Private International Law

Common Law Stream (English Module only)

English Module
Required Courses:
  1. LW5608 Constitutional Law
  2. LW6164E Law of Contract*
  3. LW6165E Law of Tort*
  4. LW6181E Common Law System, Reasoning and Methodology

* Students who have taken a contract law and/or tort law course(s) at undergraduate level or above at CityU or other institutions in a common law jurisdiction are not allowed to take this/these course(s).

Programme Electives:

Select at least 12 credit units from:
(i)      the offered LLM courses of which the course codes end with “E”, or
(ii)     the offered postgraduate level courses under the Juris Doctor (JD) programme except:

Course Code and Title
LW5602 Law of Contract
LW5603 Law of Tort
LW5621 Legal System of Hong Kong and Mainland China
LW5622 Legal Methods, Research and Writing
LW5623 Jurisprudence
LW5630 Equity & Trusts
LW5641 Intellectual Property: Theory, Copyright and Design
LW5664 European Competition Law and Policy

Maritime and Transportation Law Stream (English Module only)

English Module

Required Courses for MTL students who have a university degree in law:

  1. LW6189E Bills of Lading Law
  2. LW6192E Maritime Law

Required Courses for MTL students who do not have a university degree in law:

  1. LW6164E Law of Contract (Foundation Course)
  2. LW6181E Common Law System, Reasoning and Methodology (Foundation Course)
  3. LW6189E Bills of Lading Law
  4. LW6192E Maritime Law
Programme Electives:

Select 18 credit units from the offered LLM courses of which the course codes end with “E” and/or JD courses (please refer to courses under the JD programme) with at least 6 credit units from the following courses (which will be offered depending upon demand and available expertise):

Course Code and Title  
LW6175E Maritime Insurance Law  
LW6179E Maritime Arbitration Law  
LW6188E Chinese Maritime Law  
LW6190E Charterparties Law  
LW6191E Admiralty Law  

Intellectual Property and Technology Law Stream (English Module only)

English Module
Required Courses:
  1. LW6195E Law of Copyright, Designs and Allied Rights in Hong Kong
  2. LW6196E Law of Trade Marks and Patents in Hong Kong
Programme Electives:

Select 18 credit units from the offered LLM courses of which the course codes end with “E” and/or JD courses (please refer to courses under the JD programme) with at least 6 credit units from the following courses (which will be offered depending upon demand and available expertise):

Course Code and Title
LW6127E International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law: Trademarks and Patents
LW6133E International and Comparative Copyright Law
LW6198E Intellectual Property: Law, Practice and Procedure
LW6199E Business Intellectual Property

Corporate and Commercial Law Stream (English Module only)

English Module
Required Electives (15 credit units):

1. LW6103E Company Law I
2. LW6104E Company Law II
3. LW6106E Legal and Operational Aspects of Corporate Governance
4. LW6107E Capital and Securities Market Regulation
5. LW6108E International Financial Law (subject to approval)
6. LW6109E Banking Law
7. LW6110E Commercial Law
8. LW6111E Insurance Law (subject to approval)
9. LW6112E Human Rights Responsibilities of Business
10. LW6161E Chinese and Comparative Competition Law

Electives (9 credit units):

Select 9 credit units from the offered LLM courses of which the course codes end with “E” and/or JD courses.


General Stream (English and Chinese Modules)

There is no required course in the General Stream. Students should select 24 credit units from the offered LLM courses of which the course codes end with “E” and/or JD courses (please refer to courses under the JD programme).

Courses under the Juris Doctor Programme

(This section is not applicable to students of the Common Law Stream.)
For non Common Law Stream students:

  1. the ceiling of JD courses that an LLM student is allowed to take is 9 credit units;
  2. students are not allowed to take G-LEAP courses (namely LW5641 and LW5664);
  3. if the contents of a JD course and an LLM course are similar, students will be allowed to take the LLM course only;

For all students:

  1. if a student requests to take a course under the Juris Doctor (JD) programme and he/she has previously completed a similar course in a common law jurisdiction, he/she will not be allowed to take the course;
  2. a list of JD courses that are open to LLM students will be announced at the beginning of a semester;
  3. the grades obtained in the approved JD courses will be counted in determining students’ LLM award classifications.

For the information on each course, please click HERE.

 

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for academic year 2017/18 is HK$4,880 per credit. The minimum number of credits required to complete the programme is 24. For students in the Maritime and Transportation Law Stream without a law degree, the minimum number of credits required for them to complete the programme is 30 as they are required to take two more law foundation courses (6 credits).

 

Cooperation with Overseas Universities

CityU School of Law operates collaborative programmes with Europe-Asia Research Institute of Aix-Marseille University and University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Selected students will study at these partner universities and obtain one postgraduate degree from CityU and one from the partner university, where the designated study-loads at both institutions are successfully discharged. For further details, please visit http://www6.cityu.edu.hk/slw/academic/global_gateway.html.

 

Cooperation with the Supreme People’s Court of the PRC

CityU School of Law also collaborates with the National Judges College and the Supreme People’s Court of the PRC to provide advanced legal education to Chinese judges. A number of Chinese judges are selected to study in the LLM programme at CityU. During their study at CityU, they will have an opportunity to undertake internships at the Hong Kong courts.

 

Scholarships for 2018/19

•   LLM Admission Scholarships

There are three types of scholarships provided to LLM students:

  • a maximum of 1 full scholarship to the value of 24-credit tuition fees, which equals HK$121,200;
  • a maximum of 3 scholarships, each to the value of 12-credit tuition fees, which equals HK$60,600; and
  • a maximum of 7 scholarships, each to the value of HK$30,000.

Further details of the LLM Admission Scholarship are available at
http://www6.cityu.edu.hk/slw/pros_students/LLM_scholarship.html

The number of scholarships and the allocation of scholarships each year are left entirely at the discretion of the Law School.

•   Scholarship for LLM Chinese judge students

The School of Law will recommend candidates for the scholarship by having a holistic consideration, including but not limited to, students’ academic performance, participation in the School’s events and activities, and their leave records.

•   The HK Maritime Law Scholarship Scheme

The Hong Kong Maritime Law Scholarship Scheme was established in 2011-12 and has been operated under the Maritime and Aviation Training Fund since 1 April 2014. Each year, a number of scholarships are offered to selected students of the Maritime and Transportation Law Stream of the LLM programme. These scholarships can be used to cover the full tuition fees at CityU.

Further details of the HK Maritime Law Scholarship are available at
http://www6.cityu.edu.hk/slw/HKCMT/scholarship.html

•   School of Law Postgraduate Scholarships

The Scholarships will support LLM, LLMArbDR, JD, JSD and JSDCJ students to participate in the one-month course together with the Chinese judges (who are LLM students) in an overseas University during the summer semester.  It will be used to cover the costs for the recipients to study at that University including airfare, accommodation, local travelling and other expenses.  There will be no cash award to the recipients.

 

Accommodation

Students should be prepared to arrange their own accommodation, as on-campus accommodation is usually not available due to limited space. For assistance in locating information on off-campus accommodation, see “Off-campus Accommodation” at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sro/htm/e_off-campus1.htm

 

How to Apply

Apply online at http://www.sgs.cityu.edu.hk/prospective/apply/procedures

 

Admission Enquiries

Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies
Telephone: (852) 3442 5588
Fax: (852) 3442 0187
Email: tpadmit@cityu.edu.hk
Website:http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs

 

Contacts

Further information about the programme is obtainable from:

Dr DING Chunyan
Associate Professor
LLM Programme Director
School of Law
City University of Hong Kong
83 Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3442 7678
Fax: (852) 3442 0190
E-mail: chunding@cityu.edu.hk
General Office, School of Law
City University of Hong Kong
83 Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3442 8008
Fax: (852) 3442 0190
E-mail: lwllm@cityu.edu.hk
Website: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/slw
 
Dr XING Lijuan
Assistant Professor
LLM Programme Associate Director
School of Law
City University of Hong Kong
83 Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3442 4178
Fax: (852) 3442 0190
E-mail: lijuxing@cityu.edu.hk