Taking up Bachelor of Laws at CityU HK

Graduating with a Bachelor of Laws from the right university can do more for your career than you can ever imagine. Take your pre-law studies full-time at none other than the City University of Hong Kong.

The benefits of pre-law studies

Whether you’re undecided on which career path to take or you’re determined to proceed to studying law, earning a Bachelor of Laws degree will be a smart move to make. Rest assured that what you learn from the course will not be limited to applications in a law profession. Time has proven that its applications have been well received in many large scale industries. Should you find yourself thriving in a different industry, having the advantage of a pre-law education will benefit you largely especially in dealings with corporate matters and even in matters dealt with in public. This means that you can spare your company of future legal complications because of the pre-law education you received.

Furthermore, giving thanks to the economic growth that Hong Kong has had the benefit of enjoying, businesses all over the country have grown at exponential rates. The expansions have brought on a need for new and additional legal procedures and undertakings.

Studying Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at CityU HK

Becoming a part of the Bachelor of Laws program is equivalent to taking up any other undergraduate course. It requires students to take up full-time schedules for the entire four-year duration. The Full Time-Mode scheme is advantageous for those who have acquired degrees prior to enrolling, and to school leavers as well.

In your four years of continuous study at the City University of Hong Kong, one can expect to be taught the foundational subjects for law studies. The focus of the curriculum is that of providing students with an edge on the most fundamental concepts and practices which they will encounter once they proceed to taking up further studies in law.

Chinese Law studies

To elevate each student’s competence, the Bachelor of Laws curriculum also includes subjects in Chinese law. The pre-law students will find themselves familiar with the legal systems that govern China by the time that they graduate. Furthermore, students are also given the freedom to add more subjects to their curriculum to enable them to distinguish a path towards the career they seek to build.

The CityU HK promise

In line with the students’ desires of attaining an excellent Bachelor of Laws education, the City University of Hong Kong work tirelessly to achieve following goals: To educate the students in law studies that will enable them to maintain liberal in accepting its theories and putting them into practice on standards suitable to that of an undergraduate course of study, to oversee that students gain no less than a critical understanding of the law profession to enable each of them to provide Hong Kong and the world with what is due them, to encourage the furthering of each student’s capability for intellectual tasks, specifically in analytical and critical problem-solving, and to promote effective written and spoken communication skills.

The City University of Hong Kong strives to provide its students with the education that they deserve which in turn will result to producing globally competent graduates that will bring glory to the university.

Continuous growth and improvement

The City University of Hong Kong administers its Bachelor of Laws studies in an environment that promotes growth and improvement. This is proven in the university’s openness in receiving constructive feedback. In fact, over its years as an institution, the university has made a number of amendments to the Bachelor of Laws programme.

Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Introduction | Programme Aims | Programme Structure | Special Features | Career Prospects | Admission Requirements | Assessment of Applications (HKDSE) | Tuition Fee | LLB Admission Scholarship | Applications and Enquiries | Switching to Law Major and Application for Law Minors | LLB Information Seminar

 

Introduction

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) provides a sound preparation not only for the practice of law but for many other careers. Recent rapid economic and social developments in Hong Kong, in the PRC and world wide have created many new opportunities for lawyers and legally aware persons throughout commercial, business, professional and public life. Legal education and law teaching must ensure that law graduates are sufficiently well equipped to meet those opportunities. Legal education and training in Hong Kong has itself been the subject of an extensive review over the past few years and many positive recommendations for changes in course format and course delivery have been made. City University has embraced those recommendations and has substantially redesigned the LLB programme. There are consequent changes in the delivery of the programme and in the way students are assessed.

The School of Law offers LLB programme in Full-Time Mode (four years). The Full-Time programme will be attractive to both school leavers and those who have a bachelor degree.

The curriculum will concentrate on the essential core common law subjects as they apply in Hong Kong. Students will also be introduced to the laws and legal system of mainland China. In addition, students will be able to select subjects they wish to study depending upon their intended careers and interests from a wide range of electives.

 

Programme Aims

The programme aims to:

  1. provide a liberal education in the theory and practice of law at the level and rigour appropriate for an undergraduate degree;
  2. equip students with a critical understanding of law and legal institutions so as to enable them to serve the needs of Hong Kong and the international community; and
  3. facilitate the development of a range of intellectual skills, in particular the ability to think analytically and critically, to solve problems, and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this Programme, students should be able to:

  • Know the law
    • analytically and critically describe the main substantive/procedural laws and the legal system of Hong Kong, and also describe the principles of international law or the laws of other jurisdictions;
    • describe the law and legal system of the People’s Republic of China and its relation with Hong Kong’s constitutional set-up and commercial future;
  • Apply the law
    • apply the law to solve legal problems;
  • Evaluate & contextualise the law
    • critically evaluate the law in action and the dynamic interplay between law and other social phenomena and real-life situations;
  • Acquire & Use legal skills
    • use a range of legal or intellectual skills – such as reading and interpreting cases and statutes, identifying and evaluating relevant facts, conducting independent legal research, developing and offering solutions to legal problems, using and citing relevant authorities appropriately, drafting documents, and communicating in a coherent, cogent and persuasive manner – in performing various tasks;
  • Act ethically & responsibly
    • act with a strong sense of ethics and with due regard to social and professional responsibilities.
  • Develop the attitude
    • develop an attitude of inquiry and a sense of curiosity to learning and knowledge.
  • Opportunity to Discover
    • have an opportunity to make an original discovery and/ or innovation concerning the operation of the law and procedure in Hong Kong

 

Programme Structure

The structure of our LLB prorgamme allows students to broaden their horizons by studying various law and non-law subjects. A special emphasis is placed on exposing students to comparative and international perspectives. In order to graduate, LLB students are required to complete 126 credit units (for LLB students of 2012 cohort and thereafter) comprising core law courses, law electives, Gateway Education courses such as English language courses and Chinese civilisation courses.

The core courses for LLB students are: Legal Research and Writing, Hong Kong Legal System, Public Law of the PRC, Law of Contract, Law of Tort, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Land Law, Applied Legal Theory, and Private Law of the PRC. Students contemplating entry to the legal profession must also complete the following courses: Equity and Trusts, Company Law, Law of Evidence, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, and Commercial law.

In addition, LLB students may choose electives from a list of over thirty courses in areas such as commercial law, environmental law, public law, international law, human rights law, international economic law, Chinese law, intellectual property law, cyberspace law, alternative dispute resolution, international advocacy, comparative law, and criminal law.

A feature of the LLB Programme will be an integrated approach to learning and assessment by which students will be able to acquire and improve their general transferrable skills and competencies. There will be more emphasis on in-class presentations, inter-active teaching and small group activities rather than on the traditional take home written coursework and the closed book examination. Attention will be paid throughout the programme to the continual improvement of language skills

LLB Programme Structure (for students of 2014 cohort)

LLB Programme Structure (for students of 2015 cohort)

LLB Programme Structure (for students of 2016 cohort)

LLB Programme Structure (for students admitted from 2017)

 

Special Features

* Subject to confirmation

 

Career Prospects

A law degree offers a firm foundation for a variety of careers and further study, both in Hong Kong and overseas. Graduates who wish to practice law in Hong Kong will need to enter the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) programme which we offer at City University.

Many law graduates also enjoy successful careers in accountancy, business, finance, management, journalism and the Civil Service. Graduates may pursue further studies or professional qualifications in law, business and management, accountancy, finance and corporate administration. The Master of Laws (LLM), offered by the School of Law, also creates significant opportunity for law graduates to extend their qualifications to postgraduate status.

 

Admission Requirements

JUPAS Applicants

To be eligible for admission to the LLB Programme, the HKDSE applicant should achieve Level 5 or above in English Language and satisfy the University general entrance requirements (visit: http://www.admo.cityu.edu.hk/jupas_hkdse/).

Direct/ Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and meet the following programme specific entrance requirements.

  • an overall band score of 7 in IELTS#; or
  • a TOEFL# score of 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (internet-based test);
  • Grade C or above in HKALE AS Level Use of English; or
  • other equivalent qualifications.

#Obtained within 3 years before admission.

Applicants may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Laws programme directly. Advanced standing entry will not be considered.

Mature applicants are eligible to apply for admission notwithstanding they do not satisfy the general entrance requirements, provided they can demonstrate suitability for the programme and an aptitude for study. Mature applicants must be over the age of 25 years by 1 September of the year of admission to the LLB programme.  

The University may allow previous educational or vocational experience to be counted towards the credit units needed to obtain a City University award.

 

Assessment of Applications (HKDSE)

Please click here for details.

 

Tuition Fee

Please click HERE for the tuition fee information.

For tuition fee enquiries, please contact the School of Law General Office by email at lwllb@cityu.edu.hk or by phone at 3442 8187.

 

LLB Admission Scholarship

In order to reward local students with outstanding academic results, the School of Law has established the Admission Scholarship for the LLB Programme. The value of each award is up to HK$75,000.

Eligible students will be automatically considered for the above Scholarship.  Application is not required.

For details, please click HERE

 

Applications and Enquiries

  • Admission Period
    Students are admitted to the four year full-time LLB programme at the start of Semester A (which normally begins in early September) in each academic year.

  • How to Apply

    Applicants seeking admission to the LLB programme can apply either through JUPAS or directly to the University but not to both.

    JUPAS is a cooperative scheme set up by the eight local Government-funded tertiary institutions to handle applications for admission to their full-time bachelor's degree programmes.

    You SHOULD apply through JUPAS if:

    • you are a current secondary school student in Hong Kong sitting for the HKDSE (a "school applicant") or
    • you are a non-school applicant who has either already obtained HKDSE results or expect to obtain the necessary results in the current HKDSE as a private candidate that would make you eligible for admission to the study programmes of your choice.

    You should not apply through JUPAS if you do not have any past HKDSE results, nor will you be sitting for the coming HKDSE. Applicants who come into that category will apply direct to City University.

    Details of the JUPAS scheme and the application procedures may be obtained from the JUPAS web-site http://www.jupas.edu.hk or from the JUPAS office at the following address:

    JUPAS Office
    UG 02, Knowles Building
    University of Hong Kong
    Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
    24 hours enquiry hotline: (852) 2803 2200
    Telephone number: (852) 2859 2274

    Applicants who will be relying upon HKDSE results and seeking admission through the JUPAS route must submit their applications via the Web at http://www.jupas.edu.hk. An online demo on application submission can be downloaded from that website.

    If you wish to apply directly to the University, please visit HERE.

    Apply online or download application materials at http://www.admo.cityu.edu.hk/apply

  • Admissions Enquiry:

    Telephone: (852) 3442 9094
    Fax: (852) 3442 9086
    Email:asadmit@cityu.edu.hk

    Further information about the programme is obtainable from:

    Professor Kelvin LOW
    Professor
    LLB Programme Director
    School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
    83 Tat Chee Avenue,
    Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    Tel.: (852) 3442 4662
    Fax: (852) 3442 0190
    Email: kelvin.low@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 7847
    E-Mail: lwllb@cityu.edu.hk
    Website: //www.cityu.edu.hk/slw
    Miss Anna LUI
    Teaching Fellow
    LLB Programme Associate Director
    School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
    83 Tat Chee Avenue,
    Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    Tel.: (852) 3442 8191
    Fax: (852) 3442 0190
    Email: annalui@cityu.edu.hk