Master of Laws (LLM) in Common Law: The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Master of Laws (LLM) in Common Law


The common law is a dynamic and exciting legal system which unites millions of people across the world, in such varied cultures as Hong Kong, Singapore, England, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, and across the United States. This course will furnish students with substantive knowledge of Hong Kong law in some core common law subjects, and further develop the skills necessary to engage with the common law tradition more widely. Through the electives, students are given an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the common law, or complement it with the study of new subjects.

Medium of instruction: English
How and when to apply: Applications for 2020 intake are now invited. You may apply through our on-line application system at the University’s Graduate School webpage.
Admission requirements: All applicants must fulfill the General Admission Requirements and the English Language Proficiency Requirement prescribed by the University’s Graduate School.

In addition applicants must have:

  • a qualification to practise law in the jurisdiction of the student’s residence; or
  • a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree or a degree of equivalent standing (normally in a non common law jurisdiction); or
  • a Bachelor’s degree in a non-law subject with substantial law-related working experience.

As many areas of professional activity are related to law, we welcome applications from applicants who work in the areas of commerce, accountancy, social work, public administration, and similar relevant fields.

Applicants whose undergraduate studies were not conducted and assessed in English are required to take an appropriate English language proficiency test and achieve a sufficient score, such as a score of 570 or above in TOEFL (Paper Based Test), 88 or above in TOEFL (Internet-Based Test); Band 6.5 or better in IELTS; or equivalent. The test results must be obtained not more than two years prior to the date of applying to join the LLM Programme.

Duration: Full-time: one year (normative study period) – two years (maximum study period).

Part-time: two years (normative study period) – three years (maximum study period).

Campus: The CUHK Graduate Law Centre, 2/F, Bank of America Tower, Central.
Programme requirements: 24 units: including 12 units of required courses and 12 units of elective courses. Students should pass all the assessments with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in order to be recommended for graduation.

Required Courses:

  • Common Law: Origins and Development
  • Principles of Contract
  • Principles of Criminal Law
  • Principles of Tort

Elective Courses

The offering of an elective course in any term will depend on teacher availability and sufficient student interest.

Study Sequence

Delivery mode: A 3-unit course will usually have three teaching hours per week.

Classes are held during daytime and evenings of weekdays and daytime on Saturdays.

Classes will incorporate a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations and class discussions.

Study options: Students may take elective courses offered in other LLM Programmes and the JD Programme offered by the Faculty of Law subject to availability of places.

Course Exemptions

Additional learning & development opportunities: The Sir TL Yang Society


Exchange Programmes

Tuition fees: HK$5,880 per unit* for a total of 24 units within the normative study period.

Students will be billed at the beginning of each term based on the number of units for which they have registered. Extra fees may be charged for students studying outside the normative study period.

*subject to annual review

Scholarships and Prizes: CUHK Faculty of Law Master of Laws Global Scholarship 2020/21 for outstanding non-local students admitted in 2020/21

CUHK Faculty of Law Master of Laws Scholarship 2020/21 for outstanding local students admitted in 2020/21

Other Postgraduate Scholarships and Prizes

Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

Further study options: Master of Philosophy in Law (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy in Laws (PhD)
Student housing: There is a shortage of on campus student accommodation for non-local postgraduate students. When relocating to Hong Kong students are advised they will need to rely on (readily-available) private off-campus accommodation during their studies.
Tuition Fee: HK$5,880 per unit for a total of 24 units within the normative study period
Funding Nature: Self-financed
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