Abbreviation FT / PT

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

The Master of Common Law curriculum 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.

Mode of Attendance

Full Time (one year)

Medium of Instruction


Programme Entrance Requirements

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 equivalent qualification from a university or comparable institution in a non-common law jurisdiction; and

(2) For a candidate who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university orcomparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English, shall satisfy the Faculty English language requirement with one of the following recognized English tests: 

a.  International English Language Testing System (IELTS - Academic) - an overall band score of 6.5 or above; or

b. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) -  97 or above

In each case, for admissions purposes, the test score report is regarded as valid for two years of the application deadline.

Subject to satisfying these entrance requirements, applications are considered for admission based on factors including the applicant's academic record, their relevant experience, academic and other references, the quality of their personal statement, and other information as validly provided in a submission; and in view of submissions received from other applicants and taking into account any admissions quota.


(1) Demand for admission to the programme is typically high.  We strongly encourage applicants to make their submissions early and in a complete form;

(2) Supporting documents must be submitted within three weeks from the date of application;

(3) If you expect to be unable, despite your best efforts, to satisfy all our documentaries requirements simultaneously, you are encouraged to make the application and include with your submission a brief explanation of the reason for the delay and stating when the required documents will become available;

(4) Applications may not be reviewed or acted upon until complete, which is the applicant's sole responsibility.

Programme Admissions Advisor(s)

Dr John Zhuang LIU