Abbreviation FT / PT

Hong Kong is a world-leading international dispute resolution venue standing at the conjunction point between East and West, ideally situated to resolve disputes in the greater China and Asian region.  The University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Law is a world-class Faculty ranked amongst the top 21 law schools in the world according to Times Higher Education, with a global network of partners and a strong reputation in international dispute resolution.

Founded in 2007, the LLM(Arb&DR) programme has been internationally recognized as a leading provider of dispute resolution teaching and research.  Graduates obtain professional accreditation with HKMAAL, CIARb and HKIA upon fulfilling course prerequisites.  In addition, leading arbitration thinkers, practitioners, specialists and alumni contribute to a dynamic array of teaching and seminars throughout the year.

We welcome you to learn about our full-time and part-time programme and join our diverse student body, which includes leading practitioners from the business and financial community, specialists in the construction and engineering fields, mediation and arbitration practitioners, government officials, legislators, judges and members of international organizations specializing in dispute resolution.

What our Peers Say:

"in many aspects, the LLM programme exceeds international standards…[it provides] opportunities for global  activities, excellent instructors … and many internationally focused course offerings." (Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, External Program Examiner)

For more information on the programme and related activities, please visit:

Mode of Attendance

Full Time (one year)

Part Time (two years)*

*Applicants who do not obtain a law degree can only apply for the part-time mode.

Medium of Instruction


Programme Entrance Requirements

Applicants must comply with the General Regulations and fulfil at least one of requirements (1) to (3) below AND (if applicable) requirement (4):

(1) hold a degree of Bachelor of Laws with at least second class honours or an equivalent qualificationaccepted by the University for this purpose; or

(2) hold a degree in a discipline other than law with at least second class honours accepted by theUniversity for this purpose and have at least two years of relevant experience and professional qualifications; or

(3) have obtained either the Common Professional Examination of England and Wales or the CommonProfessional Examination Certificate of this University, provided that in either case a second class honours degree or a qualification of equivalent standard of this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose has also been obtained; and if applicable:

(4) for a candidate who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparableinstitution 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:

i. International English Language Testing System (IELTS - Academic) - an overall band score of 7 or above with no subtest below 6.5; or.

ii. 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 documentary requirementssimultaneously, 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 they are complete, which is the applicant's sole responsibility.

Programme Admissions Advisor(s)

Professor Shahla ALI


Tel: (852) 3917 2953