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 LL.M. Degree in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution 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. 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 program and join our diverse student body which has included 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 LL.M. 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 LLM(Arb&DR) website.

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) or (3) below AND (if applicable) requirement (4):

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

(2) have obtained either the Common Professional Examination of England and Wales or the Common Professional 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; or

(3) hold a degree in a discipline other than law with at least second class honours or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose and have at least two years relevant experience and professional qualifications; and

If applicable:

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

i. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - a score of 593 or above (paper-based test) or 97 or above (internet-based test); or
ii. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - an overall band score of 7 or above with no subtest below 6.5.

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

Subject to satisfying the above entrance requirements, applications are considered based on the applicant's previous academic record, relevant experiences, references, personal statements and other information as validly provided in an application submission, and in view of applications received from other applicants and taking into account the quota for the programme.

(1) In view of the large number of applications, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application early;
(2) Supporting documents must be submitted within three weeks from the date of application;
(3) In the event you expect to be unable, despite best efforts, to satisfy all documentary requirements.  You are encouraged to submit the application together with a note explaining the situation and indicating when the outstanding documents are expected to be provided.
(4) Failure to complete the documentations may result in delay in consideration of the application.  An application will not be reviewed and acted upon until it is complete.

Programme Admissions Advisor(s)
Professor Shahla Ali

Tel: 3917 2953