Abbreviation FT / PT
LLM(ChineseLaw) FT / PT

The LLM(ChineseLaw) programme addresses a growing need in Hong Kong and internationally for a more comprehensive understanding of the law and regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC).
Through a wide combination of theoretical, practical and policy-oriented courses, this programme enables candidates to appreciate the modern Chinese legal system within China's dynamic social, economic and political backdrop.

This programme is designed both for students/practitioners with formal legal training who seek to acquire specialisation credentials in Chinese laws and also for professionals/researchers in the related field (e.g., economics, finance, sociology, political science, business) whose China-related engagements would be enhanced with knowledge and insights on Chinese laws.

Drawing upon the expertise of Chinese law specialists, HKU Law is one of the few law schools in the world that offers a taught LLM programme in Chinese law conducted in English in an academic environment without ideological constraints.  In addition, candidates can also take advantage of the numerous Chinarelated academics and professional opportunities/resources at the faculty and university level, including the opportunity to take selected modules in prestigious mainland law schools.

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Mode of Attendance

Full Time (one year)

Part Time (two years)

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 additional information as validly provided in 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)