- Why CUHK Law
- Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
- Juris Doctor (JD)
- Dual & Double Degrees
- Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL)
- Master of Laws (LLM) in Chinese Business Law
- Master of Laws (LLM) in Common Law
- Master of Laws (LLM) in Energy and Environmental Law
- Master of Laws (LLM) in International Economic Law
- Master of Philosophy in Laws (MPhil)
- Doctor of Philosophy in Laws (PhD)
- Student Admission
The JD Programme is formally classified as a taught master's degree programme and it is not customary for JD graduates to use the title “Doctor”
The JD Programme is much more extensive than the typical LLM Programme. At CUHK the JD requires the completion of three times more units than is required for the LLM. The LLM typically aims to develop expertise in a particular area of law, while the JD provides a comprehensive postgraduate legal education. Successful completion of the JD Programme may also qualify students to apply for the PCLL Programme leading to practice, where as the LLM
All classes for the JD Programme will be taught in the CUHK Graduate Law Centre in the Bank of America Tower in Central Hong Kong, the heart of the legal district of
Except for research based courses and International Legal Advocacy, all courses in the JD Programme are 3 unit courses with 3 hours of teaching per week. For the JD Full-time Programme, the recommended course load for terms one and two is 15 units and 6 units during the summer term. For the JD Part-time Programme, the recommended course load for terms one and two is 9 units, and 3 units for the
The paramount factor in deciding upon applications will be the strength of the applicants’ academic record. The Faculty of Law is not looking for any particular GPA or class of honours - the better academic results, the better the chances of securing an offer. Where an applicant has been in the workforce and acquired a record of professional attainment or community service, the Faculty of Law will consider (i) the nature and extend of the record, and (ii) the time which has elapsed since the applicant last engaged in formal academic study. An impressive record of professional attainment or community service may compensate for a less strong academic performance especially where the academic record is
No. However, applicants who do not possess a bachelor’s degree obtained in Hong Kong or an English-speaking country are required to successfully fulfill the English Language Proficiency Requirement required for admission to the JD Programme. Please refer to the admission requirements for the Programme set out on this website or the Programme brochure
Where an applicant has been in the workforce, the Faculty will consider the past work experience of the applicant, and the time which has elapsed since he or she last engaged in formal academic study. Impressive experience in the workforce may enhance past academic performance especially where the academic record is not recent. Applicants are encouraged to submit relevant documents which they think will strengthen the competitiveness of
You will be required to obtain prescribed results in IELTS or TOEFL in order to fulfill the English Language Proficiency Requirement. Alternative evidence will be considered only in special circumstances on a case-by-case basis (subject to the recommendation of the JD Programme Director).
There will be a limited number of scholarships and prizes for registered full-time JD students. Students will be eligible to receive scholarships and prizes once they have accepted an offer to join the JD programme. Scholarships will be awarded to students of outstanding academic merit. Students may also be eligible to apply for the HKSAR Government’s Non-Means Test Loan, please refer to the website of Hong Kong Student Financial Assistance Agency for details.
Overseas students may check with organizations, government authorities etc, of their home countries if there is any financial support available.
Yes. Extra tuition fees may be charged for students studying outside the normative study period. All tuition fees are subject to review and may be adjusted from time
For newly admitted students, you are required to pay your tuition fees before the due date as stated in the debit note in the admission package provided to you. For current students, you will receive a debit note at the beginning of each term, and you are required to settle your tuition fees before the stipulated due date, normally around week two of
There is a shortage of on campus student accommodation for non-local postgraduate students and when relocating to Hong Kong students are advised that it is likely they will need to rely on private off-campus accommodation during their studies. Relevant information regarding off-campus accommodation is available on the website of the Office of Student Affairs at http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/osa.
Yes. The JD Programme welcomes applicants from different cultural backgrounds and countries. In the JD Programme we have had students from Hong Kong, Mainland China, USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Korea, France, Singapore and
Yes. JD students may apply for an exemption for certain courses that are either required for graduation in the JD Programme or for elective courses required for admission to the PCLL Programme. Students must satisfy the requirements as set out in the Policy on Course and Unit Exemptions for the JD Programme in order to qualify
The JD Programme may fulfill certain entry requirements for admission into the legal professions of other common law jurisdictions. However, entry requirements vary across jurisdictions and are subject to change from time to time. If you are interested in practicing law in jurisdictions outside Hong Kong, please contact the relevant professional bodies directly