Top LLB Graduates
Following Their Passion to Develop Careers in the Arts and IT Worlds
Ann Liu and Leanne Tse both graduated from the CUHK LLB Programme with First Class Honours. After completing their PCLL at CUHK, Ann Liu and Leanne Tse went to Cambridge University and Oxford University respectively to further their studies through which they have identified their interests and career goals.
In this video, Ann Liu and Leanne Tse share their study experiences and how these experiences have inspired them to pursue their legal career in the field of arts and IT.
- Bachelor of Laws, CUHK (2011)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Laws, CUHK (2012)
- Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), University of Oxford (2013)
- Master of Studies, University of Oxford (2014)
- Bachelor of Laws, CUHK (2012)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Laws, CUHK (2013)
- Master of Laws, Clare College, University of Cambridge (2017)
At the time of posting this video, Leanne Tse works as the Registrar, Acquisitions and Documentation at M+; and Ann Liu works as the Legal Counsel at Klook.
What did you do after you graduated from the CUHK PCLL?
Ann : I was trained at an international law firm, qualified in 2015 and continued to work as an associate for about a year. After that, I received the Chevening Scholarships to study Master of Laws at the University of Cambridge. It was exciting to get to know more about the practices in other jurisdictions. After graduating from Cambridge, I worked at Google London office as a legal intern. I also participated in the Women in Tech conference with fellow Googlers at Microsoft headquarter in Reading. I made new friends with staff from Microsoft and IBM.
Leanne : I went to Oxford University under the Esther Lee Yewpick Millennium Scholarship after my PCLL. I did the Bachelor of Civil Law which is Oxford's unique masters degree in law. I also did a masters in Archaeology, specialising in Cultural Heritage Law. This was the time when world heritage sites were being extensively destroyed in Syria, so I thought studying Cultural Heritage Law was very timely.
After I graduated from Oxford, I returned to Hong Kong and trained at a global law firm during which I also did a secondment at the firm's London office. After three years with the firm, the art museum of the West Kowloon Cultural District “M+” offered me a role as Registrar for Acquisitions. This involves managing the process of acquiring art works for the museum’s collection. This is a good opportunity for me to start combining my interests in law and art.
How your law studies help your career development?
Leanne : The law studies at CUHK help paving my current career in art. The Faculty is very encouraging when it comes to the multidisciplinary aspect of law. I gained very valuable experience in legal work and soft skills for handling externals and clients. The sense of responsibility and ability to cope with tight deadlines one develops as a lawyer, are skills applicable and appreciated in all industries.
Ann : The law studies have prepared us well for our work at law firm, in particular, the basic legal drafting, research and advocacy skills are really useful when I worked as trainee and a junior associate. The international exposure I gained being the lead oralist for CUHK international commercial moot team also helped me to adapt to Cambridge’s international environment and prepared me well to work at Google’s diverse cultural environment.
What’s your future plan?
Ann : I embrace challenges arising from novel legal issues in the information age. I hope to explore further on how our laws evolve in the practical context to catch up with both our technological and economical developments.
Leanne : I would like to contribute to the development of art law in Hong Kong. Compared to the US, this area of law is not that established or made full use of in Hong Kong. Given the booming art market and the public's growing attention towards cultural property, I think we can benefit more from art law in the future.
Do you have any advice for law students?
Leanne : My advice is law is useful in all industries. The training from legal studies and legal work is very valuable. Legal studies are so diverse that they will give you an opportunity to explore what you like.
Ann : I think students should keep exploring until they find something that they get really excited about. ■
(Special thanks to Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Shatin for providing the venue)