Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

The CUHK LLB is a full-time, four-year academic journey designed to both expand students’ intellectual horizons and give them a platform for future success in any number of careers. The LLB is not only the first step into becoming a member of a well-regarded and influential profession, but also provides students with the tools and knowledge to be engaged members of the Hong Kong community in general. Students will learn of Hong Kong’s shared heritage with other common law legal systems around the world, as well as its place within the broader Chinese context. The LLB includes the study of not only the practical elements of Hong Kong’s legal system, but also the theoretical and normative perspectives that undergird it. This approach provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the laws and legal principles upon which Hong Kong society is founded and operates.

Medium of instruction:English
How and when to apply:

You may apply through the following admission schemes:

JUPAS (S6 Hong Kong Students who sit the HKDSE); or

Non-JUPAS (school leavers who sit for examinations other than the HKDSE).

For further information please visit the University's Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Admission requirements:


Applicants applying on the strength of the HKDSE are required to fulfil the following minimum requirements:

Minimum Requirements


English Language


Chinese Language




Liberal Studies


Elective 1


Elective 2 or Mathematics (Extended Part)
Module I (M1) or Module II (M2)



Non-JUPAS applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Most Non-JUPAS applicants for admission to CUHK Law apply on the strength of their results in the IB, GCE Advanced-Level examinations, or other comparable secondary school qualifications.

For 2018 entry, the minimum entrance requirements for applicants taking GCE/IAL are Grades AAA or above in 3 non-language GCE/IAL Advanced Level subjects OR in English plus 2 non-language GCE/IAL Advanced Level subjects attempted by applicants in one sitting. Students who take both Mathematics and Further Mathematics will have one of the subjects counted, but not both. For IB applicants the minimum is 38 out of 45 points, and grade 4 in each of the remaining five subjects.

The minimum English Language requirement is 7.0 on IELTS, 100 on Internet-Based TOEFL or grade 5 for HL English or grade 6 for SL English for IB.

Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee admission – in the past, the vast majority of admitted students have exceeded them.

For more details, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have already obtained a first degree but are interested in studying law you should apply for the Juris Doctor (JD) Programme.

Duration:Four years full-time.
Campus:University main campus in Shatin.
Programme requirements: 127 units (90 units of law subjects, 37 credits consisting of General Education courses, Language requirements, Physical Education, IT and non-law electives).
Delivery mode:A mix of lecture and small group tutorial teaching.
Study options:

Wide range of elective subjects

  • Advanced Judicial Review Independent Research Paper
  • American Law (Summer Course)
  • Banking and the Law
  • Business and Law in China
  • Business and Law in Hong Kong
  • Chinese Civil Law
  • Chinese Criminal Procedure
  • Chinese Environmental Law
  • Chinese Law Internship
  • Chinese Law (Summer Course)
  • Chinese Tax Law and Policy
  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Competition Law
  • Construction and the Law
  • Conveyancing
  • Corporate Crime and Social Responsibility
  • Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Heritage Law
  • Development and the Law
  • Employment Law
  • Ethics and the Law
  • Evidence
  • Exploring the Law through Liberal Studies: Law Students as Teachers in Experiential Learning
  • Gender and the Law
  • Health and the Law
  • Human Rights and the Law
  • Human Rights and the Law in the People’s Republic of China
  • Independent Research Paper
  • Information and Privacy Law
  • Insurance and the Law
  • Intellectual Property and the Law
  • International Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Investment Law Principles and Practice
  • International Law (Summer Course)
  • International Legal Advocacy
  • International Sales Disputes
  • International Trade and Finance Law
  • Internship (non-credit bearing)
  • Interviewing
  • Introduction to Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Introduction to Arbitration Theory and Practice
  • Jessup International Law Moot
  • Land Law I
  • Land Law II
  • Law of Succession
  • Legal History
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Mediation: Law and Practice
  • Mooting
  • Personal Property and the Law
  • Planning and the Law
  • Private International Law
  • Public International Law
  • Public Listed Companies and the Law
  • Refugee Clinical Legal Assistance Programme
  • Refugee Pro Bono Project
  • Shipping and the Law
  • Taxation and the Law
  • The Clinic For Public Interest Advocacy
  • The Environment and the Law
  • The Family and the Law
  • The Internet and the Law
  • Transnational Business and the Law
  • Unjust Enrichment
  • WTO and the Law

Double degree options designed to provide students with maximum flexibility:

  • LLB & Bachelor of Arts (Translation) (BA(TRA)); and
  • LLB & Bachelor of Social Science (Sociology) (BSSc(Sociology)).

Exchange Programmes with overseas universities.

Scholarships and Prizes:

Betty Ho and Gallant Ho Prizes in Law

Deacons Prizes in Law for Young Leaders

DeHeng & Chungs Prize in Law

Mayer Brown Scholarship for the LLB Programme

The Baker and McKenzie LLB Prize

The Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Community Investment Award

Other Scholarships and Prizes

Additional learning & development opportunities:

The Sir TL Yang Society

Distinguished Professional Mentor Programme


Tuition fees:HK $42,100 per year for local students (subject to annual review).
Admission to practice:You are eligible for admission as a Solicitor or Barrister of the High Court of Hong Kong after completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) and a training contract (2 years) or pupillage (1 year).