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Faculty of Law

The University of Hong Kong

Master of Laws Programmes (LLM & MCL)


Welcome to the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong.


HKU Faculty of Law offers a wide range of leading Master of Laws (LLM) and Master of Common Law (MCL) programmes to more than 450 students around the world. Many of our students are experienced lawyers.


We are fortunate to attract not only law students but also students from other fields including the business and commercial sectors, NGOs, mediators and IT professionals. Our LLM and MCL programmes enable students to get cutting-edge academic knowledge and hands-on experience in different areas of law.

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"An investment in knowledge

                  pays the best interest"

--- Benjamin Franklin

Programmes Offered

  • LLM
  • LLM(Arb&DR)
  • LLM(CFL)
  • LLM(ChineseLaw)
  • LLM(CR)
  • LLM(HR)
  • LLM(T&IPL)
  • MCL
  • Joint Programmes (PKU / UZH)


The Master of Laws programme at the University of Hong Kong is a highly competitive course for those who already received outstanding results in their first law degree. It meets a need in various specialist areas of the law that are of importance to Hong Kong and its locality, and to offer modules which Hong Kong is perhaps uniquely placed to provide to students from both within and outside Hong Kong.


In order to train professionals with the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise in dispute resolution methods, particularly negotiation, mediation and arbitration, the HKU Faculty of Law introduced an innovative cross-disciplinary Master of Laws programme specializing in arbitration and dispute resolution in September 2007.


The LLM in Corporate and Financial Law programme combines expertise in the areas of corporate and financial law and provides the resources for comprehensive study of the law and problems encountered within a sophisticated commercial and financial community.


The LLM in Chinese Law 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. Through a comprehensive 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.


The LLM in Compliance and Regulation provides exposure to the laws, regulatory codes, industry practices, regulator expectations and international considerations that affect the compliance task and is taught by a blend of academic staff and professional and industry practitioners who bring complementary perspectives to the topics covered by the programme.


The degree of Master of Laws in Human Rights is offered by the Faculty of Law as a response to the increasing interest in and relevance of human rights standards in Asia and elsewhere. The programme focuses on problems and perspectives which are of particular concern to the Asia-Pacific region, while at the same time ensuring that participants engage with universal human rights issues and the perspectives of other regional systems.


HKU’s LLM Programme in Technology and Intellectual Property Law is designed for students with law degrees or for professionals with relevant legal experience who wish to undertake an in-depth study of the law, policies and cutting edge issues in their fields.


The Master of Common Law programme is specifically designed for graduates in law from non-Common law jurisdictions (notably Mainland China) who wish to acquire an expertise in Common Law as it is practised in Hong Kong and in other common law jurisdictions.


The Joint Degree Programmes allow students to complete two master degrees, one from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the other from the University of Zurich (UZH) or Peking University (PKU), in 2 to 3 years, depending on the study mode of the student.

Facilities and Accommodation


HKU provides limited residential places to postgraduate students. Admission to the University does not guarantee accommodation. Overseas applicants should make accommodation arrangements before they arrive. Applicants are advised to consult the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) for advice.

The 6,000m2 Chi Wah Learning Commons is a technology-rich, shared or common space in which students, teachers and others can come together to interact, and participate in various kinds of activities held there. A variety of spaces are provided for individual and self-paced learning in the Learning Commons. There are also a Language Laboratory, a Multi-media workshop as well as a coffee corner inside the Learning Commons.

Chi Wah Learning Commons

HKU Libraries

The teaching and learning facilities in HKU are among the best in Hong Kong. The University Libraries cover a total stock of 2.99 million bound volumes, a substantial holding of audio-visual items and a rich and rapidly expanding collection of e-resources, including 112,893 e-journal subscriptions, 3.53 million e-books and 869 e-databases.

Lui Che Woo Law Library has strong collections of legal materials from Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and major Commonwealth jurisdictions. In response to the geographical location of Hong Kong, and its commercial relationships, resources from the Asia-Pacific jurisdictions are also developed for its collection.

Law Library


The sports provisions at HKU enable you to enjoy the best sports facilities, including two indoor sport centres, two swimming pools (one of which is of Olympic size), a floodlit all-weather artificial grass pitch, and three well-equipped fitness rooms.

A supreme education where East meets West.