General Information
Important Dates
Programme Requirements
Attendance Requirement
Dissertation
Course Selection
Visa Information for Non-local Students
Legal Essentials Seminar
Introduction to Legal Thinking for LLM (CR) students

Course Selection Period
You must select ALL your courses for the entire 2021-2022 academic year in this period 10:00 am, 5 Aug 2021 – 4:00 pm, 11 Aug 2021

1st semester Dates
Teaching Period 8 Sep 2021 – 30 Nov 2021
Add-drop Period, except intensive courses
(See Note 1; for MCL students see also Note 2) 8 – 21 Sep 2021
Assessment Period 8 – 23 Dec 2021
(For LLM(MEL) students see also Note 3 for dates for CMED, NURS and SOWK courses.)

January semester (Optional) Dates
Teaching Period Jan 2022
Add-drop Period (See Note 1) Ends immediately after the second class
Assessment Period Feb – May 2022 (TBC by course teacher(s))

2nd semester Dates
Teaching Period 24 Jan 2022 – 30 Apr 2022
Add-drop Period, except intensive courses
(See Note 1; for MCL students see also Note 4) 25 Jan 2022 – 14 Feb 2022
Assessment Period 9 – 28 May 2022
(For LLM(MEL) students see also Note 3 for dates for CMED, NURS and SOWK courses.)

June semester (Optional; see Note 5) Dates
Teaching Period 29 May 2022 – 30 Jun 2022
Add-drop Period (See Note 1) Ends immediately after the second class
Assessment Period Jul 2022 (TBC by course teacher(s))
Note 1: Intensive courses are any courses that are taught within a short period of time (typically 3-4 weeks). Add-drop period for all intensive courses, including January and June semester courses, ends immediately after the second class.
Note 2: The add-drop period for MCL students choosing a one-semester or a full-year LLB course in the 1st semester is 10:00 am, 1 Sep 2021 – 4:00 pm, 15 Sep 2021.
Note 3: LLM(MEL) students should note that the teaching and assessment periods of CMED, NURS and SOWK courses varies depending on the course and may not be the same as that of the Department of Law.

Add-drop periods CMED Courses NURS Courses SOWK Courses
1st semester TBC TBC TBC
Winter term (Instruction will be given by General Office) TBC (Not applicable)
2nd semester TBC TBC TBC
Summer term (Instruction will be given by General Office) TBC (Not applicable)
Note 4: The add-drop period for MCL students choosing a one-semester LLB course in the 2nd semester is 10:00 am, 17 Jan 2022 – 4:00 pm, 31 Jan 2022.
Note 5: MCL students are not allowed to take courses in June semester.

(1) There is a minimum attendance requirement of 70% for each course, failing which you may not be permitted to sit the final examination. If you are unable to attend any class or you have any difficulties in continuing the programme, please inform the General Office in writing (LLMMCL@hku.hk) as soon as possible or as soon as practicable.

(2) Warning letters may be issued to those students who have missed two classes.  Students will be required to give formal explanations to the Head of Department for their absences.  Medical proof must be provided if the absence was due to illness, otherwise, no leave will be granted. As a general rule, work-related reasons are not sufficient to justify non-attendance at classes.

(3) LLM(MEL) Students must attend at least 80% of the classes of CMED courses. Where a student has already missed more than 20% of the classes, his or her request to add will not be considered even if the add-drop period for CMED courses above has not yet expired.

If you hope to undertake a research dissertation as part of your programme, you should first contact a potential supervisor as early as possible to discuss the proposed topic. Begin by checking the research interests of faculty members listed at Faculty’s website. Further details and instructions for preparing a dissertation proposal are given in the course descriptions under LLAW6014 (18 credits) and LLAW6054 (9 credits).

Dr Alex Schwartz will deliver a seminar on dissertation writing on 6 September 2021 (Monday) at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Please click here to register (HKU Portal login required) on or before 31 August 2021.

For LLM students
(a) You must access the online system during the course selection period to choose ALL your courses for the entire academic year.
Links to system: (tbc)

(b) If you have a degree in a discipline other than law, you must take the foundational law course(s) in your first year to gain the background knowledge which is essential for the more advanced courses in the programme.

(c) When your course choices are saved online, the system will prompt you to select up to three extra “back-up courses”. You are strongly encouraged to enter back-up course selections – most elective courses have fixed quotas, which means that the first-choice courses you have selected do not guarantee a place on those courses. If you do not select a back-up course and you are unsuccessful getting into your first-choice course, you will effectively fall to the back of the queue in terms of course selection priority.

(d) You may use the online course system to modify your choice of courses before the end of the course selection period. The General Office will begin to process enrolment requests only after the system is closed.

(e) Priority in an oversubscribed course is generally given to students who have properly registered for the course (see (c) above) and who need that course to fulfil syllabus requirements.

(f) The General Office will confirm your enrolments by email at the end of August.

For LLM(MEL) students
(a) The offering of CMED and NURS courses is subject to the confirmation by the School of Public Health (SPH) and School of Nursing (SoN). The dates of semester of SPH and SoN is slightly different from that of our Department. You are suggested to double-check the course schedule of CMED and NURS for more details.
(b) The offering of SOWK courses is subject to the confirmation by the Department of Social Work and Social Administration. SOWK courses are offered in 1st and 2nd semester only.
(c) If you are a full-time LLM(MEL) student or a part-time LLM(MEL) Year 2 student, you must opt for LLAW6054 9-credit Dissertation (“the Dissertation”) or LLAW6273 Practicum Project (“the Practicum”) as your capstone course in the course selection period, and will be able to switch to the other capstone course on or before the add-drop deadline of the 1st semester. As a general rule, you will not be permitted to add or drop the Dissertation or the Practicum after add-drop deadline of the 1st semester. See here for information related to the dissertation. More information on the dissertation and the practicum will be given during the course selection briefing session.

For MCL students
(a) You must access SIS in HKU Portal during the course selection period to choose ALL your courses for the entire academic year.

(b) You are not allowed to choose any courses in June semester.

(c) When planning your course selections please note any applicable prerequisites – some courses require you to successfully complete another course prior to being eligible to take the course. You must plan your study programme in view of any such prerequisites.

(d) You may visit SIS to modify your choice of courses before the end of the course selection period. The General Office will begin to process enrolment requests only after the system is closed.

(e) Most elective courses have fixed quotas. Priority in an oversubscribed course is generally given to students who need that course to fulfil syllabus requirements.

(f) You may check your course selection results on SIS at the end of August.

Changes to Course Selection

(a) You must obtain prior General Office approval if your intended plan of study differs in any way from the programme requirements of your programme and instructions given for online course selection. Write before 31 August 2021 to LLMMCL@hku.hk, explaining your reasons for requesting a change with a study plan, and citing your full name, student number, programme title and mode of study. Example: Chan Tai Man John, 3035123456, LLM PT2.

(b) If a course is full and you would like to be waitlisted for that course (for LLM(MEL) students also see Note 1 below), or if you would like to seek a waiver for a pre-requisite of a course, you should complete the online request form for waitlist/course pre-requisite waiver before the first class of the course. You will need to submit separate request forms if you wish to be waitlisted for more than one course. The names on the waitlist will be recorded on a first-come-first-serve basis. The waitlist will be closed and no further names added if too many names are already on the waitlist. Ms Estella Ng of the General Office will process your request if a place becomes available. If your name remains on the waitlist, you must attend the first class, add your name to the attendance sheet, and introduce yourself to the instructor.

Note 1 [Applicable to LLM(MEL students taking CMED, NURS and SOWK courses]: Any student who has not yet formally enrolled in the course by the time classes begin should contact the course teacher to ask about the arrangement regarding attendance.

(c)(i) [For LLMs students] You may change your selection and finalise your course enrolment by completing the online course add-drop request form during the add‒drop period of each semester or intensive course (but see Note 2 below). Ms Estella Ng will process your request if a place becomes available.
(c)(ii) [For MCL students] You may change your selection and finalise your course enrolment:
(1) For LLB courses: by SIS during the add‒drop period of the 1st and 2nd semester;
(2) For LLM courses after SIS is closed: by completing the online course add-drop request form before the end of the add‒drop period of the 1st and 2nd semester;
(3) For intensive course: by completing the online course add-drop request form before the end of the second class of the course. (but see Note 2 below).

Note 2: Dropping an intensive course in mid‒semester means that you may be unable to make up lost credits in that same semester, and will need to take an extra course in the semester that follows.

(d) The General Office deals with hundreds of queries during the add‒drop period and may be unable to respond immediately to your request. If you receive no reply to a submitted Application for Course Amendments form, you may assume that the request has been accepted. If your name is missing from a course attendance list, then when classes begin simply inform the course instructor and add your name to the list.

(e) No amendments to course enrolment will be permitted after the add‒drop period.

(1) FAQs on Visa-related Matters (by Admissions Office, Registry, HKU)

(2) Non-local students who wish to take up curriculum-related internship in Hong Kong during their semester break, reading week, or after their final exams should approach the General Office (in-person at 10/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, or by email at LLMMCL@hku.hk) for eligibility checking and necessary document(s) before they accept internship offers.

(3) Final year students intending to apply for a new Hong Kong student, work or IANG visa after completing their programmes should note that all applications to the Immigration Department must include appropriate proof of completion, for example, a final transcript or certificate of graduation issued by the HKU Registry. Course grades for 2nd semester are normally available each year in late June or early July; grades for June semester courses will be available only after September. The Immigration Department typically takes 8 weeks to process visa applications, and it is recommended that non–local students complete ALL of their programme requirements (including submitting a final dissertation if necessary) by the end of the 2nd semester to avoid a delay in the issue of a new visa.

(4) A student visa will expire on the date as shown on the landing slip, or four weeks after termination of studies, whichever is earlier. Non-local students who expect that their student visa will expire before the approval of their next visa in Hong Kong should apply for “Extension of Stay” directly at the Immigration Department. Click here for details and application.

The Department of Law is organising a series of seminars aimed at providing non-law graduates in the LLM programmes with a better understanding of legal concepts and the legal process prior to starting their LLM studies. These seminars will also help students to improve their legal research and writing skills throughout their first year of studies.

There will be a total of six seminars with a quota of 35 students per group. Students who are interested in the seminars are required to register in advance. Although the seminars are provided on a voluntary basis, students will be expected to attend all of the six seminars as well as participating in in-class activities and writing exercises etc. All seminars will be via Zoom.

Attendance in this course is strongly recommended for part-time ADR students as these seminars will also help you to improve your legal research, thinking and writing skills.

This course is not assessed.

About the Lecturer: Richard Holt

After qualifying as a Barrister at Law with the Inner Temple and completing pupillage Richard Holt later worked with Clyde & Co, Solicitors, in their London office as a shipping lawyer.

In 1992, Richard took up a position as Senior Lecturer and later Principal Lecturer at the Inns of Court School of Law and taught there for 6 years on the Bar Vocational Course.

In 1998. Richard returned to private practice as a shipping lawyer.

In 2000, Richard became the Director of the Bar Vocational Course at BPP College. Richard was a Director of BPP College from 2003 onwards and in 2006 the Deputy Chief Executive. Richard led and taught on the Bar Vocational Course at BPP College for over 7 years.

Richard joined The University of Hong Kong, Law Faculty in September 2010 as the Director of Legal Research and Writing in the Department of Law. He taught Contract Law, Civil Procedure and Drafting Contractual Clauses and, also was Module Leader and taught and designed the following courses: Legal Research and Writing I, Legal Research and Writing II, Arbitration Law, Private International Law (Conflicts) and Law of International Trade.

Since 2014, Richard, as an Associate Adjunct Professor at The University of Hong Kong, has taught the following courses: Understanding the Common Law on the MCL programme, Introduction to Law and Legal Thinking on the LLM(CR) programme and International Trade Law on the LLM programme.

Since 2014, Richard has also taught in the Law School at the University of Surrey. He has taught Contract Law, Company Law and Commercial Law: International Sales, there.

This year Richard will also teach “Legal Essentials Seminars” for the LLM programmes, which is specifically designed for non-law students.

Schedule and Outline

The seminars will be run entirely online. Mr Holt will offer two groups with the same content.

Group ONE: For LLM(Arb&DR) non-law students. (Remaining places may be allocated to non-law students in other LLM programmes randomly.)
Group TWO: For non-law students in LLM programmes other than LLM(Arb&DR).
Group Dates Time
ONE [6 classes on Saturdays] Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
TWO [6 classes on Sundays] Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Class Subject Matter
(1) Introduction to the Common Law, including Contract, Tort and Equity
– An outline of the law in Hong Kong, including Court structures, common law, legislation and Equity.
– An introduction to contract, to tort, and to remedies in Equity.
(2) Analysing Ordinances and Cases
– An outline of how an Ordinance is formed, statutory interpretation and analysing and Ordinance.
– An introduction to a case.
(3) Sources of Law and Legal Research
– An outline of the sources of law including primary and secondary sources.
– An introduction to how to conduct legal research, including finding cases, Ordinances and articles.
(4) Legal Reasoning and Analysing a Problem Question
– An introduction to the approach to legal reasoning used in the Common law.
– An introduction as to how to analyse a problem question.
(5) Answering a Problem Question and Effective Legal Writing
– An introduction as to how to answer a problem question.
An introduction to effective legal writing including structure and reasoning.
(6) Practical Examples
– Practical examples of legal reasoning, the application of the law to legal problems and the inter-relationship of the Common Law and Equity.
Registration

Click here for registration (HKU Portal required.)
Registration deadline: 27 August 2021 (Friday).
Enquiries
Ms Tammy Cheung (for LLM(Arb&DR) students) / Ms May Fung (for other LLMs students)

Richard Holt, Visiting Associate Professor of Law

About the Course

Note: Attendance at this course is strongly recommended to all students in the LLM(CR) programme.
This is a preparation course for students undertaking the LLM(CR) programme. Following the completion of the course, students should have an appreciation of:

1. how the legal system works;
2. how basic elements of the law (such as contract, equity and tort) might interact with subjects of their study within the LLM(CR) programme; and
3. legal analysis and legal writing techniques.
The course is non-credit bearing, non-compulsory and non-graded.
Self-study materials will be provided in class or via Moodle. There is no set textbook for the course however reference will be made to books you may wish to consult for further study.
Teaching takes place at the commencement of the first semester over five 3-hour seminars on the dates and times shown below.
All classes are intended to be interactive and students are encouraged to participate fully in all aspects of the class. Time will be allowed for students wishing to raise questions on any aspect of the material covered.

Schedule

Given the current COVID-19 situation, this course will be delivered online.

Seminar Date Time
1 Pre-recorded (to be posted together with pre-reading materials and instructions to be completed prior to Seminar 2) Prior to Seminar 2
2 Saturday 28 August 2021 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
3 Sunday 29 August 2021 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
4 Saturday 4 September 2021 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
6 Sunday 5 September 2021 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Registration
Click here to register (HKU Portal login required) by (GMT +8) 4:00 pm, 20 August 2021.