Mode of

Full-time: 1 Year


Ms Isabella Liu
Ms Ying Xia
T. (852) 3917 2953 | E.


(for 2021-2022)
Full-time: $153,300 p.a.

* Subject to University’s approval.


1 March 2021
(GMT +8) 12:00 noon

19 April 2021
GMT +8) 12:00 noon

Programme structure
Admission requirements
Online Application

This 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 curriculum for the Master of Common Law extends over one academic year of full-time study. Teaching is in English and candidates shall be required to have an adequate standard of English.

Students are required to complete the compulsory non-credit bearing course and not fewer than 72 credits, including a capstone experience in accordance with the regulations for this degree and the syllabuses. Students may choose courses from the course outlines of individual areas of law below, and courses from any of the specialist programmes, but in any event no more than two courses from other LLM specialist programmes. Students who hold a law degree from a PRC university may not choose courses related to PRC law subjects, except with the approval from Programme Director and the Department Head.

(Each of the courses listed below carries 9 credits unless otherwise stated.)

  • Compulsory course
    • LLAW6259 Understanding common law (non-credit bearing)
  • Capstone courses
    • (Students must choose one course from the list below.)
    • LLAW6204 Public law in common law jurisdictions
    • LLAW6258 Private law in common law jurisdictions
  • Electives
    • LLAW6183 Animal law
    • LLAW6138 Arbitration law
    • LLAW6157 Arbitration practice, procedure and drafting
    • LLAW6229 Arms control and disarmament law
    • LLAW6236 ASEAN law
    • LLAW6024 Banking law
    • LLAW6153 Business and human rights
    • LLAW6172 Carriage of goods by sea
    • LLAW6124 Communications law
    • LLAW6238 Comparative arbitration in Asia
    • LLAW6284 Comparative company law
    • LLAW6226 Comparative constitutional law theories
    • LLAW6248 Comparative contract law
    • LLAW6279 Comparative corporate law and theories
    • LLAW6209 Comparative family law
    • LLAW6150 Comparative law
    • LLAW6027 Comparative law and practice of construction and projects
    • LLAW6251 Comparative property law
    • LLAW6155 Competition law II
    • LLAW6101 Competition, mergers and acquisitions
    • LLAW6245 Compliance in the Hong Kong securities industry
    • LLAW6285 Computer programming, data mining, and the law – an applied introduction
    • LLAW6220 Constitutionalism in emerging states
    • LLAW6252 Construction of commercial contracts
    • LLAW6223 Copyright and creativity
    • LLAW6082 Corporate governance and shareholder remedies
    • LLAW6267 Courts
    • LLAW6002 Credit and security law
    • LLAW6233 Critical theory in legal scholarship
    • LLAW6206 Cross border corporate finance: issues and techniques
    • LLAW6286 Cross border corporate insolvency: issues and solutions
    • LLAW6084 Cross-border insolvency law
    • LLAW6114 Cross-border legal relations between the Mainland and Hong Kong
    • LLAW6127 Current issues in financial law
    • LLAW6060 Current issues in human rights
    • LLAW6087 Current issues in insolvency law
    • LLAW6117 Cybercrime
    • LLAW6088 Derivatives: law and regulation
    • LLAW6054 9-credit Dissertation*
    • LLAW6014 18-credit Dissertation* (18 credits)
    • LLAW6111 E-business law
    • LLAW6126 e-Finance: law and regulation
    • LLAW6062 Economic, social and cultural rights
    • LLAW6210 Energy law
    • LLAW6249 Entertainment law
    • LLAW6063 Equality and non-discrimination
    • LLAW6064 Ethnicity, human rights and democracy
    • LLAW6222 Financial dispute resolution: Hong Kong & international perspectives
    • LLAW6194 Global business law I
    • LLAW6195 Global business law II
    • LLAW6216 Graduate seminar
    • LLAW6005 Hong Kong intellectual property law
    • LLAW6119 Human rights and cyberspace
    • LLAW6034 Human rights in Hong Kong
    • LLAW6242 Human rights in practice
    • LLAW6107 Insurance law
    • LLAW6120 Intellectual property and information technology
    • LLAW6140 Intellectual property, innovation and development
    • LLAW6132 International and comparative intellectual property law
    • LLAW6237 International arbitration: practice, process and strategy
    • LLAW6099 International commercial arbitration
    • LLAW6036 International criminal law
    • LLAW6007 International dispute settlement
    • LLAW6133 International economic law
    • LLAW6182 International organisations
    • LLAW6073 International protection of refugees and displaced persons
    • LLAW6057 International securities law
    • LLAW6096 International tax and tax planning
    • LLAW6128 International trade law I
    • LLAW6280 Introduction to artificial intelligence and law
    • LLAW6288 Introduction to European Union Law
    • LLAW6170 Introduction to information technology law
    • LLAW6227 Introduction to private international law (conflict of laws)
    • LLAW6231 Justice
    • LLAW6199 Law and policy
    • LLAW6230 Law and practice of investment treaty arbitration
    • LLAW6239 Law and regulation of private banking and wealth management I
    • LLAW6246 Law and regulation of private banking and wealth management II
    • LLAW6197 Law and social theory
    • LLAW6290 Law and society in South East Asia
    • LLAW6289 Law, governance and development in Asia
    • LLAW6178 Law, economics, regulation and development
    • LLAW6055 Law of international finance 1
    • LLAW6094 Law of international finance 2
    • LLAW6260 Law of state immunity and sovereign debt
    • LLAW6253 Law of the cities
    • LLAW6181 Management and commercialization of intellectual property
    • LLAW6247 Medical-legal issues
    • LLAW6224 Mergers and acquisitions
    • LLAW6179 Multiculturalism and the law
    • LLAW6075 National protection of human rights
    • LLAW6176 Online dispute resolution
    • LLAW6219 Patent law
    • LLAW6097 Pension and investment funds in Hong Kong and the PRC
    • LLAW6196 Preventative law: approach to conflict prevention
    • LLAW6164 Principles of family law
    • LLAW6046 Privacy and data protection
    • LLAW6109 Public international law
    • LLAW6093 Regulation of financial markets
    • LLAW6281 Research seminar in ADR ethics and policy
    • LLAW6144 Rights and remedies in the criminal process
    • LLAW6049 Securities regulation I
    • LLAW6244 Securities regulation II
    • LLAW6240 Security and human rights
    • LLAW6221 Selected problems of the European convention on human rights
    • LLAW6076 Seminar in human rights research
    • LLAW6215 Seminar on human rights and constitutionalism in Asia
    • LLAW6250 The regulation of biomedical research
    • LLAW6200 Topics in trademark law
    • LLAW6211 World trade law, policy and business
    • *LLAW6014 and LLAW6054 are mutually exclusive.
  • Cross-listed undergraduate electives
    • (Students may choose up to two 6-credit courses from the following cross-listed undergraduate courses.**)
    • LLAW1008 Legal System of the Hong Kong SAR (6 credits)
    • LLAW2001 Constitutional law (6 credits)
    • LLAW3093 Administrative law (6 credits)
    • LLAW3010 Business Associations (6 credits)
    • LLAW3015 Company Law (6 credits)
    • LLAW1001 Law of Contract I (6 credits)
    • LLAW1002 Law of Contract II (6 credits)
    • LLAW1005 Law of Tort I (6 credits)
    • LLAW1006 Law of Tort II (6 credits)
    • LLAW2013 Land Law I (6 credits)
    • LLAW2014 Land Law II (6 credits)
    • LLAW2003 Criminal Law I (6 credits)
    • LLAW2004 Criminal Law II (6 credits)
    • LLAW3102 Evidence I (6 credits)
    • LLAW3103 Evidence II (6 credits)
    • LLAW3099 Criminal Procedure (6 credits)
    • LLAW3097 Civil Procedure (6 credits)
    • LLAW3066 Cross-border Legal Relations between the Mainland and Hong Kong (in Putonghua) (6 credits)
    • ** Candidates who choose one 6-credit or two 6-credit from the list of approved UG courses offered by the Department of Law are required to complete at least 78 credits or 75 credits respectively for satisfying the curriculum requirement.

NOTE: Not all courses will be offered in any given year. For actual courses available, please refer to annual course offerings.

Applicants must comply with the General Regulations and Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curricula, and fulfil the following requirements:

(1) hold a degree of Bachelor of Laws with at least second class honours or an equivalent qualification from a university or comparable institution in a non-common law jurisdiction

(2) for an applicant who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English, shall satisfy the Faculty English language requirement with one of the following recognized English tests:

(i) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – A score of 97 or above (internet-based test) or 593 or above (paper-based test); or

(ii) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – An overall band score of 6.5 or above;

in each case, for admissions purposes, the test score report is regarded as valid for two years.

The application for admissions for 2021-2022 is now closed.
If you would like to apply for 2022-2023, please visit our website in late November / early December 2021 for update.