Regardless of which degree programme you belong to, you will be required to partake in courses amounting to 60 credits in total each year. These would include:
- 4 professional course courses
- Common Core courses
- Core University English or free elective
|Professional core courses in Law||30 credits||30 credits||30 credits||30 credits|
|Common Core courses||24 credits||6 credits||12 credits||6 credits|
|Core University English / Free Elective||6 credits||6 credits||6 credits||6 credits|
|Electives||/||18 credits||12 credits||18 credits|
|Total:||60 credits||60 credits||60 credits||60 credits|
Since there are different course requirements for different degree programmes, it is advisable that you check the regulations for the programme which you belong to in making course selection decisions. The Course Selection Guidelines and Regulations for each degree programme can be found in the Faculty’s Academic Resources Support Centre website.
Professional Core Courses
The following four professional core courses are compulsory for ALL first-year students. These courses are designated as “core” and offered in your first year because they all aim to instil in you the foundation, knowledge and skills necessary for you to progress in your legal studies and career in the future.
- LLAW1001&1002 Law of Contract I & II
- LLAW1008 The Legal System of HKSAR
- LLAW1009 Law and Society
- LLAW1013 Legal Research and Writing I
The following table outlines some aspects of the format and expectations of each professional core course:
|Semester||1 and 2||1||2||1|
|Learning activities||Lectures||2 hrs/week||2 hrs/week||2 hrs/week||1 hr/week|
|Tutorials||5 double-hour/semester||2 hrs/week||1 hr/week||2 hrs/week|
Core University English or Free Elective
Those of you who have achieved Level 5 or above in English Language in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination, or equivalent, may apply to the Faculty to be exempted from this requirement and take an elective course in lieu.
The HKU Common Core Curriculum aims to serve as a platform for you to make connections across all the Faculties, and to develop the intellectual, social and innovative skills that enable you to tackle complex issues of the contemporary world.
You will be required to enrol in one or more of the common cores each year for the first three years of your studies. The actual number you take each year varies, depending on the respective degree regulations as shown below:
|Year 1||24 credits||6 credits||12 credits||6 credits|
|Year 2||12 credits||18 credits||12 credits||12 credits|
|Year 3||N/A||N/A||N/A||6 credits|
|Total:||36 credits||24 credits||24 credits||24 credits|
You may visit the HKU Common Core Office for further information.
Given the different course requirements for different degree programmes in second and senior years, and that some of you may be interested in going on exchange (see “Outgoing Exchange Programme” in later part), you are strongly advised to check the regulations and related information when you make your study plan.
The Academic Advising Office announces and provides a quick summary of dates for course selection and add-drop period. You are required to select courses for both 1st and 2nd semesters in the course selection period as prescribed in the above course selection guidelines. The first two weeks at the start of each semester are the add-drop period which you may make changes to your course selection. (Note: For intensive courses, the add-drop deadline is within the first two classes of the course.) Please follow the instructions given in the course selection guidelines for requesting course selection / add-drop. No further amendment of course enrolment can be made after the add-drop period, and you are required to attend lectures / tutorials according to your course enrolment.
Useful Link: Important Academic Dates 2020-21
Reading constitutes a significant part of a law student’s life. Textbooks, judgments, academic commentaries etc., these materials are what you will usually be asked to read in the course of studying law. Don’t be too intimidated by the reading lists, just give yourself some time to get adapt to the new learning mode – you’ll definitely find your way to deal with it!
Below are some suggestions which may help you select and manage the reading materials for each law course:
a) Required reading
Materials belonging to this category are those which your teacher asks you to read. They are probably chapters from the prescribed textbooks of the course, and landmark cases for certain areas of law. It is probable that the content covered by these reading materials is examinable.
You are highly encouraged to read them before attending lectures and/or tutorials. This can help you form a broad picture of the topic which you are going to be taught.
b) Recommended reading
These are materials recommended by your teachers to read in addition to the required ones. While these materials may not be examinable (you have to check with your teachers), they can help you understand the legal principles more widely and profoundly. Having a holistic understanding of the law may enable you to come up with more in-depth analysis and distinguished views when tackling problem questions and essays in the exam.
c) Your own research materials
Following the common law system, decided cases in both local and overseas jurisdictions can have an impact in the development of the law in Hong Kong. Key cases are usually covered in the textbooks, but not necessarily the most recent ones. You may take the initiative to look for new cases decided locally and overseas to see if there is any update on the law.
You are also most welcome read textbooks and academic commentaries outside of both the required and recommended reading lists for your own interests.
Hope you enjoy reading and learning
These members of the faculty are ready and very much willing to help and share your ups and downs, concerns and worries:
i. Faculty academic advisers
Every one of you will be assigned a teacher from the Department of Law as your Faculty Academic Adviser. You are encouraged to meet with your academic adviser at least once every semester, appointments can be made via email.
The Faculty Academic Adviser is there to help you on academic issues and give you advice and guidance in your academic life. If you encounter any questions relating to study strategies, course selection, academic and career goals, or issues about transition to university, you are most welcome to contact your adviser and discuss these issues with him or her.
ii. Faculty student advisers
Every one of you will also be assigned a senior student as your Faculty Student Adviser. You can seek advice from your peer adviser if you wish to know more about university life from a student’s perspective. Your seniors have gone through freshman year too and thus they would be in a good position to share their experience about study life, transition to university and other issues with you.
iii. Undergraduate Curriculum Advice
For curriculum specific and course selection guidance, you may seek advice from Year Coordinators (for LLB students) and/or Curricula Directors and Deputy Directors (for double-degree students).
|Programme Director (until Oct 2019)||Ms Cora Chanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Deputy Programme Director||Dr David Kwokemail@example.com|
|First Year Experience Coordinator||Mr Jacky Yeungfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Second Year Coordinator||Dr David Kwokemail@example.com|
|Third Year Coordinator||Dr Peter Chaufirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Upper Years Coordinator||Mr Michael Jacksonemail@example.com|
|Programme Director||Mr Michael Jacksonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Deputy Programme Director||Mr Jacky Yeungemail@example.com|
|Programme Director||Dr Eric Ipfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Deputy Programme Director||Dr Peter Chauemail@example.com|
|Programme Director||Dr Marco Wanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Deputy Programme Director||Dr Daniel Matthewsemail@example.com|
|HKU-UCL Dual Degree Programme|
|Programme Co-Director||Prof Johannes Chanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Programme Co-Director||Prof Lusina Hoemail@example.com|
|HKU-PKU Dual Degree Programme|
|Programme Director||Prof Yun Zhao|
iv. Specific Issues
|Outgoing exchange programme||Mr Alex Mak|
|Mooting and dispute resolution (Capstone) [LLAW3187]||Ms Stephanie Wong|
|International mooting Competition [LLAW3058]||Mr Kelvin Kwok|
|Legal Research and Writing [LLAW1013, LLAW2017]||Ms Eva Tam|
The centralised Academic Advising Office (AAO) that is happy to provide service and general support to students about degree requirements, academic regulations and cross-faculty learning opportunities.