Preparatory Course: Legal Essentials Seminars for LLM Students

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 40 students. 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. 


Ms. Judith Sihombing has a long distinguished academic career as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law and now teaches part-time at both the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Judith trained as a solicitor in Victoria, Australia after graduation from the Law School, Melbourne University and thereafter she also obtained an LLM from the University of Malaya.  

In addition, to active law teaching Judith offers professional legal consultation in commercial, banking and property law in Hong Kong and on property and commercial law in Malaysia. In 2001 she joined the Hong Kong office of Simmons & Simmons as Professional Support Lawyer and Training Manager and assists and advises legal teams on contentious and non-contentious matters.  Judith regularly conducts CPD seminars for Hong Kong’s legal community on a range of specialist areas, including corporate governance, company law and property. She is a founding member and Vice-Chairman of the Law Society of Hong Kong Working Party Sub-Committee on Land Titles. She has also served as a consultant to the Consumer Council of Hong Kong (on Estate Agents) and to the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation (on the documentation for mortgages and guarantees). This year Judith will teach “Legal Essentials Seminars” for the LLM programmes, which is specifically designed for non-law students.

Schedule and Outline

Remarks: The first three classes (29 Aug, 5 Sep and 12 Sep) will be conducted online. Details will be announced on Moodle course page in due course.

29 Aug Sat2:00 pm – 5:00 pm– Outline of law in Hong Kong, including course structures, common law, Equity, legislation
– Introduction to contract, to tort, and to remedies in Equity
– Introduction to Legal English in Hong Kong website
5 Sep Sat2:00 pm – 5:00 pm– Presentation of the “problem”
– Identification of the legal elements of the problem
– Examination of basic legal concepts
– Summarising the relevant principles for the problem for the next seminar
12 Sep Sat2:00 pm – 5:00 pm– Consideration of materials previously circulated: eg materials on Skill of Reading
and Skill of Note Taking
– Dividing the group into two to prepare the case for each party (i) one for A and (ii) one for B
– Preparing the structure of the arguments
11 Oct Sun2:00 pm – 5:00 pm– Considering the possible forms of action – court proceedings and ADR
– Drafting the “brief”
16 Jan Sat2:00 pm – 5:00 pm– Editing the brief of the other group
– Finalising the brief for each group
14 Mar Sun2:00 pm – 5:00 pm– Presentation of the written brief


Please check your email for registration instructions. The registration deadline will be 24 August 2020.

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