Programme Requirements

(a) All candidates must complete a total of 72 credits by the end of the normal study period as summarised in Table 1. Each course offered by the Department of Law carries 9 credits unless otherwise stated.

Table 1Credits
Capstone course9
Elective courses (See Note 1)63

Note 1: In any case, you must not choose more than five courses from each of the specialist programmes.  You should contact the General Office (LLMMCL@hku.hk) for clarification in case of any doubt.

(b) The normal study period for full-time students is one year, and two academic years for part-time students. Table 2 shows the required number of credits you should study in an academic year:

Table 2Full-time StudentsPart-time Students
1st semester27-36 credits9-18 credits
January semester
(Optional; see Note 2)
0-9 credits0-9 credits
2nd semseter27-36 credits9-18 credits
June semseter
(Optional; see Note 3)
0-9 credits0-9 credits
No. of credits completed by the end of an academic year72 creditsMin. 27 credits
Avg. 36 credits
Max. 45 credits

Note 2: January semester is an optional semester. Courses offered will have an intensive (compressed) class schedule. You may take up to one course in the January semester; credits earned will count towards your total for 2nd semester.

Note 3: June semester is an optional semester. Courses offered will have an intensive (compressed) class schedule. You may take up to one course in the June semester; credits earned will count towards your total for the current academic year.

For further information, please refer to the LLM regulations and syllabus for your intake year (intake of 2018-2019intake of 2019-2020; intake of 2020-2021).

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