Preparatory Course: Introduction to Legal Thinking


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.


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

1Pre-recorded (to be posted together with pre-reading materials and instructions to be completed prior to Seminar 2)Prior to Seminar 2
2Saturday 28 August 20212:30 pm – 5:30 pm
3Sunday 29 August 20212:30 pm – 5:30 pm
4Saturday 4 September 20212:30 pm – 5:30 pm
6Sunday 5 September 20212:30 pm – 5:30 pm


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

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