Programme Requirements

(a) All candidates must complete a total of 72 credits by the end of the normal study period by taking:

  • both of the two compulsory foundation courses;
  • not less than two core CR courses;
  • not less than one specialised topics course; and
  • not less than one capstone course.

Each course offered by the Department of Law carries 9 credits unless otherwise stated.

This is summarised in Table 1:

Table 1Credits
Compulsory foundation courses18
Core CR courses18
Specialised topics course9
Capstone course9
Additional credits required from core CR, specialised topics, capstone or electives
(See Note 1)
18

Note 1: Subject to any quotas, necessary approvals, or course prerequisite(s), you may take as your electives up to two courses offered in other LLM specialist programmes, except for the course LLAW6093 Regulation of Financial Markets.

(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 semester27-36 credits9-18 credits
June semester
(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, typically 3-4 weeks. 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, typically 3-4 weeks. 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(CR) regulations and syllabus for your intake year (intake of 2018-2019; intake of 2019-2020; intake of 2020-2021).

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