Programme Requirements

(a) All candidates must complete a minimum of 72 credits or a maximum of 78 credits by the end of the normal study period by taking:

  • not less than two core courses;
  • not less than one capstone course; and
  • (for students with a degree in a subject other than law) up to two foundational law courses.

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

This is summarised in Table 1:

Table 1Credits
Core courses18
Foundational law courses0-18
Capstone course9
Law elective courses (See Note 2)18-45
Computer Science elective courses (ICOM6027; ICOM7125; see Note 3)0-12
TotalMin. 72
Max. 78

Note 1: Students with a degree in a discipline other than law will be required to take up to two foundational law courses.

Note 2: 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.

Note 3: Each of the courses offered by the Department of Computer Science carries 6 credits. Therefore students choosing to do one or both of the ICOM courses will have to complete 78 credits or 75 credits respectively for satisfying the curriculum requirement.

(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 4)
0-9 credits0-9 credits
2nd semester27-36 credits9-18 credits
June semester
(Optional; see Note 5)
0-9 credits0-9 credits
No. of credits completed by the end of an academic year72-78 creditsMin. 27 credits
Avg. 36 credits
Max. 45 credits

Note 4: 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 5: 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(T&IPL) regulations and syllabus for your intake year (intake of 2018-2019intake of 2019-2020; intake of 2020-2021).

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