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MCL Common Law

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1 Year
 Start month

 Tuition fee

146000 HKD
110000 HKD

Application fee

International 300 HKD
National 300 HKD
Faculty of Law
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)93
TOEFL-PBT (min)583

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About this course

This programme is specifically designed for graduates in law from non-Common law jurisdictions (notably Mainland China) who wish to acquire an expertise in Common Law as it is practised in Hong Kong and in other common law jurisdictions.

The curriculum for the Master of Common Law extends over one academic year of full-time study. Teaching is in English and candidates shall be required to have an adequate standard of English.

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Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must comply with the General Regulations and fulfil at least one of requirements 

  • hold a degree of Bachelor of Laws with at least second class honours or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University for this purpose; or
  • hold a degree in a discipline other than law with at least second class honours accepted by the University for this purpose and have at least two years relevant experience and professional qualifications; or
  • have obtained either the Common Professional Examination of England and Wales or the Common Professional Examination Certificate of this University, provided that in either case a second class honours degree or a qualification of equivalent standard of this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose has also been obtained.
  • for a candidate who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English, shall satisfy the Faculty English language requirement with one of the following recognized English tests:
    •  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 593 or above (paper-based test) or 97 or above (internet-based test)
    •  International English Language Testing System (IELTS): An overall band score of 7 or above with no subtest below 6.5
  • The test score report is valid for two years for admissions purpose.

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Course Modules

Capstone courses

(Candidates must choose one course from the list below.)

  • LLAW6204 Public law in common law jurisdictions
  • LLAW6258 Private law in common law jurisdictions

Compulsory course (non-credit bearing)

  • LLAW6259 Understanding common law


  • LLAW6183 Animal law
  • LLAW6138 Arbitration law
  • LLAW6157 Arbitration practice, procedure and drafting
  • LLAW6229 Arms control and disarmament law
  • LLAW6236 ASEAN law
  • LLAW6024 Banking law
  • LLAW6153 Business and human rights
  • LLAW6172 Carriage of goods by sea
  • LLAW6124 Communications law
  • LLAW6238 Comparative arbitration in Asia
  • LLAW6226 Comparative constitutional law theories
  • LLAW6248 Comparative contract law
  • LLAW6209 Comparative family law
  • LLAW6150 Comparative law
  • LLAW6251 Comparative property law
  • LLAW6155 Competition law II
  • LLAW6101 Competition, mergers and acquisitions
  • LLAW6245 Compliance in the Hong Kong securities industry
  • LLAW6255 Compliance: law in practice
  • LLAW6254 Compliance: regulation in practice
  • LLAW6220 Constitutionalism in emerging states
  • LLAW6252 Construction of commercial contracts
  • LLAW6223 Copyright and creativity
  • LLAW6082 Corporate governance and shareholder remedies
  • LLAW6267 Courts
  • LLAW6002 Credit and security law
  • LLAW6233 Critical theory in legal scholarship
  • LLAW6206 Cross border corporate finance: issues and techniques
  • LLAW6114 Cross-border legal relations between the Mainland and Hong Kong
  • LLAW6127 Current issues in financial law
  • LLAW6060 Current issues in human rights
  • LLAW6087 Current issues in insolvency law
  • LLAW6117 Cybercrime
  • LLAW6088 Derivatives: law and regulation
  • LLAW6054 9-Credit Dissertation
  • LLAW6014 18-Credit Dissertation
  • LLAW6111 E-business law
  • LLAW6062 Economic, social and cultural rights
  • LLAW6210 Energy law
  • LLAW6249 Entertainment law: Popular iconography and the celebrity
  • LLAW6063 Equality and non-discrimination
  • LLAW6064 Ethnicity, human rights and democracy
  • LLAW6222 Financial dispute resolution: Hong Kong & international perspectives
  • LLAW6194 Global business law I
  • LLAW6195 Global business law II
  • LLAW6216 Graduate seminar
  • LLAW6005 Hong Kong intellectual property law
  • LLAW6119 Human rights and cyberspace
  • LLAW6034 Human rights in Hong Kong
  • LLAW6242 Human rights in practice
  • LLAW6107 Insurance law
  • LLAW6120 Intellectual property and information technology
  • LLAW6140 Intellectual property, innovation and development
  • LLAW6132 International and comparative intellectual property law
  • LLAW6237 International arbitration: practice, process and strategy
  • LLAW6099 International commercial arbitration
  • LLAW6036 International criminal law
  • LLAW6007 International dispute settlement
  • LLAW6133 International economic law
  • LLAW6182 International organisations
  • LLAW6073 International protection of refugees and displaced persons
  • LLAW6057 International securities law
  • LLAW6096 International tax and tax planning
  • LLAW6128 International trade law I
  • LLAW6170 Introduction to information technology law
  • LLAW6204 Public law in common law jurisdictions
  • LLAW6227 Introduction to private international law (conflict of laws)
  • LLAW6231 Justice
  • LLAW6199 Law and policy
  • LLAW6230 Law and practice of investment treaty arbitration
  • LLAW6239 Law and regulation of private banking and wealth management I
  • LLAW6246 Law and regulation of private banking and wealth management II
  • LLAW6197 Law and social theory
  • LLAW6178 Law, economics, regulation and development
  • LLAW6055 Law of international finance 1
  • LLAW6094 Law of international finance 2
  • LLAW6253 Law of the cities
  • LLAW6181 Management and commercialization of intellectual property
  • LLAW6247 Medical-legal issues
  • LLAW6224 Mergers and acquisitions
  • LLAW6179 Multiculturalism and the law
  • LLAW6075 National protection of human rights
  • LLAW6176 Online dispute resolution
  • LLAW6219 Patent law
  • LLAW6097 Pension and investment funds in Hong Kong and the PRC
  • LLAW6196 Preventative law: approach to conflict prevention
  • LLAW6164 Principles of family law
  • LLAW6046 Privacy and data protection
  • LLAW6109 Public international law
  • LLAW6093 Regulation of financial markets
  • LLAW6144 Rights and remedies in the criminal process
  • LLAW6049 Securities regulation I
  • LLAW6244 Securities regulation II
  • LLAW6240 Security and human rights
  • LLAW6221 Selected problems of the European convention on human rights
  • LLAW6076 Seminar in human rights research
  • LLAW6215 Seminar on human rights and constitutionalism in Asia
  • LLAW6250 The regulation of biomedical research
  • LLAW6200 Topics in trademark law
  • LLAW6211 World trade law, policy and business

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How to Apply

  • Look for the interested research areas
  • Create an application account
  • Complete the online application form
  • Check the application deadlines

Documents required:

  • A copy of your identification document (e.g. HKID card / passport / National identity card / birth certificate) 
  • A copy of your visa / entry permit issued by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR Government (if applicable)
  • Academic transcript(s) issued by your high school / institution, showing your grades/examination results of the last two years
  • National / International examination results# (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, GCSE, HKCEE/HKALE/HKDSE, including in the case of GCE
  • AS-/A-Level, the Statement of Results which shows the numerical scores achieved)
  • Predicted grade for your upcoming examination issued by your school (if applicable)
  • A summary of not more than two A4-size pages of your extra-curricular activities, personal achievements, working experience, and/or any other information in support of your application
  • Two academic referee's reports


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