FAQs

Curriculum

1. What is the duration of study of this dual degree programme?

The HKU-UCL LLB dual degree programme shall normally require four academic years of full-time study, including summer semesters.  The students will spend the first two years at UCL and the following two years at HKU.

2. What are the special features of this dual degree programme?

The Programme enables selected students to study in two of the world’s key global financial centres, London and Hong Kong, and to gain insight into the legal systems of two important common law jurisdictions – one as the origin of the common law with expertise in European Union law, and the other in an important hub of legal education in Asia.

3. What are the programme highlights?

Students will be required to take a compulsory extra-curricular placement in the UCL Center for Access to Justice where students will have the opportunity to interact with legal professionals in providing legal assistance to the local community. During the last two years of study at HKU, they may also have an opportunity to study a course in an eminent university in Mainland China by way of intensive teaching. They also have the opportunity to broaden their horizons and strengthen their practical skills by taking the HKU legal internship through participations in a number of designated clinical courses.

4. How much is the tuition fee?

Students are required to pay the tuition fee of the institution in which they are studying. It means that the students have to pay the tuition fee of UCL in the first two academic years, and that of HKU in the last two academic years. For current year’s HKU tuition fee, please refer to the Faculty’s fee schedule.

5. Is there any scholarship available?

HKU may offer entrance scholarships based on academic merits. Successful candidates will be notified of the award if he or she meets the awarding criteria.  After you are admitted to the University, you may apply for other HKU scholarships. Please refer to http://www.scholarships.hku.hk/.

Admissions

6. When is the application deadline?

If you are a JUPAS applicant, the usual deadline will be in early December of each calendar year. For details of the JUPAS calendar, please visit the JUPAS website,   After submitting the JUPAS application, you are required to submit a simple online application via the Faculty of Law online application system by January 15 of the application year.

 If you are a non-JUPAS applicant, please check the Important Dates for the Year of Admission.  Invitation for applications opens on September 30. The usual deadline for first round evaluation is by mid-November.

7. Do I need to submit any supporting documents?

Yes. For both JUPAS and non-JUPAS applicants, you are required to provide us with the  academic reference(s) with predicted grades and related supporting documents for this dual degree programme and submit the documents to the Faculty Office via email hkuucl@hku.hk no later than January 31 of the admissions year.

8. What kind of scores/grades do I need to obtain in order to be likely considered for admission?

For JUPAS applicants, an overall average score of 36 or above with at least level 5 in English and Mathematics and no score less than 4 in other subjects. 

For non-JUPAS applicants, at least grade A/A* in each examined subjects or its equivalent entrance qualifications.

9. Are applicants required to attend an interview or aptitude test?

Only shortlisted applicants are required to attend a panel interview but no aptitude test is needed. The panel interview will be chaired by the Programme Director.

10. When will the panel interview be scheduled?

Usually around March, if not earlier. Shortlisted candidates will be informed of the details of the interview via email and/or telephone in February.

11. Are there any other entrance requirements?

Yes, students are required to satisfy the English language and second language requirement as required by the University. Details can be viewed at https://aal.hku.hk/admissions/international/admissions-information?page=admissions-standards.

12. Are there any subject preference for applicants applying on the strength of HKDSE (JUPAS) or qualifications other than HKDSE (non-JUPAS) for admissions purpose?

No. But in the case of an IB candidate, subject to academic reference with good predicted grades, a student taking English language/literature A (SL or HL) will have higher chance to be shortlisted in comparison to a student taking English B (SL or HL).  Should a student decides to choose English B, a HL is recommended in order to enhance a chance for being considered.

13. How many places are available for this Dual Degree Programme?

The annual intake quota is 10, comprising 5 recruited by each institution.

14. Can I submit the application for this dual degree programme via both HKU and UCL in the same academic year?

No. Please DO NOT submit your application via HKU and UCL for the admission year.  Applicants will be disqualified from the admission process to this Programme if they are found to apply the programme through both institutions.

General enquiry

15. Can I do the PCLL in HK and LPC in UK after having successfully completed the dual degree programme?

Yes. Students who have successfully completed the dual degree programme are eligible for being considered for admission to the PCLL in Hong Kong. Application for admissions to PCLL is based on academic merit. The UCL LLB degree would assist students to proceed to professional qualifications required for legal practice in the UK, subject to compliance with the requirements of professional legal practice in the UK.

16. Are there any exchange opportunities during the course of study of the programme?

Due to the intensive curriculum structure requirements, you may not have spare capacity to participate in a normal exchange study programme. However, you will have the opportunity to benefit from a diversity of learning experiences, such as the common core programme at HKU, taking Introduction to Chinese Law in a mainland institution (whilst acquiring a significant mainland experience), acquiring a specialization through a pre-approved, structured selection of electives, not to mention a compulsory legal internship.