UCL Faculty of Laws


LLB Bachelor of Laws (UCL) and LLB Bachelor of Laws (HKU)

With growing demand worldwide for lawyers qualified in more than one jurisdiction, this programme gives students the opportunity to acquire detailed knowledge of Hong Kong law

UCAS course code: M103

Involving two years of study at UCL and two years of study in Hong Kong at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), this programme leads to the award of both the Bachelor of Laws honours degree from UCL and a Bachelor of Laws degree from HKU.

The programme allows students to experience study abroad and thus engage with different cultures and regional legal perspectives, and to engage in vocational placements both at UCL and in Hong Kong. A great benefit of the programme is professional skills development for future legal practice in both jurisdictions.


Years one and two are largely identical to the three-year LLB degree, except that students must take an additional compulsory extra-curricular placement in the UCL Centre for Access to Justice. Years three and four are spent at HKU studying towards the LLB. Year four will also include a vocational internship to be taken in Hong Kong in the summer of the fourth year.

The Access to Justice placement, organised and overseen by the UCL Centre for Access to Justice, forms an important part of your HKU-UCL dual degree programme. The placement must be completed during your first year at UCL and accounts for 12 HKU credits.

It is an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about the principles of access to justice underpinning the role of law in society. You will also develop skills in becoming reflective practitioners as you begin to put your newly acquired legal knowledge to practical use in the community.

The projects may vary each year, but recent projects include volunteering at the UCL Legal Advice Clinic and teaching students in local schools about human rights.

All of our undergraduate programmes are recognised by two main legal professional bodies, the Bar Council and the Law Society, for the purpose of exemption from the academic stage of their professional examinations.

Year 1

During year one of the programme, you will take four compulsory modules:

  • Contract Law (30 credits)
  • Criminal Law (30 credits)
  • Property Law I (30 credits)
  • Public Law (30 credits)

During the first year there will be a compulsory extra-curricular placement at the UCL Centre for Access to Justice (accounting for 12 HKU credits)

Year 2

During year two of the programme, you will take four compulsory modules:

  • European Union Law (30 credits)
  • Jurisprudence and Legal Theory (30 credits)
  • Property Law II (30 credits)
  • Tort Law  (30 credits)
Year 3 & 4

The third and fourth years of study are spent at HKU, studying towards their LLB in accordance with the host university’s requirements for the degree programme. During this time, students will be registered as full-time undergraduates of HKU.  You will need to pay the relevant fees directly to HKU.

During the two years of study at HKU, you will study the following modules, totalling 168 credits with 84 credits in each academic year:

  • Introduction to Chinese Law (6 credits)
  • Practical Chinese for Law Students (6 credits)
  • The Legal System of Hong Kong SAR (6 credits)
  • Constitutional Law (6 credits)
  • Law and Society (6 credits)
  • Legal Research & Writing I (6 credits)
  • Legal Research & Writing II (6 credits)
  • Commercial Law (6 credits)
  • Common Core 1 (6 credits)
  • Common Core 2 (6 credits)
  • Common Core 3 (6 credits)
  • Common Core 4 (6 credits)
  • Business Associations (6 credits)
  • Dissertation (12 credits)
  • Mooting and Dispute Resolution (6 credits)
  • Disciplinary Electives [1] (30 credits)
  • Free Electives [2] (30 credits)
  • HKU Legal Internship (12 credits)

[1]  Law electives. Students who intend to do the PCLL course must take Land Law III, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure and Evidence (24 credits in total) as part of their disciplinary electives.

[2] Electives are courses offered by any Faculty of the University, including Law Faculty.

Please note: Students enrolled on this programme will not be permitted to transfer to the three-year LLB degree (subject to exceptional circumstances). 

More information

For further programme information, including programme-specific entry requirements, visit the UCL Prospectus site.

Apply now through UCAS