City University of Hong Kong - School of Law

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City University of Hong Kong - School of Law

Application deadline

31 May 2021 (Non-local applications) for 2021 Fall entry.

How to apply

Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements for Master of Laws
To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and the following program-specific entrance requirements: *

  • Holding an honors degree in law or equivalent qualification; or
  • Having been admitted for the professional practice of law in Hong Kong or other jurisdictions; or
  • Having obtained either a Common Professional Examination (CPE) of the United Kingdom or Hong Kong with satisfactory results, provided that a second class honors degree has also been obtained; or
  • Having obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Hong Kong Law or Master of Arts/Laws in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution;
  • Being proficient in English if they are applying for the English Module, or being proficient in English and Chinese (Putonghua) if they are applying for the Chinese Module.

For applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English, the minimum English language proficiency requirement is as follows: 

  • A minimum total score of 595 (paper-based test); or 97 (internet-based test); or 70 (revised paper-delivered test; the sum of Reading, Listening and Writing section scores) in TOEFL; or
  • An overall band score of 6.5 in IELTS; or
  • A score of 520 in the Mainland China's College English Test (CET) Band 6; or other equivalent qualifications.

* An applicant who holds a legal qualification from a common law jurisdiction will not be eligible to enroll in the Common Law Stream.

TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years from the test date and must be valid at the time of submission of application. CET scores should be obtained within three years immediately preceding an application to the school of law.

Entrance Requirements for Master of Laws in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
To be eligible for consideration for admission,an applicant must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and have:

  • A university degree from a recognized university or equivalent qualifications (e.g. AHKIArb).

Applicants whose employment or professional activities involve arbitration or other forms of dispute resolution may be preferred, where qualifications are otherwise equal, but in all cases admission will be based on merit.

Please refer to the following website for the English language proficiency requirement.