JDOC2003 & JDOC2004

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: JDOC2003 & 2004
Course name: Land Law I & II
Programme offered under: JD Programme
Semester: Full year
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 6 credits + 6 credits

1.2 Course description

Introduction: concepts of tenures, estates, ownership, property and proprietary interests in land; creation; assignment; intervention of equity (e.g. Walsh v Lonsdale, part performance, estoppel, constructive and resulting trusts).

Concurrent interests: joint tenancy and tenancy in common; severance; termination of co-ownership.

Adverse possession: acquisition of possessory title.

Priority: common law; statutory rules.

Leases: nature and types of leases; relationship of landlord and tenant; termination; statutory intervention.

Leasehold covenants: enforceability.

Licences: revocability; enforceability.

Easements: nature; creation; determination.

Security interests: mortgages; charges; pledges; liens.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor (first semester) Hui Jing hjing@hku.hk CCT 606 By email
Course convenor (second semester) Say Goo shgoo@hku.hk CCT 501 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Articulate, evaluate and apply the doctrines and principles applicable to the acquisition and determination of ownership of interests in land and their rationale.

CLO 2 Analyze and apply the major legislative provisions and cases relevant to such doctrines and principles in Hong Kong and other jurisdictions such as UK, where appropriate.

CLO 3 Integrate and synthesize the topics you have learnt and see their inter-relationship.

CLO 4 Discern and describe emerging trends in landmark land law cases.

CLO 5 Enhance your ability to identify and comment on judicial reasoning.

CLO 6 Enhance your skills in critical thinking, evaluation, connecting, statutory interpretation, case analysis, sound opinion forming.

CLO 7 Enhance your communication, research, presentation and problem-solving skills which will be relevant to your career and lifelong learning.

2.2 JD Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/jd-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Group presentation in Land Law I TBC 15% 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Land Law I & Land Law II in-hall exam 13 Dec 2023 (1st semester)

13 May 2024 (2nd semester)

85% 1 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

Group Presentation will be conducted in the first semester. It is compulsory in the sense that students must participate in this activity. Land Law I & II each account for 50% of the overall Land Law I & II grade. Group presentation is only within the assessment of Land Law I, accounting for 30% of the Land Law I grade. In the overall grade setting, the percentage of each component is: group presentation (15%), Land Law I exam (35%), and Land Law II exam (50%). To help students understand the requirements and expectations for this presentation activity, there will be illustrations in the first session.

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/