General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW1008
Course name: The Legal System of the Hong Kong SAR
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: First
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 6 credits

1.2 Course description

This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the principles of law governing the legal system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, the only common law jurisdiction in East Asia. It encourages students to appreciate the underlying values of legal practice and the administration of justice in the context of wider global and regional developments. It explains the crucial role played by the rule of law in Hong Kong’s historic transition from a cluster of marginal fishing settlements into an international financial centre under Chinese sovereignty over the course of nearly two centuries.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Eric Ip ericcip@hku.hk CCT 705 By email
Course convenor / tutor S K Lee sklee1@hku.hk CCT 301B By email
Course tutor Puja Kapai puja@hku.hk CCT 609 By email
Course tutor Jerry Tam jerrytam@connect.hku.hk N/A By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Acquire a sound understanding of the key features of the Hong Kong legal system.

CLO 2 Acquire an understanding of the ways in which ideologies shape the structure, design and operation of the legal system and be able to critically assess the successes and failings of the system in light of these values.

CLO 3 Acquire an understanding of the common law legal system, its relationship with the rule of law and the protection of human rights.

CLO 4 Acquire an understanding of the role of case law, legal reasoning, legal personnel and the machinery of the courts as key features of the common law legal system.

CLO 5 Acquire an understanding of the recent issues requiring legal reform in the context of the Hong Kong legal system.

CLO 6 Acquire a sound foundation and context for the study of other substantive law courses.

2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-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
Tutorial participation TBA 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Final exam TBA 90% 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

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

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


4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Lecture 2 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Tutorial 1 hour / 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).


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/