General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW2011
Course name: Summer Internship
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: Summer
Designated research course: Yes [Only the local Summer Internship (i.e. Social Justice Summer internship) can be counted as a DRC]
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 6 credits
Cap on student numbers: There is a cap of 15 students for this course but the number of students to be enrolled will depend on the number of internship positions available at partner institutions

1.2 Course description

This programme is offered only to law students. Students will undertake an internship with a nongovernmental organisation or public authority in Hong Kong, Mainland China or other regional Community Partner Organisation (CPO). The internship will last for ONE MONTH and will take place in two separate internship sessions in June and July. Students may choose EITHER the June internship period or the July internship period, but may not participate in both.

June Session Dates: June 1 to June 30

July Session Dates: June 29 to July 29

Application for this course is competitive and students will be SELECTED by CPOs based on their profile, specific skill-set, background knowledge, and interest or experience in particular areas of law. The CPOs taking part in the SJSI Course work on a wide range of human rights and social justice issues, including migrant domestic workers, human trafficking, animal rights, labour rights, rights of ethnic minorities, women, the elderly, and children, among others. When applying, students may indicate which CPOs they are interested in working with.

The course will be assessed on the basis of a 5-point scale ranging from Poor to Excellent. These points will not be counted towards the calculation of the CGPA/WGPA or honours classification. However, these will be recorded on an official transcript. In addition, students who are selected to participate in the program and who successfully complete all requirements will be presented with a Certificate officially recognizing their contribution to and successful completion of the Programme.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Puja Kapai puja@hku.hk CCT 609 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Students will apply their legal research and problem-solving capabilities to address socio-legal issues and social justice problems that plague society.

CLO 2 Students will appreciate the existing gaps in the legal system and consider approaches to plug these gaps to address the needs of those marginalised by the system.

CLO 3 Students will appreciate and understand the practical impact and limitations of law and existing institutions in securing equal justice and outcomes for all groups.

CLO 4 Students will develop an understanding of their individual capacities and the role of different actors, including collectives such as NGOs and public authorities in highlighting these limitations and applying their services to assist these groups.

CLO 5 Students will, through their experience, learn about the importance of offering professional assistance on a voluntary and pro-bono basis to plug the ‘justice gap’.

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
  1. Completion of one-month internship with the CPO (clocking a minimum of 120 hours to qualify as satisfactory completion of the Internship component);
  2. Maintenance of Work Report documenting daily objectives, work output, and achievement of goals;
  3. Submission of four Reflective Journal entries discussing challenges and difficulties faced during the internship and reflections on the law, society, and the role of NGOs, government, or other actors on human rights and social justice issues;
  4. Completion of a 5000-word research paper, to be determined in consultation with the Programme Director.
TBC 100% 1 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
*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

Students will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Internship: Completion of 4-6 week internship with organisation they are assigned to (clocking a minimum of 160 hours to qualify as satisfactory completion of the internship period)
Private study time: 3-training program on capacity building for work in the NGO sector

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit 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/