General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3243
Course name: HKU Law Internship
Programme offered under: LLB Programme [This course is only open to students on the UCL-HKU Dual Degree Programme]
Semester: Full year
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 12 credits

1.2 Course description

This HKU Legal Internship course is a compulsory course for students registered in the UCL-HKU Dual Degree Programme, and is only open to those students.

This course will consist of training sessions and legal clinic work  (including attending interview, and advice sessions and preparing case summary, legal research memos and summary of advice), Students will be required to conduct  interviews with real clients and handle real cases under the supervision of the Director/supervising staff of the clinical legal education or any similar experimental learning programme of the Faculty and voluntary duty lawyers in the private sector, or responsible Legal Officer and/or staff in public sector, NGOs and relevant partner organisations in the community and elsewhere, if any.  Students will be provided with training on lawyering skills such as interviewing, negotiation, communication, facts investigation, legal research and analysis.  They will be required to apply legal theories and principles to practical settings, practise legal writing and drafting, and reflect on professional ethics and responsibilities.  Depending on availability, students may be placed in different streams of the clinical legal education or any similar experimental learning programme.

Students may also have the opportunities to develop professional judgement through encounters with legal and ethical dilemmas, and to recognize challenges, to creatively identify options, and to diligently and ethically provide assistance to clients.

Students will be assessed on a pass / fail basis by reference to the contents of the portfolio/ written work, and by the feedback of the Director/supervising staff of the clinical legal education programme and the supervising lawyers/ responsible legal officer on their professional attitudes and competence when they handle clients’ cases.  Students are also required to submit to the Programme Director or his/her delegate samples of written work or reflective journals/essay based on the experience at the legal internship.

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Apply the knowledge, lawyering skills and legal reasoning to real situations in life, with a view to resolving issues, problems and disputes within the legal parameters.

CLO 2 Appreciate the underlying values of the law and the legal system in the broad social, economic, political and cultural contexts.

CLO 3 Present effectively legal arguments in the professional context, and possibly conveying and explaining the law effectively to lay clients and members of the larger community.

CLO 4 Utilise analytical abilities and rhetorical advocacy for the betterment of the human community.

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
Continuous assessment TBC 100% 1, 2, 3, 4
*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

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 the 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/