General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3252
Course name: The Global Migration Legal Clinic
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: First
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialisation: Not applicable
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: Yes
Credit point value: 6 credits

1.2 Course description

The Global Migration Legal Clinic aims to empower and equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in a changing global legal environment by providing students with the opportunity to learn by doing and by providing service to the community. This experiential course will focus on the growing number of people across Asia who migrate from their home each year in search of better work opportunities. In Hong Kong alone, 10% of the working population are foreign domestic workers. The HK government has predicted that the number of said workers will grow to over 600,000 in a matter of decades. Moreover, because of ageing populations and diminishing growth, unskilled migrant workers are increasingly important to economies across Asia, with nations such as China, Japan, and South Korea recently enacting laws allowing unskilled migrants to work in-country. Conversely, as the amount of labor migration increases, the instances of abuse also increase. There are more slaves and bonded workers in the world today than at any time prior, and the vast majority of these workers are found in Asia. Recent studies have shown that a majority of foreign domestic workers in HK have been abused or deceived in some fashion, and the US government has categorized HK as a Tier-2 Watch jurisdiction on its Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report for the third consecutive year. Students in this Clinic will be tasked with focusing on specific legal cases and problems, and devising holistic solutions to said problems. While their solutions will obviously involve legal recourse or research of some kind, students will be required to also consider broader solutions, including: education and community legal empowerment, media and social media exposure, lobbying, commercial solutions, etc.

The aims of the Clinic are:

  • to expose students to the challenges and skills of affecting real change in real-life situations;
  • to expand opportunities for collaborative experiential learning;
  • to instruct students in the theory and practice of various legal disciplines;
  • to give students an opportunity to practice their professional skills and ethics;
  • to encourage students to identify and provide service for unmet legal needs; and
  • to encourage critical analysis of the law, the relationship between international and domestic legal systems, and the clients place and the lawyer role within the international legal system.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Lindsay Ernst lernst@hku.hk CCT 615 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Recognize legal challenges faced by migrant workers, creatively identify options, execute judgment and understand the impacts of their decisions.

CLO 2 Reflect constructively on the dynamics involved in building and sustaining relationships with partners in a variety of countries and situations.

CLO 3 Conduct research, individually and in teams, on case-specific themes and country situations, through a variety of media and sources, including web-based resources.

CLO 4 Draft a substantive legal document relevant to the work of his/her partner organization; examples include a detailed intake report, case summary, witness statement, assessment of a claim, legal research memorandum, complaint letter/letter of concern, shadow report, advocacy campaign, training manual or briefing paper.

CLO 5 Demonstrate the communication skills of listening, questioning and interviewing, including empathetic and careful listening and skillful questioning both with and without the use of an interpreter.

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
Weekly team/partner meetings TBC 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Project plan TBC 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Mid-term draft product TBC 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Final written work product TBC 40% 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

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/