General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3278
Course name: The Legal Profession
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: Second
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: Yes
Credit point value: 6 credits

1.2 Course description

This course introduces the legal profession not from the perspective of law practitioners, but from the social science studies on various aspects of this profession in different jurisdictions and social contexts. The course does not teach students how to think like a lawyer, but it provides social science perspectives for understanding how the legal profession is organized, differentiated, and transformed over time. It also examines the relationship between lawyers and other social entities and processes, such as their clients, market competitors, state regulators, and the processes of globalization and political change.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Sida Liu liusida@hku.hk CCT 503 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1  Describe and explain the basic social structure of the legal profession in different jurisdictions. 

CLO 2 Apply social science perspectives to various empirical problems and issues related to lawyers’ work and careers.

CLO 3 Critically examine theories of the legal profession and demonstrate their usefulness and limitations.

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
Reading responses and class participation TBC 16% 5 1, 2, 3
Midterm exam 13 Mar 2024 30% 1 1, 2, 3
Law firm report 17 Apr 2024 24% 5 1, 2, 3
Final paper 10 May 2024 30% 1 1, 2, 3
  *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

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/