General Course Information
1.1 Course details
|Course name:||18-credit Dissertation|
|Programme offered under:||LLM Programme|
|Prerequisites / Co-requisites:||No|
|Credit point value:||18 credits|
1.2 Course description
An individual research project on an approved topic carried out under the supervision of an assigned teacher, resulting in the submission of a research paper with required length ranging from 16,000 to 20,000 words (excluding tables of cases and statutes, notes, appendices and bibliographies). The dissertation must provide evidence of original research work and a capacity for critical legal analysis and argument.
1.3 Instructions and Important Dates
If you hope to undertake a research dissertation as part of your programme, you should first contact a potential supervisor as early as possible to discuss the proposed topic. Begin by checking the research interests of faculty members listed at Faculty’s website. You may also approach Programme Director/Deputy Programme Director of your programme if you wish to seek further advice.
It is the responsibility of each student to find a full-time member of the academic staff to act as the supervisor of their dissertation. Different faculty members have different considerations and requirements on the decision to supervise a student, but it is typically expected that the student when approaching the faculty member should have a reasonably viable research topic/proposal that falls into the research/teaching interest of the faculty member.
Please also pay attention to the following important dates for add-drop and submission for LLAW6014 18-credit Dissertation and LLAW6054 9-credit Dissertation (“dissertation courses”):
|To do list and deadline||LLAW6014
|Full-year course||1st semester||2nd semester|
|Add-drop deadline||Sep 21, 2022||Sep 21, 2022||Feb 11, 2023|
|Submit dissertation title and name of supervisor (via Moodle)||Oct 6, 2022||Oct 6, 2022||Feb 27, 2023|
|(Optional) Making request to change the dissertation title||Mar 31, 2023||Nov 11, 2022||Mar 31, 2023|
|Submission of final dissertation (via Moodle)||May 1, 2023||Dec 1, 2022||May 1, 2023|
|Submission of electronic copy of dissertations (ETD) to HKU Libraries (see Note 2 below)||
[Note 1] For students who submit their dissertation on/before Dec 1, 2022, they will receive their grade by the end of January or early February 2023 (Subject to the approval of Board of Examiners). (Non-local students are advised to submit their dissertation by this deadline; see the important note below.)
For students who submit their dissertation after Dec 1, 2022 and on/before May 1, 2023, they will receive their grade by the end of June or early July 2023 (Subject to the approval of Board of Examiners).
[Note 2] For students who achieved grade A- or above in dissertation, the General Office will approach for their consent to make their dissertation accessible in the Scholars Hub under the licensing of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. More information about ETD can be found at etd.lib.hku.hk.
2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course
CLO 1 Formulated a thesis that a member of staff has supervised;
CLO 2 Undertaken a sustained piece of legal research under the guidance of the supervisor;
CLO 3 Developed skills in legal research;
CLO 4 Refined their abilities in legal writing;
CLO 5 Developed their capacity to identify good legal writing; and
CLO 6 Completed a substantial written paper that aims to be of publishable standard.
2.2 LLM Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llm-plo/
2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course
|PLO A||PLO B||PLO C||PLO D||PLO E||PLO F|
3.1 Assessment Summary
|Assessment task||Due date||Weighting||Feedback method*||Course learning outcomes|
|Dissertation||1 May 2023||100%||1||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
The Graduate School has a number of publications which you may find useful during the preparation phase:
Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/