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English Law with Hong Kong Law LLB and LLM

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Our English Law with Hong Kong Law LLB and LLM is a stimulating course that allows you to fulfil the requirements of a qualifying law degree in England & Wales. The first two years are spent at King’s while the final year is spent at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Selection for transfer is made after completion of the first year of LLB.

Key benefits 

  • Recognised globally as one of the UK's premier law schools.

  • Teaching by internationally respected, leading academics, visiting lecturers and practitioners from global law firms.

  • Unrivalled location for law, based in Somerset House East Wing on the Strand, with the Royal Courts of Justice, Law Society and Inns of Court all on your doorstep.

  • Consistently high student satisfaction ratings in the National Student Survey.

  • Excellent legal research resources at the College’s impressive Maughan Library.

  • A dedicated careers team who provide tailored guidance on how to access the legal profession.
  • Active student-run societies organising social and career-oriented functions.

Key information

UCAS code M100

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours at King's plus other award at partner institution

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London. This is a dual award programme which also leads to an award from Hong Kong University (HKU)

Faculty The Dickson Poon School of Law



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Course detail


Students on the Law LLB (M100) course may apply during their second year to transfer to this course.

The English Law with Hong Kong Law LLB is an exciting three-year degree course offering you a fantastic opportunity to gain international experience by spending one year studying law abroad at one of our partner universities in Asia.

Our partner university for this course is currently The University of Hong Kong (HKU).

During the first two years of this course you will study the Law LLB at King’s. Your third year will be at HKU, where you will study on their LLM programmes.


Teaching at King's

We have a strong tradition of excellence in teaching, with consistently high student satisfaction ratings for Law in the National Student Survey. All required modules are taught through lectures, small group tutorials and seminars. These tutorials and seminars will give you the opportunity to apply the general legal principles you have learnt to specific problems, and allow you to engage with our academics and explore issues further in depth.

You will be assigned a personal tutor, who will provide academic and pastoral support during your studies. We attach great importance to maintaining good relations between staff and students and our Staff-Student Liaison Committee meets regularly to discuss how we can collectively enhance the student experience.

Assessment at King's

Assessment of required modules will typically consist of an examination supplemented by written coursework, such as a written essay, where applicable. Assessment in optional modules varies and may encompass, for example, examinations, essays, moots, or a negotiation exercise.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

This programme is further regulated by the:

  • Law Benchmark Statement (2015)
  • Criteria for degrees (University of London)
  • Joint Statement of the Law Society and the General Council of the Bar (1999)
  • H-level descriptors of the framework for higher education qualifications (2001)


This course is primarily taught at the Strand and Waterloo campuses.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Years 3 and 4 are taught at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). 

Special notes

Students can engage in real client work through the School’s Legal Clinic established in April 2017. Students who spend their final year of their degree at King's can select the Student Law Clinic module, while students of all years can apply to volunteer with the clinic during the academic year or over the summer holiday. Supervised by the Clinic's in-house solicitor as well as solicitors from high street and corporate/commercial law firms (e.g. Duncan Lewis and Farrer), students learn transferable skills such as effective communication and teamwork and see the law in a practical context. Through the Clinic students can also engage with third sector partners such as the Personal Support Unit at the Royal Courts of Justice or participate in its Mediation project or public legal education activity).

We have many highly active student-run societies as well as King's award-winning students’ union, KCLSU, who organises a wide variety of social, sporting and cultural activities.

Both the King’s College London Law Society and Bar & Mooting Society organise a number of social and career-oriented functions such as: internal and external mooting competitions; skills workshops; mock interview sessions; lecture series with prestigious barristers and other legal practitioners; as well as the Inaugural Welcome Party at the start of the academic year and the Annual Black-Tie Dinner. The KCL Law Society supports students who wish to pursue careers as solicitors while the Bar & Mooting Society help students understand the path to qualification as a barrister. 

The Pro Bono Society supports and promotes legally-related volunteer work and education to the community, and runs many exciting projects, including the Amicus Chapter, Human Rights Project, Junior Lawyers Against Poverty; Law Mentoring; and Legal Outreach. Involvement with the society is a great way to contribute to the community as well as looking great on your CV due to the skills gained in the process.

There are various other societies within the Law School which students can get involved in, such as Lawyers Without Borders, King’s Women in the Law, Intellectual Property and Information Law Society and Criminology Society.


Year 1

The first year will be the standard LLB course stucture and modules as students will not be able to apply for this course until after the completion of year 1 LLB.

Each course is divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

Required Modules
You are required to take the following modules:
  • Criminal Law (30 credits)
  • Elements Of The Law Of Contract (30 credits)
  • European Law (30 credits)
  • Public Law (30 credits)
  • Legal Reasoning and Legal Services (non-credit bearing)
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1.

Year 2

Required Modules
You are required to take the following modules:

• Law of Property (30 credits)
• Law of Tort (30 credits)
• Law of Trusts (30 credits)
Optional Modules
In addition you will take 30 credits from optional modules, which may typically include:
  • Advanced Constitutional Law (30 credits)
  • Advanced Topics in Intellectual Property (30 credits)
  • Anti-Discrimination Law (30 credits)
  • British Legal History (30 credits)
  • Commercial Law (30 credits)
  • Company Law (30 credits)
  • Competition Law (30 credits)
  • Consumer Protection: Advising Global Businesses and Their Customers (30 credits)
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice (30 credits)
  • Environmental Law (30 credits)
  • Family Law (30 credits)
  • Human Rights Law (30 credits)
  • Intellectual Property Law (30 credits)
  • Labour Law (30 credits)
  • Law and Economics (30 credits)
  • Law and Social Theory (30 credits)
  • Law of Personal Taxation (30 credits)
  • Principles of Enterprise Governance (30 credits)
  • Private International Law (30 credits)
  • Public International Law (30 credits)
  • Russian Legal System (30 credits)
  • Student Law Clinic (30 credits)
  • Banking Law (15 credits)
  • Comparative Private Law (15 credits)
  • Criminal Law Theory (15 credits)
  • Environmental Law (15 credits)
  • Finance, Credit and Security (15 credits)
  • Hot Topics in Law, Technology & Society (15 credits)
  • International Commercial Arbitration (15 credits)
  • Machine Intelligence, Surveillance & Society (15 credits)
  • Moral Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Transnational Company Law (15 credits)

Year 3

In Year 3 you will study at The University of Hong Kong.
Required Modules
You are required to take 120 UK credits from modules at HKU.
Optional Modules

Entry requirements


Required subjects

You will need to complete year 1 of your LLB to be able to apply.

Preferred subjects


Further information and other requirements

There is no direct entry to this programme. Students on the King's LLB (M100) may apply for transfer once enrolled. Transfer is not guaranteed.

Selection procedure

Those wishing to apply for the English Law with Hong Kong Law LLB and LLM course must apply through UCAS for the Law LLB course (M100) and then apply to transfer to the desired degree during the second year of the course.

Fees and funding

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts
  • Transcription costs 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel to and around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

For information on fees and funding for undergraduate courses at King's, visit our fees and funding webpages.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

King’s Law graduates are popular with many employers. The majority of our students choose to become solicitors in leading law firms. Some choose broader business roles such as financial analyst, management consultant or graduate trainee in a variety of sectors. Others find their law degree opens up opportunities in international development, advisory work, the public sector and teaching. Although the employment market is competitive, our students have been very successful in obtaining posts with the firms or sets of chambers for which they wanted to work. Many law firms will target our students because they have come to associate King’s with very high-quality, motivated applicants comparable to those from other top law schools both in the UK and overseas.

King’s Careers Service can provide you with all the information and support you need to make an informed career choice and to increase your chances of success.

Career destinations

Recent King's law graduates have found employment as a:

  • Lawyer
  • Civil Servant
  • United Nations Official
  • Financial Analyst
  • Tax Advisor
  • Head of Trading
  • Management Consultant
  • Journalist 
  • Publisher
  • Paralegal
  • Entrepreneur
  • Academic


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