The international nature of many legal transactions today has created a demand for lawyers who can practise in multiple jurisdictions. Such lawyers are prized by law firms and corporate law departments. Therefore, in 2009, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) established a new joint legal education programme that opens doors for candidates who successfully complete the programme to practise law in both Canada and Hong Kong.
Under this Joint LLB-JD programme, a student will be able to complete 2 degrees in two jurisdictions in 5 years. Students who have successfully completed 180 HKU credits including the compulsory core 132 credits and 48 credits of university required courses with a cumulative grade average of at least 3.1 are eligible to apply for this two-year programme at UBC. The Joint LLB-JD degree will allow students to pursue professional qualification studies in both Hong Kong and British Columbia.
(From left to right) HKU Vice Chancellor Professor Lap-Chee Tsui, HKU Dean of Law Professor Johannes Chan, Allard School of Law Dean of Law Mary Anne Bobinski and UBC President Stephen Toope in the signing ceremony at UBC, Vancouver. (Photo by Martin Dee, UBC)