CUHK Law Offers Two New Programmes in 2018 as International Ranking Soars to New Heights

The Faculty of Law of The Chinese University of Hong Kong has reached new heights when it comes to international rankings. In the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the Faculty is ranked 27th in the Law category with its “International Outlook” rated first amongst 100 law schools worldwide. This achievement has come after the faculty was rated Hong Kong’s best for legal research in the 2014 Hong Kong Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

Building on the accumulated successes since its inception a decade ago, the faculty is very pleased to offer two new programmes from 2018-19:

Dual LLB-JD Degree Programme Jointly Offered with King’s College London

The Dual LLB-JD Degree Programme is jointly offered with The Dickson Poon School of Law of King’s College London (King’s). Students of the programme will have the opportunity to study in two world-class law schools and to obtain both an undergraduate degree and a postgraduate degree in law in four years. Students will spend their first two years at King’s in London and the second two years at CUHK in Hong Kong. The programme provides students with exciting and important competitive advantages in an international workplace and the first step towards qualification in English law and the law in Hong Kong.

Prof. Christopher Gane, Dean of CUHK Faculty of Law, said, “This new double-degree programme reflects the increasing internationalisation of legal practice, to which legal education must respond. The LLB-JD Programme provides a route to dual qualification in both England and Wales and Hong Kong, and, of course, the opportunity for students to study in two internationally-recognised law schools based in two of the world’s major financial centres.”

“We are delighted to collaborate with such a prestigious School in giving students an opportunity to study in another jurisdiction enjoy a different cultural perspective, as well as giving them enhanced career opportunities,” said Prof. Gillian Douglas, Executive Dean of The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s. “The Programme is very much in accordance with our philosophy that legal education should have a broad global perspective.”

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Master of Laws (LLM) in Energy and Environmental Law Programme

The LLM in Energy and Environmental Law Programme is the first programme specifically dedicated to the legal aspects of energy security and sustainability in the region. It aims to offer students an in-depth understanding of the legal aspects governing the key challenges of energy security and environmental protection. Students are trained for practice in the areas of energy investment and trade, project finance and infrastructure development, clean energy and climate change mitigation, with a focus on the specific energy and sustainability challenges of the Asia-Pacific region.

Prof. Anatole Boute, an expert on energy and environmental law in the Faculty, said, “Energy and environmental law concerns sectors of vital importance for contemporary society. Specialised lawyers are needed to help governments, companies and civil society ensure energy security and address the challenges of climate change and environmental degradation. […] For young lawyers, the field of energy and environmental law offers great professional opportunities and the potential to make a difference.”

Details of the Programme can be found at

(Left to Right) Prof. Christopher Gane, Dean of CUHK Law, and Prof. Gillian Douglas, Executive Dean of The Dickson Poon School of Law of King’s, sign the agreement for the Dual LLB-JD Degree Programme in September 2017. 

(Left to Right) Prof. Stuart Hargreaves (Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies), Prof. Christopher Gane (Faculty Dean), Prof. Chin Leng Lim (Choh-Ming Li Professor of Law) and Mr. Matthew Cheung (JD Programme Director) attended a press conference in October 2017 to introduce the Dual LLB-JD Degree Programme.