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HKU Legal Academy for the Talented (Optional Residential Programme)


Programme Date and Time: July 16-19, 2024 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Target: S4-5 / Year 11-12 / 2025-26 September University Intake

Programme Fee:

HK$4,300* (Academy member)

HK$5,200* (Non-member)

*HKU Residential Hall optional, please apply with application code ACTLEGAL2024-RH. The application deadline is May 8. Offers will be sent by end of May.  

Delivery Mode of Programme: Face-to-face

Grant*: HK$0

*Please fill in the grant application for overseas students HERE

Programme Code: ACTLEGAL2024

Registration: [FULL]

Application Deadline: 

April 1, 2024 (23:59) for non-local student

May 31, 2024 (23:59) for local student


The Faculty of Law, Faculty of Arts, HKU Business School at the University of Hong Kong and Deacons will hold a Summer intensive programme tailor-made for our talented students exclusively. This 4-day programme provides a unique opportunity for students to develop an initial understanding of the core subjects taught in the Bachelor of Laws degree and Postgraduate Certificate in Laws**.

Students will explore a range of courses taught in the first and second years of the HKU Law undergraduate degree and to gain a glimpse into the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws, with a unique taster class offered by a law professor of this postgraduate programme, including subject areas/modules such as the below:

·       The Legal system of the Hong Kong SAR

·       Law and society

·       Law of Contract

·       Legal Research and writing

·       Land Law

·       Law of Tort

·       Civil litigation in the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws.

This programme will include lectures, sessions of court rooms, admissions information, and talks from guest speakers from various legal and business fields.

Deacons will offer an engaging, inspiring and informative session to the participants. This includes a workshop on commercial practice and a talk on the path to the legal profession, as well as sharing by vacation students, trainee solicitors and lawyers.

Learning outcomes:

To develop your legal writing skills, expand your legal knowledge, learn from our HKU Law students, and be inspired by eminent law professors.

After successful completion of the programme, students will be invited to shadow some of the law courses taught during term time and will have a chance to work with our emeritus professor on law projects.

Those who perform well in the final project/competition will have the chance to join the Early Insights Programme of Deacons, Hong Kong’s largest and oldest independent law firm, and work with the firm’s lawyers the week following the completion of the Legal Academy for the Talented.

Early Insights Programme of Deacons:

This one-day internship*** provides top students of the mooting competition an overview into the different legal services Deacons offers, as well as giving participants the opportunity to partake in real legal tasks and get a glimpse of life as a lawyer.

Deacons is Hong Kong's premier independent law firm.  We provide an extensive range of legal and commercial services to local and international corporations.  With over 170 years of experience providing legal services, our clients are assured of the integrity and stability of one of the region's oldest and most respected law firms.  Our principal service areas include: Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, China Trade & Investment, Competition, Construction, Corporate and M&A, Corporate Services, Data Protection and Privacy, Employment and Pensions, Family Law, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Investment Funds, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Private Clients, Real Estate, Regulatory and Tax.

**The Postgraduate Certificate in Laws allows graduates to proceed to legal training before qualifying to practice as either a barrister or a solicitor in Hong Kong.

***Applicable to holders of Hong Kong permanent identity cards only.

Selection and Result Announcement: All applications will be assessed according to applicants’ individual calibre and potential. Application results and payment details will be announced to successful applicants via email.

Supported by: 

Faculty of Law


*It is our firm belief that no student should be denied admission due to financial difficulties. Grant is available for students who can provide supporting documents issued by the Student Finance Office for receiving a full grant of Student Textbook Assistance Scheme or documents from the Social Welfare Department for obtaining CSSA. To apply, please select the specific programme on the system accordingly.

Disclaimer: Programme contents and formats are subject to change.  We will continue to work closely with professors to refine our programme and ensure that students will have a safe and enjoyable time. Programme fees and application fees are non-refundable.