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The first ever HKU Legal Academy Student Chapters (LASC) with year-round workshops on COPYRIGHT.  

LASC is a ground-breaking initiative that aims to offer year-round workshops for equipping students with legal knowledge in the field of copyright, and most importantly, letting them have a taste of authentic university education at HKU. Your school is cordially invited to join the upcoming information session and form student teams to participate in the programme!

Sign up now at https://hku.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2tVvElklFMsXEA6!

Intellectual Property Law has always been a subject of law that permeates and intertwines our daily lives, but how can we protect our own creations while sharing responsibly? In the wake of this phase transition from face to face to virtual learning, we begin to realise the common issues faced by secondary schools - the online copyright issues of teaching and learning materials.  This chapter will equip students and teachers with the legal knowledge on Intellectual Property law such as what is Creative Commons.

1. Rationale and objectives 

LASC is a year-long programme offered by the HKU Legal Academy for the Talented and led by Ms Alice Lee, Associate Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Faculty of Law, HKU. The Government’s Intellectual Property Department is a supporting organization. We aim to spread legal knowledge and give members a taste of legal education, so that they can become responsible global citizens and make informed decisions in their studies and in everyday life. LASC is a legal and personal enrichment programme with four objectives as follows:

Knowledge acquisition

Our primary goal is acquisition and application of legal knowledge. Members will be able to LEARN essential legal knowledge, APPLY it, SHARE it with others, and show a conscious CHANGE in behaviour. LEARN-APPLY-SHARE-CHANGE can help members internalise their knowledge.

Educational decision

Members will be able to meet law students from different programmes. At HKU, there are five undergraduate law programmes, namely, the Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Bachelor of Arts and Law (BA&LLB), Bachelor of Business Administration and Law (BBA(Law)&LLB), Bachelor of Social Sciences and Law (BSocSc(Govt&Laws)&LLB), HKU-UCL Dual Degree (two LLB degrees in four years) and HKU-PKU Dual Degree (two LLB degrees in five years). From law students’ sharing, members will obtain useful information that helps them decide whether they want to study law and, if so, where and how to pursue their legal studies.

Expert advising

Members will be able to meet legal experts such as law firm partners, solicitors, barristers, judges, and law alumni who took part in international mooting competitions and who have studied abroad, and thus understand more about life in law school and career options for law graduates. 

Network building

Members will be able to meet representatives from governmental or non-governmental organisations that specialize in Intellectual Property Law and start to build a professional network. 

We hope that members will become KEEN learners after joining the programme. 

Key benefits of joining LASC

  • Engage in year-round workshops and seminars led by Ms Alice Lee.
  • Gain Intellectual Property Law knowledge and share it with other students amongst the school.
  • Applicants who are NOT members of the HKU Academy for the Talented will be offered FULL membership at the Academy, upon the nomination and invitation by applicants from the same school who are already full Academy members. 
  • Applicants who are affiliated members of the HKU Academy for the Talented will be offered FULL membership at the Academy, upon the nomination and invitation by applicants from the same school who are already full Academy members. 

2. Eligibility

All students who attended the HKU Legal Academy for the Talented programme in August 2021 are LASC members automatically. Academy members from the same school are invited to form a team of 3 to 5, to start a “chapter” at their school to spread legal knowledge and broaden their horizons. They may invite/nominate schoolmates who are not Academy members or who did not attend the August 2021 Academy programme. There is no limit to the number of students from each school. 

We only accept school-based applications. Interested students may approach the teacher(s)-in-charge and apply in the name of the school as a team. The application is free-of-charge. 

3. Programme

To give members a taste of tertiary legal education, we offer core (must-take) and elective (optional) modules as in a university degree programme. There are different schedules to suit the needs of final-year students (i.e. students taking public exams in 2021-22) and other students (i.e. students not taking public exams in 2021-22).

Core module: LASC 1001 Creative Commons Application

This is an entrance module. Upon completion of this module, members will be able to enrol in a range of elective modules as specified below for final-year students and other students respectively. 

What members need to do is to share what they have learnt about Creative Commons (CC), use CC to show a conscious change in their behaviour, and archive the process. 

Final-year students (i.e. taking public exams in 2021-22) form a team of 3 to 5 and do the following:

1. Make a poster to explain CC (what it is and how to use it); and

2. Archive the process in a reflection with photos/screenshot as evidence of your achievement; and

3. Send us the poster and reflection on or before 15 September 2021 (Tentative*) and choose a CC licence to allow us to use or share your work in future activities.

Depending on your schedule, you may do the above anytime from now till mid-September. Completion of this module is a prerequisite for enrolling in the elective modules in semester 1 and/or semester 2

Other students (i.e. not taking public exams in 2021-22) form a team of 3 to 5 and do the following:

1. Do any of the following in semester 1 (i.e. Sept-Dec 2021):

  • Conduct a seminar/tutorial to explain CC (what it is and how to use it) to your classmates; CC-licensed works should be used in the seminar/tutorial; or
  • Make a poster on what CC is and how to use it, then share the poster at school; CC-licensed works should be used in the poster; or
  • Organise a school activity to explain what CC is and how to use it; CC-licensed works should be used in the activity.

2. Archive the process in a reflection with photos/screenshots as evidence of your achievement; and

3. Send us the reflection by the end of semester 1 (Tentative*) and choose a CC licence to allow us to use or share your work in future activities. 

Depending on your schedule, you may do the above anytime within semester 1. Completion of this module is a prerequisite for enrolling in the elective modules in semester 2 (i.e. Feb-May 2022)

*The submission deadlines are tentative only. 

We will work with participating schools to finalize the dates.

Ms Alice Lee will be LASC members’ mentor. Ms Lee is an Associate Professor of Property Law and Intellectual Property Law at the Faculty of Law, HKU. To raise public awareness and promote general education of copyright, Ms Lee and her team published a series of YouTube videos “The Copyright Classroom版權教室–HKU” in 2019. LASC members may consult her on copyright law to make sure that their understanding is correct. Through this activity, LASC members can refresh, consolidate, and spread copyright knowledge.

To learn more about CC licences, please click and watch the following videos:

Copyright Classroom - Lesson 11 “Creative Commons Licences – What?”

Copyright Classroom - Lesson 12 “Creative Commons Licences – How?”

Elective modules: 

Final-year students may enrol in LASC 1002 in semester 1 and/or any of the modules in semester 2 (i.e. LASC 2002, LASC 2003, LASC 2004) after completion of LASC 1001:

LASC 1002 Academic Advising Seminar 1 (semester 1)

HKU students and/or alumni will share their experience in choosing/studying/practising law and their overseas exchange/postgraduate studies, compare the two streams of the legal profession (i.e. solicitors and barristers) and compare studying law in Hong Kong with studying law in the UK.

Other students may enrol in any of the following modules in semester 2 after completion of LASC 1001:

LASC 2002 Academic Advising Seminar 2 (semester 2)

HKU students and/or alumni will share their experience in choosing/studying/practising law and their overseas exchange/postgraduate studies, compare the two streams of the legal profession (i.e. solicitors and barristers) and compare studying law in Hong Kong with studying law in the UK.

LASC 2003 Expert Advising Seminar (semester 2)

The Government’s Intellectual Property Department (“IPD”) is a supporting organisation of LASC. The IPD Director (who is an HKU LLB alumnus) or other IP experts will share their mission and vision of promoting intellectual property awareness. They will also share about the IP Ambassador programme co-launched by IPD and Ms Alice Lee in 2016.

LASC 2004 Knowledge Exchange Competition (semester 2)

This competition enables students to put their copyright knowledge into practice, showcase their creativity, and make contributions to the community. 3 to 5 students may form a team to share their copyright knowledge through a video, an animation, or other multimedia production. The winning submissions may be added to The Copyright Classroom’s YouTube Channel. Assessment criteria, submission details and deadline are to be announced. 

Key Dates:

  • 14 September 2021 (Tue): Online/face-to-face Information Session at 4pm (Tentative), Location: The University of Hong Kong (Register Now)
  • 30 September 2021 (Thur): Copyright Workshop 4pm-6pm (Tentative), for those who are interested in joining LASC but did not attend the August 2021 Academy programme 
  • September-December 2021: LASC members’ CC application and reflection on what they have learnt and shared about copyright law
  • Easter 2022 (Tentative): Submission of members’ multimedia production for elective LASC 2004 Knowledge Exchange Competition 

Information Session:

If you are interested in joining or wish to know more about LASC, you are most welcome to join the online/face-to-face information session to be held on 14 September 2021 (Tue) at 4pm via this link: 

https://hku.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2tVvElklFMsXEA6

Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact us at talented@hku.hk