The Chinese University of Hong Kong Master of Laws in Chinese Business Law (CBL LLM)

A world-class graduate program in Chinese Business Law (LLM CBL), this program brings together the top graduates and lawyers from across Asia and the Oceanic region.

General Information

Melbourne Juris Doctor (JD) + CUHK Master of Laws in Chinese Business Law (LLM CBL)

A world-class graduate program in Chinese Business Law (LLM CBL), this program brings together the top graduates and lawyers from across Asia and the Oceanic region.

The application, selection and enrolment phases, as well as the awarding of credit upon completion of the overseas program is managed by the Study Overseas team at Stop 1.

Students must consult with the Academic Programs Coordinator (law-global@unimelb.edu.au) who will provide each applicant with a Letter of Nomination, prior to applying for CUHK via the Study Overseas Exchange process at Stop 1.

The application process is otherwise identical to student Exchange - students are advised to refer to the JD Student Exchange page for more information on the application process.

Successful applicants will depart in their sixth and final semester of the Melbourne JD to complete one academic semester (beginning in September - Term 1) at CUHK and an independent research dissertation (that can be undertaken back in Australia the following semester).

For further information, please visit the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Faculty of Law.

Eligibility

All applicants must:

  • Consult with the Academic Programs Coordinator (law-global@unimelb.edu.au) who will provide each applicant with a Letter of Nomination.
  • Complete all core subjects and all except 3 elective subjects (37.5 points) of the Melbourne JD prior to departing for this Degree Partnership.
    • Applicants are provisionally assessed on four (4) semesters of academic results.
  • Have (and maintain) a 65% average or above, however applicants with an average of 75% or greater are considered highly competitive.

Students are advised to seek appropriate course planning advice if they are considering a Degree Partnership as early as possible (ideally in the first year of their studies, or as soon as they decide to pursue this opportunity).

Application Process

Students must consult with the Academic Programs Coordinator (law-global@unimelb.edu.au) who will provide each applicant with a Letter of Nomination, prior to applying for CUHK via the Study Overseas Exchange process at Stop 1.

The application process is otherwise identical to student Exchange - students are advised to refer to the JD Student Exchange page for more information on the application process.

All applicants:

  • Are required to attend a myWorld First Step Session held at Stop 1 before submitting their application.
    • Attendance is a compulsory, hurdle requirement.
    • Students must register to attend a session via Stop 1 (see 'Workshops and Sessions at Stop 1', under Study Overseas for availability).
  • Must apply for this Degree Partnership in the October round of Exchange.
    • Nominate CUHK as their first preference.
  • Will be assessed on four (4) semesters of academic results.

Places within the CUHK Degree Partnershup are limited to two (2) students per Melbourne Law School academic year.

For successful applicants, the Enrolments team at Stop 1 will enrol the student in a generic study abroad subject equivalent to three (3) elective subjects, which will appear on their student record and count towards their enrolment at the University of Melbourne. Students are advised to seek appropriate course planning advice to ensure they have sufficient space on their Melbourne Law School study plan prior to applying.

Course Requirements

Successful applicants will depart in their sixth and final semester of the Melbourne JD to complete one academic semester (beginning in September - Term 1) at CUHK and an independent research dissertation (that can be undertaken back in Australia the following semester).

Students will be awarded the LLM CBL upon completion of:

  • Eight (8) courses (of which, Melbourne Law School students will receive Advanced Standing equivalent to a maximum of three (3) courses) at CUHK,
    • The following subjects are compulsory subjects in the LLM CBL and must be included in the Overseas Study Planner: Legal Systems and Methods in China, Chinese Civil Law and Chinese Contract Law
  • An independent research dissertation,
  • Secure a GPA of 2.0 or above, and
  • Satisfy the CUHK IT Proficiency Test as required by the course structure.

Study Costs

Students continue to pay their University of Melbourne fees through their current arrangement while on the CUHK Degree Partnership, and do not pay additional tuition fees to the host institution.

  • Students are liable for all remaining travel/transportation, living expenses, textbooks, passport, visa and personal expenses associated with the Degree Partnership during the academic semester abroad.

Scholarships and Funding

Funding opportunities may be available from any of the following:

Students who require a letter for Centrelink to confirm their participation in the overseas program must contact the Study Overseas team at Stop 1 no less than three weeks before departure. Failure to do so may result in loss of payments such as Austudy, Youth Allowance and Disability Support Pension.

Insurance

Participating students may be eligible for free University of Melbourne travel insurance.

Awarding Credit Upon Completion

Upon completion of the overseas program, students must ensure their overseas transcript is sent to the Study Overseas team at Stop 1, so credit from the program can be applied as Advanced Standing to the student's Melbourne Law School program. The generic study abroad subject will then be removed as a placeholder from the student's record.

The result(s) gained at the host institution will not be recorded on the student's University of Melbourne transcript and will not affect the student's Weighted Average Mark (WAM). Students are advised to retain a copy of their overseas transcripts to demonstrate the obtained result(s).

Graduation and Final Rankings

Melbourne Law School students who undertake international opportunities in the final semester of their course will often have to delay their graduation. Melbourne Law School advises students not to make any plans to attend a graduation ceremony until they have received a formal invitation to graduate.

Final rankings can only be calculated after all transcripts have been received and the student has graduated from their Melbourne Law School program.

Please note, however, Advanced Standing received from undertaking an overseas program is not included in final rankings.

Admission to Practice

Students seeking Admission to Practice in Victoria are required by the Board of Examiners to provide a Student Conduct Report (SCR) from each university in which they have been enrolled, including those based overseas, for each completed course.

Students should firstly approach their host institution's program contact to request the SCR. If the host institution is unsure of the wording to use in the SCR, students may provide them with a template (DOC).

  • In the event an SCR request has been made and rejected (for whatever reason) students will need to provide evidence of the original request and the host institution's response.
  • In the event an SCR request has been made to which no response has been received, students will need to provide evidence of the original request and a follow-up request.

Enquiries

For enquiries regarding international opportunities at Melbourne Law School, please contact the Academic Programs Coordinator at law-global@unimelb.edu.au or book an appointment.

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