Eligible students enrolled in the J.D. program at UBC have the opportunity to complete the final term of their J.D. studies through the LL.M. degree program at the University of Melbourne Law School (MLS). Likewise, eligible students enrolled in the J.D. program at MLS may complete their final semester of their J.D. students through one of the LL.M. programs at UBC. Students who successfully pursue this opportunity will receive (as appropriate):
Students gain admission by applying separately to MLS and UBC for the degree they wish to complete at each institution, as follows:
Students will be governed by the applicable academic rules, codes of conduct, and the like which are in effect at the institution at which they are studying at any given time.
Students will pay regular tuition and other applicable fees to the institution they are attending each semester/term. Students will be entitled to apply for bursaries, scholarships or other financial aid offered by the institution they are attending in a particular semester/term for which they are otherwise eligible.
Eligible students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) program at Tsinghua University may earn an LL.B. degree from Tsinghua University together with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from UBC in five years of full-time study, plus the successful completion of a degree thesis at Tsinghua University.
Students will complete three years of full-time study in the LL.B. program at Tsinghua University and complete two further years of full-time study in the J.D. program at UBC, comprised of two full winter sessions and one summer session, before returning to Tsinghua University to complete the degree thesis.
To be eligible to apply to UBC in the J.D. program, Tsinghua students must successfully have completed two years of full-time study in the LL.B. program at Tsinghua University (equivalent to 60 UBC credits in coursework) and be enrolled full-time in the third year of the LL.B. program with a course load equivalent to 30 UBC credits, 21 of which must be in upper/senior level law courses. In addition, eligible Tsinghua students must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency through one of the approved English language proficiency examinations. The examining body must send results directly to the Peter A. Allard School of Law, Attention: J.D. Admissions, Tsinghua-UBC Dual Degree Program. For TOEFL examinations, UBC’s institution code is 0965 and the Allard School of of Law’s department code is 03. UBC requires the following minimum scores:
Test results are considered valid for two years after the date the test is taken.
Tsinghua students eligible to apply to the UBC J.D. program must follow the regular admissions process as specified in the UBC Academic Calendar, with the following modifications:
An offer of admission from UBC will be conditional on: (1) successful completion of the third year of study at Tsinghua, as specified above, by July 31; (2) maintenance in the third year of the academic average obtained in the first two years of studies, including the average for all law courses; and (3) successful completion of the equivalent of 21 UBC credits in upper/senior level law courses by the end of the third year. Transcripts documenting that these three conditions have been fulfilled must be received by UBC not later than July 31, following the procedures outlined in (a) and (e) above.
Students must have completed all mandatory program requirements in the LL.B. program at Tsinghua prior to enrolling in the J.D. program at UBC, except for the LL.B. degree thesis. In addition, they must have completed the equivalent of 21 UBC credits in upper/senior level law courses at Tsinghua University. Students must complete 71 credits in the J.D. program at UBC, including all mandatory first-year and upper-level curricular requirements. Courses taken at UBC must not substantially replicate courses already taken at Tsinghua, except where the course must be taken at either UBC or Tsinghua to fulfill mandatory degree requirements. All J.D. coursework at UBC must be completed within two academic years (September-April), inclusive of the intervening Summer Session.
Tsinghua LL.B. students enrolled at UBC in the J.D. program are not eligible to participate in any UBC exchange programs.
Students who have applied to and been accepted into the J.D. program at UBC will be registered as UBC students and subject to UBC policies and procedures, including UBC’s continuation policies for the J.D. program.
Students will be eligible to receive an LL.B. from Tsinghua University on the successful defense of their LL.B. degree thesis. Absent exceptional circumstances, UBC will grant the J.D. degree to Tsinghua LL.B. students who have completed all of the requirements for the J.D. degree at UBC as specified above and by UBC policy.
The Joint Legal Education Agreement between the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of Hong Kong (HKU) allows eligible students enrolled in law degree programs at either institution an option to pursue the professional qualifications required to practice law in both Hong Kong and Canada.
UBC law students will complete the first two years of their J.D. degree program at UBC and, if admitted by HKU to the LL.B. program, will subsequently enrol in the LL.B. program at HKU for one year, after successful completion of which UBC will award them a J.D. degree. UBC J.D. students enrolled the LL.B. program at HKU may apply to HKU's Post Graduate Certificate of Law (PCLL) program in their third year of study, which they would complete the following year, if admitted. (Completion of the PCLL program is a condition for pursuit of professional qualifications in Hong Kong.)
HKU law students will complete the first three years of their LL.B. degree program at HKU and, if admitted by UBC to the J.D. program, will subsequently enrol in the J.D. program at UBC for two years, after the successful completion of which they will be awarded a J.D. degree from UBC.
To be eligible, UBC J.D. students must have successfully completed the first year curriculum in the UBC J.D. program and 30 UBC credits of upper level courses, including all required courses for the UBC J.D. degree, with a cumulative grade average of at least 74%.
Interested UBC J.D. students must apply to HKU by January 30 of their second year of study; and by April 30 of their third year of study for admission to the PCLL program.
To be eligible, HKU LL.B. students must have successfully completed 180 HKU credits, including 132 credits of the compulsory core and 48 credits of university required courses, with a cumulative grade average of at least 3.1.
Interested HKU LL.B. students must apply to UBC for admission to the J.D. program by January 30 of their third year of study.
Applicants will be selected according to: (a) their academic and personal qualifications; and (b) the standard application process at each institution. Each law school has sole discretion to determine admissibility into its academic program(s).
If successfully admitted to the HKU LL.B. program, UBC J.D. students will fulfill any pre-requisites for the PCLL course not already fulfilled at UBC.
HKU LL.B. students will complete all PCLL pre-requisite courses not available at UBC prior to enrolling at UBC. If successfully admitted to the UBC J.D. program, HKU LL.B. students will complete at UBC all required courses and credits for the LL.B. program not already fulfilled at HKU, as well as all courses and credits necessary for fulfillment of the UBC J.D. degree requirements.
UBC J.D. students enrolled in either the HKU LL.B. program or the HKU PCLL program under the Joint Legal Education Agreement will pay tuition and fees to HKU. HKU students enrolled in the UBC J.D. program under the Joint Legal Education Agreement will pay tuition and fees to UBC.
Students must fulfill the graduation requirements of each degree-granting institution. The fulfillment of these requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis for each student applying for degree conferral by the respective degree-granting institution; UBC and HKU. UBC students must meet all requirements for the J.D. degree from UBC prior to commencing the PCLL program at HKU.