Participation in the program requires careful planning, ideally starting from year 1 of your studies. Each Department involved has designed a pathway for this Program. Please seek academic advice from your major Department.
All credits that have been successfully transferred to HKUST at the time of your admission to HKUST can count towards the 120-credit requirement of HKUST. Therefore, accordingly, these credits can also be counted towards the 105 credits that students are expected to have completed prior to attending the University of Exeter. However, please understand that 105 is not an absolute number that must be complied with. It’s only a mark for reference. The progress of each individual student also depends on the courses that have been completed, not only the number of credits. Students who participate in the Engineering and Law Program should be making satisfactory progress in their major program of study in terms of both credits earned and courses completed.
The program is primarily for students whose major programs have a corresponding counterpart at the University of Exeter. However, students from other engineering programs may also be considered as they are deemed to be capable of completing the Engineering and Law Program within the 5-year timeframe. Students should consult their major Department regarding the feasibility of participating in the Program.
Students in dual degree programs in BEng & BBA can also apply, but please take note of the engineering disciplines available at the University of Exeter. Not all engineering disciplines of HKUST have corresponding programs at the University of Exeter. Moreover, as the dual degree is already an intensive program involving 2 sets of curricula, please be sure to discuss your plan with your advisors in the dual degree programs.
No worry. In that case, you will be admitted to JD first. When you register in person with the University of Exeter, you can switch to LLM if you want to.
During Year 4 and Year 5, students will register in the University of Exeter Law degree programs, either in JD or LLM, though they do not pay tuition fee to the University of Exeter until Year 5.
It is a special accelerated pathway designed for students who plan to complete 2 degrees in 5 years. Students are expected to stay in the Program throughout the 5 years. However, if there are unforeseen circumstances under which students need to quit the Program after Year 4, they may apply for withdrawal, and may be able to graduate with the HKUST degree alone provided that all HKUST degree requirements are fulfilled.
Yes, besides engineering and computer science courses, HKUST students can take courses in other areas at the University of Exeter in Year 4 which may be able to fulfil HKUST’s common core requirements. However, please note that enrolment is not guaranteed. There are also areas that are normally not available to non-major students, such as Psychology, Politics, Drama, English Literature, History, etc., Law courses other than those required for the law degree that a student registers for (i.e. either JD or LLM) are also normally closed.
Engineering and computer science courses indicated in each HKUST Engineering Department’s study pathway have been reviewed and pre-approved by the Department, and are thus guaranteed for credit transfer. All other courses are subject to the HKUST’s approval and will be assessed and approved in accordance with the University’s credit transfer policy.
Besides reading materials, law study requires a lot of discussion and practice. Therefore, students enroling in the Contract Law Course are expected to attend the lectures and workshops in person throughout the entire course. Solely self-study through on-line mode is not feasible and will not be accepted.
In each of the 6 weeks, there will be one lecture every morning every day, and one workshop on 2 afternoons in the week. Each lecture and workshop last for around 1 hour.
As the Contract Law course is a course of the University of Exeter, it does not appear in the HKUST Course Catalogue. The enrolment procedure is also different and will not be done via SIS. Please enter the enrolment system. The system usually opens in April.
The Contract Law Course is a foundation course to law studies and is important in helping the University of Exeter to determine a student’s suitability for law studies. Therefore, a student is expected to complete it prior to applying for admission to the University of Exeter. For the same reason, students cannot complete the Contract Law Course as late as Year 3 Summer since they must apply for admission to the University of Exeter during Year 3 Fall.
The Contract Law Course is an arrangement specially made between the HKUST School of Engineering and the University of Exeter as part of this Engineering and Law Program. Therefore, enrolment priority is given to engineering students, especially those going to proceed to Year 3 and have a clear interest in pursuing the Engineering and Law Program. If space allows, the School of Engineering will open up the spots to non-engineering students. Should a non-engineering student manage to enrol in it, he / she should consult his / her major Department at HKUST regarding the possible uses of such credits.
In principle yes. But as explained above, priority will be given to those students who are proceeding to Year 3. Students who are on leave during year 2 of study will most likely be in Year 2 when they resume study in the next academic year.
Yes, the University of Exeter accepts TOEFL and some other English tests for admission. Please refer to the University of Exeter’s admission website.
English test scores all have a validity period. In the case of IELTS, test scores are valid only for 2 years. Therefore, the IELTS test that you took must be taken no more than 2 years prior to your application for the Program. For details of the validity period of different English language tests, please refer to full details on the University of Exeter’s admission website.
The JD forms the academic stage of qualification for students who wish to practice Law in the UK. It covers all of the foundation subjects required by the UK’s Solicitors Regulation Authority). In order to practice in the UK, students then need to undertake either the LPC (Legal Practice Course) or BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course). For students wishing to practice in Hong Kong, the JD also provides the majority of the academic phase of study, but they would need to complete additional law courses after completing the University of Exeter law degrees. As of April 2019, 5 additional modules are required, including 2 core subjects – Criminal Procedures and Civil Procedures, and 3 Hong Kong top-up modules – Hong Kong Constitutional Law, Hong Kong Legal System, and Hong Kong Land Law. Students can have access to these modules in Hong Kong through attending preparatory courses for PCLL Admission Conversion Exams provided by HKU SPACE and IP Learning. Graduates will also need to seek admission to PCLL in Hong Kong to complete the academic phase required for practicing law in Hong Kong. For more details regarding practicing law in Hong Kong, please refer to the official website of Hong Kong’s Standing Committee on Legal Education and Training. The LLM, on the other hand, is not meant for graduates to practice law after graduation.
After you complete the JD / LLM programs at the University of Exeter, your student visa will be valid for 4 more months. During these additional 4 months, you are not allowed to take up a permanent full-time job or start up a business, but you can take the opportunity to undertake an internship or temporary employment. After these additional 4 months, any further extension of stay in the UK will depend on whether you go on with further study or obtain an employment in the UK or not, for which a new different visa will be required. The sponsorship for that visa application has to be provided by the firm that hires you or the University which admits you, not the University of Exeter or HKUST.
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