Hong Kong students at Birmingham Law School

Birmingham Law School has a thriving population of more than 70 students from Hong Kong following a range of our LLB, LLM and research degree programmes.

As well as being one of the top 100 law schools in the world as ranked by the 2018 QS World Rankings, England and Hong Kong share a Common Law heritage and Birmingham Law School has a long history of welcoming students from Hong Kong. 

The UK has traditionally trained the leading lawyers working in Hong Kong and many of our former students return to Hong Kong to enjoy successful legal careers. The most notable of these is Mr Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-Li, the Chief Justice of the High Court in Hong Kong, who graduated from the LLB programme at Birmingham in 1977.  

Entry requirements

LLB programmes 

We can accept the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) for entry to our LLB programmes with grades of 555 (with a minimum of 3 in all areas). We can accept English and Maths from the core HKDSE subjects, but not Chinese or Liberal Studies. The required grades can come from any combination of electives and/or English and Maths. 

LLB for Graduates

We require a 2:1 or equivalent in a non-law degree from a recognised institution for entry to our LLB for Graduates programme. We can also consider high 2:2s. 

LLM programmes

We require a 2:1 or equivalent in an LLB degree from a recognised institution for entry to our LLM programmes. We can also consider high 2:2s. 

English Language

We can accept English from the HKDSE to meet our English proficiency requirements. Alternatively, we require IELTS at grade 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in any band, or equivalent. More information can be found on our entry requirement pages


Students with an overseas law degree looking to practice in Hong Kong will need to take the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL). In order to qualify for PCLL admission, students may be required to take Conversion Examinations. 

Further information can be found on the PCLL website

The above information is for guidance purposes. We recommend that students carry out their own research and check with the legal associations in the jurisdictions they wish to practise in for the most up to date information as the regulations may change. 

As a Birmingham Law School student, you will benefit from our Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research, which offers a range of opportunities to increase your experience of law in action and enhance your employability, including  International Law Week. International Law Week is a series of talks on practicing in other jurisdictions.

Student life at Birmingham

The mix of people, nationalities and cultures within Birmingham Law School greatly enriches the learning and teaching environment. When choosing to study at the University of Birmingham you can be assured that you will have access to all the necessary support services to make your time here fun and enjoyable, as well as educational.

Student Experience Officer

Ben Atkins is the Student Experience Officer for Birmingham Law School and our international students. His role is to ensure you make the most of your time at Birmingham.

In particular, Ben organises International Welcome Week - a week of induction and social activities on arrival in Birmingham to help you settle into your time here. Ben also produces a weekly newsletter detailing opportunities in the Law School and beyond.

Student societies 

Many nationality groups form student societies during their time at the University of Birmingham. Birmingham Oriental society aims to bring together students from Asian countries, hosting a range of events from bowling to variety shows. Many of the society’s committee and members are from Hong Kong. 

Another popular society is Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Services society, or HKPASS. As well as bringing students from HK together, the society also encourages its members increase their awareness of social/political issues and engage with their local community.  


We want you to feel at home while you are studying at Birmingham. For peace of mind when relocating around the world, we offer an accommodation guarantee scheme to our international students. Please read our terms and conditions for more information.

Advice and support

All members of Law academic staff have office hours set aside each week for students to meet them on a 1-1 basis, meaning that they are always available if you need further clarification or assistance with your studies. On arrival, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will support you with any welfare or academic issues.

There is also lots of advice and support on offer from our International Student Advisory Service, both during the application process and throughout your stay in Birmingham. 


Birmingham Law School offers a range of scholarships to its international students each year. Please see our scholarships section for further information.

The University also offers scholarships, including country-specific scholarships. More information on the scholarships available and further advice on funding your degree can be found on our international fees and funding pages. 


Representatives from Birmingham Law School usually visit Hong Kong twice a year. Details of the visits in 2019 will be released next year. 

Contact us

If you have any queries regarding studying Law at Birmingham, please email us on either law-llb@bham.ac.uk or law-llm@bham.ac.uk. Alternatively, please call +44 (0)121 414 6431.

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