CUHK JD (Juris Doctor) vs CityU JD programme
For the Juris Doctor offered by CUHK and CityU, which one will be better or preferable (or more recognized) by law firm in HK?
I know the tuition fee of JD programme is very high (especially when compared to CPE), is it really worth because both JD and CPE offer the route to PCLL (of course on condition that the applicants can get a good grade).....
Would anyone give me some advice? thx.
- ?Lv 51 十年前最愛解答
Personally I think CityU's JD is better b'cos CityU's Law School has more than 15 years' history but the CUHK's law school has only one year history. The CU's faculties including the dean are actually from the CityU.
It is true that school leavers prefer CUHK, CityU has much better ranking in research in particular in the areas of science, engineering and computing according to a recent survey conducted by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. I can tell you that the CityU's LLM and JSD in International Economic Law and Chinese and Comparative Law and its MA in Commercial Arbitration are still no. 1 in Hong Kong.
Please be reminded that all CityU JD courses are conducted in the University's Kowloon Tong campus which are supported by a world class law library and superb accommodations but the CU JD course are all taught at an office block in Central.
The CityU JD is also more "international" than the CU counterpart. There are large no. of students from Mainland China, Germany, France and many other counteries studying for the JD, LLM and JSD at the CityU. The CU law students (including the JD) are very local.
If you have a first degree, you can choose to study the 9 paper post-graduate LLB at the HKU or externally with the London U. The basic different between the post-grad LLB and JD is that the latter is much more demanding than the former. To obtain a JD, you need to submit a JD dissertation and take several elective courses from the LL.M list which are not required for the LL.B.
However, I have to say that JD is a professional law program. You cannot use the prefix Dr. before your name after graduation.
If you wanna to be a lawyer, I think the LLB is better as it is cheaper and faster. You need to do the P.C.LL anyway. However, if do not want to be a lawyer (e.g. you are an investment banker or accountant), JD should be the better choice.
2007-06-12 00:49:14 補充：
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