Associate of Social Science in Legal Studies

Law is an integral part of society. This programme offers a unique learning experience which combines the fundamentals of laws with the core social science subjects such as politics, sociology and social research. Upon completion of the programme, students will not only have a good understanding of how the legal system operates, but also how it interacts with the political, social and cultural forces in society. All core law courses will be taught by practising lawyers or experienced professionals with legal qualifications. Graduates of this programme can articulate to most social science degree programmes (senior year intake), and should possess robust background for application to bachelor of laws (LLB) programmes (first-year entry).



Social Sciences






Kowloon City





2 years



63 CPS 



Associate Degree  




Admission, entry requirements and fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. How you apply will depend on your student type.

Programme Specific Entry Requirements

  • No programme specific entrance requirement

General entry requirements


Application Fee

$150, waived for 2021

Tuition Fee

All Full-time Associate Degree/Higher Diploma students are required to take 63 credits in two years at HK$1,600 per credit. Total tuition fees for two years are about HK$100,800.

For Associate of Social Science in Social Work, students are required to take a total of 74 credits, with 38 credits of social work courses at HK $2,600 per credit, 21 credits of General Education at HK $1,600 per credit, and 15 credits of fieldwork placement at HK $2,500 per credit. Total tuition fees for two years are about HK $169,900.

Other Fee

A Graduation Fee of $400 will be charged upon enrolment in a programme.

Financial Assistance

Students enrolled in self-financing Bachelor/Associate Degree /Higher Diploma programmes are eligible to apply for financial assistance from the following sources:

  •  Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (FASP)

Provides means-tested financial assistance to needy full-time students pursuing locally-accredited, self-financing post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree. The scheme aims to provide financial assistance to needy students so that no eligible students will be denied access to post-secondary education because of lack of means.

Enquiries:       2152 9000


  •  Non-means Tested Loan Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (NLSPS)

The NLSPS is used to complement the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) to provide loan(s) to eligible students to settle tuition fees of locally-accredited, self-financing full-time post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree

Enquiries:        2150 6222


  •  Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

Some of the AD programmes or course(s) in the AD programmes are included in the list of reimbursable courses for CEF purposes.

The CEF subsidizes students over 18 years of age with learning aspirations to pursue continuing education and training courses. Eligible applicants enrolling on courses after 1 April 2019 will be reimbursed 80% of their fees on the first $10,000 and 60% on the second $10,000, subject to a maximum sum of HK$20,000 (whichever is the less), on successful completion of a reimbursable programme/course(s).

Enquiries:        3142 2277


Programme outcomes and structure

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs) are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this programme will be able to:

1. Evaluate legal ideas, systems and processes as well as legal issues that impact government, business and personal decisions; 
2. Relate social science theories and concepts to the study of law; 
3. Relate major ideas in arts and humanities, science and technology to socio-legal studies; 
4. Analyse and synthesize complex information including case laws, legislations and legal arguments in an organized and logical manner; 
5. Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing; and 
6. Conduct academic research effectively. 


  • Sociology
  • Introduction to political studies
  • Hong Kong in transformation
  • Critical thinking
  • Social research
  • Basics of law
  • Introduction to legal system
  • Legislature and legislation

To qualify for this award, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 63 credit points by satisfactory completion of the following core courses.

Course CodeCourse Name  
Semester A, Year 1
CGE1000 (1500) English for Academic Studies A or B
CGE14411 Critical Thinking
DSS10010 Hong Kong in Transformation
DSS10015  Introduction to Political Studies 
DSS12601 Basics of Law
Semester B, Year 1
CGE2002  English Professional Communication Skills for Social Science
DSS10402 Sociology 
DSS12602  Introduction to Legal System
DSS20401 Social Research  
DSS22608 Legislature and Legislation
CGE General Education (or CGE2101 Advanced English Reading and Writing Skills*)
Semester A, Year 2
CGE1200** Practical Chinese
DSS22602 Constitutional and Administrative Law
DSS22604 Law, Rights and Community
DSS22605  Legal Research and Writing
CGE General Education
Semester B, Year 2
BUS20280 Fundamentals of Business Law
CGE24411 Ethics and Society
DSS22601 Crime and Criminal Law
DSS22603 Legal Procedure
DSS22607 Integrated Project

CGE General Education courses:

At least one elective must by chosen from the Science and Technology domain, and one from the Society and Organizations domain. At least one course chosen must be level A2.

General elective courses must be selected from all the following domains:

*   Students whose DSE score of English Language is below 3 are required to complete this course

** Students who are non-Chinese literate can take a course among the core General Education courses in lieu of CGE1200 Practical Chinese at the recommendation of Programme Leaders and approval by the Chairman of Academic Board


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Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Sociology
The Education University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Liberal Studies Education
The University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Social Sciences



  • Human resources
  • Business and management
  • Media
  • Customer services
  • Social service

Any enquiries relating to the ASocScLS programme should be directed to the Programme Leader, Dr Chris Li.

Contact Us

Faculty of Social Sciences

Telephone: (852) 2707 3223
Fax: (852) 2707 3224

Address: 1/F, Le Billionnaire, 46 Sa Po Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong

[Sung Wong Toi MTR Station Exit B3]

College Office

Telephone: (852) 2707 3111 / 2707 4669
: (852) 2707 3222

Address: 1/F, Le Billionnaire, 46 Sa Po Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong

[Sung Wong Toi MTR Station Exit B3]

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