The Social Justice Summer Internship (SJSI) is a six-credit programme. Upon completion of the programme, students will be assessed on the basis of a 5-point scale ranging from Poor to Excellent (1=Poor 2=Fair 3=Good 4=Very Good 5=Excellent). These points will not be counted towards the honours classification although their six credits will be recorded in the academic transcripts in the academic year (2012-2013).

A student enrolling in the programme must satisfy the following requirements:

1. Satisfactory attendance at and completion of a compulsory 3-day training programme (in June) to complement their internship;

2. Satisfactory written report from the supervisor (Supervisor’s Report) at the placement organization reflecting that the student has demonstrated a serious approach to the work assigned;

3. Satisfactory attendance at and completion of tasks assigned during the course of the internship to be fixed between June and August for a period of NOT LESS THAN 4 weeks. The minimum number of hours to be logged for the entirety of the internship is at least 160 hours(in June-July);

4. Satisfactory maintenance of an Electronic Journal documenting daily objectives, work output and achievement of goals; and

5. Submission of a 5000-word Research Paper on a topic related to the work of the organisation (to be agreed in consultation with the Programme Director and the supervisor). 

Community Partners

In 2012-2013 academic year, our community partners include:

Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women 

Bethune House Migrant Woman’s Refuge

China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group (CHRLCG)

Ever Green Association Limited

HK People’s Council on Housing Policy

Mission for Migrant Workers

Shamshuipo Community Association Limited

Society for Community Organisation (SoCO)

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Hong Kong)

Unison Hong Kong

Association for the Concern for the Legal Rights of Victims of Domestic Violence

Speak for Humanity

Human Rights Education Initiative Burma (HREIB, Myanmar)

SJSI Journal

There are two elements to the journal. First, it records what you did. This should be done daily, typically at the end of your day before you leave the office. You should also strive to make some notes about what you actually did during the day for example, the tasks you were assigned, the questions / issues you considered, any meetings you had, the advice you have given, the research you are working on etc. You may also record how long it took (or not) for you to work through a problem. It is not expected that you will record any names of persons involved in your work.

The second element of the Journal consists of your reflections. This should be done perhaps thrice a week (about one page). It is anticipated that you will be able to comment on issues like – the extent to which lawyers would benefit from knowledge of other disciplines and of society generally; the way the law is perceived by the clients, on the one hand, and by the organization you are working for on the other; and how the law you have learned seems to work in practice (or not!). Not all your comments need to be about law. You may wish to look beyond the law. Note that you are not expected to record your personal feelings but you may do so if you wish.

The Journal serves two main objectives: first, to assist you later in the preparation of your Research Paper; and second, it is a form of self-supervision for the work leading to the six credits under the SJSI. It is expected that participation in the SJSI will give you a new perspective on the law, making you think about law and about society differently. You can record any of your thoughts on these issues in your journal.

Writing a Research Paper

The purpose of this component of the course is to facilitate your contribution to the community partner organisation towards a more practical end. The Research Paper is to be written on a specific topic concerning the legal or social issue that relates to, and is inspired by your internship experience. For instance, if you work with Harmony House (a shelter for abused women), your report will analyze an aspect of domestic violence, the prevention and protection strategies that are available recourses and the limitations or barriers to accessing these strategies effectively. The paper should be academic in nature, reflecting an element of independent research of current literature on the subject and a critical reflection based on your practical internship experience.

The paper should include a literature review of the existing state of the law and policy in the area (in Hong Kong and at least one foreign jurisdiction), outline the manner in which these policies impact the issue under discussion and include your observations on social justice and whether it can be achieved effectively through the adoption of particular legal, administrative or other measures. In particular, it should discuss how the social/legal system works, its strengths and weaknesses, and the need for improvement in terms of law, policy, organisation, and resources. In its conclusion, it should offer reflections on actions that need to be taken by relevant parties in order to improve the circumstances with a view to effectively addressing the social justice issue under discussion in the paper.

This paper will contribute to the literature and / or advocacy materials that the community partner organization may find useful in the course of their work.


The normal University regulations apply in respect of late submission or failure to submit written work. All work (SJSI Journal and Research Paper) should be submitted via Moodle in early August.

More in-depth research

Many students find the experience of SJSI enriching, and may wish to continue their research going beyond the requirements of the SJSI. To this end, you may wish to proceed to enrol in the Guided Research course which offers an opportunity to pursue relevant questions from an in-depth and rigorous perspective over the course of a semester.

Unauthorized Withdrawal

Once you have been accepted into the SJSI Programme, you are required to fulfil your obligations and complete the full SJSI programme. Any premature withdrawal from the SJSI will attract a Fail mark on the transcript. The Head of Department of Law may grant approval to withdraw from the SJSI programme only in the most exceptional and appropriate cases.


Should you have any further questions along the way, please contact Mr Tristan Wong ().

This Programme was suspended in 2020.


Date: 2 Jun -15 Jun 2019
Intensive Classes & Visits in Beijing
Introduction of Chinese Legal History, Commercial Law, Civil Law, Criminal Law, etc. Visits to Ministry of Education, Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of The State Council, The Supreme Peoples’ Court, The Supreme people’s Procu-ratorate, etc.

16 Jun – 13 Jul 2019
Internship at People’s Courts in Shanghai /Nanjing/ Hangzhou

45 students

Please submit the hard copies to the counter of Faculty of Law (Attn : Ms. Shelby Chan) at 10/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower by the deadline of 12 noon, March 21, 2019 Thursday.

HKD $ 7,900
Including the round-trip air tickets between HK and Mainland, air tickets between mainland cities, accommodation cost, training and visits while travel insurance has to be arranged by the participants themselves separately.

Admission Requirement
LLB, Mixed-Degree, LLM(Full-time), JD, PCLL(Full-time) and RPG students
Proficiency of Putonghua (conversational)

Application Procedures
Complete the application form with 
1) Application form
2) Consent form 
3) Personal statement (around 200 Chinese words) 

Please submit the hard copies to the counter of Faculty of Law (Attn : Ms. Shelby Chan) at 10/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower by the deadline of 12pm, 23 March 2016 Wednesday.

Interview Date & Venue
30 Mar 2019 Sat (afternoon) 
CUHK Graduate Law Centre in Central
Interview result would be released by 16 April 2019

6-credit bearing
Only applicable to LLB students. Successful completion and one English report of the programme (5000 words) in hard copy by 26 August 2019 are required. Please refer the details by checking course code LLAW2011.

The Legal Education Fund, Ltd.
Tel: 2573-4269
(Ms Connie Ng)

NO WUHAN Programme (Cancel)

This Programme was suspended in 2020.

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the Dalian Maritime University (DMU) have received generous funding support from the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board to offer this summer programme. The summer programme is structured on an intensive basis that aims to provide a general understanding of China’s maritime law and shipping industry.

**Flights to Dalian will be arranged on 16 June 2019 (subject to the final confirmation from the airline). Applicants are required to first reserve this date on their calendars.

Part 1 (16 June – 30 June 2019):
Lectures at DMU campus taught by DMU Professors and certain visits. (The lectures will cover the Introduction to Navigation, Maritime Law in China, Special Litigation Procedures in Chinese Maritime Law, and Port, Maritime and Logistics Industry in China.) The courses are cross disciplinary in nature for students from different academic backgrounds.

Lectures and seminars by guest speakers on maritime legal issues & DMU maritime law conference (open to lawyers, law students, judges, government officials and professionals from the maritime industry).

Part 2 (1 July – 6 July 2019):
Internships arranged via DMU in various shipping and logistics companies, marine insurance companies, Port of Dalian, Dalian Maritime Court, shipping law firms, etc.

**Return flights from Dalian will be arranged on 9 July 2016 (subject to the final confirmation from the airline). Applicants are required to first reserve this date on their calendars.

Medium: Putonghua

Free of charge. Round-trip air tickets are provided. 
Accommodation will be arranged by Dalian Maritime University.

An applicant is required to give HKU a deposit cheque of HK$3,000 which will only be returned to the applicant upon satisfactory completion of the entire programme. Full or partial refund may be considered on a case by case basis if failure to complete the programme is due to medical reasons or exceptional personal circumstances.

Participants have to be responsible for their own expenses such as insurance, travel expenses outside of organised events, and miscellaneous expenses like telephone calls, meals and entertainment which are not part of the DMU summer programme. Each participant should consult a physician well in advance of departure to determine whether immunisations or medications are recommended. Participants should consider purchasing health insurance, and insurance for lost or damaged

Application details 
All current LLB, mixed degree, LLM, JD, PCLL students are welcome to apply. Interested students please submit 1) application form 2)1-page CV (in English) and 3) a personal statement (in Chinese) explaining why you are interested in this programme to the counter of the Faculty at 10/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower or by email () to Ms Shelby Chan on or before 6pm, April 22, 2019 Monday.

Enquiry: Ms. Shelby Chan at 3917 4267 or by email: