Lawyers and businessmen have a common lament. Business clients sometimes say their lawyers know all the law but show weaker business knowledge and sense. Conversely, legal professionals, in particular in-house counsel, often wish that business people could be more aware of the law’s constraints and opportunities.
One reason for this state of affairs may be the way we compartmenalise our students’ education. Business and law are closely related but different disciplines. Law students study business-related law but virtually no core business subjects. Business students dabble only in the most basic legal concepts and content.
The CUHK Business School and Faculty of Law’s BBA-JD Double Degree, a five-year programme, offers men and women of law and commerce a solution to these professional blind spots. Graduates will hold two degrees, a BBA and a JD. So long as they follow a prescribed JD structure, they will be eligible to apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) programme, which they must complete to be eligible to join the Hong Kong legal profession. Graduates who join the business profession will also find the legal knowledge that they have acquired in the programme useful in their work. The BBA-JD Double Degree retains the full-blooded and distinctive training of each discipline. It blends them, however, into a balanced and structured body of knowledge and set of skills. Whether our graduates ultimately join the ranks of the legal profession or the business elite, they will be equally fluent in the language and method of statutory interpretation as they will be in the language and method of business.
This rigorous and consolidated education - which we see as a whole person education - is a formidable asset. We welcome the best candidates, from both Hong Kong and beyond, to our halls and to the world of opportunity beyond our Double Degree offers.