BA (Translation) - JD Double Degree

Applicable to students admitted in 2016-17
 
Jointly offered by the Department of Translation and the Faculty of Law, the BA(Translation) - JD double degree is a highly flexible option designed to prepare students to qualify as practising lawyers while leaving the door open to other career choices along the way.

1. Basic Structure

After completion of the first degree, BA(Translation) students may continue directly on to the Juris Doctor (JD) graduate degree programme, thus earning two degrees in six years (the "4+2" model). Students who wish to gain work experience after completion of the first degree may defer entry to the JD for up to three years, or they may opt out of the second degree altogether.

2. Admission Requirements to Double Degree Option

The Department of Translation and the Faculty of Law will select students normally from among its first-year students in the Translation Programme.
 
Double degree option students who complete the first degree do not need to go through a separate admission process for their second degree. However, admission to the second degree will be contingent upon the following conditions: (1) students must receive first or upper second honours in the first degree with a Major GPA of 3.3 or above, and (2) students should normally have passed all their undergraduate courses. Students who have any failure grades on their first degree transcript will not be permitted to proceed to the second degree without the consent of the JD Programme Director.

3. Study Scheme

1st Degree: Bachelor of Arts (Translation)
 
Major Programme Requirement
 
Students are required to complete a minimum of 69 units of courses as follows:
 
1. Faculty Package: 9 Units
  Any 3 courses from:  
  ANTH1020, CHLL1900, CUMT1000, CURE1000, 1110, ENGE1000, FAAS1900, HIST1000, JASP1090, LING1000, MUSC1000, PHIL1110, THEO1000, TRAN1000  
     
2. Required Courses:  
  TRAN1010, 1030, 2070 9 Units
  Final Year of Attendance  
  TRAN4510 and 4520 6 Units
     
3. Elective Courses: 45 Units
  Students are required to complete 45 units of elective courses from the following courses, of which at least one course from Electives Cluster A and one course from Electives Cluster B  
     
  Electives Cluster A  
  TRAN3080, 3720, 4070, 4120, 4210, 4900  
     
  Electives Cluster B  
  TRAN3040, 3050, 3140, 3150, 3240, 4050  
     
  Other electives  
  TRAN1120, 1130, 2020, 2050, 2110, 2120, 2130, 2610, 3170, 3180, 3270, 3280, 3620, 3800, 3810, 3820, 3830, 3840, 3841, 3843, 3850, 3860, 3870, 3880, 3890, 4530, 4540, 4820, 4840  
     
  Total: 69 units

Explanatory Notes:

  1. TRAN courses at 2000 and above level will be included in the calculation of Major GPA for honours classification.
  2. Students who are not proficient in Putonghua are advised to take 4 units of Putonghua courses.

Note on Double Major LIN-TRA:

  1. Translation Major student who pursues a second Major in Linguistics can be exempted from taking LING2302 and 3401 by taking TRAN2110 and 2610 respectively. Units earned can be counted towards both Major Programmes.

Requirements for admission to the 2nd degree programme:

  1. Students must receive first or upper second honors in the first degree with a Major GPA of 3.3 or above.
  2. Students should normally have passed all their undergraduate courses. Students who have any failure grades on the first degree (i.e. Bachelor of Arts (Translation)) transcript will not be permitted to proceed to the second degree (i.e. Juris Doctor) without the consent of the JD Programme Director.
 
2nd Degree: Juris Doctor ( JD )
 
Programme Requirement
 
Students are required to complete a minimum of 72 units of courses as follows:
 
1. Required Courses: 15 or 18 Units
  LAWS6001, 6002, 6004, 6005, 6901 or 6902[a]  
     
2. Elective Courses: 54 or 57 Units
  Students are required to take at least 54 or 57 units of courses from the following:  
- Elective courses which are pre-requisites for subsequent admission to the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) Programme:  
  LAWS6011, 6012, 6013, 6014, 6015, 6016, 6017, 6018, 6019, 6020, 6021, 6022, 6023  
- Other elective courses offered under the Juris Doctor Programme  
- Elective courses offered under the Master of Laws Programmes  
     
  Total: 72 units

Other Requirements:

1. Students must also fulfill the following requirements for graduation:
(a) Students must fulfill the Term Assessment Requirement. A student who obtains a cumulative GPA below 2.0 in the preceding term or receives a failure grade in thesis monitoring courses (for Research Postgraduate Programmes) will be put on academic probation. For details, please refer to Clause 13.0 “Unsatisfactory Performance and Discontinuation of Studies” of the General Regulations Governing Postgraduate Studies from the Graduate School Homepage: http://www.gs.cuhk.edu.hk.
(b) Students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in order to graduate.

Explanatory Note:

[a] Students are required to take either LAWS6901 (3-unit course) or LAWS6902 (6-unit course). The extra 3 units completed in LAWS6902 will count towards the total units required for graduation.
 
Recommended Course Pattern
 
1. Upon conversion to the new curriculum in 2012, the typical load for each term should be 15 units (as a matter of advice) and the maximum load should be 18 units (as a matter of regulation).
 
2. Sufficient units should be allowed in each term for students to fulfill the University Core Requirements, which include: (i) 6 units of Chinese; (ii) 9 units of English; (iii) 1 unit of IT; (iv) 21 units of General Education; and (v) 2 units of Physical Education.
 
 
 
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4. Career Prospects

Law firms, government services, domestic and international non-government organizations (NGOs), as well as other translation, legal drafting and language-related professions.