My postgraduate journey
During the global financial crisis in 2008, I perceived that both the foreign direct investment in China and China’s outbound investment would continue to grow phenomenally. Therefore, I decided to come to Hong Kong, a major commercial and geographical gateway to China, to study a Master’s in Chinese Business Law in order to equip myself with the necessary legal knowledge to better serve my clients in Hong Kong and the mainland.
My course and institution
I knew I wanted to obtain a Master of Laws (LLM), and could choose between an LLM in Chinese Business Law (CBL), Common Law or International Economic Law. In line with my career goals, I chose to study the CBL.
The CBL programme is a world-class programme, ranked highly in business and commercial law and as a Master's programme on its own. It provided me with a structured course to study the principles, processes, institutions and methods of civil and commercial law in China in the context of an evolving political, economic and social environment.
Throughout my year of study, I completed four required courses: Legal System and Methods in China, Chinese Civil Law, Chinese Company Law, Chinese Contract Law and four elective courses in the areas of Chinese business law and international economic law, which enabled me to develop a broad intellectual outlook on the legal aspects of doing business in China.
It was a life-changing experience for me. I made new friends, learned new languages and immersed myself in the richness of cultures in Hong Kong. My fellow students on the programme were diversified in academic qualifications and cultural backgrounds.
I was a qualified Israeli lawyer who put aside my career in my home country to obtain my LLM through the CBL programme. Therefore, I didn’t do my postgraduate degree immediately after undergraduate, but took it later as a stepping stone for a career change I wanted to make.
After completing the CBL programme, I was determined to be admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong. I sat for the highly competitive Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination (OLQE) in 2016 and thus achieved my dream to become a qualified solicitor in Hong Kong, so all my hard work paid off.