Like all courses at the best universities, admission to the school of law at City University (CityU) is competitive. It attracts about 700 quality applications annually, with only 50 students getting admission. Dr Surya Deva, associate professor and LLB programme (bachelor of laws) leader, says: 'Our programme is smaller compared to other establishments and, because of this, we promote better bonding. We know each student. 'One of our strengths is the mixed curriculum which includes common law, Chinese law and international law. We also offer a globalised learning environment such as sending students overseas during the summer break to such places as the faculty of law at Monash University in Australia and University College, Oxford. We also boast an attractive legal placement in China.' Deva says their legal placement opportunity on the mainland sets them apart from other players. 'During the six-week [summer term] China legal placement programme, students attend classes at the Renmin University of China to study the Chinese legal system for two weeks. Then, they have the privilege of visiting many legal and judicial institutions, and also have the unique experience of working at the People's Court in various provinces of China for four weeks.' Students are encouraged to demonstrate their potential by joining mooting competitions. Formed in 2008, the Intra-CityU Moot Committee organises competitions with debates held internally. They aim to give students advocacy skills essential for their future legal career. They also participate in various international moot court competitions. Inspirational teaching is complimented by the launch of CityU Law Review, which offers students training on writing, editing and research skills. The student-edited law journal is under the mentorship of experienced faculty members and guidance of the International Board of Advisors. When applying for the course, Deva says getting top marks is important, especially in English. 'A potential student should be aware of what's happening in Hong Kong, read newspapers and communicate in English with confidence.' Although the path of study for the four-year degree is demanding, students enjoy the support and bonding with professors and senior students. First-year student Bettina Wang Zhenyuan, one of the 12 recipients of the scholarship this year, says: 'It's been two months since the school year commenced. The study workload is getting heavier and is a bit of challenge. 'Fortunately, I can handle it thanks to assistance from the school. I have peer support, as well as helpful senior students who are willing to assist.' The scholarship programme shows the school's commitment to cultivating quality lawyers. Established in 2008, it is open to first-year undergraduates with outstanding academic results and a good track record in extracurricular activities. This year, 12 top students were awarded scholarships at a ceremony on October 21. At the ceremony, City University president Professor Way Kuo said: 'It is a delight to see that the City University law school is in partnership with so many high schools. We are all in the chain of the education system. As one family, we must work together to nurture the students.' The Provost of City University, Professor Arthur Ellis, added: 'CityU is delighted and excited to have bright students. 'We take this opportunity to honour the achievements of our students. We are grateful for the support of their parents and secondary schools.' Professor Wang Guiguo, dean of the school of law, emphasised the importance of secondary school education. He quoted a Chinese proverb: ''It takes 10 years to grow a tree, but it takes 100 years to nurture a person.' Secondary education is most important for anyone's life in education. 'The solid training of critical and independent thinking the students received during their high school years allows them to expand their vision and work independently in university. 'The City University school of law is committed to equipping its students with global knowledge, skills and vision so that they can compete comfortably, efficiently and effectively with their counterparts around the globe. 'We want to make sure our future students will be proud to have the skills. We also invite renowned scholars to teach, for instance, Professor Roger Hood, who is former director of the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, and is now Emeritus Professor of Criminology and Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.' Members of the International Advisory Board of the department and the principal of Wah Yan College Hong Kong, George Tam, were also at the ceremony. Tam said: 'CityU has improved a lot in the last 10 years, especially with their strong connection with China. 'In the future, CityU will further develop a very close connection with China and that's what I tell my students. You'll have more chance to get in touch with Chinese law and exchange programmes.'