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09/30/2018 HYU News > General


Applying for Hanyang University School of Law

Professor Lee Hyeong-kyu (Dean & Professor of Law, President of Korean Association of Law Schools)


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Started in 2009, Hanyang University School of Law (HUSL) is one of the first out of the 25 initial law-schools established in South Korea. Succeeding the former Hanyang College of Law, the current law-school has a top-tier faculty, educational facilities, dormitories, and extensive scholarships. The former College of Law was renowned for its high ratio of successful applicants and has produced 1200 successful candidates. Entailing its name, the current HUSL has also shown significant results during the past 10 years, having a success rate of around 80 percent on its applicants passing on their first submission.

Of the current 42 highly competent professors, Professor Yang Chang-soo, the former justice of the Supreme Court, Yeo Mi-suk, the former chief judge of the Seoul High-Court, and Son Yong-geun, the former director of the Jurisdiction Training Institute have all newly joined HUSL. Having primarily three buildings, each serves its own purpose being equipped with individual study-rooms, international conference rooms, moot courts, and seminar rooms. HUSL provides 30 percent of the total tuition in the form of scholarship, with full scholarships offered to impoverished students. Merit-based, partial scholarships are provided to outstanding students with high grades and engagement such as taking part in the student council. “Although many mistake the law-school as having barriers due to its high tuition, it actually provides numerous opportunities such as scholarships and facilities such as dormitories,” maintained Lee Hyeong-kyu, the dean and a professor of HUSL.  
Professor Lee Hyeong-kyu (Dean & Professor of Law, President of the Korean Association of Law Schools) explains about Hanyang University School of Law during the interview held on the 28th of September.
According to Lee, the current Law-school system was implemented in order to confront the many problems that the former Bar-Exams had. Due to the fact that the former test had no limitations in its application, many people applied for the test. However, with only around three percent being able to pass, many talented people ended up becoming socially ostracized after failing the exam. Additionally, one could apply for the Bar-Exam even if their major was unrelated, and education at universities became limp. Lee explained that while the former Bar-Exam was a selection of judicial officers, the current law system allows the training of such officials through education.

Applying for Hanyang University School of Law

The application period for HUSL begins from the first of October until the fifth for anyone who has graduated from a four-year university or has had equivalent scholastic achievement.  Mainly five areas are covered throughout the entrance exam, which are the following: The Legal Education Eligibility Test (LEET) exam, school grades, a self-introduction letter, an officially approved English grade, and individual interviews. With elaborating that judicial officers are people who must execute the law from an objective view point, Lee gave advice to potential applicants of HUSL on how they should prepare for the enterance exam.

According to Lee, the grades of one’s LEET exam takes a large portion of the entrance exam. As it is a test that is hard to raise grades in a short time. Lee also recommended that one spend much time with books. As the LEET exam measures one’s understanding of language, reading comprehension, especially in the field of reasoning, logic and inference, greatly helps in the preparation of the test. Still, as the exam requires one to solve many questions in a short time, Lee also gave an emphasis on how one should prepare by solving sample questions from previous LEET exams.    

School grades are an indication of the applicants' sincerity and perseverance throughout their school years, through which they can also show their comprehensive acquisition of knowledge. In addition, although not the most decisive factor, high scores of officially approved English exams are important, as falling behind the average will serve against an applicant. Furthermore, in the self-introduction letter, one should refrain from giving any information related to one's social status and simply include one's goal of becoming a judicial officer. Lastly, during the blind individual interview, applicants will be given a text which they have to read and understand in ten minutes and solve the given question. Note that some personality-related questions might appear.
Lee is explaining the overall procedure of the admission's exam of Hanyang University School of Law and also provides advice to potential applicants.

After the application period, the first successful candidates are announced during the early part of November. With the interview planned to be held in mid-November, the final successful candidates are usually announced in early-December. According to Lee, the current Law-school system has given everyone a chance. He hopes that many talented people apply and that many competent judicial officers are educated at HUSL.
A direct link to the admission page of HUSL.  

Choi Seo-yong
Photos by Park Kuen-hyung
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