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National University of Singapore Faculty of Law

National University of Singapore Faculty of Law

National University of Singapore Faculty of Law: NUS Law is Asia’s Global Law School. Widely regarded as the region's leading law school, we also see ourselves as part of a global conversation about the study and practice of law. This global perspective infuses our academic programme - from the diverse courses that we offer, taught by faculty from most major jurisdictions, to the exchange arrangements we have with other top law schools around the world.

At the same time, our location within Asia gives us a competitive edge. Singapore offers the security and stability sought by the West, while allowing deep engagement with the rising economies of the East.

NUS Law graduates occupy the highest legal offices in Singapore, including the Chief Justice, the Attorney-General, and senior practitioners in all areas of law. Our alumni also include partners in top international firms in New York and London, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Some of our graduates rise to the top of the profession and then move into government office, like Law Minister K Shanmugam. Others join academia or take to the international stage, like former Dean and Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh. Still others use their legal training to start new ventures in the corporate world, or apply their skills with language as playwrights or actors, like Eleanor Wong and Ivan Heng.

NUS Law offers a rigorous legal training, but we also teach personal and professional skills that enable our graduates to operate across boundaries. This includes national boundaries, through the chance to spend a semester or more of your third year at partner law schools in over fifteen countries, or your fourth year earning a Master of Laws degree from NYU or Boston University. We also cross imaginary boundaries, as you may take subjects outside law from across the University - in some cases earning you a second degree - and participate in activities that broaden you as a person, such as the many opportunities for public service.

At NUS Law, you will be part of the conversation. Our professors expect you to challenge them, to share new ideas, and debate different perspectives. In my own classes, the good students can answer my questions; the best students can predict those questions. But the truly great students pose questions I had never imagined.

We don’t aim, then, to produce "lawyers". We aim to produce leaders who can be successful in whatever path they choose.
Simon Chesterman
Dean and Professor of Law, National University of Singapore

Student Profile
Each year, about 240 students graduate from the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Honours programme, which is the standard route to enter the legal profession in Singapore. The majority of students do the LLB programme in four years, but students with a first degree in another discipline are allowed to complete the course in three years. The Faculty also offers a number of double degree programmes combining law and economics, business, public policy and life sciences.

Admission to the Singapore legal profession is generally limited to the Faculty’s LLB programme graduates. Graduate qualifications (eg LLM, PhD) obtained from the Faculty do not in themselves qualify holders for admission to the legal profession in Singapore.

The Law Faculty currently hosts about 1000 undergraduate and 200 graduate students. Around 10% of the undergraduate students and more than 90% of the graduate students are international students. Our graduate students come from more than 35 countries in Asia, Europe, North and South America, Africa and Oceania. Local and overseas students all enjoy a world class education at subsidised fees. Fees are currently being reviewed and may be raised in the near future.

LL.B. Programmes
The Bachelor of Laws degree is not only an undergraduate honours degree, it is also a professional degree that is recognised for admission to practice in Singapore. Our graduates have also been admitted to practice in Malaysia, in several Commonwealth jurisdictions and some states in the U.S.

The majority of the LL.B. students apply to the Faculty of Law after completing their pre-university studies. Most of these students enroll in the four-year LL.B. programme while others may enroll in one of our three five-year double degree programmes (Business Administration and Law; Economics and Law; Law and Life Science) or our four and a half year concurrent degree programme with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Law and Public Policy). Some students may also apply to read law after completing a degree in another discipline. These students will enroll in the three-year Graduate Law Programme (GLP).

» 4-Year LL.B. Programme
» 3-Year Graduate LL.B. Programme
» Law and University Scholars Programme
» Double Degree Programme in Economics & Law
» Double Degree Programme in Business Administration and Law
» Double Degree Programme in Law and Life Sciences
» Concurrent Degree Programme in Law and Public Policy
» Financial Aid, Fees & Scholarships
» Undergraduate Programmes Prospectus
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