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National University of Singapore (NUS)

NUS is a leading global university centred in Asia. It is Singapore's oldest university and the largest university in the country in terms of student enrollment and curriculum offered. The university is considered to be one of the most prestigious universities in Asia.

The university offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. Its transformative education includes a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment, as well as special programs which allow students to realise their potential.

Over 30,000 students from 100 countries further enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives, making campus life vibrant and exciting.

The law school

The NUS Faculty of Law has a strong international reputation, and is regarded by some as Asia's leading law school. The university has a faculty that is known as being diverse in origin and qualification, and the law school has a stated desire to build a community and create an environment that facilitates critical thinking and reflection on fundamental legal issues affecting societies in today's globalised world.

NUS offers a broad and diverse range of subjects. Students at the law school can choose subjects from a wide range of electives in areas including Asian legal studies, banking and finance, biomedical law, commercial law, comparative law, corporate law, criminal law, intellectual property, international law, law and social justice, legal jurisprudence, legal process and skills, public law, and transportation law, just to name a few. The key aim of the law school is to provide an excellent liberal education that will produce lawyers who are able to think critically, are globally oriented and socially conscious.

Located in Singapore, which has a rich history spanning almost 200 years as a major international commercial centre and a cosmopolitan city at the crossroads of Asia, the NUS law school is very much Asia's Global Law School. Since its establishment in 1957, the teaching of law at NUS has always been infused with perspectives from other jurisdictions and disciplines. That tradition has continued and been accelerated in recent years, delivering a legal education that is highly comparative, international and cross-disciplinary. The law school also hosts visiting faculty and students who bring a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere to the law school both inside and outside the classroom.

Tuition fees

Tuition and fees vary between $10,000 and $21,000 depending on the program.

Entry Requirements

For admission into any NUS graduate programs, candidates must fulfill the academic qualifications relating to the chosen program. Generally, applicants must have an equivalent Bachelor’s degree in Law and minimum scores on English language exams.

The Program

The NUS Law School's Master of Laws degree (LLM) offers prospective students an opportunity to upgrade qualifications, develop new skills, and form professional and personal connections.

Specializations offer a program of study tailored to develop expertise in a particular area, whether it is Corporate & Financial Services, Intellectual Property & Technology, International & Comparative Law, Maritime Law, or Asian Legal Studies. Students may also design their own LLM program, choosing from around 100 courses offered by the NUS faculty and visitors.

In order to obtain a specialization, students will have to complete 24 credits or 6 subjects (out of a possible 40 credits or 10 subjects) in a relevant subject area specialization. These students will then have the option of graduating with an LLM degree with the specific specialization indicated on their degree scrolls, or an LLM degree with no specialization indicated. Alternatively, students may opt from the outset to take any 40 credits of subjects and graduate with an LLM degree with no specialization. The latter option affords maximum flexibility in course selection according to the student’s individual preferences and interests.

The following specializations are available:

Corporate & Financial Services Law

This specialization includes electives in banking (domestic and international), company law and corporate finance, financial services and securities, and taxation. It enables students to acquire both a theoretical base and a practical expertise in the subjects involved. Singapore, as the commercial hub of Asia, is an ideal place for the pursuit of these subjects.

Intellectual Property & Technology Law

This specialization focuses on legal issues raised by the rapid advancement of science and technology. The courses offered include traditional intellectual property law courses, including those on copyright, patents, designs, trademarks and confidential information; as well as others specifically focused on the relevant technologies, such as biomedical law, telecommunications law and internet law.

International & Comparative Law

This specialization offers a good mix of public and private international law and comparative law subjects. There are courses that focus on trade, investment and commercial issues; as well as those covering subjects such as public international law, human rights and environmental protection. There are also specialized courses offering a comparative focus on the laws of major countries such as China, the U.S., the E.U. nations, India, Indonesia, Korea and Vietnam.

Maritime Law

This specialization enables students to obtain specialized knowledge in legal matters relating to commercial shipping, marine insurance, shipping regulation and ocean policy. These are areas of great importance to Singapore (given its status as a global port) as well as the region. Overseas students accepted into this specialization will normally do it full-time within one academic year. Students working for companies based in Singapore who are supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore or other companies will normally do the program part-time and complete it within two academic years. This flexibility is also open to students in the Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law and Arbitration, which is designed for the non-lawyer professional.

Asian Legal Studies

This new specialization adds to the diversity of the NUS law school’s graduate offerings, and rides on the momentum generated by the Asian Law Institute (ASLI), established in the law school in 2003. This innovative specialization – one of only a handful available globally - allows students to study in depth the laws, legal systems, institutions and legal traditions of South, Southeast, and East Asia. It also affords the opportunity to focus on particular areas of law (e.g. commercial law, constitutional law and international law) as these are treated across the dynamic continent that is Asia. The specialization will enable students to understand not only the law in its wider socio-cultural context, but to appreciate its linkages with regional commerce, trade and politics.

Specialized LLM in International Business Law

The university also offers a specialized LLM in International Business Law which is taught at NUS in Singapore and the East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai.

NYU@NUS Dual LLM Program

In partnership with the New York University School of Law, the university also offers NYU@NUS – a dual LLM degree program pursuant to which students receive an LLM from NUS (with or without a specialization) and an LLM from NYU.

Double Degree Programs in LLM-MPP/MPA

In August 2008, the university started two double degree programs with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy – the LLM-MPP and the LLM-MPA.

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