NUS Law is the
Law School in Asia
Law School in the World
Source: Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject 2018
Contents Deanâ€™s Message 2
Excellence in Teaching & Research 7
Student Experience 11
Elective Law Modules
Double Degree Programmes
Concurrent Degree Programme
Exchange Plus Programmes
UTCP & USP Programmes
Yale-NUS Double Degree
Qualifying for Practice
Scholarships & Prizes
You are about to make one of the more important decisions in your life. The choice of degree and university has a major impact on the trajectory of your career. But as you contemplate your course of study, I urge you to think broadly. Don’t just think about “what” you want to be. Rather, think about whom you want to be. NUS Law graduates occupy the highest legal offices in the land, including the Chief Justice, the Attorney-General, and senior practitioners in all areas of law. Our alumni include partners in top international firms in New York and London, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Some of our graduates assume public office, like President Halimah Yacob and Law Minister K. Shanmugam. Others join academia or represent Singapore on 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, like Tan Min-Liang, CEO of gaming giant Razer, or apply their skills with language as playwrights or actors, like Eleanor Wong and Ivan Heng.
“Don’t just think about ‘what’ you want to be. Rather, think about whom you want to be.”
NUS Law offers 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 twenty countries, or your fourth year earning a Master of Laws degree from New York 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 from life sciences to liberal arts — 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. You have an important decision to make. Choose well.
Simon Chesterman Dean and Professor of Law, National University of Singapore
â€œOur ambition is to be the best law school in Asia and one of the best in the world. This is where civilisations of the world meet and co-mingle. We offer faculty and students a unique multi-cultural milieu for study, research and mutual learning.â€?
Professor Tommy Koh Class of 1961 Ambassador-at-Large Former Dean of NUS Law
Tradition & History
The Faculty of Law is part of the National University of Singapore (NUS), the oldest tertiary institution in Singapore. NUS traces its rich history to the founding of the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States Government Medical School in 1905. The Medical School was renamed the King Edward VII College of Medicine in 1912. In 1949, it merged with Raffles College (itself set up in 1929) to form the University of Malaya. The roots of the Faculty of Law lie in the establishment of the Department of Law in the then University of Malaya in 1956. The first law students were admitted to the Bukit Timah campus of the University in 1957. In 1959, the Department attained Faculty status with Professor Lionel Astor (“Lee”) Sheridan serving as the founding Dean. The pioneer class of law students graduated in 1961, counting among its most illustrious members Professor Tommy Koh (Ambassador-at-Large and former Dean), former Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong, former Dean Thio Su-Mien, and Emeritus Professor Koh Kheng Lian. In the early 1960s, the governments of Singapore and Malaya announced their desire for the
Singapore and Kuala Lumpur divisions of the University of Malaya to become autonomous national universities in their respective territories. Thus, on 1 January 1962, the University of Singapore was born. Singapore was admitted to the Federation of Malaysia on 16 September 1963. The union lasted until 9 August 1965, when Singapore became an independent republic. Throughout this period and thereafter, the Faculty of Law continued to flourish as part of the University of Singapore. In 1980, the University of Singapore and Nanyang University (Nantah) were merged to form the National University of Singapore (NUS). With that, the Faculty of Law became part of the modern NUS, simultaneously moving to its new Kent Ridge campus. A quarter century later, it was announced that the Bukit Timah campus would be returned to NUS. The Faculty of Law, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and several research institutes made the move from Kent Ridge back to the hallowed grounds of Bukit Timah. The University opened its doors there once again on 17 July 2006.
“Our Jessup Mooters through the years have been champions four times, and runners-up on seven occasions. NUS Law has one of the finest Jessup Moot records of any law school in the world.” Professor Alan Tan Class of 1993 Jessup Mooter Teaches Aviation Law and Criminal Law
â€œThe most important things you will do to make a difference to society are ahead of you. Think of these days as a time of preparation for what is to come. Use what you learn here to bring new perspectives to the cause of making the world a better place. And care about injustice. That is why you have chosen to become lawyers.â€?
Sundaresh Menon Class of 1986 Chief Justice
Excellence in Teaching and Research
There are many reasons why students seek and value an education at NUS Law. Among them are the strength of our teaching and research, the diverse range of undergraduate programmes we offer, and the exciting local and international opportunities that a law degree at NUS offers.
With a rich heritage spanning 60 years, NUS Law is one of the finest law schools in the world and is widely regarded as Asiaâ€™s leading law school. We believe in creative and independent learning. Research opportunities, continuous assessment, tutorials, presentations and seminar-style teaching are emphasised, bolstered by the finest law library in all of Asia. Home to over 70 permanent faculty with law degrees from more than a dozen jurisdictions, NUS Law is an institution dedicated to building a community and an environment in which faculty and students can discuss and reflect on the fundamental legal issues that affect societies in todayâ€™s globalised world.
Faculty Publications 2017 NUS Law is proud of our faculty who produce outstanding scholarship across the spectrum of legal research. In addition to dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as scores of conference papers, the following books were published by our Faculty in 2017: Basic Knowledge and Conditions on Knowledge by Mark McBride (Open Book Publishers)
Evidence and the Litigation Process (6th edition) by Jeffrey Pinsler (LexisNexis)
International Intellectual Property and the ASEAN Way: Pathways to Interoperability edited by Elizabeth Ng Siew Kuan and Graeme W. Austin (Cambridge University Press)
The Beijing Consensus? How China Has Changed Western Ideas of Law and Economic Development edited by Chen Weitseng (Cambridge University Press)
Benjamin’s Sale of Goods (10th edition) edited by Michael Bridge (Sweet & Maxwell)
Geographical Indications at the Crossroads of Trade, Development, and Culture edited by Irene Calboli and Ng-Loy Wee Loon ‘87 (Cambridge University Press)
Legal Education in Asia: From Imitation to Innovation edited by Andrew Harding LL.M. ‘84, Hu Jiaxiang and Maartje de Visser (Brill)
The Commercial Appropriation of Fame: A Cultural Analysis of the Right of Publicity and Passing Off by David Tan (Cambridge University Press)
Can Banks Still Keep a Secret? Bank Secrecy in Financial Centres Around the World edited by Sandra Booysen LL.M. ‘03, Ph.D.’09, and Dora Neo (Cambridge University Press)
Global Megatrends: Implications for the ASEAN Economic Community edited by Simon Tay ‘86 and Julia Puspadewi Tijaja (The ASEAN Secretariat)
Law and Society in Malaysia: Pluralism, Religion and Ethnicity edited by Andrew Harding LL.M. ‘84 and Dian Shah (Routledge)
The Evolution of International Arbitration: Judicialization, Governance, Legitimacy by Alec Stone Sweet and Florian Grisel (Oxford University Press)
Comparative Takeover Regulation: Global and Asian Perspectives edited by Umakanth Varottil and Wan Wai Yee (Cambridge University Press)
Governance of Arctic Shipping: Balancing Rights and Interests of Arctic States and User States edited by Robert C. Beckman, Tore Henriksen, Kristine Dalaker Kraabel, Erik J. Molenaar and J. Ashley Roach (Brill)
New Essays on the Nature of Rights edited by Mark McBride (Hart Publishing)
The International Law on Foreign Investment (4th edition) by M. Sornarajah (Cambridge University Press)
Constitutionalism Beyond Liberalism edited by Michael W. Dowdle and Michael A. Wilkinson (Cambridge University Press)
Guarantees and Performance Bonds (3rd edition) by Poh Chu Chai ‘73 (LexisNexis)
Pluralism, Transnationalism and Culture in Asian Law: A Book in Honour of M.B. Hooker edited by Gary F. Bell (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies)
The International Sale of Goods (4th edition) by Michael Bridge (Oxford University Press)
Contemporary Issues in Mediation (Volume 2) edited by Joel Lee and Marcus Lim ’12 (World Scientific)
In Pursuit of Pluralist Jurisprudence edited by Nicole Roughan and Andrew Halpin (Cambridge University Press)
Principles and Practice of Securities Regulations in Singapore (3rd edition) by Hans Tjio, Wan Wai Yee ’96 and Yee Kwok Hon ’91 (LexisNexis)
The Law of Agency (2nd edition) by Tan Cheng Han ’87 (Academy Publishing)
Electronic Evidence (4th edition) by Stephen Mason and Daniel Seng ‘92 (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies)
Independent Directors in Asia: A Historical, Contextual and Comparative Approach edited by Dan W. Puchniak, Harald Baum and Luke Nottage (Cambridge University Press)
Sustainability Matters: Environmental Management in the Anthropocene edited by Lye Lin-Heng ‘73, Harvey Neo, Sekhar Kondepudi, Yew WenShen and Judy Sng GekKhim (World Scientific)
The Law of Personal Property (2nd edition) by Michael Bridge, Louise Gullifer, Kelvin Law and Gerard McMeel (Sweet & Maxwell)
Equity, Trusts and Commerce edited by Paul S. Davies and James Penner (Hart Publishing)
In the realm of fiction, NUS Law Dean Professor Simon Chesterman published the final book in his Raising Arcadia trilogy, Being Arcadia (Marshall Cavendish).
“Studying law requires stamina. It is hard work not least of all because of the sheer volume of material you have to process during your degree. At the beginning, you may feel lost but you certainly won’t be alone. Be confident: remind yourself that all you need is time to settle in. Establish a strong support network with your classmates and work together during your time here. Remember to enjoy yourself too: studying is much easier if you enjoy it. ”
Assistant Professor Swati Jhaveri Recipient of University Annual Teaching Excellence Award Teaches Law of Torts and Constitutional & Administrative Law
â€œBeing a national sprinter and a student are both full-time jobs. To excel in both requires a lot of discipline and sacrifice. I am glad to have met so many great friends. Law school would have been so much tougher and lonely without them, but with them, infinitely more fulfilling.â€?
Timothee Yap Class of 2019 National Athlete Represented Singapore in 2016 Olympics Games
Our students are well-rounded individuals who excel in the arts, sports and intellectual pursuits outside the classroom setting. With a multitude of activities and student-run societies on campus, you will have ample opportunities to indulge in your areas of interest and perhaps even discover a hidden talent!
Student Life & Beyond Student Clubs The campus bustles with a wide range of cocurricular activities organised throughout the year by the NUS Students’ Union (NUSSU) and its societies, clubs and associations. Many of the activities are organised for fraternising and fun; time out from the demands and pressures of studies. The Law Club The NUS Students’ Law Club (also known as the “Law Club”) is a constituent club of NUSSU and is made up of law undergraduates and graduates. The Law Club Management Committee and its six subsidiary clubs organise events throughout the year, ranging from the Law Careers Fair, to school events like Open Day and Orientation and the more light-hearted chill-out events at our very own Upper Quadrangle. The Law Club’s Management Committee also represents the voice of its members, and communicates to NUSSU and the school administration about the needs of our students.
Centre for Future-Ready Graduates • Annual On-Campus Career Fair • Lunchtime Career Talks • Internships • Career Guidance Welfare and Social Activities • Law School Chill-outs • Exam Welfare Drive • Law IV Musical Sports Events • • • • • •
Inter-Faculty Games Law Fraternity Games Law-Medicine Challenge Quahe, Woo & Palmer Law Faculty Soccer League Rajah & Tann Law Beach Games Rajah & Tann Lounge Games
â€œAt NUS Law, student life matters. From sporting, social and artistic events to award-winning pro bono activities and international advocacy competitions, your experience here can be as vibrant outside the classroom as within it.â€?
Associate Professor Eleanor Wong Class of 1985 Vice Dean (Student Affairs) Director, Legal Skills Programme
Law Sub-Clubs NUS Criminal Justice Club (CJC) • Criminal Justice Conference and Attorney-General’s Cup • Innocence Project (Singapore) • Military Justice Project • Criminal Law Website Project • Collaborations and internships with the Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences (“LASCO”) and the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (“CLAS”) • Other Criminal Law related events such as dialogues with the Attorney-General’s Chambers, and with the European Union Delegation NUS Pro Bono Group • Clinical Placements - Legal Clinics • Court Attachments - University Court Friends, Syariah Court Friends • Community Outreach - Students 4 Migrants, Legal Education & Awareness Programme, Moot Parliament Programme, Silver Support Scheme, Pro Bono Awareness Week • Research Initiative - Project X, Project Law Help • Peer Engagement - Student Disciplinary Assistance Scheme, Kent Ridge Legal Talk Singapore Law Review (SLR) • Annual publication of the SLR journal • SLR Annual Lecture • Publication of the Juris Illuminae online legal newsletter
NUS Mooting & Debating Club (MDC) • B.A. Mallal Moot • Gowling WLG IP Moot • International Commercial Arbitration Moot • Advocacy Cup • University of Malaya-NUS Moot Competition • International Moot Auditions • Viva Voce / SpeakEasy / Gift of the Gab Law Students’ International Relations Committee (LSIRC) • Internal School Events (Children’s Day, Block B Party, Valentine’s Day) • International Panel Discussions (Practice Beyond Borders) • Exchange Buddy Programme • Overseas Study Trips Justified • Justified (justified.nuslawclub.com) • Overheard@BTC • Humans of BTC (facebook.com/humansbtc) Beyond these formal student clubs, our Law students also participate in a variety of interest groups including, alt+Law – a student-led legal technology interest group and Environmental Law Students Association (ELSA) which aims to create awareness of environmental law and policy in the law school community.
â€œNUS Law has afforded me opportunities that I would never have had elsewhere. As Chief Editor of the Singapore Law Review (SLR), we had the honour of organising the 29th SLR lecture with Attorney General Lucien Wong which was even featured in The Straits Times! The best part was the sense of ownership our team felt, since the whole event was student-run. I am very proud of what we managed to accomplish and hope our contributions do justice to the rich SLR tradition.â€?
Law May Ning Class of 2019 Chief Editor, Singapore Law Review
International Competitions and Moots One of the most intense and valuable educational experiences a student can have at the Faculty is to represent NUS in an international competition. NUS Law has an unparalleled track record in international mooting competitions. Here are some of NUS’s achievements in international competitions: NUS Law won the prestigious Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition four times (1982, 1985, 1994 and 2001) and has been a finalist on 11 occasions. This competition attracts more than 500 law schools from over 80 countries. Many former Jessup mooters from NUS now occupy the upper echelons of the legal fraternity in Singapore in both the public and private sectors. When NUS Law first participated in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in 2002, it became the first Asian law school to win the competition. This competition is probably the most prestigious private law international moot worldwide. In 2013, NUS beat over 290 law schools to win the Werner Melis Award for Best Respondent Memorial. The team’s Claimant Memorandum also received an Honourable Mention prize. The following are other competitions that NUS Law has participated in. NUS Law won the Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot Competition in Hong Kong twice, in 2004 and 2008. NUS Law won the Oxford International Inter-University Intellectual Property Mooting Competition twice, in 2006 and 2008. In 2017, the team from NUS Law won the award in Best Written Submssions. The finals of the competition are assessed by judges of the High Court and Court of Appeal of England.
In 2009, NUS Law won the 4th International Chamber of Commerce International Commercial Mediation Competition with a team of undergraduates, competing against post-graduate law students from around the globe such as, United States, Europe and South America. In 2009, NUS Law also won the Copenhagen Competition on the Protocol on Climate Change. In 2017, NUS Law was crowned the overall winner in the Grand Finals of the International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot, and the fifth win that NUS Law has achieved in this competition. NUS Law also won the competition in 2001, 2002, 2010 and 2015. NUS Law has won the International Negotiation Competition twice – first in 2011 when it was held in Copenhagen and then again in 2012 at Belfast. NUS Law came in first runners-up in 2013 (USA) and then again in 2016 (Switzerland). NUS Law won the Asia-Pacific Regional Round of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition four times – 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2011, and won the World Finals in 2001. This is the only competition in which the World Finals are judged by sitting judges of the International Court. In 2015, NUS Law won the 16th D.M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition in 2015. The team from NUS Law emerged overall champion at the 2015 edition of the Jean-Pictet Competition. This was NUS’s first win after multiple appearances in the finals.
In 2015, NUS Law won the inaugural Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot that was held at King’s College London. NUS Law was also international champions of the 2015 and 2016 editions of International Air and Space Law Academy (IASLA) Space Law Moot Court Competition, as well as winning the Best Memorials and Best Oralist awards in 2015. The 2017 team won the Asia-Pacific Regional Rounds. In 2016, NUS Law won the Nuremberg Moot Court Competition which took place in the historic Nuremburg Courtroom 600, Nuremburg, Germany. One of the team members was also awarded the Best Speaker for the Final Round. In 2017, NUS Law emerged overall champion for the second consecutive year in the Asia Cup Moot Court Competition. In addition to taking home the cup, NUS also won the award for the third best memorial. Two other members were also named joint Best Oralist in the competition. The 2016 team also won the Best Overall Team, Best Memorial and Best Oralist – a rare feat in the competition’s 19year history.
NUS Law won the Best Overall Team at Lex Infinitum in 2017. Lex Infinitum is an international Mediation and Negotiation Competition. In 2017, NUS Law emerged as champions at the inaugural Blackoak Transactional Competition. One of the team’s member also clinched the Best Oralist Award. NUS Law emerged winners at the Allen & Overy Private Law Moot Competition in 2017, and a member of the team also won the Best Oralist Award. This was a first time that a team from Singapore had won this prestigious university mooting competition.
In 2016, a team of first-year students from NUS Law won the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Japan Chapter Award in the Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition.
NUS Law took top position at the inaugural AsiaPacific Commercial Mediation Competition in 2017. This was the regional round leading up to the annual Paris ICC Mediation Competition.
NUS Law emerged as champions in the 8th Leiden Sarin International Air Law Moot Court Competition in 2017.
In 2017, the team from NUS Law emerged Champions at the Tun Suffian International Human Rights Moot Court Competition held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Undergraduate Programmes Whether you pursue a four-year Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree, a three-year Graduate LL.B. (GLB) programme or any of our Double or Concurrent Degree programmes, you will be assured of a quality legal education at Asia’s Global Law School. Curriculum-wise, around half of the required subjects in the LL.B. programme are compulsory common law courses that are critical for legal practice. With most compulsories completed by Year Two, there is flexibility for you to craft your own menu of elective modules in Years Three and Four. You can select electives in areas such as: • Asian Legal Studies • Civil Law (Compulsory) • Corporate & Financial Services Law • Intellectual Property & Technology Law • International & Comparative Law • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution • Maritime Law • Law & Society • Research and Skills (or to do any of these while on overseas student exchange). Such flexibility and course diversity are unparalleled and are made possible only because of the excellent and diverse teaching staff at the Law School. The LL.B. 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 such as Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, and some states in the US such as California and New York.
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree LL.B. (Four Years) The majority of our LL.B. students enter the Faculty of Law after completing their pre-university studies and read the four-year LL.B. degree. Graduate LL.B. (GLB) Programme (Three Years) The GLB programme allows students who have completed an undergraduate degree (or higher) in another discipline to complete a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree in three instead of four years. The programme helps to inject multidisciplinary expertise into the legal profession, which increasingly requires more sophisticated and technical knowledge in many areas. The GLB is NUS Law’s version of the Juris Doctor (J.D.).
Compulsory Core Curriculum The LL.B. degree is an honours degree. Students in the four-year LL.B. programme must complete a minimum total of 160 credits in four years. Students in the GLB programme must complete a minimum total of 120 credits in three years. Successful completion of the LL.B. programme leads to the award of the following classes of degrees: First Class Honours, Second Class Honours (Upper Division and Lower Division), and Third Class Honours. Since 1997, only graduates with at least a Second Class (Lower Division) degree qualify for legal practice in Singapore. GLB students obtain the same LL.B. degree as students who complete the four-year LL.B. programme. They are also awarded the same classes of honours as the four-year LL.B. students. For more information, please visit: law.nus.edu.sg/admissions/llb_prog.html All LL.B. students are required to take the same compulsory core law modules during the first two years of their studies, as well as one compulsory module in the third or fourth year. For their remaining modules in the LL.B. programme, students may choose from a wide variety of elective modules, allowing them to pursue their interest in a particular field of law. For more information, please visit: law.nus.edu.sg/student_matters/course_listing/ compulsory_subject.html
Year One Criminal Law Introduction to Legal Theory Law of Contract Law of Torts Legal Analysis, Research & Communication Singapore Law in Context Year Two Company Law Constitutional & Administrative Law Corporate Deals or Trial Advocacy Equity & Trusts Legal Systems of Asia Principles of Property Law Pro Bono Service Year Three / Year Four Evidence
Visiting Professors Every year, NUS Law hosts over two dozen visiting professors. They come from some of the top universities in the world including Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, the LSE, Melbourne and Hong Kong University among many others. Our international visiting faculty conduct classes on their area of expertise during their time with us and they add to the cosmopolitan nature of our law school by bringing their own unique perspectives to the legal education offered by NUS Law.
LL.B. + Non-Law Minor NUS Law students also benefit from being enrolled in Singaporeâ€™s only fully comprehensive university, one that offers truly diverse subjects ranging from aquatics to theatre studies, nano-science to e-finance, across our 17 faculties and schools. Our Law students not only read the occasional non-Law module; some students choose to specialise in a targeted non-Law Minor. Minors like Communications & New Media, Economics, and Management perfectly complement Law and ready
our graduates for a future in which law is not practiced in isolation and law graduates may not only practice law. To declare a Minor, the student must take a specified minimum number of credits in the minor discipline. A Minor is completed within the LL.B. candidature. Currently, students can choose from over 60 minors offered by our Business School, and our Faculties of Arts, Science, and Engineering, just to name a few.
Elective Modules One formidable strength of NUS Law is the broad and diverse range of elective modules that we offer. Students choose modules from many clusters including Asian Legal Studies, Civil Law, Corporate & Financial Services Law, Intellectual Property & Technology Law, International & Comparative Law, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Maritime Law, Law & Society, Research and Skills. While the modules range from the theoretical to the practical, the overriding objective is to provide students with a liberal education through the
medium of law that will allow them to maximise their potential to the fullest degree. Accordingly, many of the modules integrate relevant cross disciplinary and policy perspectives so as to give students a deep and rich understanding of how the law operates within society and the factors that influence the development and application of the law. The elective modules we offer are listed as follows. (The electives offered in any given year are subject to change.)
Elective Law Modules Asian Legal Studies ASEAN Economic Community Law and Policy ASEAN Law and Policy China, India and International Law Chinese Corporate and Securities Law Chinese Legal Tradition & Legal Chinese Climate Change Law and Policy in Asia Comparative Constitutional Law Comparative State and Religion in Southeast Asia Human Rights in Asia
International Arbitration in Asian Centres International Law and Asia Islamic Law Japanese Corporate Law and Governance Law and Society in Southeast Asia Law, Institutions, and Business in Greater China Ocean Law & Policy in Asia The Practical Realities of Dispute Resolution in Asia Trade and Investment Law in the Asia-Pacific
Civil Law China, India and International Law Chinese Corporate and Securities Law Chinese Legal Tradition & Legal Chinese
European Company Law Japanese Corporate Law and Governance Law, Institutions, and Business in Greater China
Comparative Criminal Law
Corporate & Financial Services Law Advanced Contract Law Advanced Trusts Law Alternative Investments Arbitration of Investment Disputes ASEAN Economic Community Law and Policy
European Company Law European Union Law Financial Regulation and Central Banking Globalization & International Law Government Contracts: Intâ€™l & Comparative Perspectives
Government Regulations: Law, Policy & Practice
Business & Finance for Lawyers
International and Comparative Oil and Gas Law
Chinese Corporate and Securities Law Competition Law and Policy Conflict of Laws in Intâ€™l Commercial Arbitration Construction Law Corporate Insolvency Law Cross-Border Litigation Deals: The Economic Structure of Business Transactions Domestic & International Sale of Goods
International Commercial Arbitration International Commercial Litigation International Economic Law & Relations International Investment Law International Legal Protection of Investment Flows International Projects Law and Practice Japanese Corporate Law and Governance Law of Agency
Elective Law Modules Corporate & Financial Services Law Law of Insurance Law, Institutions, and Business in Greater China Maritime Conflict of Laws Mergers & Acquisitions (M & A) Mergers and Acquisitions: A Practitionerâ€™s Perspective Multinational Enterprises and International Law
Principles of Restitution Tax Planning & Policy Topics in Law & Economics Trade and Investment Law in the Asia-Pacific Trade Finance Law World Trade Law
Personal Property Law
Intellectual Property & Technology Law Artificial Intelligence, Information Science & Law Comparative Trade Mark Law Entertainment Law: Pop Iconography & Celebrity Fair Use in Theory and Practice Foundations of IP Law Intellectual Property Rights and Competition Policy
International Copyright Law and Policy International Patent Law, Policy and Practice IT Law II Law of Intellectual Property Patent Law & Practice: Perspectives from the U.S. Sports Law
“Returning to teach at my alma mater is always a joy. The faculty and students embody the critical qualities of excellence, integrity and humanity. I’m thrilled to see that nestled at NUS Law is a vibrant community committed to nurturing talent and igniting potential.”
Adjunct Associate Professor Gerardine Goh Escolar Class of 2002 Founder and CEO, Stellar Gauge Member of the International Academy of Astronautics
Elective Law Modules International & Comparative Law Administrative Justice: Perspectives from the U.S. Advanced Issues in the Law & Practice of Int’l Arbitration Arbitration of Investment Disputes ASEAN Economic Community Law and Policy ASEAN Law and Policy Aviation Law & Policy
International Commercial Arbitration International Commercial Litigation International Dispute Settlement International Economic Law & Relations International Environmental Law & Policy International Investment Law
China, India and International Law
International Law and Asia
Climate Change Law & Policy
International Legal Process
Climate Change Law and Policy in Asia Comparative Constitutional Law Comparative Criminal Law Comparative Environmental Law Comparative Trade Mark Law Conflict of Laws in Int’l Commercial Arbitration Cross-Border Litigation Current Problems in International Law Developing State in a Changing World Order Domestic & International Sale of Goods European Company Law European Union Law Global Legal Orders: Interdisciplinary Perspectives Globalization & International Law Government Contracts: Int’l & Comparative Perspectives Human Rights in Asia Intelligence Law International and Comparative Oil and Gas Law
International Legal Protection of Investment Flows International Organisations in International Law International Regulation of Shipping Islamic Law Maritime Conflict of Laws Multinational Enterprises and International Law Ocean Law & Policy in Asia Principles of Conflict of Laws Public Health Law and Regulation Public International Law State Responsibility: Theory and Practice The Evolution of International Arbitration The Int’l Litigation & Procedure of State Disputes The Trial of Jesus in Western Legal Thought Trade and Investment Law in the Asia-Pacific Trade Finance Law Transnational Terrorism and International Law World Trade Law
International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Advanced Issues in the Law & Practice of Int’l Arbitration Advanced Practicum in International Arbitration Arbitration of Investment Disputes Comparative Evidence in International Arbitration Conflict of Laws in Int’l Commercial Arbitration Government Contracts: Int’l & Comparative Perspectives International Arbitration in Asian Centres International Commercial Arbitration
International Dispute Settlement International Investment Law International Legal Protection of Investment Flows Mediation Mediation/Conciliation of Inter- & Investor-State Disputes Negotiation The Evolution of International Arbitration The Practical Realities of Dispute Resolution in Asia
“In addition to a world-class compulsory core curriculum, NUS Law offers over 100 elective subjects each year in fields as diverse as aviation law, entertainment law, international commercial arbitration, mergers & acquisitions and human rights in Asia.”
Associate Professor David Tan Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) Dean’s Chair
Elective Law Modules Maritime Law Admiralty Law & Practice
Law of Marine Insurance
Carriage of Goods by Sea
Maritime Conflict of Laws
International and Comparative Oil and Gas Law
Multimodal Transport Law
International Carriage of Passengers by Sea
Ocean Law & Policy in Asia
International Regulation of Shipping
Trade Finance Law
Law & Society Advanced Criminal Legal Process
Behavioural Economics, Law & Regulation
Law and Society in Southeast Asia
Comparative Criminal Law
Medical Law and Ethics
Comparative State and Religion in Southeast Asia
Restitution of Unjust Enrichment
Sociology of Law
The Rule of Law
The Trial of Jesus in Western Legal Thought
Global Legal Orders: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Transnational Terrorism and International Law
Research University Research Opportunities Programme / Directed Research (DR)
Skills International Legal Process International Moots and Other Competitions Law & Practice - The Law Clinic Legal Argument & Narrative
Legal Research: Method & Design Mediation Negotiation
â€œNUS Law has great professors who are able to draw practical parallels to the theoretical lessons in the classroom. This is great as it allows me to appreciate that learning here is flexible and that there are no right or wrong answers. It also encourages us as students to think creatively and develop our own ideas, which is essential for the changing employment landscape.â€?
Vanessa Zavir Class of 2021 Recipient of 2017 SINDA Excellence Award
In addition to our LL.B., NUS Law also offers the following Programmes: Double Degree in Business Administration (B.B.A. (Hons)) & Law (LL.B. (Hons)) The double honours degree in Business Administration and Law is a five-year programme offered jointly by the Business School and the Faculty of Law. The programme is established in line with NUS’s aim of attracting the best students from Singapore and around the world, keen on having a quality education and leveraging on interdisciplinary opportunities in a university ranked amongst the world’s best. Students who successfully complete this programme will be awarded both Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degrees.
Double Degree in Economics (B.Soc.Sci. (Hons)) & Law (LL.B. (Hons)) The double honours degree in Economics and Law is a five-year programme offered jointly by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Law, leading to both the degrees of Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours). Economics and Law are, in some areas, complementary disciplines. Singapore is a regional centre for legal services, and much of our international legal work involves commercial, corporate and financial law. This means there is—and will continue to be—a demand for lawyers with a strong background in Economics, as well as for economists trained in law. Likely future employers include law firms, large commercial banks, and institutions such as the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Competition Commission of Singapore. Double Degree in Law (LL.B. (Hons)) & Life Sciences (B.Sc. (Hons)) The intersection between law and life sciences is an expansive one, cutting across many research areas including biotechnology, bioethics, environmental regulation, forensic science, and the protection of intellectual properly. This five-year double degree programme in Law and Life Sciences leverages on the strength of the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Science in these areas. It enables students to discover the broad connections between law and life sciences and acquire a broad expertise to occupy the niche position linking both disciplines. With effect from cohort AY 2015/2016, the DDP is offered as a Double Honours Degree (with Honours in Law and Life Sciences).
Concurrent Degree in Law (LL.B. (Hons)) & Masters in Public Policy (M.P.P.) The concurrent degree programme in Law and Public Policy offers law students, particularly those interested in a career in the legal, civil, or foreign service, the opportunity to complete in four-and-a-half years, two degrees that normally take between six years to complete if pursued separately. The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy helps its students to understand the complex issues that challenge policymakers daily and offers a strong curriculum anchored firmly within an Asian context. The Faculty of Law, on the other hand, offers rigorous training in public law, international law, and governance, and has a long history of placing its graduates in leading positions within the government and public service.
Exchange Plus Programmes Exchange Plus programmes are available to students on the four-year LL.B. programme. Under these arrangements, students will complete three years at NUS and then go to one of the partner universities listed below to read an LL.M. for one year. Upon successful completion of the LL.M., NUS Law students will graduate with an LL.B. (Hons) from NUS and an LL.M. from the partner university. New York University
King’s College London
University of Melbourne
University of Toronto
Students on the three-year GLB programme may also seek admission to the Exchange Plus programme with New York University (NYU). They will commence the LL.M. in the second semester of their third year of studies, completing two and a half years at NUS and one year at NYU to receive both degrees.
“The year abroad challenged me to look beyond my personal interests and to visualise my role in this world as a steward, rather than a beneficiary, of the blessings freely given to me.” Christopher Zheng Class of 2017 Recipient of the George Colin Award for distinction in NYU’s LL.M. (Corporation Law) programme
Special Programmes Law-University Town College Programme (UTCP) The UTCP is a multidisciplinary academic programme offered in the College of Alice & Peter Tan, Residential College 4 and Tembusu College at University Town. This unique programme offers students an opportunity to read prescribed electives outside their majors, and pursue other subjects of interest while living and learning with the College community. Through this programme, students will develop strategies for clear and impactful writing skills, to chisel their inquiry and critical reasoning skills. It also grooms them to be able to clearly articulate their ideas on issues that are of global and Asian concern. Law-University Scholars Programme (USP) The USP is an interdisciplinary academic programme for NUS undergraduates housed within the USP residential college. The NUS Law-USP partnership seeks to add a deeper dimension to the classroom and curricular experiences to further enhance intellectual inquiry beyond the disciplinary boundaries. Students who study in USP and NUS Law will follow a curriculum that combines the rigorous aspects of both the USP and the NUS Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) curriculum. Students of the NUS Law-USP can also look forward to an enhanced and informal learning opportunity through residential living.
Yale-NUS B.A. (Hons) - LL.B. (Hons) Double Degree Programme This double degree programme in Law and Liberal Arts is an innovative programme offered jointly by Yale-NUS College and NUS Law for those seeking a broad liberal arts education in addition to their professional training in the law. The five-year honours programme was established by Yale-NUS College and NUS with the aim of attracting students of the highest calibre from Singapore and around the world, and training them to practise law in Singapore. This programme will provide an interdisciplinary legal education in a residential, liberal arts setting. Up to 20 students will be admitted into this prestigious programme each year. Students who have met the graduation criteria will be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree from Yale-NUS College and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from the NUS Law. Students are required to be resident at Yale-NUS College for the first four years of the programme. At this dedicated campus they will participate fully in the Yale-NUS community and enjoy the benefits of residential college life. In their first year of study they will take Yale-NUS Common Curriculum courses and a Law course. In the second, third and fourth years students will complete the Yale-NUS Common Curriculum, take Yale-NUS electives, and take core and elective Law courses. For Law classes, students travel to the Bukit Timah Campus (BTC), where the Faculty of Law is located. Students are also eligible to participate in a semester of an exchange programme abroad. In the fifth year, students will move out of the Yale-NUS College residential college and continue with their academic pursuits at BTC. Students will also complete a capstone project in their fifth year, which entails a research and writing project in a topic that combines Law and the Liberal Arts.
â€œThe Yale-NUS Double Degree in Law and Liberal Arts allows me the opportunity to pursue my career aspirations while giving me the flexibility to explore a multi-disciplinary and broad-based curriculum that continually hones my critical thinking. This unique and holistic education has helped me to develop my intellectual and professional skills. The four-year residential living experience has also allowed me to be a part of a tightly-knit community, one that I actively contribute to and helped to build.â€? Daryl Yang Class of 2018 Yale-NUS Programme
“I’ve taught and lectured at numerous institutions around the world. In my view, NUS Law is uniquely well positioned to both address the challenges and seize the opportunities that the coming decades will present us. When I work with the remarkable students here, I am filled with a sense of dynamism, diversity, and hope.”
Professor Douglas Kysar Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law at Yale Lionel A. Sheridan Visiting Professor at NUS
We Bring You
52 20 Partner Universities
Some other destinations are available under University-level arrangement
THE AMERICAS CANADA Dalhousie University McGill University Osgoode Hall Law School Queen’s University at Kingston University of British Columbia University of Toronto University of Victoria University of Western Ontario
ASIA-PACIFIC AUSTRALIA University of Melbourne University of Queensland University of Sydney
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Boston University Duke University Georgetown University New York University Northwestern University Stanford Law School University of Illinois @ Urbana Champaign Washington University, St. Louis
China University of Political Science and Law East China University of Political Science & Law Fudan University Peking University Renmin University of China Tsinghua University
HONG KONG SAR University of Hong Kong
EUROPE BELGIUM Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
DENMARK University of Cophenhagen
GERMANY Bucerius Law School
IRELAND Trinity College Dublin University College Dublin
ITALY Bocconi University
SPAIN Instituto de Empresa
SWEDEN Stockholm University
THE NETHERLANDS Erasmus University Rotterdam Tilburg University
INDIA National Law School of India University
INDONESIA Universitas Indonesia
Center for Transnat’l Legal Studies1 Durham University King’s College London Newcastle University Queen Mary University of London University of Bristol University College London University of Manchester University of Nottingham
JAPAN Kyushu University
NEW ZEALAND University of Auckland Victoria University of Wellington
VIETNAM Hanoi University
MIDDLE EAST ISRAEL Hebrew University of Jerusalem Special programme offered by a joint venture of leading law schools, including NUS Law School 1
Explore Asia & the Globe
The Student Exchange Programme offers an excellent opportunity to study the laws of a foreign legal system up close. Exchange students experience different cultures and lifestyles, make new acquaintances, and of course, travel. The Programme enables NUS Law students to spend either one or both semesters of their third year in one of our partner law schools. Students in the concurrent degree programme may spend one semester of their third year and students in the double degree programme may spend one semester of their fourth year in one of our partner universities. NUS Law also hosts incoming exchange students from our partner universities, adding to the vibrancy of the Law School.
“I truly appreciated the wonderful food, the great people and the magnificent views in Toronto and Canada. I had the chance to explore places I never knew existed, pick up hobbies I was always curious about and test ideas that seemed too unconventional. It was also an honour to study under the leading practitioners at the University of Toronto. In essence, my exchange to Toronto was amazing! I would not have chosen anywhere else for my exchange.“ Terence Teoh Class of 2017 University of Toronto
“The Student Exchange Programme was definitely an unforgettable experience; from meaningful encounters with people from diverse cultural backgrounds to interesting and engaging conversations with passionate and dedicated professors. Indeed, being away from your family and loved ones for half a year may seem daunting at first. However, the friends that you make and the extremely welcoming staff and faculty will truly make for a wonderful exchange experience that opens the mind, touches the heart, and enriches the soul.“ Moses Lee Class of 2017 Washington University, St. Louis
“My exchange to London was the best part of my University life! Right in the heart of Europe’s greatest business city, the Center for Transnational Legal Studies brought together professors and students from all over the world. The classes involved topics such as human rights, poverty and terrorism and I learnt the most from the robust discussions between the students and professors. During the Semester, we studied hard but played just as hard! In fact, I was able to tour some of the most beautiful places on earth such as Stonehenge, Edinburgh, and the Azores Islands.” Derek Ee Class of 2017 Center for Transnational Legal Studies King’s College London
Four-Year LL.B. Programme Each year, around 250 students enter the LL.B. programmes at the Faculty of Law. Although most of the LL.B. students are Singaporeans, the programme is also open to international students. For more information: law.nus.edu.sg/admissions
Eligibility for Application Applicants presenting the Singapore - Cambridge ‘A’ level results should have good overall ‘A’ level results, including at least a B grade in H1 General Paper (GP), or a good pass in H2 Knowledge & Inquiry (KI), or a minimum SAT Critical Reading/ Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 700 accompanied by a minimum E grade for GP / KI. For those who offer the old ‘A’ level syllabus, a grade B3 or better in General Paper (GP) or a minimum SAT Critical Reading/Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 700 and a C6 in GP is required. An improved GP grade of B or better or a good pass in Kl (for new syllabus) from another sitting can qualify one for application to Law, but only the GP or Kl grade obtained in the same sitting as the other main ‘A’ level content papers can be used for computation of the admission score. Applicants presenting an acceptable Diploma from a Polytechnic in Singapore should possess excellent ‘O’ level results, a minimum grade of A2 in English Language at ‘O’ level and preferably a Certificate of Merit (COM) from their polytechnic studies.
Applicants who present the NUS High School Diploma must possess a minimum grade B+ English EL5101 and EL6103, or a minimum SAT Critical Reading/Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 700 accompanied by a minimum C grade for English EL5101 and EL6103. Applicants presenting the International Baccalaureate (IB) qualification should possess good IB results, including a grade 5 or better in SL English, or SL Literature & Performance or a minimum SAT Critical Reading /Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 700 accompanied by
a minimum grade 4 for SL English or SL Literature & Performance. Those completing IB in the year of admission to NUS may apply based on their projected results. International applicants with qualifications other than those mentioned above should have equivalent high school qualifications. Those who possess high school qualifications which are in the non-English medium are required to submit proof of their proficiency in the English language, for example, a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based) or IELTS score of 7.0.
“The NUS Law education nurtures a world-ready lawyer, grounded in Singapore’s and Asia’s cultures. NUS Law graduates are in high demand with both local and foreign employers, in legal and other sectors. NUS Law has prepared me well for my legal career and community work.” Amrin Amin Class of 2003 Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs
Shortlisting and Selection
The NUS Office of Admissions (OAM) administers all applications for undergraduate programmes. Different application deadlines and procedures apply to different categories and high school qualifications.
To be considered for the shortlisting for the written test and interview, applicants should indicate Law as the first or second choice under the choice of courses. Those seeking admission to the 3-year Graduate LL.B. programme should indicate â€˜3-year Law for University Graduatesâ€™ as the first choice.
For more information: nus.edu.sg/oam Double Degree Programme For Double Degree programmes, applicants must meet the admission requirements of both NUS Law and NUS Business School, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, or Faculty of Science. Shortlisted applicants will be required to sit for a written test and attend an interview. Students beginning their studies in either of the two schools can also apply for the programme in Semester Two of their first year of study at NUS.
Selection shall be solely within the discretion of the University and will depend upon the number of places available in the Faculty. Written Test and Interview Shortlisted applicants will be required to sit for a written test and attend a formal interview, usually held in mid-April in Singapore.
Three-Year Graduate LL.B. (GLB) Programme The objective of this programme is to inject multidisciplinary talent into the legal profession, as the demands of the profession become more sophisticated and technical in certain areas like patent law, environmental law and computer law. This Programme is open to university graduates with a first degree. Applicants must be prepared to do the course full-time for three years. Applicants should possess a university degree, preferably in a non-law discipline, or are completing their first degree by June of the year of admission (August intake). Two academic referees will be required. A copy of the Referee Report Form can be downloaded from our website.
However, if an applicant has left school for some years and is unable to submit academic referees, two recommendation letters from your employers as an alternative will be accepted. Foreign applicants, whose university degree is in the non-English medium, are required to submit proof of their proficiency in the English language, for example, a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based) or IELTS score of 7.0. The detailed application procedures can be found in the Office of Admissions website at nus.edu.sg/oam.
“As a law student, NUS Law’s rich traditions and strong alumni provided me with a wealth of opportunities to be mentored by inspiring members of Singapore’s legal fraternity, and opened doors to real-world learning experiences that would shape my future legal career. The lifelong bonds and friendships forged at NUS Law are priceless.” Kenneth Lim Class of 2004 Partner at Allen & Gledhill LLP
Qualifying for Practice Generally, individuals who wish to be admitted to the Singapore Bar must first be Qualified Persons under the Legal Profession (Qualified Persons) Rules. Individuals with law degrees from NUS will become Qualified Persons if they attain at least lower second class honours. Law degrees from a number of law schools in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and USA are also recognised. To become Qualified Persons, Singapore citizens and permanent residents with recognised overseas law degrees must attain at least lower second class honours (for UK graduates)
â€œIt is impossible to name just one quality to make a success in the law. Some important qualities are focus and determination and also an ability to listen and hear the whole story before jumping in with an opinion and solution. Underlying everything is integrity. Clients will give you their trust and you must strive to be worthy of this trust.â€? Judith Prakash Class of 1974 Judge of Appeal
or be ranked in the top 70% of their cohort (for non-UK graduates). They must also pass Part A of the Singapore Bar Examinations and accrue 6 months of relevant legal training, practice or work. All Qualified Persons must undertake a compulsory practical law course and pass an examination known as Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations and complete a 6-month training contract at a Singapore Law Practice. For more information, please visit the Singapore Institute of Legal Education website at sile.edu.sg.
â€œRepresenting NUS in mooting competitions in Singapore and abroad has been a huge honour and a deeply humbling experience. While the learning curve has been steep, these competitions have shown me the multifaceted nature of the law beyond the black and white of the textbooks.â€?
Joel Sherard Chow Class of 2020 President, NUS Law Mooting and Debating Club
Tuition Fees The cohort-based fee system has been implemented since Academic Year 2008 / 2009. Under this system, tuition fees for the new undergraduate intake cohort of students will be fixed throughout the student’s entire candidature. This enables students to better plan the financing of their undergraduate studies. Per annum amounts for the Undergraduate Intake Cohort of AY2017 / 2018 (in Singapore Dollars). Subsidised Fees
Singapore Permanent Residents
Details of tuition fees for Academic Year AY2018 / 2019 will be published at the Registrar’s Office website at nus.edu.sg/registrar/education-at-nus/ undergraduate-education/fees.html. For more frequently asked questions and answers, please visit nus.edu.sg/registrar/info/ug/ UGTuitionFAQ.pdf.
Mandatory Miscellaneous Fees Miscellaneous fees are typically levied on items that are either not covered or partially covered by the tuition fee and grant. All students, whether registered on a full-time or part-time basis, are charged the mandatory miscellaneous fees. These are due at the same time as the tuition fees. These fees fall into the following general categories – registration, student activity, health service and insurance, and academic-related – and contribute towards defraying associated costs thereof.
Scholarships, Bursaries & Prizes
Scholarships, Awards & Financial Assistance
NUS offers a variety of scholarships and awards in recognition of outstanding academic achievements, leadership qualities and special talents. We are also committed to a needs-blind merit-based admission policy that ensures no deserving student is denied a university education because of financial difficulty. To fulfill this commitment, a Student Financial Aid Unit has been set up within the Office of Admissions to provide a visible and integrated approach to assist students with financial difficulties or concerns. Various bursaries and loans are available for our undergraduates.
The Faculty also has a number of medals and prizes that are awarded to students who have achieved outstanding academic performance. Prizes for the top students in the respective LL.B. cohorts and numerous subject prizes are awarded after the semester two examinations.
Faculty-Level Donated Scholarships Allen & Gledhill Scholarship Ashurst ADTLaw Scholarship Bala Reddy Scholarship in Law Class of 1986 Scholarship Ella Cheong Intellectual Property Scholarship Ella Cheong LLM (Intellectual Property & Technology Law) Scholarship H.L. Wee Scholarship K.K. Menon Scholarship Kwa Geok Choo Graduate Scholarship Lo Hwei Yen Memorial Scholarship NUS Law Scholarship NUS Law UVic Exchange Scholarship Riady Scholarship Singapore Academy of Law Undergraduate Scholarship Wee Chong Jin Scholarship in Law WongPartnership Scholarship NUS-Level Donated Scholarships C.J. Koh Scholarship Dentons Rodyk Scholarship Shook Lin & Bok Scholarship
Bursaries Allen & Gledhill Bursary Chew Gek Khim Bursary Class of 1982 Bursary Class of 1983 Bursary Class of 1985 Bursary Class of 1987 Bursary Class of 1992 Bursary Class of 1993 Bursary EW Barker Bursary Ella Cheong Bursary Faculty of Law Bursary Helen Yeo Bursary John & Lydia Ewing-Chow Bursary Kwa Geok Choo Bursary Nesadevi Sandrasegara Bursary NUS Law Canada Exchange Bursary NUS Law Student Bursary Saw Swee Hock Bursary Tan Han Boon Bursary Tommy Koh Bursary Grants Bennett Lam Book Grant Class of 1979 Grant Class of 1980 Book Grant Class of 1984 Grant Class of 1989 Financial Relief Fund Class of 1992 Pro Bono Fund Class of 1995 Award Class of 2013 Book Grant H.L. Wee Mooting Fund Isabel Chng Mui Lin Intellectual Property Book Grant Law Club Book Grant NUS Law China Exchange Grant RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Subhas Anandan Pro Bono Award
â€œApart from local tuition fees, financial assistance also allowed me to participate in an exchange programme at York University in my third year, which was an enriching experience that broadened my horizons and helped me develop new perspectives on the common law. Thanks to the generosity of the donors, I never felt deprived of opportunities due to my financial circumstances.â€?
Seng Han Ting Class of 2013 Senior Legal Counsel at Monetary Authority of Singapore
Prizes Adrian Clark Memorial Medal APAA Patent Law Book Prize (Law of Intellectual Property) Bernard Brown Prize in Constitutional & Administrative Law Chief Justice Prize Clifford Chance Prize in International Commercial Arbitration David Ernest S Chelliah Medal & Prize (Civil Justice & Process) Family Court Prize Francis Reynolds Prize in Domestic & International Sale of Goods IPOS Prize in Foundations of Intellectual Property Law Jenny Lau Prize in International Environmental Law & Policy Justice A V Winslow Prize (Banking Law) KhattarWong Corporate Governance Prize Koh Han Kok Book Prize (Public International Law) Lai Kew Chai Prize in Equity & Trusts Law Society of Singapore Book Prize Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal Leow Chia Heng Prize LexisNexis Family Law Prize Lim Chong Kin Book Prize in Competition Law Lucien Wong Prize (Corporate Finance Law) M Karthigesu Memorial Gold Medal and Prize (Shipping Law) Margaret Fordham Prize in Advanced Torts Maritime Law Association of Singapore Prize in Carriage of Goods by Sea Maritime Law Association of Singapore Prize in Charterparties MediaCorp Prize in Entertainment Law Michael Hor Prize (Freedom of Speech) Montrose Memorial Prize (Jurisprudence) Most Improved Student Award NUSS Medal for Outstanding Achievement Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers Prize (OURP) Oxford University Press Law Prize Peacemakersâ€™ Prize in Mediation Peter English Memorial Prize (Criminal Law) Prize in Aviation Law & Policy Prize in Globalization & International Law Prize in International Investment Law Rajah & Tann Asia Prize in Legal Systems of Asia Rajah & Tann Prize in Corporate Insolvency (Insolvency Law) Rajah & Tann Tax Prize RHT Law Taylor Wessing LLP Prize in Corporate Finance Law & Practice in Singapore Singapore Academy of Law Prize Singapore Mediation Centre Prize (Mediation) Straits Law Practice Prize (Legal Analysis, Research & Communication) Tan Keng Feng Prize for Best Directed Research Paper Tan Keng Feng Prize in the Law of Torts Tan Sook Yee Prize in Property Law The Gower Prize (Company Law) The Punch Coomaraswamy Prize in the Law of Evidence The Roger Fisher Prize in Negotiation Thomson Reuters Prize in International Commercial Litigation Toh Chin Chye Prize Yong Heng Kin Prize in Law of Contract
Internships The Law School encourages our undergraduates to acquaint themselves with legal work through vacation internships with local and foreign law firms, companies and institutions, the Legal Service and other government authorities. Around 85-90% of students do an internship during their four years at the Law School and there is no lack of internship places available. As such, the Law School has made a conscious decision not to make internships a compulsory part of the curriculum, preferring to give our students the flexibility to use their vacation time to pursue other interests, including doing voluntary work. Corporations Aberdeen Asset Management Acumen Research Laboratories (ARL) Aggreko (Singapore) Pte Ltd Amadeus GDS Singapore Pte Ltd American International Group, Inc. (AIG) Anixter Singapore Pte Ltd BBC Worldwide BP Shipping BP Singapore Pte Ltd Bunge Ltd BusinessMate Pte Ltd Canon Singapore Pte Ltd Capgemini Singapore Citi Dril-Quip Asia Pacific Pte Ltd Epsilon Telecommunication Pte Ltd Fox International Channels GE Capital Aviation Service (GECAS) GE Money Gemalto Pte Ltd General Electric Google Asia Pacific Pte Ltd GuocoLand Management Pte Ltd Harley-Davidson Asia Pacific Pte Ltd Hewlett Packard (HP) Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences JP Morgan Chase Bank Lazada South East Asia Pte Ltd LinkedIn Singapore Pte Ltd Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd Merck Pte Ltd Merz Asia Pacific Pte Ltd NBCUniversal NTUC Income Insurance Co-Operative Limited Pavilion Capital International Pte Ltd PayPal Private Limited PetroChina International (Singapore) Pte Ltd RCI Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd Religare Capital Markets Corporate Finance Pte Ltd Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd Silverdale Capital Services Pte Ltd Singapore Petroleum Company Limited Singapore Post Limited SMRT Standard Chartered Bank Stratech Systems Limited Symantec Tellabs, Inc Unilever Singapore
Vopak Asia Pte Ltd World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Legal Service Singapore Legal Service Programme
Law Firms Allen & Gledhill LLP Allen & Overy LLP (Singapore Office) Angeline Suparto Law Corporation Aptus Law Corporation Arfat Selvam Alliance LLC Asia Practice LLP Atkins Law Corporation AUP Law Corporation Bernard Rada & Lee Law Corporation Christopher Bridges Colin Ng & Partners Cotty Vivant Marchision & Lauzeral David Lim & Partners LLP DLA Piper Singapore Pte Ltd Drew & Napier LLC Gurbani & Co Herbert Smith Freehills LLP Hill Dickinson LLP (Singapore Office) HJM Asia Law & Co LLC Joo Toon LLC K Prasad & Co Kelvin Chia Partnership Kim & Co
Lee & Lee Linklaters Singapore Pte Ltd Low Yeap Toh & Goon Luther LLP Mahmood Gaznavi & Partners Malkin & Maxwell LLP Messers Glen Koh Michael Hwang Chambers Myintsoe & Selvaraj Oliver Quek & Associates Oâ€™Melveny & Myers LLP Ong Tay & Partners Oon & Bazul LLP Parwani & Co Pinnacle Law LLC Rajah & Tann Advocates & Solicitors RHT Law Taylor Wessing LLP Samuel Seow Law Corporation Shook Lin & Bok LLP Simmons & Simmons JWS Pte Ltd Stamford Law Corporation White & Case LLP Yeo-Leong & Peh LLC Yuen Law LLC WongPartnership LLP
Government Bodies Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore Intellectual Property Office of Singapore National Environment Agency Singapore Academy of Law Singapore Sports Council Strata Titles Boards
The quality of a law school is reflected in its students. At NUS, we like to think that we don’t just give our students a law degree, we also inculcate in them a sense of purpose and a calling. Our alumni occupy the ranks of the judiciary, government, academia, private practice, business, the arts and media communities as well as almost every niche of professional life in Singapore. Many of our alumni have also achieved prominence in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. In particular, due to Singapore’s historical connection to Malaysia, many members of the Malaysian legal fraternity are also graduates of NUS Law.
“We have a duty to make sure that our students are prepared to function in the real world, so I try to bring into my teaching the experience I’ve accumulated over the years. This is so that they can have some idea of what it would be like in real life, after they’ve left here.” Professor Walter Woon SC Class of 1981 Former Attorney-General David Marshall Professor of Law Dean of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education
Some of our prominent alumni include: • Halimah Yacob ’78, LL.M. ’01, LL.D. ’16 (Honoris Causa), 8th President of the Republic of Singapore • Sundaresh Menon ’86, Chief Justice • Tommy Koh ’61, Ambassador-at-Large • S. Jayakumar ’63, former Deputy Prime Minister • Judith Prakash ’74, Judge of Appeal • Lucien Wong SC ’78, Attorney-General • Steven Chong SC ’82, Judge of Appeal • K. Shanmugam SC ’84, Minister for Home Affairs & Minister for Law • Eleanor Wong ’85, Vice Dean (Student Affairs) and playwright • Ong Keng Sen ’88, Artistic Director, TheatreWorks • Tan Min-Liang ’02, Co-Founder and CEO, Razer Inc. • Priscilla Shunmugam ’06, Founder and Designer, Ong Shunmugam
â€œAs more information about the law goes online, the traditional role of lawyers as the sole interpreters of the law to lay clients will diminish. For young lawyers therefore, I would encourage you to hone additional skills beyond law, e.g. another language beyond English, another skill such as accounting, etc. This will become your competitive advantage against your peers and competitors.â€?
Rachel Eng Class of 1991 Deputy Chairman of WongPartnership LLP
Where Could NUS Law Take You?
Halimah Yacob Class of 1978 (LL.B.), 2001 (LL.M.) and 2016 (LL.D.) 8th President of the Republic of Singapore
Sundaresh Menon Class of 1986 Chief Justice
Foo Chi Hsia Class of 1994 Singapore High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
Lee Eng Beng SC Class of 1992 Managing Partner of Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
Jean Ho Class of 2003 Assistant Professor at NUS Law and specialist in International Investment Law
Tan Min-Liang Class of 2002 Co-founder and CEO of Razer Inc.
Ivan Heng Class of 1988 Founding Artistic Director of W!LD RICE, Actor, Playwright and Designer
Wong Taur-Jiun Class of 1992 Head of Legal at Rabobank Singapore and President of Singapore Corporate Counsel Association
â€œNUS Law aims to produce leaders who can be successful in whatever path they choose. You have an important decision to make. Choose well.â€? Simon Chesterman
Dean and Professor of Law, National University of Singapore
FACULTY OF LAW National University of Singapore Eu Tong Sen Building 469G Bukit Timah Road Singapore 259776 Tel: (65) 6516 7049 Fax: (65) 6779 0979 Undergraduate Admissions: lawUGadm@nus.edu.sg law.nus.edu.sg
Published on Mar 9, 2018