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The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) undergraduate degree is a professional degree 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 enrol in the four-year LL.B. programme while others may enrol 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 enrol in the three-year Graduate LL.B. (GLB) 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.
Law students have to complete the modules listed under the compulsory core law curriculum (CCLC) in the first two to three years of their legal education. Students in the 4 Year LL.B. Programme must complete a total minimum of 160 credits.
Students in the four-year LL.B. programme must complete a minimum total of 160 credits in four years. Students in the Graduate LL.B. Programme must complete a minimum total of 120 credits in three years.
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 year of their studies. For the remaining modules in the LL.B. curriculum, students are allowed to choose from a wide variety of elective modules.
Compulsory Core LL.B. Curriculum
- Criminal Law
- Introduction to Legal Theory
- Law of Contract
- Law of Torts
- Legal Analysis, Research & Communication
- Singapore Law in Context
- 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
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, 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.
International Applicants Requirements
International applicants 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:
- a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based); or
- IELTS score of 7.0; or
- SAT Critical reading score of 700; or
- AP English Language Grade 4
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Admission Requirements
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 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.
The Faculty has a number of medals and prizes that are awarded to students who have achieved outstanding academic performance. The top students in the respective LL.B. cohorts, and several subject prizes, are awarded after the semester two examinations.
Scholarships administered by Office of Financial Aid
Current students who have achieved a CAP of at least 4.00 or grade average of B+ and prospective students with excellent ‘A’ level results are eligible to apply.
The award valued at S$3,000, is tenable for one year. Re-application is necessary if the scholar wishes to be considered again for the award. The scholar has to sustain his excellent academic record in order to be considered for the award.
Freshmen will be considered through their application for admission to NUS. No separate scholarship application is required. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted via email around end August till September.
The substantial tuition subsidy from the Government of Singapore comes in the form of a tuition grant which is administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and offered to all admitted students. Students who apply and are approved for the tuition grants need only pay subsidised fees. While the tuition grant is not repayable, and Singapore citizens in receipt of it will not be required to undertake a service bond, the following accountability measures will apply:
All Singapore Permanent Residents and international students (except those already in receipt of a service bond from the PSC or the Ministry of Health) will be required to undertake a service bond under the terms of the tuition grant to work for a Singapore-registered company for three years upon completion of their degrees so as to discharge some of their obligations to the Singapore public for the high subsidy to their university education.
Incoming Exchange Students
Before you apply to be an exchange student at NUS there are some important things you need to know.
You can apply for fee-wavier coursework-based exchange at NUS, if you:
are nominated by the exchange coordinator from one of our SEP Exchange Partners. Contact your university's study abroad or international office for more information;
have completed at least two semesters of undergraduate studies and must continue to be registered as a degree-seeking students at your home university throughout your intended duration of exchange at NUS;
are proficient in English in order to benefit from your studies at NUS. The medium of instruction at NUS is English (except for Asian or European studies, where a good command of the respective Asian or European language is a prerequisite).
If you are a student at a university that is not one of NUS' Partner Universities, you can apply as a "Non-Exchange" student on a fee-paying basis.
Once you have reviewed all of the requirements and procedures for studying on exchange at NUS and you have obtained formal approval from your home university's student exchange coordinator, you are welcome to apply online during the stipulated application period.