Admission Requirements

For admission into any of our graduate programmes, candidates must fulfill the academic qualifications relating to the chosen programme, as laid out below.

 

 

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Research Programme

Programme Admission Requirements Degree Requirements* Period of Study
PhD

 

 

- A good Bachelor’s or first degree in Law (LLB/BA/JD); OR a good Master’s degree in Law (LLM/BCL/MJur/MPhil) with a relevant Bachelor’s Degree; OR relevant equivalent qualifications.
- Minimum TOEFL iBT 100. (Other TOEFL paper-based score of 600-603 or minimum IELTS 7.0 will be considered, but we strongly prefer the TOEFL iBT.)
- Thesis of 80,000 words 
- 6 modules, please refer HERE for details on degree requirements for PhD programme.

Full-time
Minimum: 2 years
Maximum: 5 years

 

Master of Laws (LLM) Coursework Programmes

Programme Admission Requirements Degree Requirements* Period of Study

LLM, with or without specialization in:

Asian Legal Studies
 
Corporate & Financial Services Law

Intellectual Property & Technology Law

International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

International & Comparative Law
 

Maritime Law

 

 

- A good Bachelor’s degree in Law
- Minimum TOEFL iBT 100. (Candidates with an iBT score of 92-99 may also apply, but may be required to undertake intensive English language training prior to commencing law studies. Other TOEFL paper-based score of 600-603 or minimum IELTS 7.0 will be considered, but we strongly prefer the TOEFL iBT.)
40-44 credits of modules (generally, 10 modules)

Candidates desiring a specialization must complete at least 24 credits of modules (generally, 6 modules) within the relevant specialization.

Please refer HERE for details on degree requirements for graduate coursework programmes.
 
Full-time, 1 year


For Maritime Law only,
Part-time, 2 years
(classes may be conducted on weekdays during office hours)

 

LLM (International Business Law)

[conducted in Singapore and Shanghai]

 

 

 

- A good Bachelor’s degree in Law
- English Language Proficiency:
Minimum TOEFL iBT 100. Other TOEFL (paper-based score of 600-603) will also be considered.

Candidates with strong academic results and relevant industry experience but obtained an iBT score of between 92-99 or minimum IELTS 7.0 may also apply. Applicants may be invited to attend an interview or required to undertake a prescribed intensive English language training prior to commencing law studies.
 
40-44 credits of modules (generally, 10 modules)

Please refer HERE for details on degree requirements for graduate coursework programmes.

Full-time, 1 year

 

Graduate Diploma Coursework Programme

Programme Admission Requirements Programme Requirements* Period of Study

Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law & Arbitration

 

 

 

- Qualified master mariner , chief engineer and/or tertiary degree in another discipline
- Minimum TOEFL iBT 100. (Candidates with an iBT score of 92-99 may also apply, but may be required to undertake intensive English language training prior to commencing law studies. Other TOEFL paper-based score of 600-603 or minimum IELTS 7.0 will be considered, but we strongly prefer the TOEFL iBT.)
- 2 years of working experience in the maritime sector
32-36 credits of modules.

Please refer HERE for details on programme requirements.

Full-time, 1 year


Part-time, 2 years
(Classes may be conducted on weekdays during office hours.)
 


*Note:
The University shall be entitled to make and issue additional guidelines/requirements with respect to all our graduate programmes from time to time and to revise or amend such guidelines/requirements as it deems fit. All such guidelines/requirements shall be deemed to be part of the graduate programmes.

 

English Proficiency

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all international applicants except those from English-medium institutions in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. If your LLB or LLM degree is conducted entirely in the English-medium and you do not wish to submit a TOEFL test score, please include a letter with your supporting documents to seek a waiver.

For Research and Coursework Programmes, a minimum TOEFL iBT 100 is required. Candidates with an iBT score of 92-99 may also apply for coursework programmes, but may be required to undertake intensive English language training prior to commencing law studies. Other TOEFL paper-based score of 600-603 or minimum IELTS 7.0 will be considered, but we strongly prefer the TOEFL iBT. Please refer to Admission Requirements for more details.

Applicants should schedule a test date early enough to ensure that the scores reach our Admissions Office by or no later than two weeks after the application closing date. Otherwise, we reserve the right not to accept the scores. 

Only official TOEFL iBT score report will be accepted. Further information about TOEFL is available from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Please quote the specific institution code of 9085 when ordering the score report to be sent to the NUS Faculty of Law.

For IELTS score report, you may provide a photocopy as we are able to verify the score online using the TRFN on the score report. Further information about IELTS is available HERE

TOEFL/IELTS scores are valid for two (2) years from the test date and should be valid at the beginning of the application period for the degree programme(s) applied for.  If it has been more than two years since you last took the test, you must take it again to have the scores reported.

 

Admission Interview

The NUS Faculty of Law may, at its discretion, require a personal interview with the candidate, either in Singapore or in the candidate's home country. In some cases, such interviews may be conducted over the telephone or via Skype, where feasible. 

 

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