Master of Laws
(International Business Law)

ECUPL Tao Fen Building





 ECUPL Tao Fen Building

The NUS Faculty of Law and the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL), one of China's top law schools, jointly launched the specialist LLM in International Business Law (IBL) degree programme in July 2005.

The programme is taught entirely in English, and is offered partly in Singapore, and partly in Shanghai. It is the first overseas degree programme to be offered by the NUS Faculty of Law. Students who successfully complete the degree requirements will obtain an LLM (International Business Law) degree conferred solely by NUS (i.e. the degree is not a joint degree).

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Building on the expanding links between Singapore and the People's Republic of China, this programme signifies another innovative step towards the NUS Law School's vision of becoming a leading global law school. Indeed, the NUS Law School has been at the forefront of curriculum developments to make legal education more international and comparative in orientation. Staffed by an outstanding international faculty with degrees from leading law schools from more than a dozen jurisdictions, NUS academic staff continues to make an impact internationally with their teaching and research. The approval of the Chinese authorities for this programme is a further validation of the high reputation that the NUS Law School enjoys both within and outside Asia. This is particularly true given the fact that China receives a large number of applications for degree programmes involving foreign educational institutions.

ECUPL President's building


The LLM (IBL) Class of 2015/16 with Assoc Prof Stephen Phua, Director for LLM (IBL) during the orientation programme.

For more information on the IBL curriculum structure, please refer to
Admission Requirements
All applicants for the programme must have a good Bachelor's Degree in law or a good first degree in law. This is a full-time programme and the period of study is one academic year (two semesters).

Proficiency in English
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all foreign 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 Coursework Programmes, an iBT of 100 is preferred. Other TOEFL (paper-based score of 600-603) or a minimum IELTS score of 7 will also be considered, but a TOEFL iBT score is strongly preferred.

Candidates with strong academic results but obtained an iBT score of between 92-99 may also apply.

Applicants may be invited to attend an interview or be required to undertake a prescribed Intensive English Course (IEC) training upon admission. In addition to an interview, admission may depend on factors that include relevant legal qualifications, practical experience and leadership awards.

Intensive English Course
Students admitted from AY2014/2015 onwards and who are required to undergo an Intensive English Course (IEC) will be required to pay for the course. The IEC usually runs for three (3) weeks in July prior to Semester 1.

Please refer to for more information on the tuition fees.

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Graduate School of ECUPL

NUS Faculty of Law