Deans Welcome

Welcome to the website of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law.

NUS Law is Asia’s Global Law School. Widely regarded as the region's leading law school, we also see ourselves as part of a global conversation about the study and practice of law.

This global perspective infuses our academic programme - from the diverse courses that we offer, taught by faculty from most major jurisdictions, to the exchange arrangements we have with other top law schools around the world.
At the same time, our location within Asia gives us a competitive edge. Singapore offers the security and stability sought by the West, while allowing deep engagement with the rising economies of the East.

NUS Law graduates occupy the highest legal offices in Singapore, including the Chief Justice, the Attorney-General, and senior practitioners in all areas of law. Our alumni also include partners in top international firms in New York and London, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Some of our graduates rise to the top of the profession and then move into government office, like Law Minister K Shanmugam. Others join academia or take to 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, or apply their skills with language as playwrights or actors, like Eleanor Wong and Ivan Heng.

NUS Law offers a 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 over fifteen countries, or your fourth year earning a Master of Laws degree from NYU or Boston 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 - 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.

Simon Chesterman
Dean and Professor of Law, National University of Singapore

Letter from the Dean 2019