3-Year Graduate LL.B. Programme (GLB)


The GLB 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. Students must complete a minimum total of 120 credits.

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Compulsory modules

The compulsory modules are taught during the first two years. One module is taught in the third or fourth year. We aim to

» give an understanding of the basic law modules and general principles;
» provide training in the basic skills essential for every lawyer, including analysis, research, writing, advocacy and problem-solving; and
» give an appreciation of the role of law and lawyers in their own society and in the global community to better equip a lawyer to deal with the challenges of globalization.

Elective modules

The elective modules are chosen by students in the third and fourth year from a broad and diverse range, allowing them to pursue their interest in a particular field of law. We aim to provide a liberal education through the medium of law that will allow students to maximize their potential to the fullest degree.

Students choose 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 and Research & Skills.

Student Exchange Programme (SEP)

The SEP offers an excellent opportunity for students to spend either one or both semesters of their third year at a foreign university to study the laws of a foreign legal system up close. We have partnerships with leading law schools in Australia, Canada, East Asia, Europe, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States. More than one third of our third year students have the opportunity to participate in a SEP.

International Mooting Competitions

One of the most intense and valuable educational experiences a student can have is to represent NUS in an international competition. The Faculty of Law has an unparalleled track record in international mooting competitions.

Degree and Class of Honours

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 graduate with at least a Second Class (Lower Division) degree qualify for legal practice in Singapore.

Admission and Application
  Eligibility for Application
  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. If you have left school for some years and are unable to submit academic referees, please provide 2 recommendation letters from your employers as an alternative. Please download a copy of the Referee Report Form. Applicants are to submit the completed Referee Report Forms to NUS Office of Admissions.
  Applicants who have work experiences may wish to furnish a curriculum vitae.
  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.
  How to Apply
  Apply online via the Office of Admissions website. Under “Apply To NUS”, please select ‘Transfer Applicants’ if you are a Singaporean or PR. The application period usually begins in early February for a period of three weeks only.

Please select ‘International Qualifications’ if you are an international applicant. The application period usually begins in October of the preceding year of admission and closes on different dates depending on the high school qualification you obtained prior to the first degree.
  To be considered for shortlisting for the written test and interview, please select “LAW (3-year Law for University Graduates)” under the choice of courses.
  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. Selection shall be solely within the discretion of the University and will depend upon the number of places available in the Faculty.

Other Relevant Links

Office of Admissions
Office of Students Affairs
Singapore Institute of Legal Education (Admission to the Singapore Bar)
Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations
Practice Training Period