In our flagship Master of Laws (LLM) coursework program, a wide variety of modules is available, taught by the most highly qualified academic faculty. All students are enrolled as Master of Laws (LLM) candidates, with the option to pursue specializations in a variety of areas such as Asian Legal Studies, Corporate & Financial Services Law, Intellectual Property & Technology Law, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, International & Comparative Law and Maritime Law.
We offer the following specializations:
Asian Legal Studies
This specialization adds to the diversity of the NUS law school’s graduate offerings and rides on the momentum generated by the Asian Law Institute (ASLI), established in the law school in 2003. This innovative specialization – one of only a handful available globally - allows students to study in-depth the laws, legal systems, institutions, and legal traditions of South, Southeast, and East Asia. It also affords the opportunity to focus on particular areas of law (e.g. commercial law, constitutional law, and international law) as these are treated across the dynamic content that is Asia. The specialization will enable students to understand not only the law in its wider socio-cultural context, but to appreciate its linkages with regional commerce, trade, and politics.
Corporate & Financial Services Law
This specialization includes electives in banking (domestic and international), company law and corporate finance, financial services, and securities, and taxation. It enables students to acquire both a theoretical base and practical expertise in the subjects involved. Singapore, as the commercial hub of Asia, is an ideal place for the pursuit of these subjects.
Intellectual Property & Technology Law
This specialization focuses on legal issues raised by the rapid advancement of science and technology. The courses offered include traditional intellectual property law courses, including those on copyright, patents, designs, trademarks, and confidential information; as well as others specifically focused on the relevant technologies, such as biomedical law, telecommunications law, and internet law.
International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
This new specialization enables a student to get an in-depth understanding of the laws of international arbitration and dispute resolution, and benefits from Singapore’s leading edge in the field of arbitration globally. Students will also have access to some of the top arbitrators and academics in the field. The modules offered in this specialization comprise a mix of public international law and international private law. The increasing opportunity for offshore legal work both in the region and in the world also makes the modules offered in this program particularly relevant to the field.
International & Comparative Law
This specialization offers a good mix of public and private international law and comparative law modules. There are courses that focus on trade, investment, and commercial issues; as well as those covering modules such as public international law, human rights, and environmental protection. There are also specialized courses offering a comparative focus on the laws of major countries such as China, the U.S., the E.U. nations, India, Indonesia, Korea, and Vietnam.
This specialization enables students to obtain specialized knowledge in legal matters relating to commercial shipping, marine insurance, shipping regulation, and ocean policy. These are areas of great importance to Singapore (given its status as a global port) as well as the region. Overseas students accepted into this specialization will normally do it full-time within one academic year. Students working for companies based in Singapore who are supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore or other companies will normally do the program part-time and complete it within two academic years. This flexibility is also open to students in the Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law and Arbitration, which is designed for the non-lawyer professional.
Specialized LLM in International Business Law
We also offer a specialized LLM in International Business Law which is taught at NUS in Singapore and the East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai.
Double Degree Programmes in LLM-MPP/MPA
Since August 2008, we started two double degree programs with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy – the LLM-MPP and the LLM-MPA.
Why This Programme?
Earn a prestigious qualification from the top law school in Asia, and 10th in the world*.
Choose from a comprehensive range of specialisations (and more than 120 electives) in areas such as Corporate & Financial Services Law, Intellectual Property & Technology Law and International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, taught by more than 70 full-time faculty members and over two dozen adjunct faculty members.
Gain a global perspective, and increase the richness of your academic experience at NUS Law through the sharing and intensive three-week elective modules offered by visiting professors from some of the top universities in the world, including Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Melbourne, Seoul National University and University of Hong Kong among many others.
* QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
A good Bachelor’s degree in Law
Minimum TOEFL iBT Total score of 100. (Candidates who have obtained an iBT Total score of 92-99 or minimum IELTS (Academic) overall band score of 7.0 may also apply. However, they may be invited to attend an interview or be required to undertake a prescribed intensive English language training course, prior to commencing law studies.)