The SMU School of Law ("Law School") admitted its first batch of students in August 2007. There are two core programmes offered by the Law School - a 4-year full time undergraduate Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme, as well as a 5-year double-degree programme, which combines law with SMU´s existing non-law programmes in Accountancy, Business, Economics, Information Systems and Social Sciences. The Law School also offers a full-time graduate law programme called the SMU Juris Doctor (JD) Programme, which was introduced in 2009, a 3-year program. This is an additional route for those who aspire to become qualified persons for the purpose of entry into the Singapore legal profession. The SMU Law School distinguishes itself by offering a fully seminar-style pedagogy, contextualised learning and a holistic and global perspective through a broad-based curriculum and a mandatory internship requirement. The Law School's students are also required to fulfil a mandatory term of pro bono work and Community Service. The SMU Law School is made up of a collegial team of faculty with postgraduate degrees from renowned universities worldwide and are dedicated to producing excellent legal research and writing.
The National University of Singapore Faculty of Law is widely regarded as Asia´s leading law school. Staffed by a permanent faculty diverse in origin and qualifications, NUS Law is dedicated to building a vibrant community, and creating an environment that facilitates critical thinking and reflection on the fundamental legal issues confronting our interconnected world.
Located in Singapore, which for more than a century has been a commercial hub at the crossroads of Asia, NUS Law is very much Asia´s Global Law School. Since 1957, our curriculum has been infused with perspectives from other jurisdictions and disciplines. This tradition has accelerated in recent years, providing a legal education that is comparative, international, and multi-disciplinary.
The strength of the curriculum lies in the broad and diverse range of subjects it offers. In addition to a rigorous core curriculum, students can choose electives in areas ranging from Asian legal studies to banking and finance, from public international law to intellectual property, or from arbitration to jurisprudence. The aim is to provide a liberal education that enables our graduates to think critically and creatively, as globally-oriented lawyers with a strong sense of their role in society.
Global, regional, and uniquely Singaporean perspectives on legal issues are all evident in the research produced by our faculty. The professors are not only engaged in a constant search for better legal solutions to the issues that confront all societies, but are also continually challenging accepted wisdom and conventional norms by raising new questions and problems to be confronted. Their work stretches across all aspects of law and appears in the most prestigious journals as well as books published by leading university presses around the world.
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