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What will I learn?

The J.D. programme is a full-time 3-year programme, comprising 22 courses totalling 25 course units ( Each course carries one course unit unless stated otherwise). The curriculum was formulated by legal academics and practitioners after extensive discussions, and endorsed by Singapore Institute of Legal Education and Ministry of Law.

The academic year begins in mid-August and follows the same academic calendar/grading scheme as the LL.B programme. The programme may be accelerated in some cases for completion within 2 to 2.5 years subject to the approval of the J.D. Committee, which will take into consideration their first term's exam grades.

Teaching Approach

The J.D. programme bears the SMU's distinctives of holistic learning, active seminar-style pedagogy and international and practical exposure, amongst others.

Students engage in a substantial amount of pre-class preparatory reading and thinking, and they participate actively in class discussion. Our experience is that the interactive / participative learning environment at the School of Law helps develop confidence and analytical and presentation skills -- attributes which are essential for excelling in the legal and corporate world.

Classes are deliberately kept small and a multi-faceted approach to course assessment is adopted. This includes class participation, term assignments and oral and written presentations. The end of term written examination (usually open book) typically accounts for a maximum of 50% of the final grade in a course. A significant amount of time is devoted to group presentations.

A distinctive feature of the J.D. programme is that lawyers from practice, government and the judiciary will be invited to participate in classroom teaching. This will provide our students with the opportunity to integrate practical expertise with theory and doctrine.

Award of the Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree

The J.D. programme is a meritorious honours programme. On successful completion, students will be awarded the degree accordingly, depending on their overall performance: J.D. (merit), J.D. (high merit), J.D. cum laude (with distinction), J.D. magna cum laude (with high distinction) or J.D. summa cum laude (with highest distinction).

Students will qualify for legal practice in Singapore (admitted as Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore) if they attain a GPA of at least 3.00 in the courses leading to the J.D. degree, and have completed the five-months Practical Law Course and at least a six-month Training Contract with a law firm.

Which department am I in?

Yong Pung How School of Law

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$24,610.00 (13,89,610) per year
From the 2022 admission cohort onwards, the tuition fee for the entire programme will be SG $73,830 (w/GST).

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

15 August 2022

Venue

Yong Pung How School of Law

Singapore Management University,

55 Armenian Street,

179943, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have: Good undergraduate degree. A good score in GMAT or SMU Admissions Test. TOEFL/ IELTS is required if the medium of instruction of your undergraduate studies was not in English. It must be taken within the last 2 years at the time of submitting your application.

For international students

Completed an undergraduate education in any discipline with at least a Cum Laude or Second Class Upper Honours degree; or
Law graduates from a civil law country or a non-gazetted common law university with at least a Cum Laude or Second Class Upper Honours degree, or
Graduands who will obtain their final transcript and graduation certification letter by the second week of June.

English Proficiency

Applicants must show proficiency in the English language. A TOEFL/IELTS test is required if the applicant’s undergraduate degree was not conducted in English.

Applicants who are intending to take TOEFL, IELTS or UKVI, please note the following minimum scores:

TOEFL (Internet-based): 100
IELTS (Academic): Overall band of 7.5

Application Closes: May (for Aug intake)

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