School of Academic/ Faculty

NUS Faculty of Law

Course Highlight/ Description

The Juris Doctor (JD) degree is a graduate law degree that may lead to qualification for the practice of law in Singapore. At NUS, you may select from one of two JD programs: (i) a 2-year single graduate degree program for candidates holding a basic law degree from another jurisdiction; or (ii) a 3-year single graduate degree program for candidates holding a non-law degree.

Why a JD at NUS?
You would most likely want to read a JD if you want to practice law in Singapore, subject to the "Qualified Person" requirements imposed by the Legal Profession (Qualified Persons) Rules. NUS Law is ranked the #12 law school in the world, and #1 in Asia by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) 2020. We offer a comprehensive range of specializations in areas such as Corporate & Financial Services Law, Intellectual Property & Technology Law, and International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, taught by over 70 full-time faculty members and over two dozen adjunct faculty members.

Each year, a number of visiting professors from some of the top universities in the world, including Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, the LSE, Melbourne, Seoul National University, and the University of Hong Kong among many others, also offer elective modules taught intensively over three weeks, thus increasing the richness of your academic experience at NUS Law.

Student Exchange Program (SEP)
The SEP offers an excellent opportunity for students to spend either one or both semesters of their third year at a foreign university. We have partnerships with leading law schools in Australia, Canada, East Asia, Europe, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States. Presently, more than one-third of our third-year LLB students have the opportunity to participate in a SEP. The same overseas student exchange opportunities that are available to the GLB students will also be available to the JD students in the 3-year program. Overseas student exchange will not be available in either the accelerated JD program or the 2-year JD program.

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

Head over to the programme page to know more!



Course Duration

Full-time: 24 months or 36 months, depending on programme

Entry Requirement

For three-year JD programme:
A university degree in any non-law discipline with at least a Cum Laude or Second Class Upper Honours degree or its equivalent

Note: Those completing their first degree by early July of the year of admission (August intake) may also apply.

For two-year JD programme:
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 its equivalent

Not applicable

English Language:
Applicants from English-medium institutions in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States: No requirement

Applicants whose LLB or LLM degrees were conducted entirely in the English medium: May submit a request with supporting documents for consideration (on a case-by-case basis) to be granted a waiver
Applicants whose native tongue and medium of university instruction is not completely in English:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 100 (Internet-based), or
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum Academic score of 7.5

Note: TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date and should not have expired at point of application. Expired scores will not be considered for the application. In view of COVID-19, TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition, TOEFL ITP® Plus (with a score of at least 627) for China and IELTS indicator (with the same scores as the standard IELTS test) will be accepted in the interim until testing centres reopen.

Total Estimated Fee

Two-year JD: S$56,100.00 (excluding GST) / S$60,027.00 (including GST); Three-year JD: S$74,799.07 (excluding GST) / S$80,035.00 (including GST)

Campus Branches

Kent Ridge Campus