2-3 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Singapore (City)
August 2023

About this program

Juris Doctor

The National University of Singapore (NUS) Juris Doctor (JD) is offered by the NUS Faculty of Law.

The JD degree is a graduate law degree that may lead to qualification for the practice of law in Singapore.

At NUS, the JD program comprises:

  • a two-year single graduate degree program for candidates holding a basic law degree from another jurisdiction; and
  • a three-year single graduate degree program for candidates holding a non-law degree.

The three-year JD can be completed in two-and-a-half years in exceptional circumstances.

Why This Program?

  • Earn a prestigious qualification from the top law school in Asia, and 10th in the world.

  • Choose from a comprehensive range of specialisations 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.

  • Increase the richness of your academic experience at NUS Law through the lessons 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.

Admission requirements

Prospective applicants should possess the following academic qualifications to be considered for admission:

  • For the 3-year JD program: A university degree in any non-law discipline with at least a Cum Laude or Second Class Upper Honours degree or its equivalent.
  • For the 2-year JD program: 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. We particularly welcome applications from ASEAN, China, and European jurisdictions.

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

English Requirement

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

For more information about admission requirements, Please visit the university website.

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Program content

Core/Essential Modules

  • Criminal Law
  • Introduction to Legal Theory
  • Law of Contract
  • Law of Torts
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Constitutional & Administrative Law
  • Company Law
  • Pro Bono Service
  • Legal Systems of Asia
  • Evidence
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Corporate Deals
  • Principles of Property Law
  • Legal Analysis, Research & Communication
  • Legal Analysis, Research & Communication

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, Please check the university website for more information.


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)

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National University of Singapore

The National University of Singapore (NUS), ranked 1st in Asia and 11th worldwide (QS Global World Ranking 2022) is Singapore’s flagship university. NUS offers a global approach to education, research, and entrepreneurship, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise....

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