National University of Singapore Faculty of Law
The National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law (NUS Law) is one of Singapore's two law schools. The Faculty was initially established as a Department of Law in the then University of Malaya in 1956, with its first batch of students matriculating the following year. Subsequently, it served as Singapore's only law school for half a century, until SMU was set up in 2007. The Faculty is currently headed by Professor Simon Chesterman.
Dr. Lionel Astor Sheridan, then a law teacher in the United Kingdom, was appointed the first Head of the Law Department of the University of Malaya in July 1956. The Department attained Faculty status in 1959 and Dr. Sheridan was appointed its first dean, while the pioneer batch of 22 law students graduated on 10 July 1961.
In the formative years of the law school, alumni were frequently called upon to provide leadership and expertise to the law school as it slowly expanded. Grants were also secured to increase the number of books in the law library, and students were sent to international mooting competitions as part of the legal education. By the early 1990s, student exchange programmes with leading schools were established as well. Over the years, with the help of grants, donations and support from its alumni in both teaching and leadership positions, the law school grew from strength to strength, and is today recognised as a respected institution for providing quality legal education.
The Faculty of Law is now staffed by a permanent faculty with law degrees from more than a dozen jurisdictions, in line with its aim of being "Asia's Global Law School".
Students of the NUS Faculty of Law enjoy access to online legal databases such as LawNet, Westlaw, Lexis Nexis and HeinOnline, as well as one of the largest and most comprehensive law libraries in the region, the CJ Koh Law Library.
Undergraduate students in the 4-year LL.B. programme are required to take compulsory subjects such as contract law and tort law in the first 2 years, and are allowed to take up to 18 elective subjects in the final 2 years. Law electives include subjects on Asian legal studies and comparative law, commercial law, intellectual property and technology, maritime law, public and private international law, legal skills, and law & society. Students can also take non-law subjects for their electives, such as finance, accounting, international relations, foreign policy, and languages such as Korean, Japanese, French and German. As part of their LL.B., students can choose to take up a minor in another course of study such as economics, management, philosophy and political science.
Apart from the traditional LL.B. which runs for 4 years, the law school also offers double honours degrees in Business Administration & Law, Economics & Law, Law & Life Sciences, and a concurrent degree program in Law & Public Policy.
Students who have a prior degree from another discipline may qualify for the Graduate LL.B. Program, and will obtain their LL.B. in three years instead of four.
For graduate students, the law school offers seven coursework LL.M. programs, a research LL.M. program, and a research PhD program. The research LL.M. can take anywhere between one year and three years while the coursework LL.M. programs start in August and are completed the following May. Two of the coursework LL.M.s programs are partially taught in Singapore and partially taught outside of Singapore at a partner university. Students enrolled in the International Business Law LL.M. program spend seven months in Shanghai studying on the campus of Eastern China University of Political Science and Law while students enrolled in the NYU@NUS dual LL.M. program spend a semester in New York studying on the campus of New York University. The NYU@NUS LL.M. program grants students a LL.M. degree from both institutions.
In 2007, National University of Singapore and New York University launched another joint dual degree program, where students will be able to obtain a LL.B. from NUS and a LL.M. from NYU in just four years. This is believed to be an unprecedented program. NUS has since established similar programmes with Boston University  and Tsinghua University.
The student exchange program was initiated in the early 1990s.
The law school now has an extensive exchange program with dozens of law schools all over the world, such as Bocconi University, Stanford University, New York University, Duke University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Washington University, Georgetown University, Boston University, University College London, University of Durham, University of Bristol, University of Nottingham, University of Southampton, University of Manchester, University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh, University of British Columbia, McGill University, Queen's University at Kingston, University of Toronto, University of Victoria, University of Western Ontario, University of Hong Kong, Beijing University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, National Law School of India University, Kyushu University, Australian National University, University of Queensland, University of Auckland, University of Copenhagen, Tilburg University, Stockholm University, Bucerius Law School and more. This student exchange program is made possible by the Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) or exchange agreements between NUS and its partner universities on an equal basis.
Students usually go on the exchange programme in their third year of studies in the 4-year LL.B. Students on the exchange programme pay only tuition fees at the NUS rate, thus avoiding paying the often higher fees of the host institutions.
NUS has also concluded agreements with the International Court of Justice, the World Bank and the Permanent Court of Arbitration to offer prestigious fellowships for graduates of the Faculty of Law to work at each institution. This opportunity was, until recently, offered to only the elite American and European law schools. Students selected for the fellowship will work at the ICJ in the The Hague, Netherlands, and the World Bank, United States.
International mooting competitions
The faculty has enjoyed much success in international mooting competitions, emerging champions in competitions such as the Philip C. Jessup Cup, the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, the Oxford International Intellectual Property Mooting Competition, the International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot Competition, the Asia Cup International Law Moot Competition. the ICRC IHL Moot, and the Manfred Lachs space law Moot Competition, With four championships, NUS has the best record in the Jessup, the largest and most prestigious moot competition in the world.
|Moot||Debut||Champion||Runner-up||Semi-finalist||Memorial prizes||Oralist prizes||Remarks|
|Jessup||1973||1982; 1985; 1994; 2001||1980; 1983; 1986; 1988; 1992; 1996; 2004||2007; 2011||1982 (2); 1983; 1985; 1987 (3); 1996; 2004; 2005; 2007; 2010||Prelims: 1976; 1988; 1989
Final round: 1980; 1982; 1985; 1996; 2001; 2004
|Vis||2002||2002||2003; 2004; 2005; 2006 (2); 2007; 2008; 2009; 2010; 2011; 2013 (2)||2002 (2); 2003 (2); 2004; 2007; 2008; 2009 (2); 2012; 2013|
|ICRC Red Cross IHL||2004||2004; 2008||2011||2012||Joint team since 2011|
|Jean-Pictet||2005||2006; 2007; 2009||2005; 2007; 2010|
|Maritime Arbitration||2000||2000; 2001; 2010||2013||2002||2002||General rounds: 2002; 2010
Final round: 2010
|Winning team in oral rounds: 2002; 2010|
|Oxford IP||2006||2006; 2008||2011, 2012||2007||2012|
|Asia Cup||2001||2001; 2004; 2005||2005; 2006||2007|
|Manfred Lachs Space Moot||World: 2001
Asia Pacific: 2000; 2005; 2010; 2011
|World: 2005; 2010; 2011
Asia Pacific: 2001; 2002; 2004; 2008
|World: 2000||World: 2005; 2011
Asia Pacific: 2000; 2001; 2004; 2007
|World: 2005; 2011
Asia Pacific prelims: 2008; 2010
Asia Pacific final: 2008; 2010; 2011
Research, publications and institutes
The faculty is responsible for the publication of the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, the Asian Journal of International Law (which succeeds the Singapore Year Book of International Law), and the Asian Journal of Comparative Law.
The faculty also has several affiliated institutes and centres. They are the Asian Law Institute, the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law, the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, and the Asian Society of International Law (for which it serves as the Secretariat).
Competition for undergraduate places in the NUS Faculty of Law is intense. The grade profile of the 10th percentile of 'A'-Level applicants offered places in its LL.B. programme in 2010 was AAA/A. This meant that at least 90% of those offered places in 2010 had a grade profile of AAA/A or better at the 'A'-Levels. Other than obtaining good grades, applicants are required to sit for a selection test and attend a formal interview to assess their suitability for the study of law.
Admissions for postgraduate studies at the NUS Faculty of Law generally require a good Bachelor's degree in Law.
Assessments and examinations
Students are assessed in a variety of methods, including final examinations at the end of the semester (both closed- and open-book), research papers, assignments and class participation.
The top 10% of students in each academic year are placed on the Dean's List. The top 10% of the graduating cohort, taking into account performance over 4 years in the LL.B. programme, is placed on the Overall Final Year Dean’s List.
A student's class of honours for the Bachelor of Laws degree is determined by taking into account the results obtained in all subjects that the student has taken over the course of study. Only students who graduated in the top 5% of their class are awarded First Class Honours. Students who graduate in the top 55% of their class, and who do not qualify for First Class Honours, are awarded Second Class (Upper Division) Honours.
The faculty has a number of student-run clubs as well as longstanding yearly traditions organised by the students and staff.
The Christmas Charity is a yearly tradition, which mainly involves the second-year students. Underprivileged children from children's homes are invited to have a day of games planned by the students. The children are also entertained by a carol concert and receive Christmas presents at the end of the program. Each child is usually accompanied by one to two students.
Law IV is also a yearly original musical/theatrical production, of which the cast and crew consist entirely of members of the graduating class. Proceeds from ticket sales go to charities adopted by the graduating class.
There are almost a dozen sub-clubs with varied interests, such as the Mooting and Debating Club (MDC), the Singapore Law Review (SLR), the Re:productions club which dabbles in film-making, ACTUS! (theatre), the law annual team, the LSIRC (law students' international relations), and pro bono.
The sub-clubs regularly organise competitions, symposia, and talks for students of the law school to participate in, such as the Mallal Moots, the Singapore Law Review writing competition, the Advocacy Cup, and the MDC-LSIRC debates.
The Law Club is generally responsible for overseeing and planning most of the school-wide activities of the law school, while the Freshmen Orientation Central Committee is tasked with organising and raising funds for the orientation programs for freshmen.
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