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Singapore Management University School of Law
- Singapore Management University School of Law Armeninan Street.jpg
The law school building at the corner of Armenian Street and Stamford Road with the city skyline in the background. Between 2007 to 2016, the law school shared its premises with the School of Accountancy and School of Business at Stamford Road.
Type Private autonomous national university
Established 2007
Dean Goh Yihan
Location 55 Armenian Street, Singapore
1°17′44″N 103°51′00″E / 1.29556°N 103.85012°E / 1.29556; 103.85012Coordinates: 1°17′44″N 103°51′00″E / 1.29556°N 103.85012°E / 1.29556; 103.85012
Campus Urban
Colours Purple     
Website www.law.smu.edu.sg
Logo of the Singapore Management University

The Singapore Management University School of Law (SMU School of Law) is one of the six schools of Singapore Management University. It was set up as Singapore's second law school in 2007, 50 years after the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. While the school traces its origins to the Law Department within the School of Business, it has since become a full-fledged law school covering all major areas of the law. It offers a four-year undergraduate single Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree programme, and a double degree programme combining the law degree programme with one of SMU's existing non-law programmes: accountancy, business, economics, information systems, or social sciences; students can also do a second major. In addition to the LLB, the school offers a full-time two- to three-year graduate Juris Doctor (JD) programme as well as a Master of Laws (LLM) programme. The Dual LLM in Commercial Law, which confers LLM degrees from Queen Mary University of London and SMU, was launched in 2015.

The school took in around 120 students between 2007 and 2013.[1] The intake after 2014 rose to more than 150, but is expected to be capped at 180 for LLB students. Admission to the law programme is competitive. In the 2015 University Admissions Exercise, both the 10th and 90th percentile had an Indicative Grade Profile (of Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level qualifications) of AAA/A.[2] Approximately 1,300 applicants are shortlisted for an interview and a written test, with an estimated 150 admitted each year.[3]

In terms of student achievements, since the launch of its international moots programme in 2010, the school has been to the championship final of the largest and most established international moot court competitions including the: Jessup (2013 and 2014), Vis (2015 and 2016), Vis East (2015 and 2016), Price (2010, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018), ICC (2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018), Frankfurt (2015 and 2017), IHL (2016), and International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot (2016). The school has also won on numerous occasions regional moots such as the LAWASIA and Asia Cup competitions. It holds the world records for most number of international moot championship finals in a season and most number of international moot championships in a season.

Based on 2017 Grduate Employment Survey, 97.6% of the school's graduates found employment; the school's graduates also commanded the highest mean basic monthly salary among all schools in the university.[4] Alumni of the school are very well-represented in the major law firms, the Supreme Court law clerk scheme, and postgraduate studies in leading universities such as Harvard and Oxford.

History and milestones[edit]

PM Lee Hsien Loong at the Kwa Geok Choo Law Library during the official launch of the School of Law building in 2017
Inside the Kwa Geok Choo Law Library
Interior of the main building
A segregated third of the function hall in the basement

The School of Law was preceded by the Law Department, which was created in 2000 and part of the university's Lee Kong Chian School of Business, and headed by Professor Andrew Phang (now Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Singapore).[5] A full-fledged law school was established in 2007 – 50 years after the establishment of the first and then-only law school in Singapore, National University of Singapore Faculty of Law — following the encouragement of the Singapore Government, which had, during a major review, discovered a shortage of qualified legal personnel in Singapore.[6][7] The school's first dean was Professor Michael Furmston, a foremost authority on contracts and commercial law in the Commonwealth.[8] He headed the school from its inception in 2007 to 2012. Professor Yeo Tiong Min was then the dean from 2012 to 2017.[9] Associate Professor Goh Yihan has been the dean since 2017.[10]

2007

  • 5 January: SMU School of Law is officially launched with premises housed under the School of Business and School of Accountancy in Stamford Road
  • 1 August: Professor Michael Furmston is appointed as the school's first dean
  • 13 August: First intake of law students (116)

2009

  • 30 January: Inaugural Law Play
  • 18 March: Launch of Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) programme[11]
  • 30 April: Establishment of Centre of Dispute Resolution and International Islamic Law and Finance Centre
  • 31 October: Memorandum of Understanding with the New York State Bar Association to partner for US internships, exchange programmes, and knowledge sharing

2010

  • 1 May: Launch of Continuing Legal Education programme (since re-branded as SMU Law Academy)[12]

2011

  • 19 May: Launch of LLM (Master of Laws) programme
  • First batch of LLB and JD graduates

2012

  • 21 February: Professor Yeo Tiong Min (Singapore's first Honorary Senior Counsel) is appointed as the school's second dean[13]

2013

  • 7 March: First Asian university to join the THEMIS network[14]
  • November: Partnership with Yonsei University to set up dual JD programme[15]

2014

  • 20 January: Groundbreaking ceremony for new law school building[16]

2015

  • June: Signed first sponsorship and training agreement with WongPartnership[17]
  • August: Launch of dual LLM with Queen Mary, University of London[18]
  • Launch of Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia (ARCIALA)
  • Launch of Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia (CEBCLA)

2016

  • December: Relocation to the new law school building at Armenian Street
  • Launch of Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy (SIDRA)

2017

  • Launch of Pro Bono Centre (PBC)
  • July: Associate Professor Goh Yihan is appointed as the school's third Dean[19]

2018

  • June: School receives a $4.5m grant from the NRF and IMDA to helm a research programme on AI and data use[20]
  • 26 July: Launch of LLM in Judicial Studies[21]

Structure of school[edit]

Deanery[edit]

Dean Associate Professor Goh Yihan
Deputy Dean Professor David Llewelyn
Associate Dean for Research Professor Gary Chan
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Teaching and Curriculum Associate Professor Lee Pey Woan
Associate Dean for Postgraduate Teaching and Curriculum Associate Professor Maartje de Visser
Associate Dean for Student, Staff & Alumni Affairs Associate Professor Tan Seow Hon
Assistant Dean for Administration Tan Teck Kiang

Advisory Board[edit]

VK Rajah giving a speech at SMU School of Law in 2017. He was on the school's advisory board between 2008 and 2012 and has been chairman of the board since 2017.

The Advisory Board features a wide range of professionals to provide all-encompassing and comprehensive advisory assistance to the School of Law. This includes Supreme Court judges, senior litigators, corporate lawyers, managing partners of law firms and partners of foreign law firms. The Advisory Board is currently chaired by former Judge of Appeal and Attorney-General VK Rajah SC.[22]

VK Rajah SC

Essex Court Chambers Duxton

Justice Chua Lee Ming Judge

Supreme Court of Singapore

Aedit Abdullah Judicial Commissioner

Supreme Court of Singapore

Blossom Hing Director

Drew & Napier LLC

Andre Maniam SC Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group

WongPartnership LLP

Lee Suet Fern Managing Partner

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC

Juthika Ramanathan Chief Executive

Supreme Court of Singapore

David Zemans Managing Partner

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, Asia

Daryl Chew Managing Partner

Shearman & Sterling LLP, Singapore Office

Lam Chee Kin Managing Director & Head

Group Compliance, DBS Bank

Tham Lijing

Essex Court Chambers Duxton

Centres[edit]

The school houses four centres: the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia (ARCIALA), the Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law In Asia (CEBCLA), the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy (SIDRA), and the Pro Bono Centre (PBC).

Programmes[edit]

A seminar room
Moot court training session in progress at the David Marshall Moot Court

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme[edit]

Entry requirements[edit]

To be admitted to the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme, applicants should have good passes in their respective GCE A-Level subjects. Specifically, the minimum requirement for a law applicant is an A or a B for H1 General Paper or H2 Knowledge and Inquiry. SMU releases Indicative Grade Profiles periodically for potential candidates. In the 2015 University Admissions Exercise, both the 10th and 90th percentile had an Indicative Grade Profile (of 3H2/1H1 content-based subjects) of AAA/A.[2] Potential candidates are called for a short written test and a group interview.

Curriculum and graduation requirements[edit]

The LLB programme is a four-year programme. Students are required to complete a total of 36 course units, which include five compulsory course units from the University Core, 19 compulsory course units from the Law Core, a selected seven course units from Law Electives and five other course units from law-related courses like Financial Accounting and Finance for Law. Students must also complete ten weeks of internship and 80 hours of community service to graduate.

Juris Doctor (JD) programme[edit]

Introduced in 2009, the SMU Juris Doctor programme was started as an additional route for persons who already have a degree in another discipline or a law degree not recognized for the purpose of admission to the Singapore Bar to become members of the Singapore legal profession.

Entry requirements[edit]

Applicants have to had completed at least three years of full-time undergraduate education. For non-law graduates or law graduates from civil law countries or non-gazetted universities from common law countries, applicants must have at least a Cum Laude or Second Class Upper Honours degree qualifications. Furthermore, applicants must show proficiency in the English language. A TOEFL/IELTS/SAT 1 test is required if the applicant's undergraduate degree was not taken in English.

Curriculum and graduation requirements[edit]

SMU's JD curriculum is a mix of compulsory law courses and electives. Similar to the all SMU undergraduates, six weeks of law internship and 50 hours of community service are required for graduation. Students are required to complete a total of 25 Credit Units of law courses, following the same academic calendar as the Bachelor of Laws programme. Although students are expected to complete the programme within three years, the programme may be accelerated for completion in two and a half years.

Master of Laws (LLM) programme[edit]

There are two LLM options: the LLM in Cross-Border Business and Finance Law in Asia, and the Dual LLM in Commercial Law (Singapore and London). The former is a one-year programme while the latter is a 15-month programme where students split their time between SMU and Queen Mary University of London.

SMU Law Academy[edit]

SMULA runs seminars on developments in the law for the legal profession; attendees receive Continuing Professional Development points. Courses taught to the LLB, JD, and LLM students may also be audited.

Pedagogy[edit]

SMU School of Law adopts a seminar-style teaching approach, similar to that in US law schools. This requires students to put in a substantial amount of pre-class preparatory reading and thinking, and to participate actively during class. The high level of engagement and interactive classroom pedagogy is aimed at enriching and deepening students' learning, thinking and mastery of a subject, thereby producing confident and articulate graduates.

In line with this focus on student participation, a holistic approach will be adopted for course assessment. Significant emphasis will be given to class participation and presentations, with the weightage of written examinations kept to a maximum of 50%.

Student performance[edit]

International moot competitions[edit]

Since the launch of its international moots programme in 2010, the school has been to the championship final of the largest and most established international moot court competitions: Jessup (2013 and 2014), Vis (2015 and 2016), Vis East (2015 and 2016), Price (2010, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018), ICC (2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018), Frankfurt (2015 and 2017), IHL (2016), and International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot (2016). As of July 2018, SMU has emerged champions 23 times, 1st-runner-up 22 times, and 2nd-runner-up 19 times in international moot competitions, in addition to winning hundreds of Best Oralist and Best Memorial prizes and 14 national round championships (including five Jessup national titles in the last six years).[23][24] It set a world record of eight international moot finals in a single season in 2014/15 (winning a world record five), a feat it bettered in 2015/16 when it reached nine international moot finals.[23][25][26] It also became the first university in the history of international moots to successfully defend a major moot international title when it won back-to-back championships in the ICC moot in 2015 and 2016; it became the second university to do the same when it won back-to-back championships in the Price moot in 2016 and 2017.[27][25][28]

Track record[edit]

International moot competition Debut/Last participated Overall result Oralist prizes Memorial prizes Notable seedings and size of field Remarks
Smu jessup moot 2013.jpg

Jessup Moot (Washington DC)[29]

2011/2018 National round champions: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018

International rounds champions: 2011 (exhibition), 2012 (exhibition)
International rounds 1st-runner-up: 2013, 2014
International rounds 2nd-runner-up:
International rounds quarter-finalist:
International rounds octo-finalist: 2017
International rounds 16th-finalist: 2015

National round best oralist: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018 (2)

International rounds top 20 oralists: 2011 (exhibition; 1st), 2013 (14th), 2014 (20th), 2015 (9th), 2018 (7th and 9th)
International rounds final best oralist:

National round best memorials: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017

International rounds Baxter prize:
International rounds Dillard prize: 2014 (3rd), 2017 (4th)
International rounds Evans prize: 2014 (5th), 2017 (5th)
International rounds: 2011 (exhibition; 2nd), 2014 (applicant; 2nd), 2017 (applicant; 2nd)

1st (2014 – 600+ teams)
5th (2013 – 600+ teams)
7th (2017 – 600+ teams)
31st (2015 – 600+ teams)
SMU reached the championship final on its international debut in 2013, becoming the youngest ever law school to do so. In reaching the championship final again in 2014, it became the youngest ever law school to reach consecutive finals.
Smu vis moot team 2015.jpg

Willem C Vis Moot (Vienna)[30]

2011/2018 Champions:

1st-runner-up: 2015, 2016
2nd-runner-up:
Quarter-finalist:
Octo-finalist:
16th-finalist: 2012, 2013
32nd-finalist: 2014, 2017, 2018

Best oralist: 2014 (4th)

Honourable mention: 2011, 2012 (3), 2014 (2), 2015 (2), 2016 (2), 2018 (2)

Best memorials:

Honourable mention: 2012 (2), 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

3rd (2014 − 290 teams; 2015 – 298 teams)
5th (2018 – 357 teams)
20th (2012 – 282 teams)
23rd (2017 – 367 teams)
25th (2013 – 290 teams)

Unknown: 2016 (333 teams)

In reaching the championship final in 2015, SMU became the first Singapore law school to do so in 13 years, and the first ever law school to reach both Vis finals in the same year. It repeated this feat in 2016.
Smu vis east moot team 2015.jpg

Willem C Vis (East) Moot (Hong Kong)[31]

2010/2018 Champions: 2015

1st-runner-up: 2016
2nd-runner-up: 2017, 2018
Quarter-finalist:
Octo-finalist: 2012
16th-finalist: 2014

Best oralist: 2014 (6th)

Honourable mention: 2016 (2), 2017 (2), 2018

Best memorials:

Honourable mention: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016 (2)

6th (2014 – 99 teams; 2017 – 125 teams)
11th (2012 – 90 teams)
15th (2018) – 133 teams)
16th (2015 – 107 teams)
25th (2013 – 93 teams)

Unknown: 2016 (133 teams)

In 2015, SMU became the first Singapore law school and youngest ever law school to win this moot. In 2016, it became the first ever law school to reach consecutive championship finals.
Vis Pre-Moots (venue varies) 2010/2018
DNP 2010 to 2013 and 2016 to 2017
Champions:

1st-runner-up: 2014 (Shanghai)
2nd-runner-up:
Quarter-finalist:
Octo-finalist: 2018 (Kuala Lumpur)

Best oralist: 2014 (Shanghai)

Honourable mention: 2015 (Shanghai)

Best memorials: 2018 (Kuala Lumpur)

Honourable mention:

5th (2014 – 30 teams)
10th (2015 – 32 teams)

Unknown: 2018 (72 teams)

Price moot oxford 2015.jpg

Price Media Law Moot (Oxford)[32]

2010/2018
DNP 2011
Champions: 2010, 2016, 2017

1st-runner-up: 2015, 2018
2nd-runner-up: 2013
Quarter-finalist: 2012, 2014
Octo-finalist:

Top 15 oralists: 2012 (2nd), 2013 (4th), 2015 (5th and 12th), 2017 (1st and 3rd), 2018 (4th and 5th)

Best final oralist: 2017, 2018

Best memorials: 2010, 2016, 2018 1st (2010 – 60+ teams; 2016 – 100+ teams)
2nd (2013 – 90+ teams)

Unknown: 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 (all 100+ teams)

SMU has the best track record in this moot, having won the first of its three championships in 2010 as the first Singapore law school and youngest ever law school to win the moot.[33]
Smu icc moot team 2016.jpg

International Criminal Court Moot (The Hague)[34]

2015/2018 Champions: 2015, 2016, 2018

1st-runner-up: 2017
2nd-runner-up:
Quarter-finalist:
Octo-finalist:

Best oralist (side): 2018 (2nd)

Best oralist (overall): 2018 (3rd)
Best finals oralist: 2015
Best side: 2015 (Victims)

Best memorials: 3rd (2016 – 100+ teams)
6th (2015 – 100+ teams)
8th (2018 – 100+ teams)
24th (2017 – 100+ teams)
SMU has the best track record in this moot, having won the first of its three championships in 2015 as the first Singapore law school and youngest ever law school to win the moot.[35]
Smu frankfurt moot team 2017.jpg

International Investment Arbitration Moot (Frankfurt)[36]

2015/2018 Champions: 2017

1st-runner-up: 2015
2nd-runner-up:
Quarter-finalist: 2018
Octo-finalist:

Best oralist: 2017

Best OECD side: 2017

Best memorials: 3rd (2015 − 48 teams; 2018 − 61 teams)
4th (2017 – 66 teams)
In 2015, SMU became the first Singapore law school and youngest ever law school to reach the championship final; in 2017, it became the first Singapore law school and youngest ever law school to win the moot.

Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot (venue varies)

2017/2018 Champions: 2017

1st-runner-up:
2nd-runner-up: 2018
Quarter-finalist:

Best oralist: 2017

Best final oralist: 2017

Best memorials: 2nd (2017 – 14 teams; 2018 – 18 teams) SMU has the best track record in this moot, having won its first championship in 2017 as the first Singapore law school and youngest ever law school to win the moot.
Lawasia moot smu school of law 2013.jpg

LAWASIA Moot (venue varies)[37]

2009/2017
DNP 2010
Champions: 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017

1st-runner-up: 2009, 2011, 2012
2nd-runner-up: 2015
Quarter-finalist:
Spirit of LAWASIA: 2013

Best oralist: 2013 (1st), 2014 (1st), 2015 (1st), 2016 (2nd), 2017 (2nd) Best memorials: 2015, 2016, 2017 1st (2013 – 30+ teams; 2014 – 30+ teams)
2nd (2009 – 30+ teams; 2011 – 40+ teams; 2015 – 30+ teams)
3rd (2017 – 40+ teams)
4th (2016 – 30+ teams)
6th (2012 – 40+ teams)
SMU has the best track record in this moot, having won the first of its four championships in 2013 as the youngest ever law school to win the moot.

Asia Cup Moot (Tokyo)

2010/2015 Champions: 2010, 2011, 2014

1st-runner-up: 2012, 2013, 2015

Best oralist: 2010 (3rd x 2), 2011 (3rd), 2012 (5th), 2013 (1st, 3rd, and 4th), 2014 (1st and 3rd), 2015 (1st and 2nd) Best memorials: 2010 (3rd), 2011 (5th), 2012 (5th), 2013 (5th) 1st (2010 – 30+ teams; 2011 – 30+ teams; 2013 – 30+ teams; 2014 – 30+ teams; 2015 – 30+ teams)
2nd (2012 – 30+ teams)
SMU is the youngest ever law school to win the moot.

Red Cross Moot (Hong Kong)[38]

2010/2018 Champions:

1st-runner-up: 2016
2nd-runner-up: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018
Quarter-finalist: 2015

Best oralist: 2012 (2nd), 2014 (1st and 2nd) Best memorials: 2010 (3rd), 2014 (3rd), 2018 (3rd) 1st (2014 – 40+ teams)
2nd (2011 – 40+ teams)
4th (2013 – 50+ teams)
8th (2018 – 100+ teams)
SMU is the youngest ever law school to reach the championship final; a joint team with National University of Singapore was sent between 2011 and 2014.
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Private Law Moot (Sydney)[39]

2016/2018 Champions:

1st-runner-up: 2016
2nd-runner-up: 2017, 2018

Best oralist: 2017 (1st and 2nd), 2018 (1st and 3rd) Best memorials: 2016 (1st) 1st (2014 – 12 teams; 2017 – 14 teams)
2nd (2018 – 17 teams)
SMU is the youngest ever law school to reach the championship final.

Asian Law Students Association Moot (venue varies)[40]

2009/2017
DNP 2010 to 2013 and 2015 to 2016
Champions: 2014, 2017

1st-runner-up: 2009
2nd-runner-up:

Best oralist:

Best final oralist: 2014

Best memorials: 2017 (2) 1st (2014 – 20+ teams; 2017 – 30+ teams) SMU has the best track record in this moot, having won the first of its two championships in 2014 as the youngest ever law school to win the moot.

Nuremberg Moot (Nuremberg)[41]

2017/2017 Champions:

1st-runner-up:
2nd-runner-up: 2017, 2018
Quarter-finalist:

Best oralist: 2017, 2018
Best memorials: 1st (2017 – 37 teams; 2018 – 119 teams)

International Maritime Arbitration Law Moot (venue varies)[42]

2013/2018
DNP 2014 to 2015
Champions:

1st-runner-up: 2016
2nd-runner-up: 2017
Quarter-finalist: 2013, 2018
Best newcomer: 2013

Best oralist: 2018 (3rd)

Best oralist for knockouts: 2016 (3rd)
Best team in general rounds: 2017, 2018

Best memorials: 2017 (5th) 1st (2017 – 20+ teams; 2018 – 20+ teams)
2nd (2013 – 20+ teams; 2016 – 20+ teams)
SMU is the youngest ever law school to reach the championship final.

Sarin Air Law (venue varies)[43]

2018/2018 Champions:

1st-runner-up: 2018
2nd-runner-up:

Best oralist: 2018 (2nd)
Best memorials 2018 (3rd): 1st (2018 – 41 teams) SMU is the youngest ever law school to reach the championship final.

Intellectual Property (Oxford)[44]

2017/2018 Champions:

1st-runner-up:
2nd-runner-up:
Quarter-finalist:
Finalist: 2017, 2018

Best oralist: Best memorials: Unknown

Asian WTO Moot or WTO/FTA Moot (Seoul)

2015/2015
DNP 2016 onwards
Champions: 2015

1st-runner-up:
2nd-runner-up:

Best final oralist: 2015

Best semi-final oralist: 2015

Best memorials: Unknown SMU has the best track record in this moot, having won its first championship in 2015 as the first Singapore law school and youngest ever law school to win the moot.

Pan Asian Human Rights (Hong Kong)

2017/2017 Champions:

1st-runner-up:
2nd-runner-up: 2017
Quarter-finalist:

Best oralist: 2017 Best memorials: Unknown

Hague Choice of Court Convention Moot (Hong Kong)

2014/2014
DNP 2015 onwards
Champions: 2014

1st-runner-up:
2nd-runner-up:

Best oralist:

Best final oralist: 2014

Best memorials: Unknown SMU has the best track record in this moot, having won its first championship in 2015 as the first Singapore law school and youngest ever law school to win the moot.

Youth for Peace (Minsk)

2011/2011
DNP 2012 onwards
Champions: 2011

1st-runner-up:
2nd-runner-up:

Best oralist:

Best final oralist:

Best memorials: Unknown A joint team with National University of Singapore was sent in 2011.

CDRC (Vienna)[45]

2017/2018 Champions:

1st-runner-up:
2nd-runner-up: 2018
Quarter-finalist: 2017

ICC Mediation (Paris)

2011/2018
DNP 2014 to 2016
Champions:

1st-runner-up:
2nd-runner-up:
Quarter-finalist:
Octo-finalist: 2013, 2014

Other international moot achievements[edit]

  • Stetson Environmental Law Moot: 2016 regional round semi-finalist
  • DM Harish Moot: 2015 semi-finalist and best oralist (2nd); 2016 octo-finalist
  • 9th St John Street Chambers Moot: First Place (2012) (SMU student on exchange)
  • JustCite Procedural Justice Mooting Shield: First Place (2014) (SMU alumnus on BCL)[46]
  • Asia Pacific M&A: 2017 semi-finalist
  • Cyberweek eMediation: Top Party (2010; 2014)

Most number of international championship finals in a season[edit]

SMU set a world record by reaching eight international moot finals in a single season in 2015, a feat it bettered in 2016 when it reached nine finals.[27][47] It also became the first university to successfully defend a major moot international title when it won back-to-back championships in the ICC moot in 2015 and 2016.[27][48] It has reached more than five finals in a single season in the following seasons:

  • 9: 2015/16 (Vis East, Vis, Price, IHL, ICC, WTO/FTA, Maritime Asia Cup, Ashurst)[27]
  • 8: 2014/15 (Hague Convention, Asia Cup, LawAsia, Vis East, Vis, Frankfurt, Price, ICC)[27]
  • 6: 2016/17 (LawAsia, Fletcher, Frankfurt, Price, ICC, ALSA)[49]

Most number of international championships in a season[edit]

SMU also holds the world record for most number of international moot championships won in a single season (5 in 2014/15). Seasons in which it has won more than three championships in a single season are:

  • 5: 2014/15 (Asia Cup, Hague Convention, LawAsia, Vis East, ICC)[27]
  • 5: 2016/17 (LawAsia, Fletcher, Frankfurt, Price, ALSA)[50]
  • 3: 2015/16 (Price, ICC, WTO/FTA)[27]

Mooters with multiple international championships[edit]

A number of SMU students have also earned the rare distinction of having won multiple international championships:

  • Bethel Chan (JD'15): Asia Cup'2014; Vis East'2015 (also a Vis'2015 finalist and Essex-SAL'2017 champion)
  • Chang Zi Qian (LLB'11): Price'2010; Youth for Peace'2011
  • Foo Shihao (LLB'15): LawAsia'2013; ICC'2015
  • Eden Li (LLB/BBM'16): Asia Cup'2014; Vis East'2015 (also a Vis'2015 finalist and Essex-SAL'2017 finalist)
  • Muz Omar (LLB'16): ALSA'2014; LawAsia'2014
  • Nicolette Oon (LLB'16): Asia Cup'2014; Vis East'2015 (also a Vis'2015 finalist)
  • Saw Teng Sheng (JD'17): ICC'2016; Price'2017
  • Grace Sim (LLB'15): LawAsia'2014; Vis East'2015 (also a Vis'2015 finalist)
  • Jerald Soon (LLB/BBM'16): Asia Cup'2014; Vis East'2015 (also a Vis'2015 finalist)
  • Tan Jun Hong (LLB'16): ALSA'2014; Asia Cup'2014; Vis East'2015 (also a Vis'2015 finalist and Essex-SAL'2017 finalist)
  • Nanthini Vijayakumar (LLB'15): LawAssia'2013; WTO/FTA'2015 (also a Moot Shanghai'2014 finalist)
  • Samuel Yap (LLB'15): LawAsia'2013; ICC'2015

Head-to-head record for international moots[edit]

The table below sets out the head-to-head record and outcomes for international moots that SMU and NUS both took part in in the same year.

Year Asia Cup LawAsia Jessup Vis Vis East Price Frankfurt ICC IHL WTO/FTA Maritime Fletcher Nuremberg ALSA
2018 NUS SMU: won national round
NUS: lost national round
NUS: Round of 32
SMU: Round of 64
SMU: Semi-finalist
NUS: Round of 16
SMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: Round of 16
NUS: Champions
SMU: Quarter-finalist
SMU: Champions
NUS: Quarter-finalist
SMU: Semi-finalist Tie: Quarter-finalist Tie: Semi-finalist SMU: Semi-finalist
NUS: Quarter-finalist
2017 NUS: Champions
SMU: lost national round
SMU: Champions
NUS: Quarter-finalist
SMU: Round of 16
NUS: lost national round
NUS: Quarter-finalist
SMU: Round of 64
SMU: Semi-finalist
NUS: Round of 32
SMU: Champions
NUS: Round of 16
SMU: Champions SMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: Quarter-finalist
SMU: Preliminary rounds NA NUS: Champions
SMU: Semi-finalist
SMU: Champions
NUS: 1st-runner-up
SMU: Semi-finalist
NUS: Quarter-finalist
SMU: Champions
NUS: Fourth
2016 NUS: Champions
SMU: lost national round
SMU: Champions NUS: Round of 16
SMU: lost national round
SMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: Round of 16
SMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: Semi-finalist
SMU: Champions
NUS: Quarter-finalist
NUS: 1st-runner-up
SMU: Preliminary rounds
SMU: Champions
NUS: Semi-finalist
SMU: 1st-runner-up NA SMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: Quarter-finalist
NA NA NA
2015 SMU: 1st-runner-up SMU: 2nd-runner-up SMU: Round of 32
NUS: lost national round
SMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: Round of 32
SMU: Champions
NUS: Round of 16
SMU: 1st-runner-up SMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: Semi-finalist
SMU: Champions
NUS: Semi-finalist
SMU: Quarter-finalist SMU: Champions NA NA NA SMU: Champions
2014 SMU: Champions
NUS: lost national round
SMU: Champions SMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: lost national round
Tie: Round of 64 SMU: Round of 32 SMU: Quarter-finalist NA NA Joint team: Semi-finalist NA NA NA NA NA
2013 SMU: 1st-runner-up SMU: Champions
NUS: Preliminary rounds
SMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: lost national round
NUS: Quarter-finalist
SMU: Round of 32
SMU: 1st-runner-up (Asia-Pacific) SMU: Semi-finalist
NUS: Preliminary rounds
NA NA Joint team: Semi-finalist NA NUS: Finalist
SMU: Quarter-finalist
NA NA NA
2012 SMU: 1st-runner-up SMU: 1st-runner-up NUS: Round of 32
SMU: lost national round
SMU: Round of 32
NUS: Round of 64
SMU: Round of 16
NUS: Preliminary rounds
SMU: Quarter-finalist NA NA Joint team: Quarter-finalist NA NA NA NA NA
2011 SMU: Champions SMU: 1st-runner-up NUS: Semi-finalist
SMU: lost national round
NUS: Round of 64
SMU: Preliminary rounds
NA NA NA NA Joint team: Semi-finalist NA NA NA NA NA
2010 SMU: Champions
NUS: lost national round
NA NA NA NA SMU: Champions NA NA SMU: Top 5 NA NA NA NA NA
2009 NA SMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: Preliminary rounds
NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA SMU: 1st-runner-up

Jessup national round head-to-head record[edit]

Of the various international moots that Singapore takes part in, only the Asia Cup and Jessup moots have national round requirements. The Jessup national round is administered by the Attorney-General's Chambers, with the Attorney-General presiding for the oral arguments. The first Singapore Jessup national round was held in 2011. As of 2018, SMU has 5 championships, 5 Best Memorial Prizes, and 5 Best Oralist Prizes, while NUS has 3 championships, 3 Best Memorial Prizes, and 4 Best Oralist Prizes.

Year Champion Best Oralist Best Memorial Result in Washington DC
2018 SMU SMU (2) NUS Top 20 oralist (2)
2017 SMU NUS SMU Round of 16; Evans award; Dillard award
2016 NUS NUS NUS Round of 16; Top 20 oralist (3)
2015 SMU SMU SMU Round of 32; Top 20 oralist
2014 SMU SMU NUS Championship final; Top 20 oralist; Evans award; Dillard award
2013 SMU SMU SMU Championship final; Top 20 oralist
2012 NUS NUS SMU Round of 32
2011 NUS NUS SMU Semi-final; Top 20 oralist

International writing competitions[edit]

  • New York Times Writing Competition: 1st (2017); 2nd (2016)
  • The Living Courthouse Essay Competition: First Place (2009)
  • LexisNexis Rule of Law Essay Competition: 2nd Place (2013)
  • Christopher Bathurst Essay Prize: 3rd Place (2016)
  • YSIAC Essay Competition: 1st Place (2017, 2018)

Local competitions[edit]

There are a number of local competitions ranging from moots to law reform that are open to law students from NUS and SMU. Some of the competitions, such as the Mallal and Advocacy Cup, pre-existed SMU and were only open to SMU from 2010 onwards. Other competitions, such as Harry Elias and Duane Morris were initiated at SMU and have been open to NUS as well.

Track record[edit]

Competition Debut Champion Runner-up Finalist Best memorial Best oralist DNP
Advocacy Cup (Trial) 2011 2013 2014; 2016 2014; 2015 NA NA 2012
A-G's Cup (Criminal Law) (2011–2014) 2011 2012; 2013; 2014 2011; 2012; 2014 NA 2013 NA NA
A-G's Cup (Criminal Law) (2015–present) 2015 2015; 2016; 2017 NA 2015 NA
BlackOak (Transactional) 2017 2017
Duane Morris (Transactional) 2014 2014; 2015; 2016 2014; 2015; 2016
Gowling (Intellectual Property) 2017 2017 2018 (2)
Harry Elias (General) (2011–2014) 2011 2011; 2012; 2013; 2014 2011; 2012 2012; 2014 2011; 2012; 2013 2011; 2012; 2013 NA
Law Reform (Essay) 2012 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016 2012; 2013; 2015 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015 NA NA NA
BA Mallal (General) 2010 2012 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016 NA 2011
Rodyk Challenge (Debate) 2012 2012; 2014 2013 NA NA 2012 NA
Stamford (Corporate) (2013–2014) 2013 2013 2014 2013 NA
WongP (Arbitration) 2010 2012; 2016 2012; 2013; 2015 2011; 2012; 2013 (2); 2015; 2017 2010 NA
MLAS Maritime (Maritime Law) 2016 2016; 2017 2016

Head-to-head record[edit]

Year Advo Cup AG's Cup Duane Morris Harry Elias Law Reform Mallal Rodyk C Stamford WongP MLAS
1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd
2017 NA NA NA NA NUS NA NA NA NUS SMU SMU NA
2016 NA NA SMU SMU NA NA SMU NUS NUS NUS NA NA NA SMU NUS SMU SMU
2015 NUS NA NA SMU SMU NA NA SMU SMU NUS NA NA NA NUS SMU NA NA
2014 NUS SMU SMU SMU SMU SMU SMU NUS SMU NUS NUS NUS SMU NUS SMU NUS NUS NA NA
2013 SMU NUS SMU NUS NA NA SMU NUS SMU SMU NUS NUS NUS SMU NUS NUS SMU NA NA
2012 NA NA SMU SMU NA NA SMU SMU SMU SMU SMU NUS SMU NA NA SMU SMU NA NA
2011 NA NA NUS SMU NA NA SMU SMU NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NUS NUS NA NA

Other local moot achievements[edit]

  • Local record for most number of local moots won by a student: Nicholas Liu'15 with 6 (Advo Cup, Attorney-General's Cup, Harry Elias, Howard Hunter, MLAS, WongP)
  • Singapore Legal Forum Moot: First Place (2009)

Howard Hunter Moot[edit]

The Howard Hunter Moot, named after the former President of the university, is an internal moot. The list of winners and finalists are as follows.[51]

Year Winner Runner-up Finalists
2017 Lee Chuan and Khalisah binte Ishak Shaun Ou and Lloyd Tan NA
2016 Shriram Jayakumar and Dominic Liew Jr Claire Lim and Aaron Yoong NA
2015 Gursharn Singh Gill and Saw Teng Sheng Alexander Kamsany Lee and Grace Goh NA
2014 Tan Jun Hong Li Kun Hang Darren Chye; Wong Yan Yee
2013 Nicholas Liu Jeremy Yeap Sui Yi Siong; Jitr Vilaivongse
2012 Qabir Sandhu Annabelle Teo Kenneth Lim; Nicholas Liu
2011 Ng Cheng Wei and Al-gene Tan Ang Kai Wen and Lin Chunlong NA
2010 Elycia Koh and Jane Lim Ang Kai Wen and Sruthi Boppana NA
2009 Nicholas Poon and Asiyah Arif Eunice Lim and Jane Lim NA

Law reform[edit]

SMU students have given representations at various law reform efforts, including during the Constitutional Commission's hearing on the elected presidency[52] and the Select Committee's hearing on deliberate online falsehoods.[53]

Valedictorians[edit]

Year LLB JD University Notes
2018 Iris Ng Pamela Yeo Iris: LawAsia'2015; Asia Cup'2016; Vis and Vis East'2017; IP'2018; Private Law'2018
2017 Sampson Lim Saw Teng Sheng and Andre Soh NA Sampson: Price'2016; International Criminal Court'2017
Teng Seng: International Criminal Court'2016; Price'2017
Andre: Vis'2017
2016 Tan Jun Hong Lynn Kan NA Jun Hong: ALSA'2014; Asia Cup'2014; Vis and Vis East'2015; Jessup'2016
2015 Foo Shi Hao Nicholas Liu Jasper Wong Shi Hao: LawAsia'2013; International Criminal Court'2015
Nicholas: LawAsia'2012; Jessup'2014; Jessup'2015; WTO/FTA'2015
2014 Kenny Lau Yao Qinzhe Chua Wei Yuan Kenny: Asia Cup'2012; Vis'2013; Jessup'2014
Wei Yuan: Jessup'2014
2013 Liu Zhao Xiang Daniel Ho Lian-Yi Devathas Satianathan Daniel: Asia Cup'2011; Jessup'2013
Devathas: Asia Cup'2011; Vis'2013
2012 Nathanael Lim NA NA NA
2011 Joshua Lim NA Russell Low Russell: LawAsia'2009; Jessup'2011

Graduate performance[edit]

Employment[edit]

Based on Graduate Employment Survey statistics provided by the Ministry of Education, the overall employment rate of SMU School of Law graduates in 2017 was 97.6%, with a mean gross monthly salary of $4941.[54] The Supreme Court's Justices' Law Clerk scheme has seen significant representation by SMU School of Law graduates. For instance, six SMU graduates were selected in 2017, which was more than any other law school, and since 2013, the majority of clerks chosen from local graduates has been from SMU. Alumni of the school are also very well-represented in the major law firms and postgraduate studies in leading universities such as Harvard and Oxford.

Bar examinations[edit]

SMU School of Law graduates feature regularly as ranked students and/or prize winners in the annual bar examinations (or "Part B"); for instance, in 2016, the top student was an SMU alumnus.[55]

Competitions[edit]

International rankings[edit]

In the QS World University Rankings by subject, the school was ranked 101–150 for Law and Legal Studies from 2013 to 2016 and 151–200 in 2017 and 2018.[57]

The Bar, SMU Law Society[edit]

The SMU Law Society,[58] known as "The Bar", is the student representative body of the SMU School of Law. The Management Committee of The Bar consists of nine elected student leaders. In their year-long term in office, the Committee puts together a slew of fun and unique-to-law events against a backdrop of professional and academic development initiatives.

Sub clubs[edit]

Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice Club[edit]

The Club was founded in early 2012 by a group of students passionate about giving SMU students opportunities to learn more about the criminal law practice. As many students do not have much exposure to this area of law apart from in class, few have a proper idea of what criminal law in practice is like.

International Relations Club[edit]

The SMU Law International Relations Club strives to forge and strengthen ties between SMU law students and the international law student community. Club activities include legal discourse, moots and even Mock UN conferences, allowing both conservative and progressive opinions to develop at an international level.

Law Outreach Club[edit]

The SMU Law Outreach Club was established by The Bar and the executive committee of the old Pro Bono Club. The Law Outreach Club aims to contribute to the community in aspects beyond pro bono work, and helps to facilitate activities such as the Ministry of Education Moot Parliament Programme and the NUS–SMU "In Session" Dialogue Series. The Club invites students to propose initiatives of service to the community.

Moot Court Club[edit]

Established in 2007, SMU Moot Court Club was formed to facilitate the development of mooting in SMU School of Law. During the course of the semester, the Club helps to organise various domestic moot competitions that are open to all law students.

Corporate and Commercial Law Club[edit]

Established in 2015, this club aims to provide the SMU Law student body with valuable opportunities to connect with leading practitioners in various fields. Through such interactions, students will get to hone their various interests, as well as have a better sense of what to expect from real-world corporate and commercial practice.

SMU Law Athletes Club (SMULA)[edit]

SMU Law Athletes (SMULA) was officially made a sub-club of the Bar in 2012. Some of the highlights for SMULA include the Captain's Ball League; exploratory runs around the city; conducting multiple sports clinics; and tasting gold in the inter-faculty category of SMUX AdRace 2012, a gruelling 40 kilometres (25 mi) overnight adventure race.

Lexicon[edit]

SMU: An SMU Law Student Publication is an online law blog and journal featuring legal commentaries by students and alumni.

Signature events[edit]

Night Bike[edit]

Law Night Bike is an annual event where law students ride on their bikes and cruise down the roads of Singapore at night. This event is popular amongst all law batches and has facilitated both intra- and inter-batch bonding.

Law Musical[edit]

SMU School of Law's Law Musicals are written, composed and directed by students and alumni of SMU School of Law.

Notes[edit]

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  40. ^ http://alsaimcc.com/
  41. ^ https://www.nuremberg-moot.de/home/
  42. ^ http://www.murdoch.edu.au/School-of-Law/International-Maritime-Law-Arbitration-Moot/
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