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School of Law
Singapore Management University
School of Law, Singapore Management University - 20170103-01.jpg
The School of Law Building at 55 Armenian Street, Singapore, which opened in 2017
Type Private autonomous national university
Established 2007
Dean Yeo Tiong Min, SC
Location 60 Stamford Road, 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. 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 five-year 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. In December 2016, the school moved to its new building, vacating its prior premises in the business and accountancy school buildings.

The school took in only 116 students in its first academic year, reaching a steady-state intake of 120 between 2008 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]

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, and 2017), ICC (2015 and 2016), Frankfurt (2015 and 2017), IHL (2016), and International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot (2016).

History and milestones[edit]

The facade of the new School of Law Building at 55 Armenian Street, Singapore
A view of the building's interior
The Kwa Geok Choo Law Library, named after the wife of the former Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew

The School of Law was preceded by the Law Department, which was created in 2000, and headed by Professor Andrew Phang (now Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Singapore).[4] A full-fledged law school was established in 2007 – 50 years after the establishment of the first and then-only law school in Singapore, NUS — following the encouragement of the Singapore Government, which had, during a major review, discovered a shortage of qualified legal personnel in Singapore.[5][6] The school's first dean was Professor Michael Furmston, a foremost authority on contracts and commercial law in the Commonwealth.[7] He headed the school from its inception in 2007 to 2012. Professor Yeo Tiong Min has been the dean since 2012.[8]

2007

  • 5 January: SMU School of Law is officially launched
  • 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[9]
  • 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 U.S. Internships, Exchange Programmes and Knowledge Sharing

2010

  • 1 May: Launch of Continuing Legal Education programme[10]

2011

  • 19 May: Launch of LLM (Master of Laws) programme

2012

  • 21 February: Professor Yeo Tiong Min (1st Honorary Senior Counsel) is appointed as the school's second Dean[11]

2013

  • 7 March: First Asian university to join the THEMIS network[12]
  • November: Partnership with Yonsei University to set up dual JD programme[13]

2014

  • 20 January: Groundbreaking ceremony for new law school building[14]

2015

2016

PM Lee Hsien Loong at the Kwa Geok Choo Law Library during the official launch of the School of Law building in 2017
  • December: Relocation to the new law school building

Student performance[edit]

Moot court training session in progress at the David Marshall Moot Court

International 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, and 2017), ICC (2015 and 2016), Frankfurt (2015 and 2017), IHL (2016), and International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot (2016). As of March 2017, in just over five years since its first batch of students graduated in 2011, the school has won 20 championships and 19 first-runner-up titles in international moot competitions, in addition to 12 national round championships (including four Jessup national titles in the last five years).[16] 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.[16][17] 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.[18][19] It has the best track record in the Price, ICC, LawAsia, Hague, WTO/FTA, and Fletcher competitions.

Track record[edit]

Competition Debut Last entered Champion Runner-up Top 3 to Top 5 Quarter-finalist Octo-finalist 16th-finalist Seeding Memorial prizes and notable rankings Oralist prizes and notable rankings Remarks Did not participate
Jessup Moot 2011 2017 National rounds: 2013;[20] 2014;[21] 2015;[22] 2017

International exhibition rounds: 2011;[23] 2012[24]
National rounds: 2011; 2012; 2016

International rounds: 2013;[25] 2014[25]
2017 2015 1st (2014);[26] 5th (2013);[27] 31st (2015)[28] National rounds: 2011 (1st); 2012 (1st); 2013 (1st);[20] 2015 (1st);[22] 2017 (1st)

International rounds: 2014 (2nd (Best Applicant), 3rd (Dillard), and 5th (Evans));[29][30] 2017 (5th (Best Combined Memorials))

International exhibition rounds: 2011 (2nd)
National rounds: 2013 (1st);[20] 2014 (1st);[21] 2015 (1st)[22]

International rounds: 2013 (14th);[31] 2014 (20th);[32] 2015 (9th)[33]

International exhibition rounds: 2011 (1st)
Vis Moot 2011 2017 2015;[34] 2016 2012;[35] 2013[36] of 333 (2016); 3 of 298 (2015); 3 of 290 (2014); 20 of 282 (2012); 25 of 290 (2013); 81 of 254 (2011) 2012 (HM x 2);[35] 2013 (HM);[36] 2014 (HM);[37] 2015 (HM);[34] 2016 (HM); 2017 (HM) 2011 (HM);[38] 2012 (HM x 3);[35] 2014 (4th; HM x 2);[37] 2015 (HM x 2);[34] 2016 (HM x 2) Orals HM: 2012;[35] 2013;[36] 2014[37]
Vis East Moot 2010[39] 2017 2015[40] 2016

Pan-Asian Final: 2013[41]
2017[42] 2012[43] 2014[44] of 133 (2016); 6 of 99 (2014); 11 of 90 (2012); 16 of 107 (2015); 25 of 93 (2013); 43 of 85 (2011); unknown (2010) 2010 (HM);[39] 2012 (HM);[45] 2013; (HM)[46] 2016 (HM x 2)[47] 2014 (6th and 14th); 2016 (HM x 2);[48] 2017 (HM x 2)[49]
Moot Shanghai 2014 2015 2014[50] 5 of 30 (2014);[51] 10 of 32 (2015) 2014 (1st);[50] 2015 (HM) 2016
Oxford Monroe Price Moot 2010[52] 2017 2010;[52] 2016;[53] 2017 2015[54] 2013[55] 2012;[56] 2014[57] 1st (2010; 2016); 2nd (2013); unknown (2012; 2014; 2015) 2010; 2016 (1st)[52][53] 2012 (2nd);[56] 2013 (4th);[55] 2015 (5th and 12th);[54] 2017 (1st, 3rd, and Best Finals Oralist) 2011
International Criminal Court Moot 2015 2016 2015;[58] 2016[59] 3rd (2016); 6th (2015) 2015 (1st) Best Overall Team (Victim's Rep): 2015
Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot 2015 2017 2017[60] 2015[61] 3rd (2015); 4th (2017); 19th (2016) 2017 (Best Finals Oralist)
LAWASIA Moot 2009 2016 2013; 2014; 2016[62] 2009;[63] 2011;[64] 2012[65] 2015 1st (2013; 2014); 2nd (2009; 2011; 2015);[63] 4th (2016); 6th (2012) 2015 (1st); 2016 (1st) 2013 (1st); 2014 (1st);[62] 2015 (1st); 2016 (2nd) 2013: Spirit of LawAsia 2010
Asia Cup 2010[66] 2016 National rounds: 2010;[66] 2011;[66] 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015

International rounds: 2010;[66] 2011;[66] 2014[67]
National round: 2016

International rounds: 2012;[68] 2013;[69] 2015[70]
1st (2010; 2011; 2013; 2014; 2015); 2nd (2012) 2010 (3rd);[66] 2011 (5th);[66] 2012 (5th);[68] 2013 (5th) 2010 (3rd x 2);[66] 2011 (3rd);[66] 2012 (5th);[68] 2013 (1st, 3rd, and 4th x 2);[69] 2014 (1st and 3rd);[67] 2015 (1st and 2nd)
IHL Moot 2010 2016 2016[71] 2010;[72] 2011;[73] 2012;[74] 2013;[75] 2014[76] 2015[77] 1st (2014); 2nd (2011); 4th (2013); 10th (2015) 2010 (3rd);[72] 2014 (3rd)[76] 2012 (2nd);[74] 2014 (1st and 2nd)[76] Joint team with NUS between 2011–2014
Choice of Court Convention Moot 2014 2014 2014[78] 2014 (Best Finals Oralist)[78] No competitions held from 2015 onwards
DM Harish Moot 2015 2016 2015 2016 4th (2015) 2015 (2nd)
WTO/FTA Moot 2015 2015 2015[79] Best Finals Oralist (2015); Best Semifinal Oralist (2015)
International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot 2013 2016 2016[80] 2013[81] 2nd (2013; 2016) 2013 (6th and 10th); 2016 (3rd for knockouts)[82] 2013: Best Newcomer[81] 2014–2015
Fletcher Insolvency 2017 2017 2017 2nd Best Finals Oralist (2017); Best Oralist (2017)
Herbert Smith Freehills-Asian Law Students Association Moot 2009 2014 2014 2009 2014 (Best Finals Oralist) 2010–2013; 2015 onwards
ICC Mediation 2016 2013; 2014 Top 10: 2010[83]
Youth for Peace International Law 2010 2011 2011 Joint team with NUS in 2011 2012 onwards
Stetson Environmental Law 2016 2016 Regional rounds: 2016 2016: qualified for international rounds but unable to participate
Ashurst Private Law 2016 2016 2016 1st (2016) 2016 (1st)
Asia-Pacific M&A Moot 2015 2016 2016 2016 (1st) 2016 (Best Individual; Best Team Member)

Most number of international championships in a season[edit]

SMU set a world record by reaching eight international moot finals in a single season in 2015 (winning a world record five), a feat it bettered in 2016 when it reached nine finals.[18] 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.[18]

  • 5: Singapore Management University, 2014/15 (Asia Cup, Hague Convention, LawAsia, Vis East, ICC)[18]
  • 3: Singapore Management University, 2015/16 (Price, ICC, WTO/FTA)[18]

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

  • 9: 2015/16 (Vis East, Vis, Price, IHL, ICC, WTO/FTA, Maritime Asia Cup, Ashurst)[18]
  • 8: 2014/15 (Hague Convention, Asia Cup, LawAsia, Vis East, Vis, Frankfurt, Price, ICC)[18]

Mooters with multiple international championships[edit]

A number of its 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)
  • 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
2017 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: Preliminary rounds SMU: Champions
NUS: 1st-runner-up
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 SMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: Quarter-finalist
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
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
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
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
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
2010 SMU: Champions
NUS: lost national round
NA NA NA NA SMU: Champions NA NA SMU: Top 5 NA NA NA
2009 NA SMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: Preliminary rounds
NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

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 2017, SMU has 4 championships, 5 Best Memorial Prizes, and 3 Best Oralist Prizes, while NUS has 3 championships, 2 Best Memorial Prizes, and 4 Best Oralist Prizes.

Year Champion Best Oralist Best Memorial Result in Washington DC
2017 SMU NUS SMU TBC
2016 NUS NUS NUS Round of 16
2015 SMU SMU SMU Round of 32
2014 SMU SMU NUS Championship final
2013 SMU SMU SMU Championship final
2012 NUS NUS SMU Round of 32
2011 NUS NUS SMU Semi-final

Other international achievements[edit]

  • Cyberweek eMediation: Top Party (2010; 2014)
  • 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)[84]
  • Essex Court Chambers-SAL Moot featuring SMU alumni:[85] Champions (2016; 2017); Champions (joint teams with other alumni) (2013; 2014; Best Speaker (2016); Best Memorial (joint team with other alumnus) (2015)

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 Did not participate
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 NA 2015 NA
Duane Morris (Transactional) 2014 2014; 2015; 2016 2014; 2015; 2016
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 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
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 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)
  • The Living Courthouse Essay Competition: First Place (2009)
  • LexisNexis Rule of Law Essay Competition: 2nd Place (2013)
  • Christopher Bathurst Essay Prize: 3rd Place (2016)

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.[86]

Year Winner Runner-up Finalists
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

Valedictorians[edit]

Year LLB JD University Notes
2016 Tan Jun Hong Lynn Kan NA Jun Hong: 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
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

Advisory Board[edit]

The Advisory Board features a wide range of professionals in order 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 Mr Lucien Wong.[87]

Mr Lucien Wong Chairman and Senior Partner

Allen & Gledhill LLP

The Honourable Justice Quentin Loh Judge

Supreme Court of Singapore

The Honourable Justice Judith Prakash Judge

Supreme Court of Singapore

Mr Chua Lee Ming Judicial Commissioner

Supreme Court of Singapore

Ms Juthika Ramanathan Chief Executive

Supreme Court of Singapore

Mr Lee Eng Beng SC Managing Partner

Rajah & Tan LLP

Mr Andre Maniam SC Managing Partner

WongPartnership LLP

Ms Blossom Hing Director

Drew & Napier LLC

Dr Stanley Lai, SC Head of Intellectual Property Practice

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Mrs Lee Suet Fern Managing Partner

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC

Mr David H. Zemans Managing Partner

Milbank, Asia

Programmes[edit]

Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) programme[edit]

LL.B. students from the School of Law visiting Parliament House in March 2011

Entry requirements[edit]

To be admitted to the Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) 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.[88] Potential candidates are called for a short written test and a group interview.

Curriculum[edit]

The LL.B. 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.

Graduation requirements[edit]

Aside from fulfilling the required curriculum, all SMU students are required to complete compulsory courses from the Finishing Touch programme; a series of required Career Preparation & Enrichment workshops to prepare students for internships and job applications. Further, students must complete ten weeks of internship and 80 hours of community service in order to graduate.

Juris Doctor (J.D.) programme[edit]

Juris Doctor (J.D.) students from the School of Law at an information session introducing the J.D. programme to prospective applicants

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 J.D. 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 (subject to approval).

Master of Laws (LL.M.) programme[edit]

The SMU Master of Laws (LL.M.) provides opportunities for persons aspiring to be legal specialists in the fields of Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution, and Islamic Law and Finance. Applicants must have a good LL.B. or J.D. degree and at least two years of professional legal working experience. Those without a basic law degree but who have substantial knowledge of and exposure to law may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Proficiency in the English language must be shown.

The LL.M. is a one-year programme. Participants read a total of eight courses, including two prescribed courses, four specialisation courses and two free electives. Completion of this programme does not qualify graduates for entry to the Singapore Bar.

Asian Peace-Building and Rule of Law Programme[edit]

The Asian Peace-building and Rule of Law Programme (APRL) coordinates socio-legal research on the rule of law. It conducts seminars, carries out and supervises innovative scholarly research, and leads direct impact transitional justice initiatives in post-conflict Asian countries. APRL has worked with leading law schools, including Yale Law School and Berkeley Law School.

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%.

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.[89] In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, the school's ranking was 151–200.[89]

The Bar, SMU Law Society[edit]

The SMU Law Society,[90] 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.

Signature events[edit]

Never/Land – The SMU Law Musical 2012, which was performed at the Faith Centre for Performing Arts, Anglo-Chinese Junior College

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.

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