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Juris Doctor

National University of Singapore

24 months
18800 EUR/year
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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 programmes: (i) a 2-year single graduate degree programme for candidates holding a basic law degree from another jurisdiction; or (ii) a 3-year single graduate degree programme for candidates holding a non-law degree.

Visit the official programme website for more information


You would most likely want to read a JD if you want to practise 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 specialisations 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 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.

Programme Structure

The compulsory modules aim to:

  • give an understanding of the basic law modules and general principles
  • provide training in the basic skills essential for every lawyer, including analysis, research, writing, advocacy and problem-solving; and
  • give an appreciation of the role of law and lawyers in their own society and in the global community to better equip a lawyer to deal with the challenges of globalisation.

The elective modules allow students to pursue their interest in a particular field of law. They may select from a broad and diverse range of subject clusters, including Asian Legal Studies, Corporate & Financial Services Law, Intellectual Property & Technology Law, International & Comparative Law, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Maritime Law, Private Law, Law & Society and Research & Skills.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Apply Date: 15th Sept to 15th Nov 2021


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

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

  • For the 3-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.
  • For the 2-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. We particularly welcome applications from ASEAN, China and European jurisdictions.

Written Test and Interview

All shortlisted applicants must undergo an interview and a written test. The interview and test will be conducted between February and March. Details will be provided to shortlisted applicants.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37600 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.

2 years JD programme: S$60,027 (inclusive of GST)

3 years JD programme: S$80,035 (inclusive of GST)

Living costs for Singapore

1878 - 3880 SGD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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