Message from Dean
The SMU Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) programme was introduced in 2009 as an additional route for those who aspire to become qualified persons for the purpose of entry into the Singapore legal profession, in addition to the traditional LLB programme.
The UK model of modern legal education, which has been followed in Singapore, involves teaching law at the undergraduate level at universities. On the other hand, the North American model, which has been followed to a large extent in countries like Australia, Japan and South Korea, law is studied as a postgraduate degree, after the completion of an undergraduate degree in some other discipline.
The Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) programme in SMU brought to Singapore the North American model of legal education. The JD programme is targeted at those who already have a degree in another discipline or a law degree from another jurisdiction. It shares the core law content of the LLB programme in SMU, and provides opportunities for internship.
For those seeking a change of career, and those who want to get qualified to practise law in Singapore, the SMU JD programme can provide exciting opportunities in Singapore as its legal services sector grows.
Professor Yeo Tiong Min
Yong Pung How Professor of Law
Dean, School of Law
Last updated on 23 Oct 2012.