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Academic Appointments

Academic Appointments (Full-Time Faculty Positions)

The School of Law at the Singapore Management University is seeking expressions of interest from leading legal academics seeking employment at all levels.

In particular, we are seeking candidates with teaching and/or research interests in at least two of the following subject areas:

  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Singapore Legal System
  • Legal Theory and Philosophy 
  • Law and Technology (and related areas)

Candidates should have excellent undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications.  Applicants for tenured positions should have a proven record of high-quality research.  Candidates who have recently completed the LLB (or equivalent) or postgraduate law programmes will be considered for appointments as lecturers or assistant professors.  Familiarity with the common law system is desirable. 

The School of Law is also seeking expressions of interest from candidates who have completed an LL.B. (or equivalent) for a full-time appointment as a lecturer to teach Business Law and related areas to non-law students at the Singapore Management University (that is, students from the other SMU Schools such as School of Accountancy, Lee Kong Chian School of Business and School of Social Sciences). 


About School of Law, Singapore Management University

The School of Law at the Singapore Management University was established in August 2007 with the mission to build a collegial team of excellent researchers and teachers and to nurture lawyers who will lead and serve the community with distinction. Our programmes (currently comprising a 4-year LLB programme, a postgraduate Juris Doctor programme and the LLM programme) aim to produce holistic graduates who understand law in context, and who are able to think across disciplines and geographical borders. Interactive seminar-style teaching is employed to create a learning environment that is dynamic and challenging.

About the Available Positions

In SMU, there are three categories of faculty – Standing Faculty (a tenured / tenure-track appointment where sustained scholarly research is a requirement), Practice Faculty (a renewable term appointment requiring substantial practical expertise) and Education Faculty (a renewable term appointment for those with experience in teaching and pedagogical research). Candidates may indicate their interest in any one of these tracks. Appointments at different levels (assistant professor, associate professor and professor) as commensurate with the candidates' experience will also be considered.  

Application Procedure

Interest applicants should submit a detailed curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, three selected publications, a list of three referees with full contact information to

All expressions of interest received will be treated in the strictest confidence.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 31 January 2019

All correspondence should be addressed to the Associate Dean (Faculty & Research), Professor Gary Chan.

(Please quote reference number in all correspondence: jobs@lawcv-2019)

For more information on Recruitment in SMU, please visit the Careers@SMU website:


Early Academic Career Opportunities

SMU, with the support of the Ministry of Education, offers various types of postgraduate development opportunities providing a range of support to promising Singaporeans at the early stages of their academic career.

Singaporean candidates at the early stages of their academic career considering applying to the School of Law may consider applying directly for one of the following opportunities:

  1. Overseas Postgraduate Scholarships (OPS)

    SMU’s Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship that aims to attract and encourage talented young Singaporeans to embark on an academic career by providing financial support as well as guidance and mentorship. The scholarship will provide financial support for up to five years while the selected scholars complete their overseas studies towards a LLM and/or PhD degree (or equivalent).

  2. Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowships (OPF) 

SMU's Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship aims to provide doctoral candidates who are about to complete or have completed their studies at a local autonomous university, an opportunity to engage in mentored and advanced training and/or research at an overseas university or institute for one year.

  1. Early Career Award (ECA)

The ECA provides outstanding Singaporeans who have recently completed their PhD or postdoctoral training an opportunity to enhance their teaching capabilities as well as establish a strong research portfolio before they are considered for a tenure track appointment at SMU. Awardees will hold appointment as Lecturer for a period of up to three years during which they will receive a research grant, reduced teaching load and guidance of an academic mentor.  Upon completion of the award, awardees will be considered to join SMU’s faculty as an Assistant Professor on the tenure track. 


Further details, as well as the eligibility criteria and application process, may be found at the following website:

Enquiries about either the OPS, OFS or ECA may be directed to the Associate Dean (Faculty & Research), Professor Gary CHAN.


Last updated on 06 Dec 2018 .


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