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Rigorous & Challenging Curriculum

The innovative and broadbased Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) curriculum has an international focus. It gives students a powerful blend of IQ and EQ - hard knowledge skills and soft people skills, which include skills in analytical thinking, problem solving, communication, presentation, leadership and teambuilding. It also inculcates in students a strong sense of social and ethical responsibility. Add to this is the compulsory Law internship which expose students to real working life and hence provide an insight into their future career choices.


The LL.B. is a 4-year meritorious honours programme with 36 course units worth of courses. The LL.B. curriculum, recently revised to take into account student feedback, was originally formulated by legal academics and practitioners after extensive discussions, and endorsed by the Ministry of Law and Singapore's then Board of Legal Education.

The curriculum comprises a careful mix of University Core courses, Law Core courses, Law-related courses, Law electives as well as General Education courses to ensure that graduates possess the desired contextual and cross-border knowledge and expertise.


On successful completion of the LL.B. programme, students will be awarded the LL.B. degree accordingly, depending on their overall performance: LL.B. (merit), LL.B. (high merit), LL.B. cum laude (with distinction), LL.B. magna cum laude (with high distinction) or LL.B. summa cum laude (with highest distinction).

Graduates must attain a GPA of at least 3.00 in the courses leading to the LL.B. degree in order to practise law in Singapore. After graduation, graduates must pass Part B of the Bar Examinations before they are entitled to serve their Practice Training Period. If you graduate from SMU in December instead of June, you are allowed to serve your practice training period before passing Part B if you are able to complete the practice training period before attending any part of the preparatory course leading to Part B of the Bar Examinations (Rule 16(2)(c)); or where your practice training period (or part thereof) is served through working as a Legal Service Officer or under the supervision of a qualifying relevant legal officer (Rule 16(2)(d) read together with Rule 17(2)).

Under Rule 24 of the Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2011, all graduates who are “qualified persons” are required to obtain approval from the Singapore Institute of Legal Education before commencing the practice training period.


Students are expected to take a minimum of 3 courses and a maximum of 5.5 courses each term. Students may take additional courses from other SMU schools (thus increasing the total number of courses read) to form a second major if they are keen to leverage on the knowledge gained from these other disciplines.

Outstanding students may apply to enroll in the law double-degree programmes (DDP). The DDP is available to only a small number of students on a competitive basis. The DDP entails five years of full-time study. Some DDP students may have to undertake two internships to meet both degrees' requirements. For example, a LL.B.-BAcc DDP student would have to undertake a law internship as well as an accountancy internship.


  1. Business, Government & Society
  2. Ethics & Social Responsibility
  3. Leadership & Team Building


  1. Any 1.0 CU from Asian Studies Cluster


  1. Any 1.0 CU from Globalisation Cluster


  1. Managing Volatility, Unvertainty, Change and Ambiguity
  2. Creativity (0.5 CU)
  3. Analytical Skills (0.5 CU)


  1. Any 1 General Education Course


  1. Any 1 course unit from the undergraduate curriculum in SMU (including a law elective) 


  1. Commercial Conflict of Laws
  2. Comparative Legal Systems
  3. Constitutional & Administrative Law (1.5 course unit)
  4. Contract Law 1
  5. Contract Law 2
  6. Corporate Law
  7. Criminal Law (1.5 course unit)
  8. Law of Business Organisations
  9. Law of Equity & Trusts (1.5 course unit)
  10. Law of Evidence 
  11. Law of Property (1.5 course unit)
  12. Law of Torts (1.5 course unit)
  13. Legal Research & Writing
  14. Legal System, Legal Method & Analysis
  15. Legal Theory & Philosophy

To hone the legal writing skills of the students, from Year 2 onwards, each student will be required to submit a substantial individual written assignment of about 2,000 to 3,000 words for one of the law courses read in each term.

LAW ELECTIVES (Electives offered may vary for a given year)

Students must complete 8.5 law electives.

  1. Advocacy
  2. An Introduction to International Banking and Financial Regulation (0.5 course unit)
  3. Appellate Practice in Civil Litigation (0.5 course unit)
  4. Banking Law
  5. Comparative Law of Sales
  6. Competition Law
  7. Complex International Litigation
  8. Construction Law
  9. Contract Negotiation and Drafting
  10. Corporate Crime
  11. Corporate Insolvency Law
  12. Domestic and International Sales
  13. Drafting of Commercial Agreements (0.5 course unit)
  14. Drafting in Corporate Practice (0.5 course unit)
  15. Economic Analysis of Law
  16. Family Law
  17. Financial & Securities Regulation
  18. Foreign Direct Investment Law & Practice
  19. Information Technology & the Law
  20. Insurance Law
  21. Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asian Economies
  22. Intellectual Property Law
  23. International and Comparative Criminal Justice
  24. International Arbitration Practice
  25. International Commercial Arbitration
  26. International Commercialisation of Intellectual Property
  27. International Construction Law
  28. International Law and Global Politics
  29. International Moots
  30. International Patent Law and Policy
  31. Introduction to Civil Procedure (0.5 course unit)
  32. Islamic Commercial Law
  33. Joint Venture Law (Singapore – Indonesia)
  34. Jurisprudence: Modern & Critical Theories of Law
  35. Law and Policy of Ethnic Relations in Singapore
  36. Law and Regulation
  37. Law and the Changing Media Environment
  38. Law of Corporate Finance
  39. Law of Cybercrime and Digital Investigations
  40. Law of International Trade
  41. Law of Mergers & Acquisitions
  42. Law Study Mission
  43. Legal and Commercial Principles in Project Financing Transactions
  44. Legal Issues in E-commerce
  45. Negotiation & Mediation for Lawyers
  46. Pre-trial Practice in Civil Litigation  (0.5 course unit)
  47. Principles of Singapore Income Tax
  48. Principles of Taxation of International Business Transactions
  49. Public International Law
  50. Public International Law and Domestic Law:  International Commerce
  51. Shipping & Admiralty Law
  52. Trade & Investment Law
  53. WTO : Law and Policy
  54. Directed Research


  1. Financial Accounting for Law
  2. Finance for Law


Students are required to undertake a 10-week compulsory internship locally or overseas with an approved law firm, or the legal department of a government-linked department corporation/ multi-national department corporation, or a public sector regulatory body. The internship will aquaint students with the practical workings of the legal system and the realities of law practice in the private and public sectors. Students must also fulfill 80 hours of service and learning at a Voluntary Welfare Organization (VWO) or an organisation involved in pro-bono`and legal aid work. Students enrolled from 2013 onwards are required to complete 20 mandatory hours of pro bono work in their 2nd or 3rd year, as part of the 80 hours of community service. 

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Last updated on 14 Oct 2016 .