GROWING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH:
SETTING A HIGHER BAR
In a world of growing complexities, the law graduate of the future needs a deep reservoir of knowledge and cross-disciplinary expertise, and the mental agility to think, analyse, and communicate.
SMU School of Law’s reputation is enhanced in its membership to the prestigious and standard-setting THEMIS network; and in our students and alumni winning several mooting and other law competitions, global and local that made Singapore proud. The strategic proximity of our new SOL building and Kwa Geok Choo Law Library allows our students convenient access to the Courts, business partners and prestigious law firms.
88% of our SMU students gain global exposure through exchange programmes and internships. To give back to society, students do 20 hours of pro bono work, and 80 hours of community service.
Our graduates are trained and well-equipped to excel across diverse legal areas of practise in both the private and public sectors and in areas such as commercial, criminal and litigation.
WHY SMU LAW?
We are the first and only Asian university to join the ranks of top European universities as part of the prestigious THEMIS network amongst a wide global network of partners for student exchanges.
Each year, a select group of our students get the unique opportunity to take part in the THEMIS programme, an international exchange at a partner university within the THEMIS network, international internships and specialised THEMIS seminars. Students who successfully complete the programme will obtain an international THEMIS certificate in addition to their local law degree.
Students are also highly encouraged to spend a term overseas in one of over 200 reputable SMU university partners worldwide in order to maximise your learning experience. Our Law School partnerships with the universities in a direct law-to-law exchange programme across 17 countries and is continually establishing more linkages to expand its international exchange programme offering.
Our students invest substantial efforts in pre-class preparatory reading and thinking, and participate in vibrant class discussions. Group presentations account for a significant amount of time in the class as part of our experiential and interactive participative learning culture. Through this, our students develop to become dynamic, articulate, confident and analytically agile individuals, with crucial attributes for excelling in the legal and corporate world.
To ensure a rigorous and holistic assessment of each student, a significant weightage of the assessment is given to class participation, term assignments, oral and written presentations. On the other hand, end-of-term examinations, which are usually open book, accounts for a maximum 50% of the final grade of the course.
To provide you the opportunity to learn from practical expertise and experience, we invite legal practitioners from law firms and members of the judiciary to participate in classroom teaching of the LL.B. course, which is a distinctive feature of the LL.B. programme.
As part of the curriculum to hone our students’ legal writing skills, each of them is required to submit from Year 2 onwards, an individual written assignment of 2,000 to 3,000 words for one of the law courses read in each term.
With outstanding results, you will have the opportunity to enrol in a 5-year double degree programme (DDP) which combines law with other programmes in Accountancy, Business, Economics, Information Systems, and Social Sciences. Available to only a small number of students on a competitive basis, the DDP entails a 5-year study with the same number of law electives read as those in the single degree track. In order to fulfill both degree requirements, some law DDP students may have to undertake two internships. For e.g., an LL.B,-BAcc DDP student would have to undertake both a law internship as well as an accountancy internship.
If you are keen to leverage on the knowledge gained from other disciplines, you can take additional courses from other SMU schools to form a second major.
Our new SMU-X courses adopt an interdisciplinary approach where students plan, lead and co-create, and where faculty members and industry leaders teach and mentor. It is through this approach that new skills, knowledge and solutions are developed.
The wide range of internship opportunities accorded to our students span legal work at local and offshore law firms, corporate in-house work at law departments of MNCs, compliance work in banks, and overseas internships such as those arranged through our partners, the New York State Bar Association and the Hague Conference on Private International Law representative office in Hong Kong. Other local internship opportunities include Public Service constitutions such as the Singapore Legal Service for public service works.
As part our curriculum, you are required to undertake a 10-week compulsory internship with:
Law firms; and/or
Legal department of Government/ Government-linked corporations/ Companies/ Multi-national corporations, amongst others.
Internships are intended to acquaint you with the practical workings of the legal system and realities of law practice in both the public and private sectors. You are only allowed to intern with a maximum of 5 partners within a period of 10 weeks. The internship may include an overseas component as is the case with internships arranged through one of our partners, the New York State Bar Association.
Our students perform 80 hours of attachment at a Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) or organisations involved in pro-bono and legal aid work. As a part of this 80 hours of community service, you are required to complete 20 mandatory hours of pro-bono work in their 2nd or 3rd year.
We continually negotiate with other firms and organisations of interest to our students to ensure that our students are given the best internship choices and support.
We have earned worldwide recognition through our successes at a wide range of global and local competitions.
As part of our commitment to holistic education, we currently host the Howard Hunter Moots in collaboration with the legal community, with the promise of a wider array of competitions to cater to our diverse student community. Our students also participate actively in national and international competitions and have consistently done us proud in these competitions. In local competitions, we have won 18 of the 30 competitions that were open to NUS and SMU since 2011. In international moot competitions, we have won seven national rounds, 14 championship finals, 14 1st runners-up titles, and more than 70 Best Oralist and Best Memorial prizes to date.
We made our debut in international moot competitions in 2009, less than two years after admitting our first cohort, and emerged 1st runners-up at the 4th edition of the LawAsia Moot. The following year, before graduating a single student, our students tasted success in not one but two international mooting competitions – the 3rd edition of the Monroe E Price Moot and the 12th edition of the Asia Cup Moot. Our students were also placed 1st, 5th and 7th in an international online negotiation competition hosted by Smart Settle in the same year.
In 2012, our Willem C Vis Moot team set a tournament record by winning 6 Honourable Mention awards for written and oral submissions. In 2013, we reached the international final of the Philip C Jessup Moot which saw a record turnout of 632 teams. Although we did not win the final, we set the record of being the fastest and youngest ever law school to reach the international final. In 2014, we again reached the international final of Jessup Moot. In the same year, we also won the Asia Cup and LawAsia championships as well as the inaugural Choice of Court Convention Moot.
2015 was the best season yet, with our team winning five championships in eight finals, including the Vis East and International Criminal Court moots.
It is unheard of for a young Law School to attain this level of achievements in such a short period of time. We remain fully committed to training and preparing our students for international competitions and believe that greater success lie down the road.
Bachelor Of Law
Be thoroughly equipped to be an excellent, articulate and confident legal practitioner with an acute sense of discernment and an ability to engage any area of law with ease.
SMU's undergraduate law programme aims to mould students into excellent holistic lawyers who will contribute significantly to society. The objective is to produce law graduates who have contextualised knowledge and the ability to think across disciplines and geographical borders.
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.
Consistent with SMU's mission, the Law School adopts a pedagogy that is fresh and different. The programme bears SMU's distinctiveness of holistic learning, interactive pedagogy and international and practical exposure.
Last updated on 02 Mar 2017 .