The NUS Law School's Master of Laws degree (LLM) offers prospective students an opportunity to upgrade qualifications, develop new skills, and form professional and personal connections.
Specializations offer a program of study tailored to develop expertise in a particular area, whether it is Corporate & Financial Services, Intellectual Property & Technology, International & Comparative Law, Maritime Law, or Asian Legal Studies. Students may also design their own LLM program, choosing from around 100 courses offered by the NUS faculty and visitors.
In order to obtain a specialization, students will have to complete 24 credits or 6 subjects (out of a possible 40 credits or 10 subjects) in a relevant subject area specialization. These students will then have the option of graduating with an LLM degree with the specific specialization indicated on their degree scrolls, or an LLM degree with no specialization indicated. Alternatively, students may opt from the outset to take any 40 credits of subjects and graduate with an LLM degree with no specialization. The latter option affords maximum flexibility in course selection according to the student’s individual preferences and interests.
The following specializations are available:
Corporate & Financial Services Law
This specialization includes electives in banking (domestic and international), company law and corporate finance, financial services and securities, and taxation. It enables students to acquire both a theoretical base and a practical expertise in the subjects involved. Singapore, as the commercial hub of Asia, is an ideal place for the pursuit of these subjects.
Intellectual Property & Technology Law
This specialization focuses on legal issues raised by the rapid advancement of science and technology. The courses offered include traditional intellectual property law courses, including those on copyright, patents, designs, trademarks and confidential information; as well as others specifically focused on the relevant technologies, such as biomedical law, telecommunications law and internet law.
International & Comparative Law
This specialization offers a good mix of public and private international law and comparative law subjects. There are courses that focus on trade, investment and commercial issues; as well as those covering subjects such as public international law, human rights and environmental protection. There are also specialized courses offering a comparative focus on the laws of major countries such as China, the U.S., the E.U. nations, India, Indonesia, Korea and Vietnam.
This specialization enables students to obtain specialized knowledge in legal matters relating to commercial shipping, marine insurance, shipping regulation and ocean policy. These are areas of great importance to Singapore (given its status as a global port) as well as the region. Overseas students accepted into this specialization will normally do it full-time within one academic year. Students working for companies based in Singapore who are supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore or other companies will normally do the program part-time and complete it within two academic years. This flexibility is also open to students in the Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law and Arbitration, which is designed for the non-lawyer professional.
Asian Legal Studies
This new specialization adds to the diversity of the NUS law school’s graduate offerings, and rides on the momentum generated by the Asian Law Institute (ASLI), established in the law school in 2003. This innovative specialization – one of only a handful available globally - allows students to study in depth the laws, legal systems, institutions and legal traditions of South, Southeast, and East Asia. It also affords the opportunity to focus on particular areas of law (e.g. commercial law, constitutional law and international law) as these are treated across the dynamic continent that is Asia. The specialization will enable students to understand not only the law in its wider socio-cultural context, but to appreciate its linkages with regional commerce, trade and politics.
Specialized LLM in International Business Law
The university also offers a specialized LLM in International Business Law which is taught at NUS in Singapore and the East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai.
NYU@NUS Dual LLM Program
In partnership with the New York University School of Law, the university also offers NYU@NUS – a dual LLM degree program pursuant to which students receive an LLM from NUS (with or without a specialization) and an LLM from NYU.
Double Degree Programs in LLM-MPP/MPA
In August 2008, the university started two double degree programs with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy – the LLM-MPP and the LLM-MPA.