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The Juris Doctor Programme from Singapore Management University is characterised by interactive (Socratic) teaching that helps students develop analytical, problem-solving, interdisciplinary and comparative law skills. A rigorous curriculum is taught by an international faculty that includes teachers with backgrounds in practice, government and the judiciary. Very strong English language ability is required.

The J.D. programme is a full-time 3-year programme, comprising 22 courses totaling 25 course units ( Each course carries one course unit unless stated otherwise). The curriculum was formulated by legal academics and practitioners after extensive discussions, and endorsed by Singapore Institute of Legal Education and Ministry of Law.

Teaching Approach

The J.D. programme bears the SMU's distinctives of holistic learning, active seminar-style pedagogy and international and practical exposure, amongst others.

Students engage in a substantial amount of pre-class preparatory reading and thinking, and they participate actively in class discussion. Our experience is that the interactive / participative learning environment at the School of Law helps develop confidence and analytical and presentation skills -- attributes which are essential for excelling in the legal and corporate world.

Classes are deliberately kept small and a multi-faceted approach to course assessment is adopted. This includes class participation, term assignments and oral and written presentations. The end of term written examination (usually open book) typically accounts for a maximum of 50% of the final grade in a course. A significant amount of time is devoted to group presentations.

A distinctive feature of the J.D. programme is that lawyers from practice, government and the judiciary will be invited to participate in classroom teaching. This will provide our students with the opportunity to integrate practical expertise with theory and doctrine.

Career Opportunities

  • Legal work that JD graduates can pursue:

Associates in law firms: advising clients, drafting and negotiating transactions and/or dispute resolution

Legal counsel in a multinational or local company: advising the company on legal and corporate matters

  • Governmental Legal Service:

State Counsel/Deputy Public Prosecutor: giving advice to and conducting advocacy on behalf of the Government

Justices’ Law Clerks:  working closely with and under the mentorship of the Judges of the Supreme Court in trial and appellate work

Programme Structure

Courses included: 

  • Contract Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Legal Theory and Philosophy
  • Criminal Law
  • Law of Property
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws
  • Singapore Legal System 
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility for Law

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • Completed an undergraduate education in any discipline with at least a Cum Laude or Second Class Upper Honours degree; or
  • Law graduates from a civil law country or a non-gazetted common law university with at least a Cum Laude or Second Class Upper Honours degree, or
  • Graduands who will obtain their final transcript and graduation certification letter by the second week of June
Scores that are more than 2 years old will not be accepted.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15996 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 47996 USD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    15996 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 47996 USD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Singapore

  • 1878 - 3880 SGD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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