• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


The curriculum was formulated by legal academics and practitioners after extensive discussions, and endorsed by Singapore Institute of Legal Education and Ministry of Law.

The academic year begins in mid-August and follows the same academic calendar/grading scheme as the LL.B programme. The Juris Doctor Programme from Singapore Management University may be accelerated in some cases for completion within 2 to 2.5 years subject to the approval of the J.D. Committee, which will take into consideration their first term's exam grades.


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 include: 

  • Contract Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Legal Theory and Philosophy
  • Criminal Law
  • Law of Property
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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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  • 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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Academic Requirements

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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17724 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 53177 USD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    17724 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 53177 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.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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