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.
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.
Associates in law firms: advising clients, drafting and negotiating transactions and/or dispute resolution
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Justices’ Law Clerks: working closely with and under the mentorship of the Judges of the Supreme Court in trial and appellate work
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