The National University of Singapore (NUS) Juris Doctor (JD) is offered by the NUS Faculty of Law.

The JD degree is a graduate law degree that may lead to qualification for the practice of law in Singapore.

At NUS, the JD programme comprises:

  • a two-year single graduate degree programme for candidates holding a basic law degree from another jurisdiction; and
  • a three-year single graduate degree programme for candidates holding a non-law degree.

The three-year JD can be completed in two-and-a-half years in exceptional circumstances.

Why This Programme?

  • Earn a prestigious qualification from the top law school in Asia, and 10th in the world1.

  • Choose from a comprehensive range of specialisations in areas such as Corporate & Financial Services Law, Intellectual Property & Technology Law, and International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, taught by more than 70 full-time faculty members and over two dozen adjunct faculty members.

  • Increase the richness of your academic experience at NUS Law through the lessons and intensive three-week elective modules offered by visiting professors from some of the top universities in the world, including Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Melbourne, Seoul National University and University of Hong Kong among many others.

1 QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021


Application Period
An Academic Year (AY) at NUS consists of two semesters and a special term (which occurs during the Semester 2 Vacation, and is divided into two parts of six weeks duration each):

  • Semester 1: Aug–Dec
  • Semester 2: Jan–May
  • Special Term (Part 1): May–Jun
  • Special Term (Part 2): Jun–Jul

Note: There is no special term for the JD programme.

For the JD programme, there is one application period for each AY:

Programme Intake Application Dates
JD Semester 1
(Aug Intake)
15 Sep to 15 Nov of year preceding the intake year


Admission to the NUS JD programme is granted on a competitive basis as places in the programme are limited. Applicants should possess the following minimum requirements:


For three-year JD programme:
A university degree in any non-law discipline with at least a Cum Laude or Second Class Upper Honours degree or its equivalent

Note: Those completing their first degree by early July of the year of admission (August intake) may also apply.

For two-year JD programme:
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 its equivalent


Not applicable

English Language

Applicants from English-medium institutions in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States:

  • No requirement

Applicants whose LLB or LLM degrees were conducted entirely in the English medium:

  • May submit a request with supporting documents for consideration (on a case-by-case basis) to be granted a waiver

Applicants whose native tongue and medium of university instruction is not completely in English:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 100 (Internet-based), or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum Academic score of 7.5

Note: TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date and should not have expired at point of application. Expired scores will not be considered for the application. In view of COVID-19, TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition, TOEFL ITP® Plus (with a score of at least 627) for China and IELTS indicator (with the same scores as the standard IELTS test) will be accepted in the interim until testing centres reopen.

Each application must be accompanied by:
  • Two academic referees or alternatively two recommendation letters from employer if the applicant has left school for some years (to be submitted online by the referees/employer),
  • a personal statement, and
  • a one-to-two-page curriculum vitae setting out the applicant's educational history and work experiences (if any) need to be submitted with an application.
Shortlisted applicants must undergo a written test and an interview. For the Aug 2022 intake, the written test will be conducted on 8 Jan 2022, and the interviews on 14 and 15 Jan 2022. Further details will be provided to shortlisted applicants in Dec 2021.


The NUS JD programme is offered on the following basis (with estimated time to complete the programme indicated in brackets):

 Full-time  24 months or 36 months, depending on programme 

Note: International applicants must be accepted into an approved full-time course in Singapore to apply for a Student’s Pass. Part-time courses and courses conducted in the evening or on weekends are not eligible. For more information, refer to the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website.


The two-year NUS JD is a 91–96-modular credit (MC) programme, comprising:

  • Core/essential modules (72 MCs), and
  • Elective modules (19–24 MCs, depending on exemptions).

Meanwhile, the three-year NUS JD is a 120–124-MC programme, comprising: 

  • Core/essential modules (80 MCs + 4–5 MCs for Civil Law), and
  • Elective modules (35–39 MCs).
Core/Essential Modules

The compulsory core/essential modules aim to:

  • give an understanding of the basic law modules and general principles;
  • provide training in the basic skills essential for every lawyer, including analysis, research, writing, advocacy and problem-solving; and
  • give an appreciation of the role of law and lawyers in their own society and in the global community to better equip a lawyer to deal with the challenges of globalisation.

View Modules

Module Code Module Title MCs
LCJ5001 Criminal Law 8
Introduction to Legal Theory
Law of Contract
Law of Torts
Equity & Trusts
Constitutional & Administrative Law
LCJ5008 Company Law
LCJ5009 Pro Bono Service
LCJ5010 Legal Systems of Asia
LCJ5011 Evidence
LCJ5012 Trial Advocacy
LCJ5013 Corporate Deals
LCJ5014 Principles of Property Law
LCJ5015 Legal Analysis, Research & Communication
LCJ5016 Legal Analysis, Research & Communication


  • Two-Year JD students with a law degree from a common law jurisdiction will be exempted from Introduction to Legal Theory and Legal Systems of Asia (but can choose to do them as graded elective modules), as well as Legal Analysis, Research & Communication. Other exemptions will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Two-Year JD students with a law degree from a civil law jurisdiction will be exempted from Introduction to Legal Theory and Legal Systems of Asia (but can choose to do them as graded elective modules), as well as Legal Analysis, Research & Communication. Exemption will also be granted for the Civil Law module.
  • Three-Year JD students will read the same compulsory modules as the LLB students except for Introduction to Legal Theory and Legal Systems of Asia, which will be optional.
Elective Modules

The elective modules allow students to pursue their interest in a particular field of law. They may select from a broad and diverse range of subject clusters, including Asian Legal Studies, Corporate & Financial Services Law, Intellectual Property & Technology Law, International & Comparative Law, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Maritime Law, Private Law, Law & Society, and Research & Skills.

View Modules

For a complete list of elective modules, please refer to the NUS Law website.

Note: The list of elective modules above is not exhaustive and is subject to change. For more information about the modules listed above (as well as other modules offered in the current academic year), please visit NUSMODS.


To graduate from the NUS JD programme, students must meet the following requirements:

Programme and/or Specialisation

Two-year JD — Read and pass a total of 91–96 MCs, comprising:

  • 72 MCs of core/essential modules (inclusive of any exemptions)
  • 19–24 MCs of elective modules

Three-year JD — Read and pass a total of 120–124 MCs, comprising:

  • 80 MCs of core/essential modules + 4–5 MCs (Civil Law)
  • 35–39 MCs of elective modules
Module and/or Qualification

Not applicable 

Cumulative Average Point (CAP) 

Not applicable 


Not applicable


Kindly note that all fees for the NUS JD programme quoted on this page are exclusive of prevailing GST, unless otherwise stated. The University reserves all rights to review fees as necessary and adjust accordingly without prior notice.


Two-year JD:
S$56,100.00 (excluding GST) /
S$60,027.00 (including GST)

Three-year JD:
S$74,799.07 (excluding GST) /
S$80,035.00 (including GST)

Financial Assistance

Not applicable


S$100 (including GST)

• Non-refundable and non-transferable


Not applicable

Miscellaneous Student Fees

As published by NUS Registrar’s Office

  • Payable every regular semester

Programme at a Glance*
Upcoming Webinar(s):

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Next Intake:

Application Period:

Online Submission:
15 Sep 2021 – 15 Nov 2021

Submission of Supporting Documents:
By 22 Nov 2021


* For full details, please refer to main write-up.

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For Frequently Asked Questions specifically about the NUS JD programme, please click here.

For Frequently Asked Questions relevant to the Faculty of Law and its programmes, please click here.

For more Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

For enquiries, please email us at pgc@nus.edu.sg.

17 January 2022