The National University of Singapore (NUS) Master of Laws (LLM) – Asian Legal Studies Specialisation is offered by the NUS Faculty of Law.

This specialisation adds to the diversity of the Faculty of Law’s graduate offerings, and rides on the momentum generated by the Asian Law Institute (ASLI), established in the law school in 2003.

This innovative specialisation – 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 specialisation 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.


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


Bachelor’s Degree in Law


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 7.0.

Candidates who have obtained a TOEFL score of 92–99 (Internet-based) may also apply, but may be invited to attend an interview or be required to undertake a prescribed intensive English language training course, prior to commencing law studies.

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.


Not applicable


The NUS LLM programme is offered on the following basis (with estimated time to complete the programme indicated below):

 Full-time  12 months 

Note: International applicants must be accepted into an approved full-time course in Singapore to apply for a Student’s Pass. For more information, refer to the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website.


The NUS LLM is a 40–44-modular credit (MC) coursework-based graduate degree programme comprising:

  • Core/essential modules (at least 24 MCs), and
  • Elective Modules (up to 20 MCs).
Core/Essential Modules

Students who wish to specialise in Asian Legal Studies must complete at least 24 MCs of modules from the Asian Legal Studies subject cluster, including the compulsory module Legal Systems of Asia (4 MCs). Students from non-Common Law jurisdictions are required to take Singapore Common Law of Contract in Semester 1.

View Modules

Module Code Module Title MCs
LC5010 Legal Systems of Asia 4
LC5337 Singapore Common Law of Contract 4
Asian Legal Studies
Module Code Module Title MCs
LL5100 Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in China (Not Offered in AY2020-2021) (Sem 1) 4
LL5202V ASEAN Economic Community Law and Policy (Sem 2) 5
LL5287V ASEAN Law and Policy (Sem 1) 5
LL5003V China, India and International Law (Not Offered in AY2020-2021) (Sem 2) 5
LL5306 Chinese Banking Law (Sem 2) 4
LL5089V Chinese Corporate and Securities Law (Sem 2) 5
LL5093 Chinese Intellectual Property Law (Sem 1) 4
LL5009 Chinese Legal Tradition & Legal Chinese (Sem 1) 4
LL5388 Comparative Civil Law: Thai Contract Law (Sem 2) 4
LL5012V Comparative Constitutional Law (Sem 2) 5
LL5317V International Arbitration in Asian Centres (Sem 1) 5
LL5109V International Law and Asia (Sem 1) 5
LL5437V Law and Democracy in East Asia (Sem 2) 5
LL5140V Law of the Sea: Theory and Practice (Sem 2) 5
LL5243V Law, Economics, Development, and Geography (Sem 2) 5
LL5237V Law, Institutions, and Business in Greater China (Sem 1) 5
LL5309V Strategies for Asian Disputes - A Comparative Analysis (Sem 2) 5
Elective Modules

Up to 20 MCs of modules may be selected from those offered in other subject clusters in the LLM programme.

For a complete list of modules in all the subject clusters, please refer to the NUS Law website Course Listing.

Note: 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 LLM programme with an Asian Legal Studies specialisation, students must meet the following requirements:

Programme and/or Specialisation

Read and pass a total of 40–44 MCs. 

Module and/or Qualification

At least 24 MCs must be from modules in the Asian Legal Studies subject cluster, including the compulsory module Legal Systems of Asia—unless exempted. Students from non-Common Law jurisdictions are required to take Singapore Common Law of Contract.

Cumulative Average Point (CAP) 

Not applicable


Not applicable


Kindly note that all fees for the NUS LLM 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.


S$34,299.07 (excluding GST) per annum /
S$36,700.00 (including GST) per annum

Financial Assistance

Students in this programme have in the past been eligible for, or received funding support from:

• Kwa Geok Choo Graduate Scholarship (All nationalities)

• Faculty Graduate Scholarship (FGS) (All nationalities)

• Scholarship for Young Asian Academics (SYAA) (Asian students)

For more about loans and other financial assistance, please email Law Graduate Admissions.


S$50 (including GST)

• Non-refundable and non-transferable


Not applicable

Student Services

As published by NUS Registrar’s Office

• Payable every regular semester

Programme at a Glance*

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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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30 March 2022