The National University of Singapore (NUS) Master of Laws (LLM) – Corporate & Financial Services Law Specialisation is offered by the NUS Faculty of Law.

This specialisation includes electives in banking (domestic and international), company law and corporate finance, financial services and securities, and taxation. It enables students to acquire both a theoretical base and a practical expertise in the subjects involved.

Singapore, as the commercial hub of Asia, is an ideal place for the pursuit of these subjects.


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 Corporate & Financial Services Law must complete at least 24 MCs of modules from the Corporate & Financial Services Law subject cluster, including the compulsory module Elements of Company Law (4 MCs)—students who have read and passed Company Law at NUS or its equivalent in a common law jurisdiction are exempted from having to take this module. 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
LC5230 Elements of Company Law 4
LC5337 Singapore Common Law of Contract 4
 Corporate & Financial Services Law
Module Code Module Title MCs
LL5276 Advanced Contract Law (Sem 1) 4
LL5202V ASEAN Economic Community Law and Policy (Sem 2) 5
LL5006V Banking Law (Sem 2) 5
LL5063V Business & Finance for Lawyers (Sem 1) 5
LL5063V Business & Finance for Lawyers (Sem 2) 5
LL5306 Chinese Banking Law (Sem 2) 4
LL5089V Chinese Corporate and Securities Law (Sem 2) 5
LL5388 Comparative Civil Law: Thai Contract Law (Sem 2) 4
LL5173V Comparative Corporate Law (Sem 2) 5
LL5064V Competition Law and Policy (Sem 1) 5
LL5295 Conflict of Laws in Int'l Commercial Arbitration (Sem 2) 4
LL5014V Construction Law (Sem 2) 5
LL5382V Core Aspects of Private International Law (Sem 1) 5
LL5402 Corporate Insolvency Law (Not Offered in AY2020-2021) (Sem 2) 8
LL5189V Corporate Social Responsibility (Sem 2) 5
LL5018V Corporate Tax: Profits & Distributions (Sem 2) 5
LL5019V Credit & Security (Sem 1) 5
LL5054 Domestic & International Sale of Goods (Sem 2) 4
LL5069V European Union Law (Not Offered in AY2020-2021) (Sem 1) 5
LL5242V Financial Regulation and Central Banking (Sem 1) 5
LL5214 International and Comparative Oil and Gas Law (Sem 1) 4
LL5029BV International Commercial Arbitration (Sem 1) 5
LL5434V International Commodity Trading Law Clinic (Sem 2) 5
LL5235V International Contract Law: Principles and Practice (Not Offered in AY2020-2021) (Sem 2) 5
LL5032 International Investment Law (Sem 1) 4
LL5150V International Investment Law and Arbitration (Not Offered in AY2020-2021) (Sem 2) 5
LL5164V International Projects Law and Practice (Sem 1) 5
LL5302 International Regulation of Finance & Investment Markets (Sem 2) 4
LL5441 Law & Economics of Corporate Bankruptcy & Insolvency (Sem 2) 4
LL5178V Law and Practice of Investment Treaties (Sem 1) 5
LL5407 Law of Insurance (Sem 1) 8
LL5407 Law of Insurance (Sem 2) 8
LL5237V Law, Institutions, and Business in Greater China (Sem 1) 5
LL5393V Liability of Corporate Groups and Networks (Sem 1) 5
LL5205V Maritime Conflict of Laws (Sem 2) 5
LL5074V Mergers & Acquisitions (Sem 1) 5
LL5327V Mergers and Acquisitions: A Practitioner's Perspective (Sem 2) 5
LL5412 Securities and Capital Markets Regulation (Not Offered in AY2020-2021) (Sem 2) 8
LL5162V Singapore Corporate Governance (Sem 2) 5
LL5035V Taxation Issues in Cross-Border Transactions (Sem 1) 5
LL5342V Taxation of Cross-Border Commercial Transactions (Sem 2) 5
LL5322V Trade Finance Law (Sem 1) 5
LL5060B World Trade Law (Sem 1) 8
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 a Corporate & Financial Services Law 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 Corporate & Financial Services Law subject cluster, including the compulsory module Elements of Company Law—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$33,317.76 (excluding GST) per annum* /
S$35,650.00 (including GST) per annum*

Non-subsidised tuition fees shown here.

Financial Assistance

Singaporeans and Singapore PRs may enjoy tuition fee subsidies1.

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 graduate tuition fees and subsidies, please refer to the NUS Registrar’s Office.

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

1 Information about subsidised tuition fees for LLM can be found on the Faculty of Law web page on Tuition Fees.


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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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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10 November 2021