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When will UniSIM School of Law take in its first batch of students?

The UniSIM School of Law will commence classes in January 2017.


When can I apply to the UniSIM School of Law?

Applications for the second intake will open from 1 January to 15 July 2017.


How many students will UniSIM School of Law take in?

UniSIM School of Law will have an initial intake of 60, but will increase to a steady state of 75.​


How do I apply for admission to UniSIM School of Law?

Applications should be made on the online application portal.​


What are the admission requirements?

If you already have a first degree, you will be applying for the Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD). If you do not have a first degree, then you will be applying for the Bachelor of Laws (LLB):​

The Juris Doctor (JD) programme has the following minimum admission criteria:​
  • Applicants to the JD programme must have at least a Bachelor’s degree AND substantial work experience;​
  • Demonstrate aptitude to practice law through taking the UK Law National Aptitude Test.
  • All applicants will be required to provide a full CV​ detailing their work experience as well.​

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme has the following minimum admission criteria:
  • Applicants to the LLB programme must have at least the GCE 'A' level with three passes (prior to 2006) or three H2 passes (from 2006), or a local Polytechnic Diploma or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or a NUS High School Diploma​;
  • Demonstrate aptitude to practice law through taking the UK Law National Aptitude Test.
  • All applicants (other than fresh school leavers with "A" Levels or diploma certificates) will be required to provide a full CV​ detailing their work experience as well.​

More importantly, we will be looking for candidates who have a strong interest in Criminal Law and Family Law demonstrated through their work and voluntary commitment in the community. 

All applicants will have to submit a Personal Statement which is where they have to set out why they want to do the programme, what experience they bring into their studies and what they aspire to do after programme.

Candidates will be required to attend an interview before a decision is made to permit the candidate to proceed to the start of the programme, the Introductory Courses. Candidates will be assessed holistically, and we will not be looking solely to any one particular item. We will be looking for candidates who can prove a strong interest in Criminal Law or Family Law, or both, through evidence of their work and voluntary commitment in the community.  .


What is the Law National Aptitude Test?

LNAT is a registered trademark of LNAT Consortium Limited.

This is a test of aptitude not of knowledge. LNAT was developed by a consortium of UK universities as a fair way to assess a candidate's potential to study law at undergraduate level, regardless of their education or personal background. The LNAT is designed to be a test of aptitude rather than educational achievement. The skills that candidates need to do well in the LNAT are also the skills that they need to do well in legal education. 

It is used alongside standard methods of selection such as A Level (or their global equivalent) results, university applications, and admissions interviews, to give a more accurate and rounded impression of the student's abilities.

LNAT measures the verbal reasoning skills at the heart of legal education
  • comprehension
  • interpretation
  • analysis
  • synthesis
  • induction
  • deduction

The LNAT cannot be revised for, although those taking it will benefit from familiarising themselves with the style and format of the test. They can do this free of charge on the LNAT website.

All applicants are advised to go to the website www.lnat.ac.uk to find out more about the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT).  

All applicants must sign up for the test before July 31, 2016. All information on how to sign up, pay and take the test is available on the LNAT website. (Please ignore the timelines that are currently on the website as they have yet to be revised for applicants to UniSIM.)

NB: UniSIM will receive the results before the applicants will. When making an application, applicants need only confirm they have already taken the test.​


Is this a full-time or part-time course? Can I continue working?

The UniSIM School of Law is primarily targeted at working adults. Fresh school leavers with 'A' Levels or diploma certificates are welcome to apply for the Bachelor of Laws programme. The law programmes are full-load programmes with training delivered via pre-recorded online lectures and face-to-face sessions in the evenings and weekends, but with flexibility to enable various speeds of progression.


How long will it take to complete the course?

The curriculum will be modular and credit-based. For students without a prior degree, they will be required to complete 180 credit units to graduate from the LL.B. programme; for students with a first degree, they will be required to complete 150 credit units to graduate from the J.D. programme. The LL.B. programme can be completed in 4-6 years, and the J.D. programme can be completed in 3-6 years.


Can I just take selected courses if I don't want to enrol in the LL.B. or J.D. programme?

Yes, some of the courses will be open to the public to take as CET courses. More details later. 


How much are the fees? Will there be any scholarships?

For current tuition fee for the Bachelor of Laws programme, click here
For current tuition fee for the Juris Doctor programme, click here​.
Information about scholarships will be provided in due course.


Will I get admitted to the Singapore Bar after I graduate from the LL.B. or J.D. programme?

Graduates of the UniSIM School of Law will be eligible for admission to the Singapore Bar if 
  • they achieve at least a GPA of 3.5 (equivalent to a lower-second honours),
  • take the preparation course and pass Part B of the Bar examination, and 
  • complete six months of Practice Training.
This is no different from the graduates of NUS or SMU. ​
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