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When can I apply to the Singapore University of Social Sciences​ School of Law?

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


How many students are School of Law admitting for this intake?

65.​


How do I apply for admission to 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 Juris Doctor (JD) programme. If you do not have a first degree, then you will be applying for the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme:

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' Level or diploma certificates) will be required to provide a full CV​ detailing their work experience as well.​

Additionally, applicants must also meet the English Language proficiency requirement and the following mother tongue (MTL) requirement:

​​GCE A Levels / NUS High School Diploma ​International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • minimum of D7 for the higher MTL paper taken at the 'O' Level examination
  • minimum of 'S' grade for the H1 MTL paper or General Studies in Chinese
  • minimum of 'S' grade for the H2 MTLL paper taken at the 'A' Level examination
  • pass in the MTL 'B' Syllabus paper at the 'A' Level examination
  • minimum of D7 for the higher MTL paper taken at the 'O' Level examination
  • minimum of 'S' grade for the H1 MTL paper or General Studies in Chinese
  • minimum of 'S' grade for the H2 MTLL paper taken at the 'A' Level examination
  • pass in the MTL 'B' Syllabus paper at the 'A' Level examination
  • pass in SL/HL MTL A or B paper taken at IBDP Examination

If you have been exempted from MTL, the MOE-approved subject-in-lieu will be considered as your MTL subject. 

Applicants who have not satisfied the MTL requirement above may be admitted on a provisional basis and will be required to attain the MTL within the period of their University study before being permitted to graduate from the University.

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 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 graduation.

Candidates will be required to attend an interview and will be assessed holistically. 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)?

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 register and take the test before 15 July 2017. Information on how to register, pay and take the test is available on the LNAT website.

NB: Singapore University of Social Sciences​ will receive the results before the applicants will. When making an application, applicants need only confirm they have already taken the test.​


Do I have to take the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT) again if I have previously applied for the last intake?

Yes, all candidates re-applying for a new intake will be required to go through the entire application process, which includes the filing of an online application, submission of all supporting documents, an attempt of the LNAT in the current test cycle, and an admission interview. Only LNAT results in the latest cycle will be taken into consideration.​


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

The School of Law is primarily targeted at working adults. Fresh school leavers with 'A' Level or diploma certificates are welcome to apply for the Bachelor of Laws programme. The law programmes are full-load programmes with classes conducted 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 first degree, they will be required to complete 180 credit units to graduate from the LLB programme; for students with a first degree, they will be required to complete 150 credit units to graduate from the JD programme. The LLB programme can be completed in 4.5 to 6 years, and the JD programme can be completed in 4 to 6 years.


Can I just take selected courses if I don't want to enrol in the LLB or JD programme?

Yes, some of the courses will be open to the public to take as CET courses at a later date. 


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​.
For information on financial assistance, click here.


Will I get admitted to the Singapore Bar after I graduate from the LLB or JD programme?​

Graduates of the School of Law will be eligible for admission to the Singapore Bar if 
  • they achieve at least a CGPA 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. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​