SMU – School Of Law
Singapore Management University (SMU) was launched in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. The University was incorporated on 12 January 2000 as Singapore's first private university with substantial funding by the government.
Occupying a state-of-the-art city campus in the heart of Singapore, SMU is home to some 8,000 students. It comprises six schools offering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in a vibrant, dynamic environment. The University has a number of institutes and centres of
excellence, and provides public and customised programmes for working professionals.
Collaborations with leading institutions, including the Wharton School, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Chicago, allow SMU to draw on academic and research strengths across all major disciplines.
SMU follows a course credit system similar to that used in American universities. Each individual course is assigned a certain credit weightage and students are required to take a specified number of units in order to fulfill the requirements for graduation.
Singapore - a global legal hub
The growth of Singapore as a commercial and financial centre has necessitated the development of a vibrant legal sector to cope with the increased quantity and complexity of transactions. Over the years, Singapore has taken steps to liberalise and strengthen the legal sector. There are now more than 100 foreign law firms and close to 1,000 foreign lawyers to complement the local firms and lawyers. Several of the top arbitration firms also have a presence in Singapore.
School of Law
SMU School of Law was established in 2007 with the view of providing diversity and competition in the Singapore legal scene. It marked a major milestone in the development of legal education in Singapore. SMU's law programme aims to mould students into excellent holistic lawyers with contextualized legal expertise and the ability to think across disciplines and geographical borders.
The law programmes adopt SMU's distinctives of holistic learning and active seminar-style pedagogy Significant assessment weightage is allocated to class participation, term assignments, oral and written presentations, whilst the end of term written examination typically accounts for a maximum of 50 per cent of the final grade in a course.
The School of Law has highly qualified and experienced faculty with international experience. The faculty members hold postgraduate degrees from renowned universities such as Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge and Stanford. The faculties are actively involved in the university, the global legal fraternity and in Singapore society. The diversity in legal research and teaching is apparent from the list of global publications of the faculty and the spectrum of courses being offered in various areas of law.
The Law School offers a full-time three -year graduate programme called the Juris Doctor (J.D.) and a one-year Masters of Law (LLM) by coursework programme.