Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How many intakes are there for the Faculty of Law in each Academic Year?
The Faculty of Law has only one intake per Academic Year, which usually commences in early August each year.
2. How many students are admitted into the Faculty of Law each year?
The Faculty of Law presently admits around 250 students each year, including the number of students admitted to the Graduate LL.B. Programme, Double Degree and Concurrent Degree Programmes.
3. Does the Faculty of Law offer any part-time LL.B. undergraduate degree courses?
No, the Faculty of Law does not offer any part-time undergraduate LL.B. degree courses.
4. What admission requirements should applicants meet?
Please refer to the admission requirements stated HERE. Please note that different application deadlines apply to different applicant category and high school qualifications.
5. How are applicants shortlisted for the Law test and interview?
Shortlisted applicants will be required to sit for a written test and attend a formal interview, usually held in mid-April in Singapore. Selection shall be solely within the discretion of the University and will depend upon the number of places available in the Faculty. To be considered for the shortlisting for the Law test and interview, please indicate Law in your application form as the first and/or second choice. The only exception granted is where you place Law as your third choice with Medicine, Dentistry, Architecture, Industrial Design or Nursing as your first two choices. If you are interested in the Double Degree Programmes or Concurrent Degree, you should opt for these in the same application form.
6. When is the interview and written test usually conducted? What does it aim to do and does one need to prepare for it?
The dates for the 2017 interviews and the written test are as follows:
Interviews/Test Day/Dates
Interviews Thursday, 13 April and Saturday, 15 April 2017
Written test Sunday, 16 April 2017
   

The interview and test aim to assess the level of competency in the English language and reasoning ability of each candidate, as well as the suitability of an applicant for the LL.B. programmes. The duration of the interview is about 10 - 20 minutes, while the written test is of an hour and 15 minutes' duration. No preparation is needed as no prior legal knowledge is assumed.

Note: The Faculty reserves the right to make further changes. Please check our website again in early January 2018 for updates on test and interview dates or refer to the Office of Admissions website.

7. If I were to intern in one or more law firms after completing high school, would my experience aid in my application to be admitted to Law?
The academic and Law test/interview results form the basis for admission to Law. Internship is not one of the requirements, and hence, not one of the components taken into account. However, we encourage potential applicants to undertake an internship so as to find out what a legal career entails. This may help an applicant to decide if the Law course is suitable for him/her.
8. When and how will I be informed that I have been shortlisted for the interview or test?
Applicants will be notified by the Office of Admissions via the Online Application Status Facility (OASF) latest by the second week of April if they are shortlisted. SMS alert will be sent to shortlisted candidates who have provided a valid Singapore mobile number in their admissions application form
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No hardcopy/email notification will be sent. Shortlisted candidates should download or print the electronic invitation letter for retention.
 
9. Where will the interview and test be held? Can I be exempted from the test/interview if I am shortlisted?
The interview and test will be held at NUS. All shortlisted applicants are expected to appear personally for both the interview and test even if they possess excellent academic records. No exemptions will be given.
10. What if I am unable to appear for the interview or test?
All shortlisted candidates must attend the interview and sit for the test to be considered for admission. If you are unable to appear for the interview and/or test and have a valid reason, please follow the instructions in your shortlisting letter and email to lawbox19@nus.edu.sg immediately upon receipt of your letter of notification for the test and interview.
11. How does admission to Law work? 
Applicants will be shortlisted based on your A level, diploma or its equivalent high school results. Admission will depend on your performance in the written test and interview.
12. I have attended the interview and test. What happens if I am not selected for Law?
If Law is your first choice and you are not successful, you will be considered for subsequent choices as indicated in your application form. This is provided you meet the admission requirements and subject prerequisites of your other choices.
13. I was invited to attend the interview and test last year but was not offered a place in Law. Can I re-apply?
An unsuccessful applicant can always reapply. However, he/she will have to compete with the same cohort of applicants for a place in Law in the current year.
   

 

Graduate LL.B. Programme (GLB) FAQs

1. What is the Graduate LL.B. Programme (GLB) in Law?
The Graduate LL.B. Programme is a special programme for students who already possess a university degree, preferably in a non-law discipline. Students in this programme can obtain an LL.B. (Honours) degree in three years by completing a total minimum of 120 credits of subjects. They are required to take the same compulsory core law subjects as the students in the 4-year LL.B. (Honours) degree.
2. When and how do I apply for the Graduate LL.B. Programme?
Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents with local or foreign university degrees will generally apply in early February of the admissions year. For International applicants, the application period is usually between October to April of the following year. Please apply online via the Office of Admissions website. Under “Apply To NUS”, please apply according to the applicant category that is applicable to you. To be considered for the shortlisting for the written test and interview, please select “LAW (3-year Law for University Graduates)” under the choice of courses
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What are the requirements to gain admission to this course?
Please refer to the admission requirements stated HERE .

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If I already have a degree, do I still need to submit my high school results? Will my degree transcript be sufficient?
Please submit all academic documents, including high school results as required by the Office of Admissions.

5. Will I get a different degree from students in the 4-year LL.B. course? Is the degree recognized for practice in Singapore?
Graduate LL.B. Programme students will be awarded the same LL.B. (Honours) degree as students who complete the 4-year LL.B. programme. They are also awarded the same classes of Honours as the 4-year LL.B. students. The degree is also recognized for practice in Singapore.
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Will I be entitled to the MOE Tuition Grant?
As the Graduate LL.B. Programme is essentially an undergraduate programme, students admitted to this programme may expect the same Tuition Grant guidelines to apply as for other applicants admitted to the 4-year LL.B. Programme. However, there is a limited number who can enjoy the Tuition Grant. Applicants should refer to the Eligibility Guidelines for Tuition Grant for more information on the eligibility of the tuition grant.

Any change in Tuition Grant entitlement will be communicated to the successful applicant when an offer is made. Please refer to the Registrar’s Office website for more information on the tuition fees and tuition grant.

7. Can I also apply for the Tuition Fee Loan or other financial aid?
The Graduate LL.B. Programme is a full-time  undergraduate programme. Please refer to the  Office of Admissions website to check carefully your eligibility for the various loan schemes if you intend to apply for financial aid or contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
8. What if I am unable to obtain 2 academic referees? Can I get my employer to write a letter of recommendation or to submit personal statements?
Academic referees are preferred. If you have left school for some years and are unable to submit academic referees, please provide at least one academic referee and one professional referee or a recommendation letter. Alternatively, please provide 2 recommendation letters from your employers. There is no standard template or word limit for recommendation letters. Personal statements are optional.
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Is there any age limit imposed on applicants to the Graduate LL.B. Programme?
There is no age limit imposed on applicants.

10. If I fail to gain admission into this Programme, can I then be considered for the 4-year LL.B. programme?
All applicants with a first degree will automatically be considered for the Graduate LL.B. Programme. If an applicant is unsuccessful in his application to the Programme, it is highly unlikely that he would qualify for the 4-year LL.B. programme.
11. Can Graduate LL.B. (GLB) programme students request to defer their studies upon receiving an offer of admission?
No. Application for admission to the GLB programme should be submitted only in the year which applicants are able to enrol in the Law School. Deferment is applicable and granted only to applicants serving full-time National Service in Singapore.

 

Transfer

1. I am currently studying/have completed my studies in an overseas university / college. Can I apply for a transfer to NUS or gain advanced standing?
NUS do not have a system of direct credit transfer with overseas universities. Therefore, we will not consider former or current students of overseas universities for credit transfers. However, once a candidate has gained admission into Faculty of Law, he/she can apply for exemption from law modules that he/she has already completed at another institution.

Exemptions from modules can be granted by the Vice Dean of Academic Affairs and factors such as the content of subjects which have already been completed as well as the grade obtained by the candidates will be considered in deciding whether to grant the exemption.
2. I am currently studying in another course at NUS. If I apply for a transfer to Law and are successful, can I transfer some or all of my credits?

A student who transfers to Law from another course will start on clean slate. This means that there will be no waiver, credit transfer/ exemption of modules.

Please contact the Academic Affairs (Undergraduate) if you need further assistance upon your enrolment

 

Others

1. After completing my law degree, am I then considered a lawyer? How do I get admitted to the Singapore Bar?
We suggest that you visit the Singapore Institute of Legal Education website for more information. 
2. Where can I get more information on admission to Law and other related courses?
Please visit the following websites:
NUS Office of Admissions
Faculty of Law homepage
3-Year Graduate LL.B. Programme
4-Year LL.B. Programme
 
Double Degree Programmes
Business Administration and Law
Economics and Law
Law and Life Sciences
Law and Yale-NUS B.A. (Hons)
 
Concurrent Degree Programme
Law and Public Policy
 
3. Where can I seek further clarifications on the application process and submission of documents?

Please contact the Office of Admissions directly or visit http://www.askadmissions.nus.edu.sg/ to submit a question. You may be able to find answers to questions submitted by other prospective applicants.
 

 

 

 

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