Juris Doctor Programme (JD)

Juris Doctor Programme (JD)

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) programme is a graduate programme that leads to a first degree in law. It is designed for persons who hold undergraduate degrees in other disciplines and for those who hold degrees in law from civil law countries. Many students have several years of work experience. The programme is characterised by interactive (Socratic) teaching that helps students develop analytical, problem-solving, interdisciplinary and comparative law skills. These skills are essential for excelling in today’s highly competitive legal and corporate environments. A rigorous curriculum is taught by an international faculty that includes teachers with backgrounds in practice, government and the judiciary.

Degree Postgraduate
Postgraduate type Coursework
Study mode Full-time
Programme Length

3 years full-time


Core Courses

  • Commercial Conflict of Laws
  • Comparative Legal Systems
  • Constitutional & Administrative Law (1.5 course unit)
  • Contract Law 1
  • Contract Law 2
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law (1.5 course unit)
  • Ethics & Social Responsibility
  • Law of Business Organisations
  • Law of Equity & Trusts (1.5 course unit)\
  • Law of Evidence
  • Law of Property (1.5 course unit)
  • Law of Torts (1.5 course unit)
  • Legal Research & Writing
  • Legal System, Legal Method & Analysis
  • Legal Theory & Philosophy

Electives* (choose 6.5 CU)

  • Advocacy
  • Banking Law
  • Comparative Law of Sales
  • Complex International Litigation
  • Competition Law
  • Contract Negotiation & Drafting
  • Corporate Crime
  • Corporate Insolvency Law
  • Economic Analysis of Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Family Law
  • Financial & Securities Regulation
  • Foreign Direct Investment Law & Practice
  • Information Technology & the Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and Comparative Criminal Justice
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Commercialisation of Intellectual Property
  • International Moots
  • International Patent Law and Policy
  • Islamic Commercial Law
  • Jurisprudence: Modern & Critical Theories of Law
  • Law and Policy of Ethnic Relations in Singapore
  • Law & Regulation
  • Law of Confidential Information, Trade Secrets and Privacy
  • Law of Corporate Finance
  • Law of International Trade
  • Law of Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Negotiation & Mediation for Lawyers
  • Principles of Singapore Income Tax
  • Public International Law
  • Shipping & Admiralty Law
  • Trade & Investment Law
  • WTO : Law and Policy
  • Directed Research

* The electives offered may change from time to time

Related Topics Law, Business, Social Sciences & Humanities
Admission Requirements

Applicants should have completed at least three years of full-time undergraduate education.


If you are a non-law graduate, the admission requirement is:

  • At least a Cum Laude or Second Class Upper Honours degree qualification

If you are a law graduate from a civil law country or a non-gazetted common law university, the admission requirement is:

  • At least a Cum Laude or Second Class Upper Honours degree qualification


English Proficency

Applicants must show proficiency in the English language. A TOEFL/IELTS/SAT test is required if the medium of instruction in the applicant's undergraduate education was not in English.


Applicants must have obtained a minimum combined score of 1400 for both Critical Reading and Writing Components of the SAT Test. Applicants who are intending to take TOEFL or IELTS, please note the following minimum scores:

TOEFL (Internet-based): 100

IELTS: Overall band of 7.5

Scores must not be more than two years old.


Application Fee (non-refundable) S$50

Registration Fee (non-refundable)

S$5,400 (Singaporean/PRs)/S$5,500 (International Applicants)

Amount is payable upon acceptance to the programme. S$5,000 will contribute to the first payment of tuition fees. The registration fee covers matriculation, examination fees, orientation activities, library and computer account.

Tuition Fees

S$69,360 (inclusive of GST) payable in 4 installments

First installment S$12,340, subsequent installments of S$17,340 each.


Graduate Programmes Office (J.D.)

Singapore Management University

School of Law

c/o Lee Kong Chian School of Business

50 Stamford Road Level 4

Singapore 178899

Phone: +65 6828 0274

Fax: + 65 6828 0805

Email: JD@smu.edu.sg