Singapore Management University (SMU)

Graduate Programmes Office (LLM)
School of Law
60 Stamford Road
Level 4 Singapore, 178900

Master of Laws facts

  • Tuition 37,450 SGD

  • Duration 10 months

  • Intakes September

  • Minimum TOEFL 100

  • Minimum IELTS 7.0

Singapore Management University (SMU) - Full Profile

The University

Established in 2000, SMU’s mission is to generate leading-edge research with global impact and produce broad-based, creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy. It has, over the years, become known for its interactive and technologically enabled pedagogy of seminar-style teaching in small-size classes.

SMU is home to over 8,300 undergraduate and postgraduate (Masters and PhD) students across six schools. In 2011, its Business School received AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation and a five-year EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accreditation. The SMU city campus – with its award-winning architecture and state-of-the-art technology – is located in the heart of Singapore (within the central business district and the arts and heritage precincts) and has its own underground subway station.

The Law School

The School of Law in SMU was established in 2007 with the aim of providing diversity in Singapore’s legal education landscape. The SOL offers a four-year full-time LLB programme, a five-year double-degree programme which combines law with SMU’s existing non-law programmes, as well as a full-time Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Laws (LLM) programme.

Its first cohort of law students graduated in 2011. SMU’s law graduates are well regarded for being confident, articulate and analytically agile. SOL also emerged as first runner-up in the Jessup Mooting Competition in 2013 and 2014, earning the distinction of being the first international team to make the finals on its international debut.

The distinguished faculty at SOL have postgraduate law degrees from renowned universities worldwide, such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge and London. They have also amassed an impressive publication record with articles appearing in top law journals, including The Cambridge Law Journal, Modern Law Review, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies and Journal of Contract Law.

SOL recently became the first Asian institution to join the Themis Network, alongside Università Bocconi (Milan, Italy), Esade (Barcelona, Spain), Freie Universität (Berlin, Germany), Université Paris Est Créteil Val de Marne (Paris, France) and Maastricht Law School (Maastricht, The Netherlands).

The Program

LLM courses are taught by a team of distinguished faculty members in SMU's characteristic seminar-style and conducted exclusively for LLM students in small-size classes. A holistic approach to assessment is adopted - this includes class participation, research papers, group presentations and the final examination (which typically accounts for no more than 50% of the overall grade). Students can expect to immerse themselves in rigorous legal research and intellectual discourse, whilst, at the same time, forge close personal relationships with their peers and instructors. 

Master of Laws in Cross-Border Business and Finance Law in Asia

The rise of Asian economies has fuelled demand for legal services in the region, especially in terms of structuring cross-border deals as well as dealing with transnational disputes. The aim of this LLM programme is to expose students to a broad range of legal issues that businesses in Asia are likely to encounter so that they will be better prepared to advise on cross-border matters in the region. This is a 1-year full-time programme. 

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Dual Master of Laws in Commercial Law (Singapore and London)

Delivered jointly by the School of Law at Singapore Management University and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London, the Dual LLM in Commercial Law (Singapore and London) programme aims to provide students with a unique opportunity to study commercial law in two major commercial hubs, Singapore and London. The programme is designed to give you a broad overview of Asian commercial law in Singapore followed by the opportunity to build on this knowledge by going into more depth in London, through more specialised taught modules as well as a dissertation. 

This is a highly intensive 15-month degree programme where you will gain insight into the legal underpinnings of commerce in the East and West. On successful completion you will be awarded 2 LLM degrees, 1 from SMU, and 1 from QMUL.

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Entry Requirements


The usual qualification for entry to the LLM programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2:1 honours (or equivalent).

Law graduates with 2:2 honours who have other legal qualifications and/or substantial processional legal experience may also qualify. 


Non-law graduates may be considered on the basis of any professional experience that directly relates t the subject area. 


Applicants will have to take an English proficiency test if their undergraduate degree was not taught and examined in English. The minimum English proficiency test requirement is as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0
  • TOEFL: 100

Application Procedure

Master of Laws in Cross-Border Business and Finance Law in Asia

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Tuition and Fees

Master of Laws in Cross-Border Business and Finance Law in Asia

Application Fee (non-refundable)S$50
Registration Fee (non-refundable) payable upon acceptance to the programme. This fee includes matriculation, examination fees, orientation activities, library & computer account. 
S$400 (Singaporean/SPR)
S$500 (International Students)
Course Fee - subject to annual reviewS$37,450 (inclusive of GST)

Non-refundable deposit before matriculation: S$5,000

1st instalment: S$16,225

2nd instalment: S$16,225

Dual Master of Laws in Commercial Law (Singapore and London)

Application Fee (non-refundable) payable to SMU   S$50
Tuition Fee£28,000* to be paid in 2 instalments.

*50% by the start of the term in July to SMU, and 50% in January to QMUL. Fees will be paid in the currency of the respective institutions at the prevailing currency exchange rate at the time of payment.

Financial Aid


Funded by the Kwa Geok Choo Law Library Endowment Fund, the Kwa Geok Choo Scholarship is available to outstanding law undergraduates and graduates of the Singapore Management University. Up to 2 postgraduate scholarships will be awarded each year. Each scholarship is tenable for one year of the scholars' studies, subject to outstanding academic performance and continued observance of the eligibility criteria. 


  • Present full-time SMU law postgraduate student of any nationality who has completed at least one year of full-time legal education at the university level
  • Outstanding academic results (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7 or First Class Honours, or its equivalent)
  • Outstanding leadership qualities
  • Embraces and demonstrates the SMU CIRCLE (Commitment-Integrity-Responsibility-Collegiality-Leadership-Excellence) Values
  • Active involvement in co-curricular activities; and
  • Demonstrates a spirit of volunteerism by contributing to the community

Tenure and Benefits of the Local Postgraduate Scholarship Award

  • The scholarship has a value of S$25,000.
  • The scholarship will offer financial support towards the Scholar's tuition fees, living allowances and the purchase of textbooks. 
  • No bond is required under the terms of this Scholarship.

Students will be informed when scholarship applications open. 


SMU School of Accountancy/School of Law Building

60 Stamford Road 

Singapore 178900

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Programs at Singapore Management University (SMU)


10 months
37,450 SGD

Dual Degree

15 months
28,000 GBP
  • Program is delivered in London and Singapore.
  • Graduates receive two LL.M.s: one from SMU and the other from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

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