Agc Law Reform Essay Competition

The Singapore Management University School of Law (SMU School of Law) is one of the six schools of Singapore Management University. It was set up as Singapore's second law school in 2007, 50 years after the National University of Singapore. While the school traces its origins to the Law Department within the School of Business, it has since become a full-fledged law school covering all major areas of the law. It offers a four-year undergraduate single Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree programme, and a double degree programme combining the law degree programme with one of SMU's existing non-law programmes: accountancy, business, economics, information systems, or social sciences. Students can also do a second major. In addition to the LLB, the school offers a full-time two- to three-year graduate Juris Doctor (JD) programme as well as a Master of Laws (LLM) programme. The Dual LLM in Commercial Law, which confers LLM degrees from Queen Mary University of London and SMU, was launched in 2015. In December 2016, the school moved to its new building, vacating its prior premises in the business and accountancy school buildings.

The school took in only 116 students in its first academic year, reaching a steady-state intake of 120 between 2008 and 2013.[1] The intake after 2014 rose to more than 150, but is expected to be capped at 180 for LLB students. Admission to the law programme is competitive. In the 2015 University Admissions Exercise, both the 10th and 90th percentile had an Indicative Grade Profile (of Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level qualifications) of AAA/A.[2] Approximately 1,300 applicants are shortlisted for an interview and a written test, with an estimated 150 admitted each year.[3]

Since the launch of its international moots programme in 2010, the school has been to the championship final of the largest and most established international moot court competitions: Jessup (2013 and 2014), Vis (2015 and 2016), Vis East (2015 and 2016), Price (2010, 2015, 2016, and 2017), ICC (2015, 2016, and 2017), Frankfurt (2015 and 2017), IHL (2016), and International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot (2016). The school has also won on numerous occasions regional moots such as the LAWASIA and Asia Cup competitions.

History and milestones[edit]

The School of Law was preceded by the Law Department, which was created in 2000, and headed by Professor Andrew Phang (now Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Singapore).[4] A full-fledged law school was established in 2007 – 50 years after the establishment of the first and then-only law school in Singapore, NUS — following the encouragement of the Singapore Government, which had, during a major review, discovered a shortage of qualified legal personnel in Singapore.[5][6] The school's first dean was Professor Michael Furmston, a foremost authority on contracts and commercial law in the Commonwealth.[7] He headed the school from its inception in 2007 to 2012. Professor Yeo Tiong Min was then the dean from 2012 to 2017.[8] Associate Professor Goh Yihan has been the dean since 2017.[9]

2007

  • 5 January: SMU School of Law is officially launched
  • 1 August: Professor Michael Furmston is appointed as the school's first Dean
  • 13 August: First intake of law students (116)

2009

  • 30 January: Inaugural Law Play
  • 18 March: Launch of Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) programme[10]
  • 30 April: Establishment of Centre of Dispute Resolution and International Islamic Law and Finance Centre
  • 31 October: Memorandum of Understanding with the New York State Bar Association to partner for U.S. Internships, Exchange Programmes and Knowledge Sharing

2010

  • 1 May: Launch of Continuing Legal Education programme[11]

2011

  • 19 May: Launch of LLM (Master of Laws) programme

2012

  • 21 February: Professor Yeo Tiong Min (1st Honorary Senior Counsel) is appointed as the school's second Dean[12]

2013

  • 7 March: First Asian university to join the THEMIS network[13]
  • November: Partnership with Yonsei University to set up dual JD programme[14]

2014

  • 20 January: Groundbreaking ceremony for new law school building[15]

2015

2016

  • December: Relocation to the new law school building

2017

  • July: Associate Professor Goh Yihan is appointed as the school's third Dean[17]

Student performance[edit]

International competitions[edit]

Since the launch of its international moots programme in 2010, the school has been to the championship final of the largest and most established international moot court competitions: Jessup (2013 and 2014), Vis (2015 and 2016), Vis East (2015 and 2016), Price (2010, 2015, 2016, and 2017), ICC (2015, 2016, and 2017), Frankfurt (2015 and 2017), IHL (2016), and International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot (2016). As of February 2018, in just over five years since its first batch of students graduated in 2011, SMU has emerged champions 22 times, 1st-runner-up 20 times, and 2nd-runner-up 16 times in international moot competitions, in addition to winning 104 Best Oralist and Best Memorial prizes and 13 national round championships (including five Jessup national titles in the last six years).[18][19] It set a world record of eight international moot finals in a single season in 2014/15 (winning a world record five), a feat it bettered in 2015/16 when it reached nine international moot finals.[18][20][21] It also became the first university in the history of international moots to successfully defend a major moot international title when it won back-to-back championships in the ICC moot in 2015 and 2016; it became the second university to do the same when it won back-to-back championships in the Price moot in 2016 and 2017.[22][20][23] It has the best track record in the Price, ICC, LawAsia, Hague, WTO/FTA, and Fletcher competitions.

Track record[edit]

CompetitionDebutLast enteredChampionRunner-upTop 3 to Top 5Quarter-finalistOcto-finalist16th-finalistSeedingMemorial prizes and notable rankingsOralist prizes and notable rankingsRemarksDid not participate
Jessup Moot20112018National rounds: 2013;[24] 2014;[25] 2015;[26] 2017; 2018

International exhibition rounds: 2011;[27] 2012[28]
National rounds: 2011; 2012; 2016

International rounds: 2013;[29] 2014[29]
201720151st (2014);[30] 5th (2013);[31] 7th (2017);[32] 31st (2015)[33]National rounds: 2011 (1st); 2012 (1st); 2013 (1st);[24] 2015 (1st);[26] 2017 (1st)

International rounds: 2014 (2nd (Best Applicant), 3rd (Dillard), and 5th (Evans));[34][35] 2017 (5th (Evans), 4th (Dillard))

International exhibition rounds: 2011 (2nd)
National rounds: 2013 (1st);[24] 2014 (1st);[25] 2015 (1st);[26] 2018 (1st x 2)

International rounds: 2013 (14th);[36] 2014 (20th);[37] 2015 (9th)[38]

International exhibition rounds: 2011 (1st)
Vis Moot201120172015;[39] 20162012;[40] 2013[41] ? of 333 (2016); 3 of 298 (2015); 3 of 290 (2014); 20 of 282 (2012); 23 of 350 (2017); 25 of 290 (2013); 81 of 254 (2011)2012 (HM x 2);[40] 2013 (HM);[41] 2014 (HM);[42] 2015 (HM);[39] 2016 (HM); 2017 (HM)[43]2011 (HM);[44] 2012 (HM x 3);[40] 2014 (4th; HM x 2);[42] 2015 (HM x 2);[39] 2016 (HM x 2)Orals HM: 2012;[40] 2013;[41] 2014;[42] 2017[43]
Vis East Moot2010[45]20172015[46]2016

Pan-Asian Final: 2013[47]
2017[48]2012[49]2014[50] ? of 133 (2016); 6 of 125 (2017); 6 of 99 (2014); 11 of 90 (2012); 16 of 107 (2015); 25 of 93 (2013); 43 of 85 (2011); unknown (2010)2010 (HM);[45] 2012 (HM);[51] 2013; (HM)[52] 2016 (HM x 2)[53]2014 (6th and 14th); 2016 (HM x 2);[53] 2017 (HM x 2)[54]
Vis Pre Moots201420182014 (Shanghai)[55]2018 (Kuala Lumpur)5 of 30 (2014) (Shanghai);[56] 10 of 32 (2015) (Shanghai); ? of 72 (Kuala Lumpur)2018 (1st)2014 (1st) (Shanghai);[55] 2015 (HM) (Shanghai)2016–2017
Oxford Monroe Price Moot2010[57]20172010;[57] 2016;[58] 2017[59]2015[60]2013[61]2012;[62] 2014[63]1st (2010; 2016); 2nd (2013); unknown (2012; 2014; 2015; 2017)2010; 2016 (1st)[57][58]2012 (2nd);[62] 2013 (4th);[61] 2015 (5th and 12th);[60] 2017 (1st, 3rd, and Best Finals Oralist)[59]2011
International Criminal Court Moot201520172015;[64] 2016[65]20173rd (2016); 6th (2015); 24th (2017)2015 (1st)Best Overall Team (Victim's Rep): 2015
Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot201520172017[66]2015[67]3rd (2015); 4th (2017); 19th (2016)2017 (Best Finals Oralist)
Fletcher Insolvency201720182017[68]2018[69]2nd (2017; 2018)Best Finals Oralist (2017); Best Oralist (2017)[70]
LAWASIA Moot200920172013; 2014; 2016; 2017[71]2009;[72] 2011;[73] 2012[74]20151st (2013; 2014); 2nd (2009; 2011; 2015);[72] 3rd (2017); 4th (2016); 6th (2012)2015 (1st); 2016 (1st); 2017 (1st)2013 (1st); 2014 (1st);[71] 2015 (1st); 2016 (2nd); 2017 (2nd)2013: Spirit of LawAsia2010
Asia Cup2010[75]2016National rounds: 2010;[75] 2011;[75] 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015

International rounds: 2010;[75] 2011;[75] 2014[76]
National round: 2016

International rounds: 2012;[77] 2013;[78] 2015[79]
1st (2010; 2011; 2013; 2014; 2015); 2nd (2012)2010 (3rd);[75] 2011 (5th);[75] 2012 (5th);[77] 2013 (5th)2010 (3rd x 2);[75] 2011 (3rd);[75] 2012 (5th);[77] 2013 (1st, 3rd, and 4th x 2);[78] 2014 (1st and 3rd);[76] 2015 (1st and 2nd)
IHL Moot201020182016[80]2010;[81] 2011;[82] 2012;[83] 2013;[84] 2014;[85] 20182015[86]1st (2014); 2nd (2011); 4th (2013); 8th (2018); 10th (2015)2010 (3rd);[81] 2014 (3rd);[85] 2018 (3rd)2012 (2nd);[83] 2014 (1st and 2nd)[85]Joint team with NUS between 2011–2014
WTO/FTA Moot201520152015[87]Best Finals Oralist (2015); Best Semifinal Oralist (2015)
International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot201320162016[88]2017[89]2013[90]1st (2017); 2nd (2013; 2016)2017 (5th)2013 (6th and 10th); 2016 (3rd for knockouts)[88]2013: Best Newcomer;[90] 2017: Best Team in General Rounds2014–2015
Asian Law Students Association Moot20092017[91]2014; 201720091st (2014; 2017)2017 (Best Claimant; Best Respondent)2014 (Best Finals Oralist)2010–2013; 2015–2016
Nuremberg2017201720171st (2017)
Choice of Court Convention Moot201420142014[92]2014 (Best Finals Oralist)[92]No competitions held from 2015 onwards
DM Harish Moot20152016201520164th (2015)2015 (2nd)
Youth for Peace International Law201020112011Joint team with NUS in 20112012 onwards
Stetson Environmental Law20162016Regional rounds: 20162016 onwards; qualified in 2016 for international rounds but unable to participate
Private Law201620172016[93]20171st (2016; 2017)2016 (1st)2017 (1st)
Pan-Asian Human Rights2017201720172017 (1st)
ICC Mediation20182013; 20142017
Asia-Pacific M&A Moot2015201620172016 (1st)
CDRC Vienna201720172017

Most number of international championship finals in a season[edit]

SMU set a world record by reaching eight international moot finals in a single season in 2015, a feat it bettered in 2016 when it reached nine finals.[22][94] It also became the first university to successfully defend a major moot international title when it won back-to-back championships in the ICC moot in 2015 and 2016.[22][95] It has reached more than five finals in a single season in the following seasons:

  • 9: 2015/16 (Vis East, Vis, Price, IHL, ICC, WTO/FTA, Maritime Asia Cup, Ashurst)[22]
  • 8: 2014/15 (Hague Convention, Asia Cup, LawAsia, Vis East, Vis, Frankfurt, Price, ICC)[22]
  • 6: 2016/17 (LawAsia, Fletcher, Frankfurt, Price, ICC, ALSA)[96]

Most number of international championships in a season[edit]

SMU also holds the world record for most number of international moot championships won in a single season (5 in 2014/15). Seasons in which it has won more than three championships in a single season are:

  • 5: 2014/15 (Asia Cup, Hague Convention, LawAsia, Vis East, ICC)[22]
  • 5: 2016/17 (LawAsia, Fletcher, Frankfurt, Price, ALSA)[97]
  • 3: 2015/16 (Price, ICC, WTO/FTA)[22]

Mooters with multiple international championships[edit]

A number of its students have also earned the rare distinction of having won multiple international championships.

  • Bethel Chan (JD'15): Asia Cup'2014; Vis East'2015 (also a Vis'2015 finalist and Essex-SAL'2017 champion)
  • Chang Zi Qian (LLB'11): Price'2010; Youth for Peace'2011
  • Foo Shihao (LLB'15): LawAsia'2013; ICC'2015
  • Eden Li (LLB/BBM'16): Asia Cup'2014; Vis East'2015 (also a Vis'2015 finalist and Essex-SAL'2017 finalist)
  • Muz Omar (LLB'16): ALSA'2014; LawAsia'2014
  • Nicolette Oon (LLB'16): Asia Cup'2014; Vis East'2015 (also a Vis'2015 finalist)
  • Saw Teng Sheng (JD'17): ICC'2016; Price'2017
  • Grace Sim (LLB'15): LawAsia'2014; Vis East'2015 (also a Vis'2015 finalist)
  • Jerald Soon (LLB/BBM'16): Asia Cup'2014; Vis East'2015 (also a Vis'2015 finalist)
  • Tan Jun Hong (LLB'16): ALSA'2014; Asia Cup'2014; Vis East'2015 (also a Vis'2015 finalist and Essex-SAL'2017 finalist)
  • Nanthini Vijayakumar (LLB'15): LawAssia'2013; WTO/FTA'2015 (also a Moot Shanghai'2014 finalist)
  • Samuel Yap (LLB'15): LawAsia'2013; ICC'2015

Head-to-head record for international moots[edit]

The table below sets out the head-to-head record and outcomes for international moots that SMU and NUS both took part in in the same year.

YearAsia CupLawAsiaJessupVisVis EastPriceFrankfurtICCIHLWTO/FTAMaritimeFletcherNurembergALSA
2018SMU: ?
NUS: lost national round
SMU: Semi-finalistTie: Semi-finalist
2017NUS: Champions
SMU: lost national round
SMU: Champions
NUS: Quarter-finalist
SMU: Round of 16
NUS: lost national round
NUS: Quarter-finalist
SMU: Round of 64
SMU: Semi-finalist
NUS: Round of 32
SMU: Champions
NUS: Round of 16
SMU: ChampionsSMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: Quarter-finalist
SMU: Preliminary roundsNANUS: Champions
SMU: Semi-finalist
SMU: Champions
NUS: 1st-runner-up
SMU: Semi-finalist
NUS: Quarter-finalist
SMU: Champions
NUS: Fourth
2016NUS: Champions
SMU: lost national round
SMU: ChampionsNUS: Round of 16
SMU: lost national round
SMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: Round of 16
SMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: Semi-finalist
SMU: Champions
NUS: Quarter-finalist
NUS: 1st-runner-up
SMU: Preliminary rounds
SMU: Champions
NUS: Semi-finalist
SMU: 1st-runner-upNASMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: Quarter-finalist
NANANA
2015SMU: 1st-runner-upSMU: 2nd-runner-upSMU: Round of 32
NUS: lost national round
SMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: Round of 32
SMU: Champions
NUS: Round of 16
SMU: 1st-runner-upSMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: Semi-finalist
SMU: Champions
NUS: Semi-finalist
SMU: Quarter-finalistSMU: ChampionsNANANANA
2014SMU: Champions
NUS: lost national round
SMU: ChampionsSMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: lost national round
Tie: Round of 64SMU: Round of 32SMU: Quarter-finalistNANAJoint team: Semi-finalistNANANANANA
2013SMU: 1st-runner-upSMU: Champions
NUS: Preliminary rounds
SMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: lost national round
NUS: Quarter-finalist
SMU: Round of 32
SMU: 1st-runner-up (Asia-Pacific)SMU: Semi-finalist
NUS: Preliminary rounds
NANAJoint team: Semi-finalistNANUS: Finalist
SMU: Quarter-finalist
NANANA
2012SMU: 1st-runner-upSMU: 1st-runner-upNUS: Round of 32
SMU: lost national round
SMU: Round of 32
NUS: Round of 64
SMU: Round of 16
NUS: Preliminary rounds
SMU: Quarter-finalistNANAJoint team: Quarter-finalistNANANANANA
2011SMU: ChampionsSMU: 1st-runner-upNUS: Semi-finalist
SMU: lost national round
NUS: Round of 64
SMU: Preliminary rounds
NANANANAJoint team: Semi-finalistNANANANANA
2010SMU: Champions
NUS: lost national round
NANANANASMU: ChampionsNANASMU: Top 5NANANANANA
2009NASMU: 1st-runner-up
NUS: Preliminary rounds
NANANANANANANANANANANANA

Jessup national round head-to-head record[edit]

Of the various international moots that Singapore takes part in, only the Asia Cup and Jessup moots have national round requirements. The Jessup national round is administered by the Attorney-General's Chambers, with the Attorney-General presiding for the oral arguments. The first Singapore Jessup national round was held in 2011. As of 2018, SMU has 5 championships, 5 Best Memorial Prizes, and 5 Best Oralist Prizes, while NUS has 3 championships, 3 Best Memorial Prizes, and 4 Best Oralist Prizes.

YearChampionBest OralistBest MemorialResult in Washington DC
2018SMUSMU (2)NUS?
2017SMUNUSSMURound of 16
2016NUSNUSNUSRound of 16
2015SMUSMUSMURound of 32
2014SMUSMUNUSChampionship final
2013SMUSMUSMUChampionship final
2012NUSNUSSMURound of 32
2011NUSNUSSMUSemi-final

Other international achievements[edit]

  • Cyberweek eMediation: Top Party (2010; 2014)
  • 9th St John Street Chambers Moot: First Place (2012) (SMU student on exchange)
  • JustCite Procedural Justice Mooting Shield: First Place (2014) (SMU alumnus on BCL)[98]
  • Essex Court Chambers-SAL Moot featuring SMU alumni:[99] Champions (2016; 2017); Champions (joint teams with other alumni) (2013; 2014; Best Speaker (2016); Best Memorial (joint team with other alumnus) (2015)

Local competitions[edit]

There are a number of local competitions ranging from moots to law reform that are open to law students from NUS and SMU. Some of the competitions, such as the Mallal and Advocacy Cup, pre-existed SMU and were only open to SMU from 2010 onwards. Other competitions, such as Harry Elias and Duane Morris were initiated at SMU and have been open to NUS as well.

Track record[edit]

CompetitionDebutChampionRunner-upFinalistBest memorialBest oralistDid not participate
Advocacy Cup (Trial)201120132014; 20162014; 2015NANA2012
A-G's Cup (Criminal Law) (2011–2014)20112012; 2013; 20142011; 2012; 2014NA2013NANA
A-G's Cup (Criminal Law) (2015–present)20152015; 2016; 2017NA2015NA
BlackOak (Transactional)20172017
Duane Morris (Transactional)20142014; 2015; 20162014; 2015; 2016
Gowling (Intellectual Property)20172017
Harry Elias (General) (2011–2014)20112011; 2012; 2013; 20142011; 20122012; 20142011; 2012; 20132011; 2012; 2013NA
Law Reform (Essay)20122012; 2013; 2014; 2015; 20162012; 2013; 20152012; 2013; 2014; 2015NANANA
BA Mallal (General)201020122013; 2014; 2015; 2016NA2011
Rodyk Challenge (Debate)20122012; 20142013NANA2012NA
Stamford (Corporate) (2013–2014)2013201320142013NA
WongP (Arbitration)20102012; 20162012; 2013; 20152011; 2012; 2013 (2); 2015; 20172010NA
MLAS Maritime (Maritime Law)20162016; 20172016

Head-to-head record[edit]

YearAdvo CupAG's CupDuane MorrisHarry EliasLaw ReformMallalRodyk CStamfordWongPMLAS
1st2nd1st2nd1st2nd1st2nd1st2nd1st2nd1st1st2nd1st2nd1st2nd
2017NANANANANUSNANANANUSSMUSMUNA
2016NANASMUSMUNANASMUNUSNUSNUSNANANASMUNUSSMUSMU
2015NUSNANASMUSMUNANASMUSMUNUSNANANANUSSMUNANA
2014NUSSMUSMUSMUSMUSMUSMUNUSSMUNUSNUSNUSSMUNUSSMUNUSNUSNANA
2013SMUNUSSMUNUSNANASMUNUSSMUSMUNUSNUSNUSSMUNUSNUSSMUNANA
2012NANASMUSMUNANASMUSMUSMUSMUSMUNUSSMUNANASMUSMUNANA
2011NANANUSSMUNANASMUSMUNANANANANANANANUSNUSNANA

Other local achievements[edit]

  • Local record for most number of local moots won by a student: Nicholas Liu'15 with 6 (Advo Cup, Attorney-General's Cup, Harry Elias, Howard Hunter, MLAS, WongP)
  • Singapore Legal Forum Moot: First Place (2009)
  • The Living Courthouse Essay Competition: First Place (2009)
  • LexisNexis Rule of Law Essay Competition: 2nd Place (2013)
  • Christopher Bathurst Essay Prize: 3rd Place (2016)

Howard Hunter Moot[edit]

The Howard Hunter Moot, named after the former President of the university, is an internal moot. The list of winners and finalists are as follows.[100]

YearWinnerRunner-upFinalists
2017Lee Chuan and Khalisah binte IshakShaun Ou and Lloyd TanNA
2016Shriram Jayakumar and Dominic Liew JrClaire Lim and Aaron YoongNA
2015Gursharn Singh Gill and Saw Teng ShengAlexander Kamsany Lee and Grace GohNA
2014Tan Jun HongLi Kun HangDarren Chye; Wong Yan Yee
2013Nicholas LiuJeremy YeapSui Yi Siong; Jitr Vilaivongse
2012Qabir SandhuAnnabelle TeoKenneth Lim; Nicholas Liu
2011Ng Cheng Wei and Al-gene TanAng Kai Wen and Lin ChunlongNA
2010Elycia Koh and Jane LimAng Kai Wen and Sruthi BoppanaNA
2009Nicholas Poon and Asiyah ArifEunice Lim and Jane LimNA

Valedictorians[edit]

YearLLBJDUniversityNotes
2017Sampson LimSaw Teng Sheng and Andre SohNASampson: Price'2016; International Criminal Court'2017
Teng Seng: International Criminal Court'2016; Price'2017
Andre: Vis'2017
2016Tan Jun HongLynn KanNAJun Hong: Asia Cup'2014; Vis and Vis East'2015; Jessup'2016
2015Foo Shi HaoNicholas LiuJasper WongShi Hao: LawAsia'2013; International Criminal Court'2015
Nicholas: LawAsia'2012; Jessup'2014; Jessup'2015
2014Kenny LauYao QinzheChua Wei YuanKenny: Asia Cup'2012; Vis'2013; Jessup'2014
Wei Yuan: Jessup'2014
2013Liu Zhao Xiang DanielHo Lian-YiDevathas SatianathanDaniel: Asia Cup'2011; Jessup'2013
Devathas: Asia Cup'2011; Vis'2013
2012Nathanael LimNANANA
2011Joshua LimNARussell LowRussell: LawAsia'2009; Jessup'2011

Advisory Board[edit]

The Advisory Board features a wide range of professionals in order to provide all-encompassing and comprehensive advisory assistance to the School of Law. This includes Supreme Court judges, senior litigators, corporate lawyers, managing partners of law firms and partners of foreign law firms. The Advisory Board is currently chaired by Mr. V K Rajah SC.[101]

V K Rajah SC

Essex Court Chambers Duxton

Justice Chua Lee MingJudge

Supreme Court of Singapore

Aedit AbdullahJudicial Commissioner

Supreme Court of Singapore

Blossom HingDirector

Drew & Napier LLC

Andre Maniam SCHead of Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group

WongPartnership LLP

Lee Suet FernManaging Partner

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC

Juthika RamanathanChief Executive

Supreme Court of Singapore

David ZemansManaging Partner

Milbank, Asia

Daryl ChewManaging Partner

Shearman & Sterling LLP, Singapore Office

Lam Chee KinManaging Director & Head

Group Compliance, DBS

Tham Lijing

Essex Court Chambers Duxton

Programmes[edit]

Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) programme[edit]

Entry requirements[edit]

To be admitted to the Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) programme, applicants should have good passes in their respective GCE A-Level subjects. Specifically, the minimum requirement for a law applicant is an A or a B for H1 General Paper or H2 Knowledge and Inquiry. SMU releases Indicative Grade Profiles periodically for potential candidates. In the 2015 University Admissions Exercise, both the 10th and 90th percentile had an Indicative Grade Profile (of 3H2/1H1 content-based subjects) of AAA/A.[2] Potential candidates are called for a short written test and a group interview.

Curriculum[edit]

The LL.B. programme is a four-year programme. Students are required to complete a total of 36 course units, which include five compulsory course units from the University Core, 19 compulsory course units from the Law Core, a selected seven course units from Law Electives and five other course units from law-related courses like Financial Accounting and Finance For Law.

Graduation requirements[edit]

Aside from fulfilling the required curriculum, all SMU students are required to complete compulsory courses from the Finishing Touch programme; a series of required Career Preparation & Enrichment workshops to prepare students for internships and job applications. Further, students must complete ten weeks of internship and 80 hours of community service in order to graduate.

Juris Doctor (JD) programme[edit]

Introduced in 2009, the SMU Juris Doctor programme was started as an additional route for persons who already have a degree in another discipline or a law degree not recognized for the purpose of admission to the Singapore Bar to become members of the Singapore legal profession.

Entry requirements[edit]

Applicants have to had completed at least three years of full-time undergraduate education. For non-law graduates or law graduates from civil law countries or non-gazetted universities from common law countries, applicants must have at least a Cum Laude or Second Class Upper Honours degree qualifications. Furthermore, applicants must show proficiency in the English language. A TOEFL/IELTS/SAT 1 test is required if the applicant's undergraduate degree was not taken in English.

Curriculum and graduation requirements[edit]

SMU's JD curriculum is a mix of compulsory law courses and electives. Similar to the all SMU undergraduates, six weeks of law internship and 50 hours of community service are required for graduation. Students are required to complete a total of 25 Credit Units of law courses, following the same academic calendar as the Bachelor of Laws programme. Although students are expected to complete the programme within three years, the programme may be accelerated for completion in two and a half years (subject to approval).

Master of Laws (LL.M.) programme[edit]

The SMU Master of Laws (LLM) provides opportunities for persons aspiring to be legal specialists in the fields of Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution, and Islamic Law and Finance. Applicants must have a good LLB or JD degree and at least two years of professional legal working experience. Those without a basic law degree but who have substantial knowledge of and exposure to law may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Proficiency in the English language must be shown.

The LL.M. is a one-year programme. Participants read a total of eight courses, including two prescribed courses, four specialisation courses and two free electives. Completion of this programme does not qualify graduates for entry to the Singapore Bar.

Asian Peace-Building and Rule of Law Programme[edit]

The Asian Peace-building and Rule of Law Programme (APRL) coordinates socio-legal research on the rule of law. It conducts seminars, carries out and supervises innovative scholarly research, and leads direct impact transitional justice initiatives in post-conflict Asian countries. APRL has worked with leading law schools, including Yale Law School and Berkeley Law School.

Pedagogy[edit]

SMU School of Law adopts a seminar-style teaching approach, similar to that in US law schools. This requires students to put in a substantial amount of pre-class preparatory reading and thinking, and to participate actively during class. The high level of engagement and interactive classroom pedagogy is aimed at enriching and deepening students' learning, thinking and mastery of a subject, thereby producing confident and articulate graduates.

In line with this focus on student participation, a holistic approach will be adopted for course assessment. Significant emphasis will be given to class participation and presentations, with the weightage of written examinations kept to a maximum of 50%.

International rankings[edit]

In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, the school was ranked 101–150 for Law and Legal Studies from 2013 to 2016.[102] In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, the school's ranking was 151–200.[102]

The Bar, SMU Law Society[edit]

The SMU Law Society,[103] known as "The Bar", is the student representative body of the SMU School of Law. The Management Committee of The Bar consists of nine elected student leaders. In their year-long term in office, the Committee puts together a slew of fun and unique-to-law events against a backdrop of professional and academic development initiatives.

Sub clubs[edit]

Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice Club[edit]

The Club was founded in early 2012 by a group of students passionate about giving SMU students opportunities to learn more about the criminal law practice. As many students do not have much exposure to this area of law apart from in class, few have a proper idea of what criminal law in practice is like.

International Relations Club[edit]

The SMU Law International Relations Club strives to forge and strengthen ties between SMU law students and the international law student community. Club activities include legal discourse, moots and even Mock UN conferences, allowing both conservative and progressive opinions to develop at an international level.

Law Outreach Club[edit]

The SMU Law Outreach Club was established by The Bar and the executive committee of the old Pro Bono Club. The Law Outreach Club aims to contribute to the community in aspects beyond pro bono work, and helps to facilitate activities such as the Ministry of Education Moot Parliament Programme and the NUS–SMU "In Session" Dialogue Series. The Club invites students to propose initiatives of service to the community.

Moot Court Club[edit]

Established in 2007, SMU Moot Court Club was formed to facilitate the development of mooting in SMU School of Law. During the course of the semester, the Club helps to organise various domestic moot competitions that are open to all law students.

Corporate and Commercial Law Club[edit]

Established in 2015, this club aims to provide the SMU Law student body with valuable opportunities to connect with leading practitioners in various fields. Through such interactions, students will get to hone their various interests, as well as have a better sense of what to expect from real-world corporate and commercial practice.

SMU Law Athletes Club (SMULA)[edit]

SMU Law Athletes (SMULA) was officially made a sub-club of the Bar in 2012. Some of the highlights for SMULA include the Captain's Ball League; exploratory runs around the city; conducting multiple sports clinics; and tasting gold in the inter-faculty category of SMUX AdRace 2012, a gruelling 40 kilometres (25 mi) overnight adventure race.

Lexicon[edit]

SMU: An SMU Law Student Publication is an online law blog and journal featuring legal commentaries by students and alumni.

Signature events[edit]

Night Bike[edit]

Law Night Bike is an annual event where law students ride on their bikes and cruise down the roads of Singapore at night. This event is popular amongst all law batches and has facilitated both intra- and inter-batch bonding.

Law Musical[edit]

SMU School of Law's Law Musicals are written, composed and directed by students and alumni of SMU School of Law.

Notes[edit]

Inside the Kwa Geok Choo Law Library
Interior of the main building
A segregated third of the function hall in the basement
Moot court training session in progress at the David Marshall Moot Court

The AGC Education and Research Foundation gives two prestigious awards annually, one to an educator who exemplifies excellence in the field of construction education, and the other to a senior-level student who submits the winning essay in the James L. Allhands Essay Competition.

AGC would like to congratulate the 2018 Outstanding Educator Alan Bond from California State University, Chico as well as the James L. Allhands Essay winner, Holly Denfeld from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. 

For more information on our award recipients, and to view the top three winning essays click here

Outstanding Educator Award

Since 1985, the AGC Education and Research Foundation has recognized annually an educator who makes a significant mark in the field of construction education. The Outstanding Educator award is based on a nominee’s academic contribution as well as his/her work with students outside of the classroom and involvement with colleagues in the industry.

The qualified applicant must be a full–time teaching faculty member of a university construction management or construction–related engineering program or with an institution–approved construction option. Nominees must have at least four years full–time teaching experience. Example of successful nomination.

The Outstanding Educator receives a $5,000 cash award and may name two students as recipients of $2,500 scholarships for the coming academic year. In addition, the recipient will be invited to the annual AGC convention as a guest of the foundation.

The deadline to apply is November 15, 2018. The Outstanding Educator is notified in February and the award is presented at the AGC Annual Convention.

James L. Allhands Student Essay Competition

The James L. Allhands Essay was established by the late James L. Allhands, one of the founding members of AGC and a prolific writer of construction related works. The award recognizes a student essay on a specific topic that is deemed to be beneficial to the advancement of technological, educational, or vocational expertise in the construction industry.

The competition is open to any senior–level student in a four or five–year ABET or ACCE–accredited university construction management or construction–related engineering program.

The First Place essay author receives $1,000. His/her faculty sponsor receives $500. Both the recipient and sponsor are invited as guests of the Foundation to the AGC Annual Convention.

The deadline to apply is November 15, 2018. The winner is notified in February and the award is presented at the AGC Annual Convention.

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