Singapore, one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, has emerged as Asia’s legal and financial hub. As an integral part of the central business district where leading law firms and banks are located, Singapore Management University (SMU) is at the forefront of legal education.

The SMU LLM programme is carefully designed to expand your legal knowledge in classic and novel areas of the law, while simultaneously equipping you with the skills-sets essential to render on-point advice on cross-border transactions or deliver high-quality adjudication and judicial administration results.

Our professors who have gained insight from diverse work experiences will engage you with their interdisciplinary knowledge. Small class sizes allow for highly interactive seminars that also provide a challenging yet collegial learning environment. The School of Law’s active engagement with the legal community, as well as our strong alumni network and the Career Services team, immensely benefit students’ future careers.

The SMU LLM will offer you an unparalleled opportunity for advanced legal education in Singapore and Asia.

Programme Structure

Common Core
All Tracks

  • Law and Technology
  • Advanced Law of Obligations
  • Mediation / Judicial Mediation

Track Core Modules

Judicial Studies Track

  • Judgecraft
  • Advanced Public Interest Law
  • Judicial Dissertation

Cross-Border Business and Finance Law in Asia Track

  • Chinese Contract and Business Law: A Comparative Perspective
  • Law of Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Intellectual Property Law and Policy: International and Asian Perspectives


Judicial Studies Track

  • Financial Accounting
  • Politics of South East Asia

Cross-Border Business and Finance Law in Asia Track

  • Directed Research (2 credit units)
  • Directed Research (1 credit unit)
  • Selected J.D. courses
Admission Requirements

Judicial Studies Track

  • Good first degree in Law (LL.B. or J.D. or their equivalent).
  • Significant relevant experience in legal or judicial positions is required. 

Cross-Border Business and Finance Law in Asia Track & Dual LLM in Commercial Law (Singapore & London) Track

  • Good first degree in Law (LL.B. or J.D. or their equivalent).
  • Non-law graduates may be considered on the basis of substantial relevant professional experience in law-related positions.

English Proficiency

Proof of English language proficiency is required for all international applicants except those from English-medium institutions in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Philippines, United Kingdom and the United States.

The minimum English proficiency test requirement is as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0
  • TOEFL: 100
  • UKVI: 4

Test scores are valid for two (2) years from the test date and applicants should ensure their scores remain valid at the beginning of the application period of for the LL.M. track applied for. Applicants intending to take the proficiency test are advised to schedule their test sufficiently early to ensure that their score reports are available before the closing date for the submission of supporting documents. Only official score reports are accepted. 

Dates & Fees

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Contact Details

School of Law
Singapore Management University
55 Armenian Street
Singapore 179943

Tel: +65 6828 0502