Double Degree Programmes
International legal work, for which Singapore is a hub, increasingly involves issues with transnational dimensions relating to commercial, environmental, and corporate, and financial services law. This means there is a demand for lawyers with strong backgrounds in a variety of subjects including global affairs, environmental studies, life sciences, economics, and history.
The Double Degree Programme in Law is a prestigious five-year program, offered jointly by Yale-NUS College and the NUS Faculty of Law, and provides a truly unique and interdisciplinary legal education in a residential, liberal arts and sciences setting. Successful candidates graduate after five years of study with a Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) degree from Yale-NUS College and a Bachelor of Laws (with Honors) degree from the NUS Faculty of Law.
For the first four years of the program, students live at Yale-NUS College and enjoy the full benefits of the residential college experience. Double Degree students spend their entire first year at Yale-NUS College, taking the Common Curriculum. They take their first law course in an intensive period of study at the beginning of their first summer (at the end of semester 2). In Years 2-4, students split their time between the Common Curriculum, elective courses at Yale-NUS College, and core and elective law courses at NUS Law's Bukit Timah campus. It is also be possible to build in a semester of an exchange program abroad at one of NUS Law's partner institutions. In Year 5, students move out of their Yale-NUS residential college and take classes full-time at Bukit Timah. A combined Law-Yale/NUS capstone is also pursued in Year 5, entailing a research and writing project in a topic combining law and the liberal arts and sciences.
Graduates of the Double Degree Program qualify for admissions to the legal profession as Advocates and Solicitors of the High Court of Singapore. They may expect to work for a diverse set of global employers including Singapore and international law firms, large commercial banks, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and institutions such as the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the Media Development Authority, the Infocomm Development Authority, and the Competition Commission of Singapore.