If you love reading and is able to understand and analyse long passages, you enjoy communicating with people and has always been able to win arguments through logical reasoning, law may be the right course for you.

Law is an important aspect of society. It involves not just social rules and justice but also understanding human interaction and behaviour. A career as a lawyer will give you the power to make a difference, challenge you intellectually, and reward you financially. Having said that, because of the range of skills you will learn in the programme, studying law can also lead to many different careers other than becoming a solicitor or barrister. Many law graduates have found fulfilling careers in politics, business, finance, journalism, academics etc.

To become an advocate and solicitor in Singapore, you must fulfil the following:

1. Be a citizen or PR of Singapore
2. Hold a law degree that is recognised by the Ministry of Law, Singapore and have graduated within the top 70% of the cohort (Australian universities).
3. Pass the Part A Bar exams and undertake 6 months of Relevant Legal Training (RLT)
4. Become a ‘Qualified Person’ after fulfilling the above
5. Pass the Part B Bar exams to be admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court
6. Complete a 12-month training contract to obtain practising certificate, unless you choose to go for other careers

Australia is a popular destination because of its list of reputable universities with approved law degrees, both undergraduate (LLB) and postgraduate (JD). In addition, studying overseas will give you an amazing and eye-opening experience that you will never have just by staying in Singapore. It will expose you to an international experience and provide opportunities for you to meet a diverse group of people from all over the world, which will benefit your career in law as well as your personal development. As these law degrees will, of course, be recognised in Australia, you may also be able to practise as a lawyer in Australia.

There are 10 law schools in Australia that are recognised in Singapore. 8 of them offer the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) meant for students who have completed GCE A Level, IB Diploma or equivalent, and 6 of them offer the Juris Doctor degree (JD) for those who already hold a first degree. These universities do not require any additional admissions test or interview for application.

Here is a summary of these law programmes in Australia:

Undergraduate Entry Law Programme

Australian National University 4 A$43,344 17 / 40 2H2s + 1H1
(content-baseed subject) or
GP or KI
Feb / Jul
Flinders University 3.5 A$33,500 12 / 33 2H2s + 2H1s (H1 cannot include project work or GP) or 3H2s Feb / July
Monash University 4.25** A$42,000 13 / 36 3H2s Feb / Jul
University of Queensland 4 A$43,888 15 / 39 3H2s + 1H1 Feb
University of Tasmania 4 A$31,950 7-12 /
3H2s Jul
University of New South Wales
(double degree only*)
5-7 A$38,820 –
20.5 /
33H2s + 3H1s (max 3)
+ 1H3 (if any)
Feb / Sept

Other LLB programmes recognised by Ministry of Law, Singapore include:

  • Murdoch University
  • University of Sydney

JD Entry Law Programme

Australian National University 3 A$51,360 Bachelor degree with min. GPA 5/7.
Feb / Jul
Monash University 3 A$43,900 Bachelor degree with min. GPA 5/7.
IELTS 7.0 (6.5)
Jan / May / Aug
The University of Western Australia 3 A$43,200 UG degree with min. GPA 5.5/7 (65%) Feb
UNSW Australia 3 A$46,320 Recognised Bachelor degree in any
discipline other than Law
Feb / Sept

Other JD programmes recognised by Ministry of Law, Singapore include:

  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Sydney

*Recognition of dual degree law programs, graduate entry and Juris Doctor are on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the Ministry of Law. Appeal for exemptions can be submitted to the Ministry and will take between 2-3 months.
**This course is equivalent to 4.25 years of full-time study and may be accelerated to complete in 4 years.

GCE A-Level calculation:

  • H2 subjects – A = 5 points, B = 4 points, C = 3 points, D = 2 points, E = 1 or 0 points (depending on University)
  • H1 subjects – A = 2.5 points, B = 2 points, C = 1.5 points, D = 1 point, E = 0.5 points
  • H3 – Distinction = 6, Merit = 5 and Pass = 4


The information in this table should be used as a guide only. Please refer to detailed institution prospectus or handbooks for specific details and conditions. AECC Singapore will not be held responsible for discrepancies shown in these tables. Much of the information for 2020 intake may change from time to time without prior notice.

FAQs on Studying Law Overseas

What happens if my GCE A-Level or IB results could not meet the minimum requirement?

Students who have completed GCE A levels/IB but are not able to meet the entry requirements can choose to take an Express foundation programme (6 to 8 months). Students will usually be guaranteed entry into the law programme as long as they achieve the required overall score at foundation.

Alternatively, students may choose the graduate entry pathway. In this case, students will need to complete a basic degree in any specialisation, then apply for a 3-year Juris Doctor programme.



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