Notes on NUS Courses

1. Choosing Your Course
Unless otherwise advised, you may choose from any of the electives listed here
Most elective subjects are taught using the interactive seminar style of teaching, and the cap is usually 50 students. In subjects that are assessed more than 50% by continuous assessment, the cap is usually from 24-30 students.
Most elective subjects are assessed using both a final examination and modes of continuous assessment such as essays, research assignments, class presentations or general class performance. The percentage allocated to continuous assessment varies from 20% to 50% in most subjects. Certain subjects are limited to 24-30 students and have 100% continuous assessment, with no final examination.

When selecting NUS subjects, NYU@NUS students should note the number of assignments in each subject and the weight the assignments will carry. Students should also note that the deadlines for most assignments are usually during the final 4 weeks of classes.

NYU@NUS students may sometimes find themselves in a class with a high number of LLB (undergraduate) students registered for the subject. Though the undergraduate students are typically of very high ability, some students prefer to be in classes with a higher proportion of students with “real world” experience. Such students tend to prefer more advanced subjects.

Based on past years, the following categories of subjects tend to be popular:

  • NYU-faculty taught courses (usually offered as intensive courses)
  • advanced subjects in the Corporate and Financial Services area
  • advanced subjects in Public and Private International Law
  • small-group seminars with 100% continuous assessment


NYU@NUS students from law schools in non-common law countries would usually not have studied basic common law subjects such as the Law of Contract, the Law of Torts, Principles of Property Law, and Equity & Trusts, and you may not be familiar with common law methods of reasoning and analysis. If you choose to read advanced elective subjects that require a background in the common law such as Principles of Conflict of Laws, Personal Property Law, Principles of Restitution and International Commercial Litigation, please take note that such subjects have a heavy reading list of cases.

In case you are having difficult selecting particular courses, the following list of courses taken by NYU@NUS students in the past may be helpful. Note that professors change and new courses are added. You are therefore encouraged to explore all of the electives and, in particular, to “shop around”.

- Chinese Corporate & Securities Law 
- Derivatives Law & Regulation 
- Foreign Investment Law in Vietnam 
- Globalization & International Law 
- International Investment Law 
- International & Comparative Law of Sale (NYU)
- Introduction to Indian Business Law 
- Japanese Corporate Law & Governance  
- Regulatory State & Sovereign Wealth Funds   
- World Trade Law (NYU)

2. Registering for your preferred subjects.
Like all law schools, NUS often has more students wishing to take particular courses than there are spaces. For information on subject registration, please visit the NUS Web site here.

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