Frequently Asked Questions
- Is NYU@NUS a joint-degree program?
- Does the program include any concentrations?
- Will NYU faculty teach courses in the program?
- Is the LL.M. offered in Singapore equivalent to LL.M. offered in New York City?
- What is the size of the Singapore LL.M. class?
- How many credit hours will I need to take?
- How may I satisfy the additional requirements for the NUS LL.M. degree?
- I cannot stay in Singapore beyond December 2013. Is it still possible to earn the NUS LL.M. degree?
- How will courses be structured?
- When will I have exams if I enroll in NYU@NUS?
- Are there any other options beyond completing the course work in Singapore?
- What are the dates of the program?
- When is the application deadline?
- How can I apply to NYU@NUS?
- Are there scholarship opportunities in New York City and Singapore?
- What will I need to do if I'm admitted to NYU@NUS and decide to attend?
- Is it possible to complete the NYU degree and not pursue the NUS degree?
- What is the tuition?
- Do I need to pay more for the NUS degree?
- What is the difference in the cost of living between the Singapore and New York City programs?
- Will there by accommodations available in Singapore?
- Will Singapore and New York City students be offered the same student services?
Is NYU@NUS a joint-degree program?
No, NYU@NUS is not a joint-degree program. Rather, it is a dual-degree program. Students who graduate from the program will graduate with two Master of Laws degrees: an LL.M. in Global Business Law from NYU and an LL.M. from NUS.
Does the program include any concentrations?
The NUS LL.M. includes the option of specializations, such as Corporate & Financial Services Law and Intellectual Property & Technology Law, among others.
Will NYU faculty teach courses in the program?
Yes, NYU faculty will travel to Singapore to teach courses in NYU@NUS, primarily over the summer and winter terms. NYU faculty will teach a minimum of two-thirds of the courses that will count toward the NYU LL.M. degree. Students also will have access to a very wide selection of courses taught by NUS faculty in Semesters 1 and 2. In addition, in Semester 2, students will have the option to enroll in international business law courses taught by NUS faculty in Shanghai at the East China University of Political Science and Law.
Is the LL.M. offered in Singapore equivalent to LL.M. offered in New York City?
The NYU LL.M. offered in New York City and the NYU LL.M. offered in Singapore are equivalent; each is intellectually challenging and enriching.
What is the size of the Singapore LL.M. class?
There have been around 40 students on average in the first four years of the program.
How many credit hours will I need to take?
Students will need to complete 24 credits to earn the NYU degree, at least 20 of which must be completed through courses taught by NYU faculty in order to qualify to sit the New York Bar Exam. If you already qualify to sit the New York Bar, or do not wish to do so, only 16 of the 24 credits must be taught by NYU faculty. Students may enroll in NUS courses to fulfill the remaining credits. In order to earn the the second LL.M. from NUS, students will be required to take about four additional NUS courses of average credit or conduct equivalent research.
How may I satisfy the additional requirements for the NUS LL.M. degree?
Students may satisfy the additional requirements to obtain the NUS degree in the following ways:
1. Taking NUS courses for credit during the regular NUS academic year (Semester 1 running from August to December and Semester 2 from January to May).
2. Taking accelerated courses at NUS during the period January – February.
3. Writing a master’s thesis or a combination of a master’s thesis and coursework while in residence at NUS during the period January – February or January – May.
4. Students may fulfill course requirements by enrolling in NUS classes taught in Shanghai at the East China University of Political Science and Law.
I cannot stay in Singapore beyond December 2013. Is it still possible to earn the NUS LL.M. degree?
In exceptional circumstances, students may petition to complete the NUS degree through writing a thesis while not in residence.
How will courses be structured?
Most NYU faculty-taught courses are offered in the Summer (May-July) and Winter (December) terms. The courses are taught intensively, running four days per week for two or three weeks. Students will take no more than two courses concurrently so that their workload will be equivalent to taking 4 or 5 courses in New York City over a 14 week semester. We expect students to take around 12 NYU credits in these terms.
Additional NYU classes are offered during Semester 1 and Semester 2, principally by members of NYU Law’s Global Faculty, alongside classes offered by NUS and other visiting faculty. NUS Semester 1 runs August to November; Semester 2 runs January to May. Courses taught by NUS faculty in Shanghai are offered intensively, with two or three week blocks in succession from January to May.
When will I have exams if I enroll in NYU@NUS?
The summer session (May – July) has a revision and examination period in late July. In Semester 1 (August – December), the schedule will mirror that of NUS, with most examinations being held at the end of November and in early December. Courses offered during the full Semester 2 (January – May) will follow the NUS schedule, with most exams being held at the end of April and early May.
Are there any other options beyond completing the coursework in Singapore?
Students will have the option to take three to five courses in January – May at East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL), located in Shanghai, as part of a joint program between NUS and ECUPL. These courses will be taught in English by NUS faculty on a modular basis over the duration of about 3 weeks per course, with examinations held in Shanghai either immediately at the end of each course or in May.
Internship opportunities are available with law firms, corporations, government entities, or NGOs. The timing of internships is variable, depending on student commitments and the needs of the organization in question.
After completing both LL.M. degrees, the new graduates also will have the option of coming to NYU’s main campus in Manhattan for the summer. Those who want to sit the New York Bar Exam in July may take a 100-hour seminar providing intensive exposure to legal institutions, thought and practice in the U.S. Alternatively, the can pursue a certificate program in law and business offered through NYU’s Stern School of Business.
What are the dates of the program?
Courses will begin in early May 2013, and an orientation will be scheduled. The program’s end date will depend on how you choose to fulfill the NUS degree requirements. The dual-degree program will run through the end of February with students having the option of remaining in residence until mid-May 2014. The option for graduates of the program to participate in the 100-hour seminar, or the certificate program in law and business, will take place from mid-May through July 2014.
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for NYU@NUS and for study in New York City is December 17. NYU@NUS begins in May. Decisions regarding NYU@NUS will be communicated to applicants who complete their applications by the December 17 deadline as they are made through mid-February. Those applications to NYU@NUS not completed by the deadline will receive decisions as soon as possible following completion of their file. All decisions for NYU@NUS will be communicated by early March.
How can I apply to NYU@NUS?
All applicants to the NYU LL.M. program, whether in New York City or Singapore, must complete our online application.
Are there scholarship opportunities in New York City and Singapore?
Admission and scholarship decisions are made based on merit without regard to financial need. Due to generous funding for NYU@NUS, per admitted student, there is more support available for study in Singapore than for study in New York City. Therefore, there is a greater chance of receiving a scholarship for those students who pursue the dual-degree program in Singapore.
What will I need to do if I'm admitted to NYU@NUS and decide to attend?
Students admitted to the full-time programs in Singapore must submit a non-refundable $500 tuition deposit to reserve their seat in the class.
Admitted students who are granted scholarships will be given a short interval to respond to our scholarship offer. To accept a scholarship and enroll, in addition to withdrawing from all institutions to which they have been admitted, students must also withdraw any pending applications from all other institutions to which they have applied, and not submit any additional applications to other programs. The Committee therefore encourages all applicants to consider whether NYU is their school of choice, and to investigate the means of financing costs which may not be covered by scholarships, so that they can decide whether to accept a scholarship offer shortly after being notified of the award.
Is it possible to complete the NYU degree and not pursue the NUS degree?
Students may opt-out of the dual-degree program and earn only the NYU degree. However, the program is designed with the vision that students will complete both degrees. The possibility that a student will receive only an NYU degree is considered a mere contingency for unforeseen circumstances. Students should note that if they do exercise the opt-out option, they will not be entitled to a tuition refund.
What is the tuition?
The tuition for study in New York City and NYU@NUS will be the same, although applicants should note that the Singapore tuition will cover both degrees awarded as part of the dual-degree program. The 2012-13 tuition is US $50,050, which also includes the optional courses in Shanghai and the 100-hour seminar in New York for those who wish to qualify to sit the New York Bar Exam. View online the 2012-13 student expense budget for NYU@NUS.
Students who are already qualified to sit the New York Bar Exam based on their prior legal education, or students who do not wish to take the exam, may instead enroll in the Advanced Professional Certificate in Law and Business offered by the NYU Stern School of Business. The additional tuition for the classes offered by NYU Stern in the Summer 2012 semester was US $15,586 for nine business school credits. Partial grants are offered to some students by the NYU Pollack Center for Law and Business to assist with the additional cost of tuition for these classes.
Do I need to pay more for the NUS degree?
No. Dean Revesz of NYU and Dean Tan of NUS have decided to combine tuition so that the single tuition will cover both degrees.
What is the difference in the cost of living between the Singapore and New York City programs?
The room and board in Singapore is far less than the room and board in New York City. For the 2012-13 academic year, we estimate that the room and board for the LL.M. program located in New York City is approximately US $$21,720, and approximately US $13,965 for the dual-degree program located in Singapore. (The estimate for the dual-degree program in Singapore does not include the room and board expense for NYU@NUS graduates who opt to study in New York City for the period following the completion of both LL.M. degrees.) View online the 2012-13 student expense budget for NYU@NUS.
Will there by accommodations available in Singapore?
Yes. NYU@NUS students are eligible for NUS housing, though it is limited and not guaranteed because demand usually exceeds supply. Most students tend to stay in private housing.
Will Singapore and New York City students be offered the same student services?
Yes. NYU LL.M. students, whether studying in Singapore or in New York City, will be offered the Law School’s career counseling, academic counseling, and extracurricular programming, among other services.