Master of Laws
(International Business Law)

ECUPL Tao Fen Building

The NUS Faculty of Law and the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL), one of China's top law schools, jointly launched the specialist LLM in International Business Law (IBL) degree programme in July 2005.

The programme is taught entirely in English, and is offered partly in Singapore, and partly in Shanghai. It is the first overseas degree programme to be offered by the NUS Faculty of Law. Students who successfully complete the degree requirements will obtain an LLM (International Business Law) degree conferred solely by NUS (i.e. the degree is not a joint degree).

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Building on the expanding links between Singapore and the People's Republic of China, this programme signifies another innovative step towards the NUS Law School's vision of becoming a leading global law school. Indeed, the NUS Law School has been at the forefront of curriculum developments to make legal education more international and comparative in orientation. Staffed by an outstanding international faculty with degrees from leading law schools from more than a dozen jurisdictions, NUS academic staff continues to make an impact internationally with their teaching and research. The approval of the Chinese authorities for this programme is a further validation of the high reputation that the NUS Law School enjoys both within and outside Asia. This is particularly true given the fact that China receives a large number of applications for degree programmes involving foreign educational institutions.

ECUPL President's building


The LLM (IBL) Class of 2019/20 with Assoc Prof Stephen Phua, Director for LLM (IBL) during the orientation programme.

Please refer HERE for details on degree requirements.

For more information on the IBL curriculum structure, please refer to the current academic year information HERE.
Admission Requirements
All applicants for the programme must have a good Bachelor's Degree in law or a good first degree in law. This is a full-time programme and the period of study is one academic year (two semesters).

Proficiency in English
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all foreign applicants except those from English-medium institutions in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. If your LLB or LLM degree is conducted entirely in the English-medium and you wish to seek a waiver of this requirement, please submit your request together with supporting documents, and it will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Minimum TOEFL iBT 100 is required.

Candidates with strong academic results and relevant industry experience but obtained a TOEFL iBT score of between 92-99 or minimum IELTS 7.0 may also apply. Applicants may be invited to attend an interview or required to undertake a prescribed Intensive English Course (IEC) training prior to commencing law studies. In addition to an interview, admission may depend on factors that include relevant legal qualifications, practical experience and leadership awards.

Intensive English Course
Students who are selected to undergo an Intensive English Course (IEC) will be required to pay for the course. The IEC usually runs for two (2) weeks in July prior to Semester 1.

Tuition Fees
Please refer to for more information on the tuition fees.

Contact Details
International Exchange Center / International School of ECUPL

NUS Faculty of Law