The Law Clinic


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HOW TO APPLY

The clinic modules are offered in three tranches through the year, including during the university vacations. When the application period for each tranche is open the Centre will send an e-mail call to all NUS Law students eligible to take electives. The e-mail will include further details relating to the application process. Students wishing to apply for a clinic module must submit their application by the stipulated deadline to lawclinic@nus.edu.sg. Applicants may undergo an interview with the relevant clinic coordinator.

Applications for each clinic tranche will generally open in:

Clinic Tranche Application Period Opens
Summer April
Semester One July
Semester Two October

Please do not bid/register for any of the Centre's law clinic elective modules during the usual module bidding/registration process. Instead please bid/register for the usual 23 module credit worth of electives (comprising of other electives). If you are successfully allocated to a clinic, then we will inform Academic Affairs to manually register you into the relevant clinic module. You will then need to decide which 5 module credit elective that you have been allocated (as part of the usual module registration process) to not continue with.

More details regarding the clinic elective modules application process will appear on this page during the application period for each tranche.


APPLICATION PERIOD FOR SEMESTER ONE TRANCHE AY 2022/2023 WILL OPEN IN JULY 2022.

Please email any questions you may have regarding the next clinic tranche to lawclinic@nus.edu.sg.

If you are interested in taking a Law Clinic elective, please read the Law Clinic Module FAQs.


Upcoming Semester One Tranche AY 2022/2023 Tranche

In the upcoming Semester One Tranche AY 2022/2023 tranche of litigation clinics, students will have the opportunity to sign up for clinics to assist in the following types of matters:

  • Criminal Legal Aid Scheme files;
  • Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offence files;
  • Legal Aid Bureau files; and
  • Work injury claims, personal injury claims, estate/probate matters etc.

In the upcoming tranche of corporate clinics, students will have the opportunity to work with our partner organisations which range from museums, charities championing specific causes, social enterprises, and professional services MNC.

If you are interested in applying for an upcoming clinic module elective it would be useful, but not essential, to take the following modules that are relevant to such clinic:

Clinic Relevant Module(s)
The Pro Bono Family Law Litigation Clinic Family Law and Practice
The Capital Offences Criminal Litigation Clinic and The Pro Bono Criminal Law Litigation Clinic Advanced Criminal Legal Process or Criminal Practice, and Trial Advocacy
The Corporate Law Clinics Corporate Deals


What can you learn from Clinics?

Through their participation in the Law Clinic, students acquire a wide range of skills, including:

  • interviewing, counselling, and advising clients
  • representing clients in court
  • conducting legal writing and research
  • investigating and analysing facts
  • reviewing and drafting contracts
  • developing negotiation skills



Been There, Done That!

Hear from "graduates" of the clinic experience.

Jen Ong Vaughan
Jen Ong Vaughan '12
Teo Ang Siang
Teo Ang Siang '18
Ahmad Zaki Bin Iskandar
Ahmad Zaki Bin Iskandar '18
Sheiffa Safi Shirbeeni
Sheiffa Safi Shirbeeni '19
Tomoyuki Lewis Ban
Tomoyuki Lewis Ban '20
Rachel Ang
Rachel Ang '20
Tan Wee Liang
Tan Wee Liang '22
Khin Yadanar Oo
Khin Yadanar Oo '23
 
History of the Law Clinic Module

Since 2009, NUS Law professors have been working as Volunteer Assistant Directors of Legal Aid Bureau ("LAB"), with NUS Law students assisting them in providing legal assistance and representation to legally aided clients. With the signing of an MOU between NUS and LAB in 2010, an elective module, Law & Practice - The Law Clinic, was launched in Academic Year 2010-2011. To date, professors and students from NUS Law have assisted with more than 250 cases at LAB.

Under the Law Clinic module, students can now also participate in the corporate work by assisting charities and voluntary welfare organisations with transactional work and legal advice. In April 2019, the Centre launched Arts in Clinical Legal Education (ARTICLE), a five-year partnership with the Singapore Art Museum, the National Gallery and the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, to provide opportunities for students to engage in corporate clinical legal education in the arts sector.

In August 2017, the clinical legal education programme broke new ground with the State Courts Clerkship Programme. This unique programme is also under the Law Clinic module, and offers students the rare opportunity to learn while assisting top State Court judges in their work.



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