NUS-University of Melbourne
LLB-LLM Exchange Plus Programme

4-year LLB/LLM Programme

NUS-University of Melbourne (Melbourne) LLB-LLM exchange plus programme is available to students on the four-year LLB programme. Under this arrangement, students will complete three years at NUS and then go to Melbourne to read an LLM for one year. Upon successful completion of the LLM at Melbourne, NUS law students will graduate with an LLB (Hons) from NUS and an LLM from Melbourne.

For more information, please visit the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Law School website HERE.

Course Preclusions & Pre-requisites

Students interested in the Melbourne LLM should not undertake NUS modules that are similar to the LLM programme. Students are responsible to check the LLM course requirements/offerings when registering for NUS electives in Year 3.

Credit Transfer

A total of 8 coursework subjects are required for successful completion of the Melbourne LLM.

8 coursework subjects read at Melbourne towards the LLM will count towards the NUS LLB degree as NUS 40MCs. Courses completed at Melbourne do not count towards the LLB Class of Honours.

Start/Completion of Melbourne LLM and the Conferment of NUS LLB degree

NUS students who successfully completed 8 coursework subjects of Melbourne's LLM will be awarded NUS LLB.

Note that the academic year of Melbourne is Feb - May. Students have the option of starting the LLM programme in Winter intake (early June) or the regular semester 2 (July).

With a July start, the LLM is expected to complete around June/July. As such, you should expect that you would not graduate in time with your LLB cohort in June/July. Rather, depending on when your results from Melbourne are released, the earliest you can expect to be conferred your LLB degree would be the end of August and you will only be eligible to attend the Commencement ceremony in the following year.

With a June start, LLM is expected to complete around May and students can expect a good chance to be eligible for NUS graduation in June/July.

Students should consult and work closely with Melbourne in the selection of modules and corresponding assessment deadlines so that NUS can confirm the completion of your LLM credits in time for graduation.

Implications to enrolment for Part B at SILE in view of late degree conferment

The Part B course normally starts in mid-July each year. Students must have graduated with the LLB in order to be eligible for the Part B course. In view of possible late degree conferment, NUS Law has worked with SILE to institute an arrangement where students would be able to apply and enroll for Part B provisionally, subject to receiving certification from NUS by the end of July that students have passed the LLB. NUS Law has also worked with Melbourne to send us early notification of your results as soon as they are available so that NUS is in a position to issue this certification within the deadline (which SILE has stressed is a strict deadline). These arrangements have been designed to allow students to enroll for Part B in their graduation year.

However, students should note that there is a small chance that even with the above arrangements, the information from Melbourne may not be received in time for NUS to meet SILE's 'end of July' deadline. In that unlikely event, students may have to withdraw from SILE, forfeit some fees and enroll for Part B the following year. The risk is small but it does exist.

Implications of Late Degree Conferment on Eligibility for JLC Positions and Academic Prizes

NUS Law has also worked with the Legal Service Commission ("LSC") to institute an arrangement where students would be considered for Justices Law Clerk ("JLC") positions based on their "provisional Class of Honours". Each student's "provisional Class of Honours" and "provisional ranking" within the cohort will be determined by the student's cumulative weighted numerical average which have already been "locked in" at NUS Law.

This arrangement will allow qualifying students to participate in the same set of JLC interviews as their cohort. JLC offers will be subject to: (a) the student enrolling in SILE Part B together with his/her cohort; and (b) eventual conferment of the LLB in August. Note that LSC rules do not permit JLCs to start work until they have been conferred their degrees. This means that, although students will essentially be able to join the programme in the same year as their cohort, their actual work start date may be delayed by a month or two.

Please note, however, that the "provisional Class of Honours" and "provisional ranking" will NOT entitle the student to consideration for Academic Prizes that are based on such criteria, and will NOT be reflected in NUS Law's official website or other official listings.

Eligibility and Application

Applications for the programme are open from now till Monday, 5 December 2022. Only students in Law 2 qualify to apply. In some years, the programme may also be open to Law 3. Interested students should look out for announcements.

Please apply via (EduRec) Login > Self-Service > Global Education > External Study Application > "Law Exchange Plus AY2023/2024" OR "Law Exchange Plus AY2024/2025" and upload the following documents:

» Resume
» Personal Statement (Please indicate matric no)
» Latest Unofficial Transcript

Please submit to Rahima at Student Affairs Office (Law Exchange Team) at Eu Tong Sen Building Level 1:

» 2 Letters of Recommendation (to be provided to you by your referee in a sealed envelope with his/her signature on the back flap of the envelope)

After you are nominated by the Dean's Office for this programme, you will then be required to submit a formal application, at a later time, for Melbourne's consideration. Documents required and relevant deadlines will be provided to nominated students in due course. Melbourne will then consider the nominated candidates and have the discretion to make (or not make) conditional offers to them.

Students who are given Melbourne conditional offers are expected to attain, on average, a mark of B or above across all subjects undertaken up to the 5th semester to be offered admission at Melbourne.

For queries, please write to

Frequently Asked Questions

» Can I go for student exchange (SEP) AND the LLB-LLM?

Our rules for 4-year LLB programme allow a maximum period of two semesters away from NUS. Hence, students must choose EITHER SEP OR the LLB-LLM programme.

Students in Year 2 may concurrently apply for the SEP and the LLB-LLM but can only go for one programme. The application outcome of the SEP and the LLB-LLM programmes are normally made known sometime in January. At that point, if you are selected for both programmes, you must decide which programme you will opt for and you must withdraw from the other programme. You cannot hold on to both options.

Thus, students who accept an exchange place will be precluded from pursuing the LLB-LLM programme. Students who withdraw from the exchange to pursue the LLB-LLM programme where the final selection by Melbourne is not confirmed, will be allowed to re-apply for exchange in Year 3 to go on exchange in Semester 1 of Year 4, should their Melbourne applications be unsuccessful. Re-application for exchange at this point will be subject to available places and it falling within the possible application window period of partner universities.

» What are the selection criteria?

The selection criteria include your academic grades, character and personal statement. In some instances, you may be called for an interview by both faculty and Melbourne. While you apply for the programme in Year 2, you are expected to maintain good grades over 5 semesters to be offered admission at Melbourne.

» How much will it cost me?

You will pay the same amount in tuition fees to Melbourne as any other LLM student. For an estimate, please find out HERE. NUS LLB tuition fees will not be payable for the semesters away at Melbourne.

» Will there be scholarships or financial aid available?

Students can apply and compete for scholarships that are available to every other applicant to Melbourne's LLM. For more information, please find out HERE.

In addition, the NUS NASA Degree Scholarship or Bursary may be available for application if you are accepted into the programme. The scholarship/bursary aims to help defray a small fraction of the cost of studying abroad. You will be invited to apply when the application opens, usually the year prior to your commencement of the programme.

Updated on 29 September 2022