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NUS Law School partners Tsinghua University to offer new degree programmes

03 January 2012

The law schools of NUS and Tsinghua University have teamed up to establish new programmes which enable students to earn degrees from both institutions. NUS Faculty of Law signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tsinghua University sealing this partnership, the first such collaboration with a Chinese University, on 14 December 2011.

Said Dean of NUS Law School Prof Tan Cheng Han: "We are honoured to join hands with one of Asia's top law schools, and I see great benefit in this partnership. I am confident that it will yield significant fruit to widen and deepen the talent pool in Asia to serve the legal needs of a more complex region."

Tsinghua is very glad to reach an understanding for a collaboration with NUS, said Prof Wang Zhenmin, Dean of the Tsinghua University's Law School. He believed that the partnership has profound implications for the legal profession and it will provide a platform for both universities to contribute to the continuing development of law, order and peace.

The concurrent degree programme will be based on a "3+1" model, with selected students from both law schools spending part of their course time at the partner institution and receiving an LLM (Master of Laws) degree. Each home institution will send five of its current LLB (Bachelor of Laws) candidates who have completed at least three years of study at their home institution to spend a minimum of one year at the other institution.

The two law schools will also be discussing cooperation at the graduate level, including a possible joint LLM degree.

According to Prof Stephen Girvin, Vice-Dean of Research and International Programmes at the NUS Law School, the new programmes will provide participating students with excellent networking opportunities and tremendous exposure to Chinese legal practitioners, as well as deepen their understanding of Chinese law.