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NUS Faculty of Law partners prestigious organisations in offering graduate fellowships and programme

11 February 2011

AT NUS’ BUKIT TIMAH CAMPUS: Students here in Singapore on an exchange programme at the Faculty of Law

The NUS Faculty of Law (FoL) is the first in Asia to partner the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the World Bank to offer two prestigious fellowships respectively for law graduates beginning this year. ICJ and World Bank have existing programmes with only select North American and European law schools such as New York University, Yale University and University of Oxford.

In addition, NUS and Boston University (BU) have also teamed up to offer a new Master’s degree programme. Come August 2011, the first two students on this programme will head to BU for a year to pursue a master’s in law. Similarly, selected BU students can spend a year at NUS and graduate with a master’s degree.

Speaking to local newspaper The Straits Times, Dean of FoL Prof Tan Cheng Han disclosed that the BU programme is the first of six partnerships that NUS hopes to forge with top overseas law schools over the next two years. According to the media report, Prof Tan had stressed the importance of greater global exposure for law students, given that the law profession was transforming from a domestic to a transnational one.

As for the fellowship programmes, he said that they “offer our graduates an outstanding opportunity to gain experience in the most important international legal institutions.” Offering the opportunity to work in the World Bank Legal Vice Presidency, the World Bank’s two-year Legal Associates Programme is open to students with a master’s degree (LL.M.), and top-ranking Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) students may apply for the six to 12 months Legal Internship Programme.

The ICJ programme, on the other hand, offers the successful applicant the opportunity to work in the chambers of one of the judges, but requires him/her to have a good command of English and a working knowledge of French, the court’s second language.

The two fellowship programmes offered by ICJ and the World Bank will be overseen by FoL’s Vice Dean for Graduate Studies Prof Simon Chesterman.