J.D. Program

Dual Degree in Asian Legal Studies

J.D./LL.M. in Asian Legal Studies

Through this program abroad, qualified 3L students have the opportunity to receive both the J.D. degree from BU School of Law, and an LL.M. in Asian Legal Studies from the National University of Singapore.

The dual degree in Asian legal studies, the first of its kind among U.S. law schools, enables students in the program to complete a full year of study at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Ranked as one of the top 20 universities in the world by Times Higher Education, NUS affords students the unique opportunity to study in a city, island and country all at the same time. As Southeast Asia's legal and business hub, Singapore allows students to immerse themselves in international business and finance topics that relate to the region's rapidly growing economies.

The program, taught entirely in English, allows students to study in depth the laws, legal systems, institutions and legal traditions of South, Southeast, and East Asia, and also enables them to focus on particular areas of law (e.g. commercial law, constitutional law and international law) as these are treated across Asia

A selection of Specialized Asian Legal Studies courses offered at NUS includes:

  • Chinese Corporate and Securities Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Competition Law in Asia
  • Human Rights in Asia
  • Law and Development in China
  • Law, Governance & Development in Asia
  • Ocean Law & Policy in Asia

"I strongly doubt that I could have replicated this educational experience in the U.S...my study abroad experience [in Singapore] was one of the most unique, eye-opening experiences of my academic career."
--(Spring 2009 Singapore Study Abroad participant)