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Good news on rankings, and help for students

As we draw near to the start of another academic year, I’m very pleased to say that NUS Law continues to do well and alumni have much to be proud of. For the first time, a serious global ranking of Law Schools was conducted and NUS Law was ranked amongst the top 25 Law Schools in the world. In the QS World University Rankings 2011, the Law School was ranked 24th globally and 1st in Asia. This ranking is all the more remarkable given that the 3 indicators used were academic reputation, employer reputation and research citations. Such criteria significantly favour Law Schools from larger jurisdictions and with a longer history. Of the top 25 Law Schools, NUS Law and the ANU College of Law are the youngest Law Schools and NUS Law is the school from the smallest jurisdiction of any school ranked in the top 100 Law Schools.

Our alumni are also highly sought after by employers within and beyond the legal profession thus accounting for the school’s good employer reputation.

This wonderful ranking is only possible because of the accomplished academics at NUS Law and our wonderful alumni who are making their mark in Singapore and elsewhere. Many academic faculty are publishing in top journals and collaborate closely with other leading academics. This has no doubt contributed to NUS Law’s strong academic reputation. Our alumni are also highly sought after by employers within and beyond the legal profession thus accounting for the school’s good employer reputation. These and other factors also account for NUS Law being widely regarded as Asia’s Global Law School. Our mission is to nurture a thinking community, creating ideas that transcend boundaries while making a positive impact on society.

Yet it is important to place some perspective on rankings however pleasing they may be. Rankings are ultimately somewhat arbitrary in the sense that there is not necessarily any consensus on what is the best criteria to use or how much weightage should be given to any criterion used. Law Schools that operate in the English language may also have an advantage and it is noteworthy that the top 30 Law Schools are all from English speaking jurisdictions (and interestingly, the common law world – the highest ranked Law Schools from the civil law world is from the University of Bologna at number 32). Nevertheless, while somewhat arbitrary, such rankings provide a ‘ballpark’ of where a Law School is and we can take pride in NUS Law’s good ranking. More importantly though, it should serve as a reminder that we need to continue to improve as the competition is global. As other Law School strive to improve, so must we.

...the Law School will establish new scholarships and bursaries in memory of Madam Kwa Geok Choo. The scholarships will support graduate students who wish to pursue a Master of Laws at NUS and the bursaries will support Bachelor of Laws students.

One of the areas in which we need to improve is the financial support that we can provide to financially disadvantaged students. In this regard, I am very pleased that the Law School will establish new scholarships and bursaries in memory of Madam Kwa Geok Choo. The scholarships will support graduate students who wish to pursue a Master of Laws at NUS and the bursaries will support Bachelor of Laws students. In my years as Dean, I have come across many cases of students who require financial assistance. The Law School does what she can to help such students but the reality is that we need to do more. I therefore appeal to alumni to donate to the Kwa Geok Choo Scholarship and Bursary Fund. Many of you have done well because of the legal education that the school has provided you. I hope you will now take this opportunity to give back so that the school can continue to nurture and support future generations of law students, particularly those who require financial aid. Your alma mater needs your support!

Dean Tan Cheng Han SC ’87

 

 

 

Law School Benefactors
1 April 2011 to 30 June 2011

DEAN’S CIRCLE – ABOVE $1,000

Class of 1985 Bursary

Mohan Reviendran Pillay ’85 ($ 11,778)

Kwa Geok Choo Professorship in Property Law

Rajah & Tann Foundation ($50,000)

Singapore Press Holdings Limited
($100,000)

Lee Sheridan Legal Education Fund

Dadlani Aakash Chandru '11 ($2,000)

Lam Chee Kin ’92 ($3,000)

ALUMNI CIRCLE – UP TO $1,000

Class of 1995 Award

Quark Kok Sin, David ’95

FACULTY CIRCLE – UP TO $500

Lee Sheridan Legal Education Fund

Amogh Nallan Chakravarti ’11

Bai Tuofei LLM ’11

Chan Kai-qiang Alroy ’11

Chen Li LLM ’11

Cheong Kwee Thiam Grad Dip ’09

Choy Mary

Chua Wei Ping, Cheryl ’11

Dai Wei LLM ’11

Eoon Zizhen Benedict ’11

Gan Wee Kiat Gregory ’11

Garima Vaibhava Srivastava LLM ’11

Goh Kiat Yi ’11

Goh Ming Li Bridget ’11

Joshua Lai Zhiyang ’11

Lee Jian Le, Marcus ’11

Lee Jonathan’10

Lim Wei Zhong, Jonathan ’11

Lim Yi Qing, Jean Marie ’11

Michael Jacques Chantal Marie Ceulen LLM ’11

Muhammad Nizam B Abdul Aziz ’11

Ng Minhui ’11

Oke Emmanuel Kolawole LLM ’11

Seow Bee Lean

Shen Xiaoyin ’11

Sivakumar s/o Ramasamy ’11

Soh Sook Lee ’11

Tan Hui Juan, Mabel ’11

Tay Xin-Wang, Alphis ’11

Yeo Hui Min Michelle ’11

Zhao Jun LLM ’11

Zhao Xiaohan LLM ’11