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Santa Clara Law: Summer Abroad in Singapore
Singapore, Singapore (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 03/21/2016 ** Rolling Admission 05/23/2016 06/10/2016
NOTE: Internship dates 6/13/2016 to 7/22/2016. Internship application deadline is 2/12/2016. Please note that program directors may choose to have an orientation before the start of the program. Please consult your program director before making travel arrangements.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Areas of study: Law
Class Standing: J.D., LL.M., Other
Program Description:

Mix & Match: Students may be placed in internships with top law firms, corporations, or non-governmental organizations in Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, or India. 

Already Enrolled? See Information For Enrolled Students

Classes: South East Asian Business and Human Rights (4 units)Singapore2

The class in Singapore offers a comprehensive study on Southeast Asian Legal Systems. Students will initially engage in a comparative study of legal systems and traditions of the various nations within Southeast Asia such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Students are introduced to Sharia Law during this segment of this course. The course then shifts focus to business and tax issues, and finally covers human rights law in the region. The faculty are drawn from local law schools in Singapore. These law faculty members are particularly renowned in international business and intellectual property. Classes are mostly held in the mornings and afternoons, with occasional afternoon site visits. The final exam is held on the last day of class and is an in-class 3 hour written exam.

Internships: Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam & India (4-5 units)

Whether working with the United Nations or other international bodies, or at renowned international law firms, our internships offer an unsurpassed experiential opportunity. Internships in Singapore are with incredibly well-respected, multi-national firms. Students gain practical experience by doing legal work under the supervision of a legal professional in the host country, while receiving invaluable integration into the legal culture of the country and make invaluable professional contacts. The expectation of an intern is full-time work from the period of the internship (e.g., 40 hours or more a week of supervised legal work). Santa Clara Law requires a minimum of 50 hours of supervised legal work for each internship unit of credit. 

Students wishing to intern in law firms in Singapore:  Please note that, in order to secure your placement in the multinational and world-renowned law firms with which we have worked, the internship application deadline is particularly important.  Owing to our longstanding relationship with these firms, we are able to place you alongside Singapore law students.  This placement process takes place in late February and early March, so compliance with the deadline greatly improves your chances of securing one of these competitive internships.

Fees & Financial Aid

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $300 for the class and an additional non-refundable deposit of $700  for the internship (if applicable) is required to secure your spot and it is applied to the tuition charge.

Tuition: The tuition charge is $1000/unit for J.D. students. LL.M. students should contact us for tuition information.

Financial Aid: US law students are typically eligible for financial aid to cover tuition, airfare, housing, food, local travel costs and school supplies (click here for more information).


Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. There are a number of housing options available in Singapore, from hotels and hostels, to serviced apartments. Finding the right housing for a long stay in a foreign city is not easy. This interactive map can help you locate the main hotels in Singapore. For reference purposes, the Orchard Road area tends to be the busy center of town. Here is a map of the university. Rates may be quoted in Singapore $, so make sure you do the appropriate conversion before making a final decision.

On campus at SMU – Request on application

10 twin-sharing rooms (2 beds per room) are available at the SMU residences at Princep. The 2013 weekly rate was S$145 per person. The residence is within close proximity to Little India, Arab Street, Bugis Junction and the National Library. Students must confirm room request by April 18, 2014 with the Singapore Program Director. Only payment by credit card is accepted. Advance payment is required upon receipt of confirmation of room availability. The rate is inclusive of utilities charges and GST. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning but do not have an attached bathroom. There is a LAN port for internet connection for each bed, water heater, a microwave oven, a refrigerator, and a laundry center (coin operated). Check out will be at the end of classes, or possibly at the end of June.  Either way, students remaining for internships will need to move at some point.

Please note that this residence hall is an undergraduate dormitory, and to adjust your expectations accordingly. While relatively inexpensive and well-located, the facilities are not as nice as some in private hotels and hostels. Last year, some students reported concerns about the residence.  By contrast, the year before, students were sad to leave and reported an excellent experience.  We are working diligently to ensure the best experience in Princep as possible.

You may find some good hotel rates through STA Travel or Agoda.  Hotel prices range upwards from around US $35 per day. Prices may be quoted in Singapore $$. Beware that reservations may require a non- refundable pre-payment for the entire duration of reservation. Make sure you check the customer reviews before committing to long-term arrangements!

Options abound, but make sure this is what you want before you sign up for this. Previous students have recommended the following hostels: Sleepy Sams, Inncrowd Hostel, and Evans Lodge 

Serviced Apartments
Serviced apartments are great since they usually come fully furnished, offer you cooking facilities, and can be shared with one or more students. While many rental services are available, students have used Wilby Central Serviced Apartments in the past.

Exploring The Area

Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is an island country off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, in the Southeast Asian region of the Asian continent. It is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north, and from Indonesia’s Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait to its south. Singapore is the world’s fourth leading financial center and a cosmopolitan world city, playing a key role in international trade and finance. The port of Singapore is also amongst the top five busiest ports in the world. Due to its diverse population and immigrant background, Singaporean culture has often been described as a mix of cultures – British, Malay, Chinese, Indian and Peranakan. Foreigners also make up 42% of the population in Singapore and they play an important role in influencing Singaporean culture. Singapore is a major international transportation hub in Asia, positioned on many sea and air trade routes, and students often visit neighboring areas such as Malaysia and Cambodia.

Travel Information

AXA/ACE Travel Assistance Program Information (all students enrolled in the program are covered)
US State Department Tips for Traveling Abroad
US State Department Travel Safety Information
US Department of State Country Specific Information
US Embassies/Consulates
US Department of State: Passport Services
US Department of State Worldwide Caution
Centers for Disease Control Health Information
Disability Information for Singapore


Summer 2014 Student Evaluation: Overall Experience 4.6 (Scale of 1-5, 1=poor, 5=excellent)

“Thank you Santa Clara for a spectacular experience last summer! Without your program, and my internship placement in Cambodia, I’m not entirely sure my life would’ve turned out the same. I was selected to travel back to Myanmar and Cambodia through the ABA’s International Law Section. To participate in this ILEX (International Legal Exchange) Program whose Delegation members have included luminaries such as Justice Scalia in 2010 and Justice Breyer in 2005 is a true honor.“  Ashlee S., Vermont Law (2013)

“This program exceeded my expectation in many aspects! Great and passionate professors taught interesting topics, many of which are eye-opening. Classmates are from all over the United States, with a lot of pre-law experiences. This discussions in and out of the classroom were fascinating!” Bin S., Santa Clara Law (2012)

“I really enjoyed the diversity of the program and lectures. By the last session, I felt that we had come full-circle to the first few lectures and everything started to make sense. Everything was incorporated and had influence on everything else.” Chandler P., UNLV (2012)

“Wonderful experience, combines law with real Singapore culture” [Anonymous] Summer 2011

“I loved this program. The courses were excellent, and it was very well run.” -Willa Gelvick, Summer 2009, SCU

“This was an excellent experience.” Laura Bahmenezed, Summer 2009, Touro Law School

“My summer abroad program [in Singapore] was great! Going to Vietnam [on an internship] was an awesome experience as well . . . “  Nam Nguyen, Loyola Law School (2006)

“Working [at an NGO in Cambodia], I feel I am on the forefront of issues affecting Cambodians today. I have had the opportunity to help prepare for, participate in, and report on protests and organizations organized by my office. The work I am doing on forced evictions and property rights is directly connected to the most pressing legal issues in Cambodia today.”  Jacqueline Binger, Summer 2006.

Contact Us

Singapore Program Director: Professor Yvonne Ekern
The Center for Global Law and Policy:

Enrollment Limits:
Class: 30 
Internships in Singapore: 10 
Internships in Cambodia: 2 -4 
Internships in Vietnam: 2 – 4 
Internships in India: 2 – 4