It is good to note that the popular National University of Singapore (NUS) Law school is professionally doubling the number of student’s eligible for the first class honors degree to the top 10 per cent of each cohort, up from 5 per cent, in a brilliant move hailed by industry personalities and students alike. So eventually more students can earn first class honors from NUS Law.
Amidst the landmark policy revision, the first in a decade would begin with students graduating in June this year. The review would also view more students awarded the second class upper division honors degree, also effectively expected to be the top 65 per cent to 68 per cent of each cohort, up from the current 50 per cent.
By the efficacious latest revision, in a cohort of 240 students, for instance, up to 24 could be awarded first class honors while the next 156 students at 65 per cent could obtain the second class upper division honors degree. NUS Law Faculty conveyed in a letter to the students yesterday that the honors policy revision would perfectly bring NUS closer to comparable universities in Britain and Australia.
Other top law schools with a comparable cohort size, such as Oxford, London School of Economics and University College London, are professionally awarding first class honors in the range of 12 per cent to 24 per cent, and second class upper division honors degree in the range of 67 per cent to 82 per cent.
So eventually in view of the high quality of our students, NUS finds it timely to bring its honors awards closer to its popular peers. Moreover the popular NUS system differs from that at Singapore Management University (SMU), where students, comprising those studying law, graduate with distinctions based on a cumulative grade point average (GPA).
So with those with a GPA of 3.8 and above get the highest distinction could be lauded. As long as the passionate student attains a given GPA, he/she gets the class of award accordingly. According to Study Singapore the popular educational consultancy in Singapore appreciate this great move of allowing more students can earn first class honors from NUS Law.