; in which you all have to pass. The schedule is not too busy. There are 3 hours of classes per subject per week, which are carried out during normal working hours. After the course, you must complete at least 6 consecutive months of “relevant legal practice, work or training”. A certificate of completion is awarded to candidates who have successfully completed Part A of the Lawyer course. Applicants who hold the Part A Certificate of Completion must then complete Part B with other graduates of the local law school. Course and exam fees for 2014, including GST, are as follows: Singapore citizens – S$3,500; Permanent residents of Singapore – S$3,800; International students – S$7,360. A foreign lawyer registered under Section 130K of the AHR Act and Rule 18 of the LPIS 2008 may practice foreign law and international law in Singapore or from Singapore at the law firm where he or she is registered. He or she cannot practice Singaporean law in any area of legal practice, but there are no restrictions in the areas of foreign law and international law in which a foreign lawyer may practice. Please visit the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE) website for more information on the “qualified person” and admission requirements, degree and university requirements, Parts A and B of the Singapore Bar Examinations, relevant legal and/or work training, practical training time, admission/appeal procedure and Foreign Practitioner Examinations (FPE).
Qualified foreign lawyers who successfully complete the EPF may apply to the Director of Legal Services under Section 36B of the Legal Profession Act to practise in the licensed areas of Singaporean law. Eligible areas include areas such as banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property law. Foreign lawyers must have at least three years of relevant legal practice or work that can be acquired in Singapore or abroad before they can apply for the EPF. The Legal Profession (Foreign Practitioner Examinations) Rules 2011, which came into force on September 29, 2011, provide the framework for the EPF. Please refer to Rule 4 for admission requirements for EPF registration. In order to officially certify your training, you must enter into a training contract with the relevant law firm in Singapore. There are certain legal and technical requirements in which you can also get more details here. The law is not quite what television shows make of it. They don`t ride and strut all the time in high-risk courtrooms and skyscrapers.
Most of your time will likely be spent doing very dry paperwork, creating legal memos for your senior partners and employees late into the night while drinking plenty of caffeine. However, if you have a genuine passion for law and are committed to maintaining justice and order, the challenges you face in this hectic life will not stand up to your immeasurable. The duration of the training is 6 months. However, there is a catch. If you receive supervised training by practicing as a lawyer or under the supervision of a qualified competent lawyer, 6 months of this supervised training only counts towards 1 month of his practical training period. Unfortunately, this means that if you supplement all your practice time this way, the duration of the training is 36 months. A foreign lawyer may obtain a limited licence to provide advisory services in foreign and international law (i.e. to become a foreign legal advisor). If you are not eligible for admission to the Singapore Bar Association, you should consider alternatives to working in the legal field in Singapore, including: In order to provide advisory services in foreign and international law, a foreign legal advisor is not required, but may enter into a business relationship with local lawyers. If a foreign lawyer who is a qualified person is qualified to practice in a common law jurisdiction and has two years of relevant legal experience, he or she may apply for an exemption so that he or she can obtain a full licence after passing Part A of the Singapore Bar Examinations. The Law Society does not prescribe qualifications as its role is to assess the applicant`s suitability for admission as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore after the application for admission has been filed with the Supreme Court of Singapore. You will not be guaranteed a law job once you graduate from law school.
Law graduates must obtain at least one lower second-class special mention from one of the prescribed universities listed above and complete a program of study of at least three (3) academic years as a full-time internal candidate of such accredited university in accordance with the Department of Justice. No one said it would be easy, but good things don`t come without tremendous effort. Part A of the Bar Examination lasts 6 months and is offered by the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore (NUS). If you don`t feel prepared for the exam, NUS also offers an optional 3-month preparation course. There are a total of 5 mandatory topics: Supporting documents for exemption applications To assist applicants who intend to file their affidavit for an appeal to the Singapore Bar Association, we have also created a checklist of common errors to look out for when preparing the affidavit. Persons wishing to be admitted to the Singapore Bar must: • Criminal law • Singaporean legal system and constitutional law • Land law • Company law • Law of evidence Once you have passed the bar and completed your studies, congratulations, you are a full-fledged lawyer admitted to Singapore, all you have to do is find a good job, to maintain your integrity and remember, Why you chose the law in the first place. Let`s hope it`s not the money, because the working hours (until the wee hours of the morning don`t really justify the salary). Most importantly, those who truly excel in their field are motivated by passion, not salary. Foreign lawyers may request exemptions from one or more of these requirements, and these appeals will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For your information only, candidates may not hold employment, full-time or part-time, without the prior consent of the instructor.
In accordance with the LPIS Rules 2008, the Legal Profession (Professional Conduct) Rules with amendments apply only to foreign lawyers practising Singaporean law. Studying law is not an easy task. Qualifying yourself is extremely difficult. You just need your A-levels to meet the academic requirements. Even if you do, there is no guarantee of admission. You need to prove your worth during your academic interview, so you need to be able to express yourself and impress interviewers, which all aspiring lawyers should be able to do. There are 2 local schools offering law in Singapore, NUS and SMU, both of which have very limited places. Therefore, some may consider the possibility of going abroad for their studies. The number of law schools recognized by the Department of Justice has been significantly reduced, probably to ensure that we get quality graduates and to deal with an oversaturated legal market. Please ensure that the legal degree acquired is recognized by Singapore.
You can view the list of foreign degrees accredited by Singapore here. In order to obtain full admission to practice law in this jurisdiction, foreign lawyers must be a “qualified person” within the meaning of the AHR Act and the rules of the legal profession (qualified persons). You may be able to work as in-house legal counsel in an organisation in Singapore. For more information, visit the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association website. (B) Practice in the licensed areas of Singaporean law as a foreign practitioner He has seen some of the costumes from the United States and wants to put on a fancy suit to become a “relative” like Harvey Specter? Here`s what you need to know to practice in Singapore. Before we get into the technical details of what it takes to become a lawyer, you should really ask yourself if law is your thing. The relevant legislation is Part 2, Division 2 of the AHR Act, Chapter 161; Rules for the Legal Professions (Qualified Persons), Chapter 161, Rule 15. If you are currently employed, the SUSS School of Law`s program is credit-based and modular, with evening classes for working students. As at 1 May 2009, approximately 865 limited licences had been granted to foreign lawyers in the Territory.
Being a qualified person is one of the requirements for individuals wishing to be admitted to the Singapore Bar Association. The requirements for being a qualified person are set by the Ministry of Justice and set out in the Rules Governing the Legal Profession (Qualified Persons). The information on the Institute`s websites is provided for reference purposes only and does not replace applicable legislation.