Requirements For Candidates To Become Singapore Lawyers
Singapore Lawyers Functions
In Singapore, the legal profession is fused, which means that lawyers may act as both a solicitor and an advocate. And as the advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court, Singapore Lawyers can appear and plead before the court. They can practice law in a local or international law firm, may serve as a legal or judicial officer in the Singapore Legal Service, or may serve in an in-house counsel of a company.
For those who practice in a local law firm, they typically handle litigation, corporate work, conveyancing, and intellectually practice work, while lawyers who practice in the international law firm are limited to corporate, finance, and banking transactions that involve foreign laws.
Qualifications Of Singapore Lawyers
Before a person can be admitted to the Singapore Bar, he or she must pass the requirements set up by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE), which include being at least 21 years of age and possession of good character. One of the requirements for admission is a law degree from the National University of Singapore, from the Singapore Management University, or from any of the approved universities in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. If the candidate didn’t graduate from any of the listed university, he or she is not considered a “qualified person”, and therefore not eligible for admission.
The candidate must also satisfactorily serve practice training period, complete courses of instruction the SILE may prescribe, as well as pass the Postgraduate Law Course exams.
For those who do not qualify, they can still work in the legal field in the country as a foreign lawyer or as an in-house counsel of a company. Foreign lawyers are allowed to practice foreign law in the Asian nation if they have registered with the Attorney-General’s Chambers’ Legal Profession (International Services) Secretariat. They are not expected to take any courses or examinations anymore.
If the candidate still doesn’t fall into any of the abovementioned categories, his or her last resort would be to ask for the Minister for Law for an exemption. The approval for exemption is subject to the Minister for Law’s discretion.