Becoming a Lawyer

To be admitted to the Singapore Bar, a person:

(1) must meet all the requirements of being a “qualified person” as defined in the Legal Profession Act (Cap. 161)  read together with the Legal Profession (Qualified Persons); and
(2) must satisfy the criteria set out in section 13(1) of the Legal Profession Act:
  a. has attained the age of 21 years;
  b. is of good character;
  c. has satisfactorily served the practice training period applicable to him;
  d. has attended and satisfactorily completed such courses of instruction as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE); and
  e. has passed such examinations as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors of SILE.

Currently, the course of instruction referred to in (d) is the Preparatory Course leading to Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations and the examinations referred to in (e) is Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations.

Legislation

  • Legal Profession Act
  • Legal Profession (Qualified Persons) Rules
  • Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2011

To view the Legal Profession Act and subsidiary legislation, please refer to the Singapore Statutes Online website.