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Singapore Bar exams to be more stringent from 2023

Singapore Bar

From 2023, law graduates who want to be practising lawyers will have to complete one year of practice training with a firm instead of the current six months, after passing the Singapore Bar examinations.

In addition, Part B of the exam will be more stringent, announced Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon in a speech on Thursday (Aug 30). Part B is taken by graduates from both local and overseas universities, while Part A is a requirement only for those from overseas universities.

For law graduates who decide not to become practising lawyers, they can still be called to the Singapore Bar after passing the exams – without having to complete the practice training period.

This means a practice training contract will no longer be a pre-condition for admission to the Bar. For these students, they can pursue alternative careers such as becoming an in-house counsel, practice support lawyers, law academics and legal technologists. [continued]

Source: Lydia Lam – Channel NewsAsia