If you love reading and is able to understand and analyse long passages, you enjoy communicating with people and has always been able to win arguments through logical reasoning, law may be the right course for you.
Law is an important aspect of society. It involves not just social rules and justice but also understanding human interaction and behaviour. A career as a lawyer will give you the power to make a difference, challenge you intellectually, and reward you financially. Having said that, because of the range of skills you will learn in the programme, studying law can also lead to many different careers other than becoming a solicitor or barrister. Many law graduates have found fulfilling careers in politics, business, finance, journalism, academics etc.
To become an advocate and solicitor in Singapore, you must fulfil the following:
1. Be a citizen or PR of Singapore
2. Hold a law degree that is recognised by the Ministry of Law, Singapore and have graduated within the top 70% of the cohort (Australian universities).
3. Pass the Part A Bar exams and undertake 6 months of Relevant Legal Training (RLT)
4. Become a ‘Qualified Person’ after fulfilling the above
5. Pass the Part B Bar exams to be admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court
6. Complete a 12-month training contract to obtain practising certificate, unless you choose to go for other careers
Australia is a popular destination because of its list of reputable universities with approved law degrees, both undergraduate (LLB) and postgraduate (JD). In addition, studying overseas will give you an amazing and eye-opening experience that you will never have just by staying in Singapore. It will expose you to an international experience and provide opportunities for you to meet a diverse group of people from all over the world, which will benefit your career in law as well as your personal development. As these law degrees will, of course, be recognised in Australia, you may also be able to practise as a lawyer in Australia.
There are 10 law schools in Australia that are recognised in Singapore. 8 of them offer the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) meant for students who have completed GCE A Level, IB Diploma or equivalent, and 6 of them offer the Juris Doctor degree (JD) for those who already hold a first degree. These universities do not require any additional admissions test or interview for application.
Here is a summary of these law programmes in Australia: