Admission to the Singapore Bar

Preparatory Course leading to Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations

The Singapore Institute of Legal Education will be conducting the Preparatory Course leading to Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations, commencing Tuesday, 17 July 2018 to Friday, 7 December 2018 for qualified persons under the Legal Profession Act (Chapter 161) seeking admission as advocates and solicitors of the Supreme Court of Singapore.

Applications will open at 10.00 am on Wednesday, 18 April 2018 and will close at 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 23 May 2018.

Please refer to the infographic setting out the five steps for Part B application process. Please familiarise yourself with the Guide to Application Process which can be found in the infographic. 

Please note that while practice sessions are generally from 6.00pm to 7.30pm, some sessions will be held during office hours instead of 6.00pm to 7.30pm or on other dates at the request of facilitators. Facilitators are not full-time instructors at the Part B Course. They mainly comprise practitioners, legal service officers, judicial officers, in-house counsel and university lecturers. The dates and times of the Practice Sessions are therefore subject to the schedule of the facilitators. Venues (which will be held at various locations) and times will be confirmed about 1 week before the session.

Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations 2018 will be held from Tuesday, 27 November 2018 to Thursday, 6 December 2018 (both dates inclusive). Candidates are to sit for 8 papers (6 compulsory subjects and 2 electives) over 8 days. The duration of Part B 2018 is inclusive of its Examinations. However if you wish to make plans to travel, you may do so from the evening of 7 December 2018 onwards.

The Preparatory Course leading to Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations ("the Course") is a full-time course that commences in July and ends in early December each year.

A qualified person may not attend the Course and concurrently serve his practice training period.


Aims of the Course


The Course aims to:-

  1. train candidates in procedural law and practice in Singapore relevant to civil and criminal litigation and certain areas of practice; and

  2. train candidates in the skills of the professional lawyer and provide opportunities to practise these skills under supervision, with particular emphasis on the core competencies expected of a newly-admitted lawyer.

The instructors in the Course comprise mainly legal practitioners and Legal Service Officers and include judges, academics and other professionals.


Who should Attend


Attendance of the Course and passing Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations are pre-requisites to admission as an advocate and solicitor.


Employment During the Course


Candidates of the Course may not engage in any employment, whether full-time or part-time without the prior consent of the Director of the Course. This prohibition does not apply to Legal Service Officers and persons serving their practice training period through working under the supervision of a qualifying relevant legal officer.


Course Venues


The Course and Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations are conducted by the Institute and overseen by the Dean and Director. In general, lectures will be held at the Supreme Court Auditorium and practice sessions will be held at the State Courts or at locations in law firms or other institutions as informed by the Institute. Details of other venues will be given to candidates accepted into the Course when the Course commences.


Course Fees


The fees for 2018 are:

Course & Examination Fees (inclusive of GST)
Singapore Citizens: SGD6,420.00
Singapore Permanent Residents: SGD7,490.00
Foreign Candidates: SGD9,095.00

Course Information


The Course comprises mainly 7 compulsory subjects and 2 elective subjects. It also broadly covers some other areas of competency, knowledge or skills that are relevant to the practice of law.

The 7 compulsory subjects are:-

  1. Civil Litigation Practice

  2. Criminal Litigation Practice

  3. Insolvency Law and Practice

  4. Real Estate Practice

  5. Family Law Practice

  6. Ethics & Professional Responsibility

  7. Professional Skills

The elective subjects are divided into Category A and Category B. Each candidate must complete one subject from each category.

The elective subjects offered in each category are:


Category A Electives

Category B Electives

A1 - Advanced Corporate Practice

B1 - Admiralty Practice

A2 - Intellectual Property Law Practice

B2 - Wills, Probate & Administration Practice

A3 - The Law and Practice of Arbitration

B3 - Mediation Skills


B4 - Cross-Border Transactions


Details of the subjects, their assessment criteria and the core competencies are provided in a Handbook that will be available to candidates accepted for the Course.


Code of Conduct


The Code of Conduct embodies the objectives and underlying principles of the Course and sets out how candidates should or should not behave as a lawyer in training.

All candidates of the Course are required to comply with the Code of Conduct. Please click here for a copy of the Code of Conduct.

For further clarification, please click here to contact SILE.

Last Updated: 4 January 2018