Admission to the Singapore Bar

Changes to Admission Requirements

The Ministry of Law has accepted in principle the recommendations of the Committee for the Professional Training of Lawyers on strengthening the professional training regime for lawyers in Singapore.

The key recommendations include:

  1. uncoupling admission to the Bar from the completion of a practice training contract;

  2. lengthening the practice training period from six months to one year; and

  3. raising the standards and stringency of the Part B Bar Examinations.

Recommendations (a) and (b) will apply to qualified persons who pass the 2023 or subsequent sessions of the Part B Bar Examinations. Recommendation (c) will be implemented from the 2023 session of the Part B Bar Examinations.

For more information, please refer to the report of the Committee for the Professional Training of Lawyers at https://www.supremecourt.gov.sg/publications/commemorative-and-other-publications and the Ministry of Law’s press release at https://www.mlaw.gov.sg/news/press-releases.html.

Last Updated: 30 August 2018