The recommendations of the Committee for the Professional Training of Lawyers, on strengthening their professional training regime in Singapore, are important in at least two respects. First, the proposals, which have been accepted in principle by the Ministry of Law (MinLaw), would help improve the quality of legal training here. Second, law graduates would be equipped better with the expertise to meet the evolving demands of the economy and society. Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon announced the "significant restructuring" of the professional training regime last week, underlining its importance to the future of all those who choose law as their subject of study and to the society in which they will work.
According to MinLaw, the committee's key recommendations include uncoupling admission to the Bar from the completion of a practice training contract; extending the practice training period from six months to a year; and raising the standard and stringency of Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations.