Experts: Changes signal high standards to practise law

Competition for training contracts at law firms has been a talking point in recent years, amid concern about a surge of locals going abroad to pursue law degrees.
Competition for training contracts at law firms has been a talking point in recent years, amid concern about a surge of locals going abroad to pursue law degrees.PHOTO: ST FILE

Stricter exam, longer training will open up spots for those who really want to practise

Raising the training standards of law graduates will make them think harder about practising law and open up training contracts for those who really want to practise, said those in the industry.

Among the recommendations announced on Thursday, law graduates will have to sit a more stringent professional Bar exam, known as Part B, from 2023 and receive training for one year, instead of the present six months, before qualifying to practise law.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 01, 2018, with the headline 'Experts: Changes signal high standards to practise law'. Print Edition | Subscribe