More law grads taking the road less travelled

From left: Mr Algene Tan worked for two top legal firms for almost three years before taking a different path, Mr Marcus Li was a corporate restructuring lawyer before he took up the position of general counsel at Slate Alt, and Mr Chan Yuk Lun found
From left: Mr Algene Tan worked for two top legal firms for almost three years before taking a different path, Mr Marcus Li was a corporate restructuring lawyer before he took up the position of general counsel at Slate Alt, and Mr Chan Yuk Lun founded SingaporeLegalAdvice.com, which began as a blog when he was in law school.ST PHOTOS: DESMOND FOO, JONATHAN CHOO
After graduating in 2014, Mr Chan Yuk Lun (above) founded SingaporeLegalAdvice.com, which began as a blog when he was in law school. The site has about 170,000 visits a month now. Mr Algene Tan (left) worked for two top legal firms for almost three y
Mr Algene Tan worked for two top legal firms for almost three years before taking a different path - co-founding a tuition school. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO, JONATHAN CHOO
After graduating in 2014, Mr Chan Yuk Lun (above) founded SingaporeLegalAdvice.com, which began as a blog when he was in law school. The site has about 170,000 visits a month now. Mr Algene Tan (left) worked for two top legal firms for almost three y
Mr Marcus Li (above) was a corporate restructuring lawyer before he took up the position of general counsel at Slate Alt, an investment and capital raising firm. He is also a director at Hello Tomorrow Singapore, the regional hub of the Paris-based global non-profit Hello Tomorrow.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO, JONATHAN CHOO
After graduating in 2014, Mr Chan Yuk Lun (above) founded SingaporeLegalAdvice.com, which began as a blog when he was in law school. The site has about 170,000 visits a month now. Mr Algene Tan (left) worked for two top legal firms for almost three y
After graduating in 2014, Mr Chan Yuk Lun (above) founded SingaporeLegalAdvice.com, which began as a blog when he was in law school. The site has about 170,000 visits a month now. ST PHOTOS: DESMOND FOO, JONATHAN CHOO

Lawyer Algene Tan worked for two top legal firms for almost three years, but limited advancement prospects pushed him to take a different path - one that allows him to be his own boss and to teach.

The 29-year-old graduate of the Singapore Management University (SMU) co-founded a tuition school, Think Teach Academy, with a former banker. His take on the recent move to decouple legal practice training requirements from Bar admission is that it targets a "relatively insignificant" problem compared with a more serious issue - lawyer attrition.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 19, 2018, with the headline 'More law grads taking the road less travelled'. Print Edition | Subscribe