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Stricter Bar exam: Training spots can go to law grads keen to practise

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
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Last year, one in five law graduates, despite spending half a year training at a law firm after passing their Bar exam, did not go on to become a practising lawyer.

Juxtapose this number with reports in recent years of a shortage of practice training contracts at law firms, and then the latest proposal makes good sense. It should free up contracts for those who really want to practise law.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 31, 2018, with the headline Stricter Bar exam: Training spots can go to law grads keen to practise. Subscribe