Foreign Practitioner Examinations

Foreign-qualified lawyers who pass the FPE can apply for a Foreign Practitioner Certificate from the Attorney-General to practise in limited areas of Singapore law. The permitted areas would include areas such as banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property law. Foreign lawyers must have at least three years of relevant legal practice or work, which may be gained in Singapore or overseas, before they can apply to sit for the FPE. For more information on the Foreign Practitioner Certificate, please see the Legal Profession (International Services) Rules. 

The Legal Profession (Foreign Practitioner Examinations) Rules 2011, which came into force on 29 September 2011, set out the framework for the FPE. Please refer to Rule 4 for the eligibility requirements for registration to sit for the FPE.