Practice Training

Requirements and Duration

A qualified person may serve his practice training period by receiving supervised training in relation to the practice of Singapore law under a practice training contract with a Singapore law practice, or through working as a Legal Service Officer, or under the supervision of a qualifying relevant legal officer.

In general, a qualified person must have attended the Preparatory Course leading to Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations ("the Course") and have sat for the Part B Examinations before he may serve his practice training period.

This does not apply to a qualified person who:

  1. became a qualified person before 9 October 2009, or

  2. became a qualified person under rule 6(c), 7(c), 8(1)(iii), (2)(iii) or (3)(ii)(B), 9(1)(b)(ii), (2)(b)(ii) or (2A)(b)(ii) or 9A(1)(c)(ii) of the Legal Profession (Qualified Persons) Rules, and has either completed his relevant legal training before passing Part A of the Singapore Bar Examinations or has been exempted from relevant legal training, or

  3. is able to complete his practice training period before the commencement of the Course, or

  4. is serving his practice training period through working as a Legal Service Officer or under the supervision of a qualifying relevant legal officer.

The duration of the practice training period is 6 months.

However, if a qualified person receives supervised training through working as a Legal Service Officer or through working under the supervision of a qualifying relevant legal officer, 6 months of such supervised training will only count as 1 month of his practice training period. Therefore if a qualified person serves his entire practice training period through working as a Legal Service Officer or through working under the supervision of a qualifying relevant legal officer, the duration of the training period is 36 months.

A person who became a qualified person on or after 9 October 2009 and serves his practice training period under a practice training contract must complete his service of his practice training period within a continuous period of 8 months.

However, if a person who became a qualified person on or after 9 October 2009 serves his practice training period or any part thereof through working as a Legal Service Officer or under the supervision of a qualifying relevant legal officer, he must complete his service of his practice training period within a continuous period of 48 months.

Rules 16(1) and 17(1) & (2) of the Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2011 do not apply to a person who became a qualified person before 9 October 2009.

A candidate attending the Course may not serve his practice training period concurrently.

A qualified person who is serving his practice training period may not hold any office or engage in any employment, whether full-time or part-time, during his practice training period without the written permission of the Institute. This prohibition does not apply to service as a Legal Service Officer or any other relevant legal officer or to service as an Assistant Public Prosecutor in the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

The Minister has power to exempt a qualified person from any of the requirements under Section 13(1)(c), (d) or (e) and any rules made under Section 10(2)(a), (b), (c) or (d) of the Legal Profession Act (Cap.161).

Last Updated: 17 September 2021