Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New scheme makes continuing education compulsory for lawyers

SINGAPORE: From 1 April, new lawyers will have to spend at least eight hours on learning activities by December before they can renew their practising certificates in 2013.

Some 1,200 lawyers will be affected by the new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme, which applies to lawyers admitted to practise at the Singapore Bar on or after January 2, 2007.

The scheme, which is administered by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education, aims to get lawyers to accept and recognise the importance of continuous learning and will apply to the entire profession in due course.

Under the CPD scheme, a newly-qualified lawyer will need to obtain eight points, which translates to about eight hours of learning activity - of which four points must come from attending learning activities conducted by one of 12 accredited institutions.

These include the Singapore Academy of Law, National University of Singapore's Faculty of Law and the Singapore Management University's School of Law.

For the remaining CPD points, lawyers may attend legal conferences and seminars, review learning videos and online programmes, or write and public articles in legal publications and journals approved by the institute.

The institute said on Tuesday that it is launching the scheme in phases to ease stakeholders into it, and will monitor the framework and fine-tune it if necessary.

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Source From Channel News Asia

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