Singapore came with an initiative that will make the education for Lawyers an ongoing process as from 1st April’2012 onwards, new lawyers will now be spending more than 8 hours on learning activities by December and that too before they can renew the certificates of practising in 2013.
According to the sources, some 1200 lawyers will have to follow the above decision by the new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme. This decision is also for the lawyers who have been practising at the Singapore Bar on or after 2nd January 2007.
This scheme has been administered by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education. The main aim of this scheme is to allow lawyers to understand and recognise the importance of learning and will be applicable in their entire profession.
The new CPD scheme will allow the new qualified lawyer to get 8 points which in turn means 8 hours of learning activity. Out of these 8 points, 4 points must be from the learning activities that will be done by the one of the 12 institutions that include Singapore Management University’s School of Law, Singapore Academy of Law, National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Law etc. The left 4 points can ne acquired by attending the legal conferences as well as the seminars, review learning videos, online programmes, writing and publishing the articles in legal publications and journals that are approved by the Institute.