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Internships in the Singapore Legal Service

            The Singapore Legal Service offers internships to law undergraduates and JD students studying for a recognised law programme (as stipulated under the Legal Profession Act [Qualified Persons Rule]) at the NUS, the SMU and the Scheduled Universities. 

2Internships are offered twice annually and coincide with the vacation periods in each academic year: May to Sep; and Dec to the following Feb.

3All applicants are required to complete the “Internship Application Form” (please click here for the form).  Please review the “Guidance Notes” set out in the form before completing and submitting an application.  All applicants are to clearly indicate the internship cycle(s) they are applying for.

4All interns are eligible for a monthly internship allowance (the quantum will be pro-rated based on the number of days worked). 

5All queries may be directed to Ms Queh Sin Pei at lsc_sec@lsc.gov.sg

Singapore Legal Service Internship Programme 2018/2019

          There are two internship cycles: one in mid-2018 (May – Sep) and another in late-2018/early-2019 (Dec 2018 – Feb 2019).  All applicants are to clearly indicate the internship cycle(s) they are applying for. 

2          Please note that all applications would be processed upon the close of the deadlines set out below:

  1. mid-2018 cycle: 4 Feb 2018.
    All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Apr/May 2018.
  2. late-2018/early-2019 cycle: 31 Jul 2018.
    All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Sep/Oct 2018.

 

3          The following internship positions are available in mid-2018 and/or late-2018/early-2019:

ACRA

Expectations

You will be exposed to the work of ACRA in its regulation of businesses, companies, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, corporate service providers and public accountants. You should be able to obtain a better understanding of the procedures and administrative practices under the legislation administered by ACRA and of some of the policy, registration, filing and compliance issues faced by ACRA.

You will be attached principally to assist the Legal Service Officers in ACRA but you may also be asked to observe and to assist other ACRA officers in the course of their work.

You should be prepared to contribute and assist in legal research or legal policy projects, (which may involve researching the law and practice of foreign jurisdictions) and you may be asked to prepare legal and policy briefs under the guidance of the Legal Service Officers.

You should be interested in business law or in the regulation of business entities.

Eligibility

3rd & 4th year law students.

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the two windows available:
i.) May - Sep 2018
ii.) Dec 2018 - Feb 2019

Duration

1 month.
All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit to the full period/duration of the internship.

 

Attorney-General's Chambers

Expectations

In 2018, the Attorney-General’s Chambers will be offering two 3-week internship programmes, designed to introduce applicants to what AGC does, and to find out how Legal Service Officers (LSOs) in the AGC make a difference every day. 

AGC’s internship programme gives interns broad exposure to our work as the Public Prosecutor and Legal Advisor to the Government. Interns will be rotated to the Criminal Justice Division, Financial & Technology Crime Division, Civil Division, International Affairs Division, and Legislation Division.

Through a comprehensive and structured programme, interns will be directly exposed to a wide range of advisory, legislative drafting, prosecution, litigation and negotiation work, and will meet and work alongside many of our LSOs. Besides having a chance to observe real-life criminal prosecutions and civil litigation, interns will also be exposed to the seldom-seen, behind-the-scenes deliberations that shape and inform the Attorney-General’s / Public Prosecutor’s decisions. 

Apart from observing and assisting, interns will also have the opportunity to hone their litigation, advocacy, negotiation, advisory and drafting skills in simulated exercises based on real-life cases. 

To answer any questions and to give deeper insight into life at AGC, supervising mentors will be assigned to interns for the entire internship programme.

Eligibility

Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents who are undergoing any course of study in the law, whether at local or overseas Scheduled Universities. Applicants must be in at least the second year of their law course.

Internship places are limited and applicants will be considered on a competitive basis. AGC is looking for dynamic and committed individuals who are interested or considering a career in public service. We also seek interns who possess leadership qualities and extra-curricular or community-service experience, beyond purely academic ability.

Interested applicants should fill up and return the attached AGC Internship Application Form, in addition to the cover letter, CV and academic transcripts (as set out in the Guidance Notes on the application webpage). Applicants are advised to give careful thought to their application submissions.

Period of Internship

Choose between:

8 Jun – 29 Jun 2018

or

16 Jul – 3 Aug 2018

Interns will be required to commit to the full period of the selected internship run.

 

Competition Commission of Singapore

CCS is a Statutory Board established on 1 January 2005 to administer and enforce the Competition Act (Cap. 50B) through investigating, adjudicating and imposing sanctions on private sector players who are engaged in anti-competitive conduct.  CCS comes under the purview of the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

 

CCS’ Legal & Enforcement Divisions provide CCS with the legal and enforcement expertise necessary for CCS to perform the functions and discharge the duties under the Competition Act.  Legal officers are actively involved in conducting investigations, advising other government agencies on competition matters and analysing the merits of notifications for guidance or decision, and merger filings.  In addition, Legal officers also undertake critical review of the Competition Act, subsidiary legislation and CCS’ guidelines and perform in-house legal advisory work required in the execution of CCS’ functions and represent CCS in all court and appeal proceedings.  

Expectations

Interns in CCS are given responsibilities, with opportunities to experience real-work assignments / projects under professional guidance.

During your internship, you will be given the opportunity to observe and participate in the work undertaken by the Legal & Enforcement Divisions. Besides contributing to legal and industry research, you may also participate in reviews of the relevant legislation and guidelines; and where appropriate, you may be involved in case investigations and policy projects.

Eligibility

Rising 3rd & 4th year law students with keen interest in competition law preferred

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the two windows available:
i.) May - Sep 2018
ii.) Dec 2018 - Feb 2019

Duration

4 – 12 weeks.
Interested applicants should be able to commit for at least a month for the internship.

 

 

Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Project

Scope

Special requirements

Attachment Period

Legal Department

Provide support in the areas of drafting, research & analysis in the following areas:

 

  1. International IP work:

     

    1. Preparatory work for ongoing negotiations for FTAs and/or multi-lateral treaties with an IP-focus

       

    2. Preparatory work for meetings in the international fora (WTO, WIPO, and bilaterals)

       

  2. Domestic IP work:

     

    1. Supporting legislative reform in Singapore in the area of IP, or related laws
    2. Support policy development on specific IP issues (e.g., limitations & exceptions for copyright; collective management of copyright).

       

  3. In-house counsel work:
    1. Drafting and/or reviewing of contracts, external publications etc.
    2. Providing research to support the provision of legal advice

The candidate may also be required to assist in vetting and/or proof-reading draft practice guidelines and legislation where required.

Candidates must:

  1. have completed their third year of study;
  2. have studied at least one course on IP law; and
  3. be able to provide a letter of recommendation from one of their IP professors.

    (Candidates are to request their Professor(s) to provide the reference directly to the LSC Secretariat at lsc_sec@lsc.gov.sg with the email subject "Academic Reference for Internship - <Candidate's Name>".

 

Candidates who have taken more than one course on IP law, or who have past internship and/or work experience relating to IP law, will have an added advantage.

 

Given the sensitive nature of the work, internship applicants should be Singaporean citizens.

 

 

Candidates are invited to apply for an internship during the May-Aug 2018 period for a duration of 4-6 weeks per intern.

 

Candidates should preferably specify the exact period of commitment, and provide alternative periods where possible.

 

 

Insolvency & Public Trustee’s Office

Expectations

You will be exposed to the work of a Legal Service Officer who is posted to IPTO, a department of the Ministry of Law, to perform duties of providing legal advice and other legal services to the department in the discharge of their statutory functions and duties relating to individual and corporate insolvency, the Public Trustee and the regulation of moneylenders and pawnbrokers. You may also be asked to conduct legal research and write an opinion on issues arising in the course of the work of IPTO and may be able to accompany Legal Service Officers to Court to observe their legal proceedings.

Eligibility

1st – 4th year law students.

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the two windows available:
i.) May 2018
ii.) Dec 2018

Duration

At least one month.
All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit to the full period/duration of the internship.

 

Judicial Internship Programme

Department

Supreme Court

State Courts

Expectations

You should have an interest in joining the Singapore Legal Service. You will sit in with Registrars on a wide variety of hearings conducted in the Supreme Court, including interlocutory applications such as summary judgment hearings and discovery applications. You will also have the opportunity to sit in at pre-trial conferences, observe open court hearings and gain an insight into the process of court administration. You may be required to assist in some project or research work undertaken by the Judiciary.

You will have opportunity to observe open court proceedings in the registries and court rooms of the State Courts and gain an insight into the process of court administration. You will also have opportunity to meet our Judicial Officers for fireside chats and attend Master Classes for criminal and civil law cases.

Eligibility

Rising final or penultimate year law students.

Period of Internship

Batch 1
State Courts: 14 – 18 May 2018
Sup Court: 21 – 25 May 2018

Batch 2
State Courts: 27 – 31 Aug 2018
Sup Court: 3 – 7 Sep 2018

Batch 3 (dates are currently tentative)
State Courts: 7 – 11 Jan 2019
Sup Court: 14 – 18 Jan 2019

Duration

All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit to the full period/duration of the internship.

 

 

Legal Aid Bureau

The Legal Aid Bureau was set up to assist indigent persons in need of legal help.

Our services covers a wide range of matters, including divorces, adoptions, guardianship, committee of persons and estates, variation and enforcement applications, claims for maintenance, wrongful dismissals, motor and industrial accident claims, probate and letters of administration, tenancy disputes and monetary claims.

Expectations

You will get a firsthand experience in drafting legal documents, doing legal research, interviewing applicants and assisting in putting up opinions for the Legal Aid Board. You will also receive a guided orientation into the workings of the Legal Aid Bureau.

All interns will have the opportunity to work independently under the guidance and supervision of a Legal Service Officer. You will also get the chance to accompany Legal Service Officers to Court to observe Court proceedings. This includes sitting in at court hearings, attending status conferences / pre-trial conferences / mediations and experiencing video-link hearings. You will also get the chance to sit in at the legal advice sessions given by our Legal Service Officers at the Legal Aid Bureau. Your internship at the Legal Aid Bureau will provide you with a wide exposure not just in the area of legal work but also the fulfilling personal experience in helping others.

Eligibility

2nd & 3rd year law students.

Period of Internship

NUS
i.) 21 May – 8 Jun 2018
ii.) 11 Jun – 29 Jun 2018
iii.) 2 Jul – 20 Jul 2018

SMU
i.) 30 Apr – 18 May 2018
ii.) 21 May – 8 Jun 2018

U.K.
i.) 2 Jul – 20 Jul 2018
ii.) 23 Jul – 10 Aug 2018

iii.) 13 Aug – 31 Aug 2018

Australia / N.Z.
i.) 7 Jan – 25 Jan 2019

Duration

3 weeks.
All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit to the full period/duration of the internship

 

Legal Services Unit, Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth

The Legal Unit provides legal services to all the departments of the Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth, including the National Youth Council, the Charities Unit and the Registry of Co-operative Societies and Mutual Benefit Organisations.  Thus, our work covers a variety of subject areas, including regulatory and corporate law, and trusts and charities law.

 

Expectations

You will be invited to contribute and assist in vetting/drafting contracts, funding agreements, deeds and MOU, advisory work, devising legal strategies, and undertaking legal analysis and research.

Eligibility

Any law undergraduate.

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the two windows available:
i.) Jun – Sep 2018
ii.) Jan – Feb 2019

Duration

6 – 8 weeks.
Interested applicants should commit to at least one month for this internship.

 

 Legal Services Unit, Ministry of Communications and Information

Expectations

You will undertake research and/or work assignments in areas of law which are relevant to MCI’s functions and operations. This may include the areas of contract law, data protection law, media law, cybersecurity, administrative and constitutional law.

 

You should therefore be strong in written English. You should have adequate research skills and be able to work independently.

Eligibility

You should be at least a 2nd year law student, and a Singapore citizen. It will be an advantage if you had studied contract law, administrative and constitutional law, intellectual property law and/or media law.

Period of Internship

November or December 2018

Duration

2 weeks.


All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit to the full period/duration of the internship

 

Legal Services Unit, Ministry of Social & Family Development

Expectations

Good interpersonal and communication skills

Strong in written English

Ability to work independently, with display of initiative

Research skills

[The intern will undertake research and work assignments relating to the legal aspects of MSF’s functions and operations. This may include the areas of family law, adoption, child protection, intellectual property and contracts.]

Eligibility

At least 2nd year law students

Should preferably have studied some or all of the following subjects: Contract law, Administrative and Constitutional law, Family law.

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the two windows available:
i.) May – Sep 2018
ii.) Jan 2019 – Feb 2019

Duration

4 weeks.
All applicants who wish to be shortlisted must be able to commit for at least 4 weeks.

 

Legal Division, Ministry of Home Affairs

The MHA Legal Division renders legal advice to the Divisions in the Ministry Headquarters as well as the Home Team agencies, which include the Singapore Police Force, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, the Singapore Prison Service, the Singapore Civil Defense Force and the Central Narcotics Bureau.

Expectations

Interns will be exposed to the wide range of legal work handled by the Legal Division. You will have the opportunity to draft advice, carry out legal research, and assist in the vetting/drafting of agreements. Visits to various Home Team agencies will also be arranged.

Eligibility

Singapore Citizens

3rd and 4th year law students preferred.

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the two windows available:
i.) 14 May – 25 May 2018
ii.) 9 Jul – 20 Jul 2018

Duration

2 weeks.
All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit to the full period/duration of the internship.

 

Legal Services Department, Ministry of Defence

Expectations

Interns will be exposed to the wide spectrum of work handled by the Legal Services Department, which includes matters relating to contract, tort, and areas of law unique to the Ministry of Defence such as the administration of Military Justice.

Interns will assist the Department in carrying out research and work assignments and will be given the opportunity to observe the conduct of General Court Martial proceedings.

Eligibility

3rd & 4th year law students preferred.

Period of Internship

2 Jul – 27 Jul 2018

Duration

4 weeks.
All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit to the full period/duration of the internship.

 

Legal Group, Ministry of Law

The Ministry of Law strives to advance access to justice, the rule of law, the economy and the society through the development of policy and law.

Expectations

Interns will assist the Legal Group on various initiatives and will undertake research and policy analysis on domestic and international legal policy. This will cover substantive areas such as civil and criminal justice, family law, legal industry, land, intellectual property, community, human rights and international law.

Interns can expect to embark on rigorous legal research and analysis; to study developing trends and practices in other countries; assist with statistical collation and analysis; do cross-jurisdictional comparative studies; and witness how such knowledge is applied in policy-making.

Eligibility

2nd – 4th year law students

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the two windows available:
i.) May – Sep 2018
ii.) Dec 2018 – Feb 2019

Duration

4 – 6 weeks
All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit for at least 4 weeks.

 

 Legal Office, Ministry of Health

Expectations

To assist in conducting legal research into areas of law including contract law, tort law and criminal law.

To assist in vetting agreements and documents.

To assist on files concerning regulatory offences under MOH’s purview.

Eligibility

To have completed at least modules on Contract law, Tort law and Criminal law

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the two windows available:

Mid-2018

(i.e. May – Sep 2018)

 

Interns are to commit for an 8 weeks internship.

 

Late-2018/early-2019

(i.e. Dec 2018 – Feb 2019)

 

Interns are to commit for a 4-8 weeks internship.

Duration

4 – 8 weeks.
All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit for the duration stated under “Period of Internship”.

 

Legal Services Division, Ministry of Manpower

Expectations

You will undertake research. You may also be involved in case analysis and discussion and may also have the opportunity to assist in a trial.

Eligibility

1st to 4th year law students

Applicants should have completed a course in criminal law.

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the two windows available:
i.) May – Sep 2018
ii.) Jan – Feb 2019

Duration

1 month.
All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit to the full period/duration of the internship.

 

Singapore Land Authority

Expectations

You will gain insights into the work and practices of SLA in areas such as land registration, land survey, land alienation and management of State land and property. You will have a better understanding, gain a broader perspective and knowledge of the procedures under the various legislation administered by SLA, e.g. Land Titles Act, Residential Property Act, Boundary Map and Survey Act, State Lands Act and State Lands Encroachment Act.

You will also work closely with the Legal Counsels in SLA to help provide legal advice on policy and operational issues to the various divisions.

You should be prepared to contribute and assist in legal research or legal policy projects, (which may involve researching the law and practice of foreign jurisdictions) and you may be asked to prepare legal and policy briefs under the guidance of the Legal Counsels.

At the end of the internship, you will appreciate the realistic expectations of the work in a legal environment and you can revel in the experience of working with issues that touch and concern land – a limited resource in Singapore.

Eligibility

Rising 3rd and 4th year law students

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the two windows available:
i.) May – Sep 2018
ii.) Early – 2019

Duration

3 weeks.
All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit to the full period/duration of the internship.

 

Senior Officers’ Law Clerk Programme

Expectations

You will have opportunity to observe open court proceedings in the registries and court rooms of the State Courts and gain an insight into the process of court administration. You will also have opportunity to meet our Judicial Officers for fireside chats and attend Master Classes for criminal and civil law cases.

Eligibility

Rising final or penultimate year law students

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the three windows available:
i.) 14 May 2018 to 13 Jul 2018
ii.) 27 Aug 2018 to 26 Oct 2018
iii.) 7 Jan 2019 to 6 Mar 2019 (dates are currently tentative)

Duration

All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit for 2 months.

 

Family Justice Courts

Expectations

Interns will have the opportunity to sit in with Judicial Officers and observe open court proceedings in the Family Court and the Youth Court as well as hearings in Chambers.

Interns will also have the opportunity to understand court administration process and framework.

Interns may also be asked to assist in project work undertaken by their respective judicial officer mentors or other judicial officers as may be required.

Eligibility

1st – 4th year law students.

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the two windows available:

i.) 2 Jul 2018 to 31 Jul 2018

ii.) 2 Jan 2019 to 31 Jan 2019

Duration

All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit to the full period/duration of the internship.