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Eligibility for Appointment as an LSO

        The general requirements/criteria for possible appointment to the Singapore Legal Service as a Legal Service Officer (“an LSO”) are that the applicant should have graduated with a law degree from:

(a) the NUS or the SMU; or

(b) a Scheduled University in England, Australia, New Zealand or the USA and have passed the DipSing or the Part A of the Singapore Bar Examinations and be a “qualified person” as defined in the Legal Profession Act Cap. 161/the Legal Profession (Qualified Persons) Rules.

2       Undergraduate Law Programme/JD Programme:

(a)      Undergraduates studying for an LLB programme at the NUS or the SMU or an LLB/B.A. Law/B.A. (Hons) Juris programme at a Scheduled University, and those studying for a JD programme at the SMU or a Scheduled University, and who have successfully completed at least their second year of study, may apply to be interviewed for the possible offer of a “conditional” appointment as an LSO.

(b)      The candidates who are interviewed may be required to undergo an internship (of at least two weeks) at the Attorney-General’s Chambers/a Legal Service department. Those who perform well at both the interview and the internship may be offered a “conditional” appointment to the Legal Service as an LSO.

(c)      The possible confirmation of the offer of the “conditional” appointment as an LSO will be reviewed on the candidate’s full/successful completion of the LLB/B.A. Law/B.A. (Hons) Juris/JD programme and being awarded the requisite qualification.

3        Fresh Graduates and those with 5 years or less experience:

        Fresh graduates and those with five years or less of strong relevant legal work experience
(and who fully satisfy the requirements/criteria specified at paragraph 1 above)
may apply to be considered for possible shortlisting for an interview for appointment as an LSO.

4       Mid-Careers with more than 5 years’ experience:

         Mid-career candidates with more than five years of strong relevant legal work experience
(and who fully satisfy the requirements/criteria specified at paragraph 1 above)
may also apply to be considered for possible shortlisting for an interview for appointment as an LSO.

INTERVIEWS

5        The next sets of recruitment interviews for the eligible candidates (whose shortlisting for an interview is approved) are currently slated for Apr, May and Aug 2018.

6        Please note that the eligible applicants who wish to be considered for the interviews in Apr 2018 are to submit their application (online) by:

(a) Mon 12 Mar 2018 (for the eligible undergraduates, those studying for a JD programme and those with less than two years of strong relevant legal work experience); or

(b) Fri 30 Mar 2018 (for those with two years or more of strong relevant legal work experience). 

7        Please also note that the applications that are received after the said deadlines would have to be considered for possible shortlisting for the following sets of recruitment interviews in May 2018 or Aug 2018.  (Please click here for the details on applications to the Justices' Law Clerk Programme.)