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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:

(a)       have/will be graduating with a law degree from:

            i. the National University of Singapore, the Singapore Management University,
               the Singapore University of Social Sciences; or

            ii. 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

(b)       be a “qualified person” as defined in the Legal Profession Act 1996/the Legal Profession (Qualified Persons) Rules.

Undergraduate Law Programme/JD Programme:

(a)       Undergraduates studying for an LLB programme at the NUS, the SMU or the SUSS or an LLB/B.A. Law/B.A. (Hons) Juris programme at a Scheduled University, and candidates studying for a JD programme at the NUS, the SMU, the SUSS 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 “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 “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.

Fresh Graduates and those with experience of 4 years or less:

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

Mid-Careers with more than 4 years’ experience:

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

Interviews

The next set of recruitment interviews for the eligible applicants whose shortlisting for an interview is approved would be 27/30 Aug 2024.

Eligible applicants who are keen to be considered for possible shortlisting for an interview on 27/30 Aug 2024 would be required to submit their application by 2 Jul 2024.

Applications received thereafter will be considered for interviews from Oct 2024.

Please note that all eligible applicants are required to provide/include in their application - for the consideration of the relevant Legal Service Shortlisting/Interview Panel - the following (in not more than one page each [in Arial; font size 14] with their name at the bottom left corner):

(a) a Personal Statement; and

(b) a Write-up
on why he/she is applying to the Legal Service for consideration for possible shortlisting for an interview for possible appointment as an LSO and how and what he/she can contribute to the Legal Service and the administration of justice.