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Summary

  • The study of Law requires you to be a rational and logical thinker who can communicate your understanding of your cases to many different types of people
  • In general, there are two fields in Law, i.e. Criminal and Civil
  • Admission to law school is highly competitive and most USA-based applicants have already completed 4-year bachelor's degree programs beforehand

Introduction

Introduction

Law Degrees have always been among the most sought after and highly respected tertiary education. Although they involve a lot of theories and reading, law is a fairly defined profession. Law is one of the world's traditional professions and if you choose to pursue it, you will bear a heavy responsibility and respectability.

If you choose to study Law, you must prepare yourself for a large amount of reading and research, which is only the beginning. You must also be able to think rationally and logically in order to analyse your cases critically and synthesise complex ideas. As you will be constantly working with clients and other law professionals, you will also need to communicate effectively and persuasively – both in writing and speech.

‘’good universities usually include mock courtrooms and pro bono societies, giving students a real taste of the vocation’’

Studying Law equips students with a variety of skills in research, critical analysis and presentation, all of which are know-hows that put Law Degree holders at the forefront of employer's minds. Furthermore, law is one of the world's oldest fields of study and graduates often enjoy good career prospects thereafter.

Various Fields Available

Law is generally divided into two main areas, criminal and civil law – although there are many areas of civil law, including contract, land, constitutional and tort law. If you decide not to practice law, you may also use your qualification and experience in law education, politics, media and journalism.

Fields

  • Criminal Law regulates social conduct and the body of law that relates to crime.
  • Civil Law relates to lawsuits between individuals and organisations.

Types of jobs

  • Litigation lawyer
  • Conveyancing lawyer
  • In-house legal counsel
  • Public prosecutor

Successful people/ companies

  • Subhas Anandan was a prominent criminal lawyer in Singapore who appeared in numerous high-profile cases. He was a founding member and the first president of the Association of Criminal Lawyers of Singapore. He was awarded the Legal Eagle Award of 2001 conferred by the Law Society of Singapore.
  • Todung Mulya Lubisis is a lawyer, activist and the founder and Senior Partner of Lubis Santosa & Maramis. Lubis is heavily engaged corporate and commercial practice as well as dispute resolution works of the firm. He has been described in Chambers Global as the “most highly effective advocates in Indonesia” and “an invaluable lobbyist with an extraordinary profile and enormous clout”.

Education Pathways

In order to pursue a Law Degree, you will need to obtain a recognised Pre-University course. Admission to law school is highly competitive and most USA-based applicants have already completed 4-year bachelor's degree programs beforehand. In order to be a qualified lawyer, you will also need to prepare and sit for bar examination as well as ‘chambering’ – or internship for a period of time.

Types of qualifications

  • Degree in Law

Entry requirement

  • Good pass in Secondary Education and a Pre-University course.*

Duration of courses

  • 3 to 4 years

*As a rule of thumb: ‘A’ Level minimum 2 Cs; STPM minimum 2 Cs; Australian Pre-University minimum of ATAR 70.0. All qualifications should include English.