Career in law in Singapore

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Career in law in Singapore

Post by advocatefk » Fri, 10 Oct 2008 1:19 am

Dear Members,

Greetings for you!

I am an Indian quallified lawyer having specialisation in Intellectual property laws. Presently i am working for a reputed Qatar based law firm.

Candidly, speaking the professional environment here in Qatar is very disgusting..... i am really looking for a change in my line. I was interviewed by some Singapore based law firms and got also an offer back a mnoth ago which i refused due to not meeting with my expectation.

I would appericte your feedback on the folliwing:

1. Is it possible to arrive in Singapore and then start job hunt over there.
2. If not, what would be other option availble for me
3. Based on my research on net i think that lawyers have a good life over there, Is this a right perception?
4. I graduated in 2007 only and hence, my PQE is of 1.4 Yrs.

Thanks in advance for your efforts.

Regards,

Advocate Khan
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Post by taxico » Fri, 10 Oct 2008 12:58 pm

junior lawyers i know are extremely overworked in singapore. many quit and go into other fields, so there's a demand for lawyers.

you can get info on how to get admitted to the singapore bar by googling "singapore board of legal education"

i understand you MIGHT have to take a year-long bridging course on singapore law, AND good honors in your LLB (or equiv, from a recognized law school) to get admitted.

or you can approach international law firms in singapore, and if you land a job, you may not need a practicing certificate.

i'm not sure if you can hunt for a job on a social visit pass. someone will chime in on this... perhaps you can email law firms from where you're at.

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Re: Career in law in Singapore

Post by taxico » Fri, 10 Oct 2008 1:00 pm

advocatefk wrote:I was interviewed by some Singapore based law firms and got also an offer back a mnoth ago which i refused due to not meeting with my expectation.
IMO, i think you should have taken it, get everything sorted out and change firms down the road after gaining necessary experience with the singapore system...

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Re: Career in law in Singapore

Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 10 Oct 2008 1:04 pm

advocatefk wrote:
I am an Indian quallified lawyer having specialisation in Intellectual property laws. Presently i am working for a reputed Qatar based law firm.

Candidly, speaking the professional environment here in Qatar is very disgusting.....
Hope your legal briefs are more accurate than your spelling.

Interesting how in two sentences you nullify the first with the second.

Yes, it's best to have a job offer here before you arrive. Although you probably could get an EPEC depending where your degree is from. Sometimes is best to get your foot in the door first when you lack experience (your case) and then look for better after you have gained some local experience.
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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