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PHASE 3 OF MANDATORY CPD SCHEME: KNOWING YOUR CPD REQUIREMENTS

With the Singapore Institute of Legal Education’s (‘SILE’) implementation of Phase 3 of the mandatory Continuing Professional Development Scheme (‘CPD Scheme’) from 1 January 2017, all advocates and solicitors (including those practising as locum solicitors) holding a Singapore practising certificate (‘Practising Certificate’) and all foreign lawyers registered under section 36B of the Legal Profession Act (‘the Act’) must meet the CPD Requirements set out in the CPD Rules.

The categories of lawyers who will need to fulfil CPD requirements for CPD Year 2017, which runs from 1 January to 31 December 2017, are as follows:

  1. Advocates and solicitors of more than 15 years’ standing (‘Group 3 Lawyers’) – those admitted to the Singapore Bar on or before 31 December 2001;
  2. Advocates and solicitors of more than 5 and up to 15 years’ standing (‘Group 2 Lawyers’) – those admitted to the Singapore Bar between 1 January 2002 and 1 January 2012 (both dates inclusive);
  3. Advocates and solicitors of up to 5 years’ standing (‘Group 1 Lawyers’) – those admitted to the Singapore Bar on or after 2 January 2012; and
  4. Foreign lawyers registered under section 36B of the Legal Profession Act (‘s36B Foreign Lawyers’).

 

  • For more information on Phase 3 of mandatory CPD Scheme, please click here.
  • To understand and check on your CPD points, please visit: http://silecpdcentre.sg/Lawyer/About-ePortfolio/
  • For the list of Approved Committees under The Law Society of Singapore for purpose of claiming Private CPD Points, please click here.