Singapore Institute of Legal Education Pro Bono

By | March 12, 2017

Singapore Institute of Legal Education Pro Bono

Pro Bono Programme

Pro Bono Programme for Law Students

In the 2007 Report of the Committee to Develop the Singapore Legal Sector, one of the recommendations made by the committee was that measures should be taken to foster idealism and community bonding amongst lawyers, in particular, through the promotion of pro bono work. Building on the committee’s recommendation, the SILE has initiated a pro bono programme for law students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Law and the Singapore Management University (SMU) School of Law (“Pro Bono Programme”).

The aims of the Pro Bono Programme are to develop students’ conception of the practice of law as a service vocation, and to allow students to experience how the law works in real life through interaction with the host organisations.

Law students who commence their relevant qualifying law programmes in 2013 in NUS or SMU will be required to perform 20 hours of pro bono work for their entire course. This may be done at any time after their first year of study.

Approved Pro Bono Work

To meet the requirements of the Pro Bono Programme, students will need to undertake Approved Pro Bono Work which meets the criteria and guidelines stipulated by the Institute. The Institute has appointed a Review Committee comprising representatives from the Institute, the Law Society and each of the two Law Schools to review and confirm specific activities as Approved Pro Bono Work.

CPD Scheme

Starting from 1 January 2015, advocates and solicitors who supervise law students in Approved Pro Bono Works may obtain 2 Private CPD Points each CPD Year. For more information on the CPD Scheme, please visit the SILE CPD Centre at silecpdcentre.sg.

Contact Information

For more information, Law Students should contact the Pro Bono Programme representatives from their respective Law School. SMU students may visit the Pro Bono Center website.

Organisations interested in hosting Approved Pro Bono Work can contact the secretariat at SILE.probono@sile.edu.sg.

List of SILE Approved Pro Bono Work – Ongoing

Host Organisation Placement Title Remarks
Bishan North Meet-the-People Session – PAP Bishan North Branch Bishan North Meet-the-People Session – PAP Bishan North Branch Community Legal Clinic
BLC Community Services Ltd BLC Community Services Legal Clinic
Braddell Heights PCF Braddell Heights Legal Clinic
Consumer Association of Singapore (CASE) CASE Pro Bono Internship Programme
Catholic Lawyers Guild CLG Legal Clinic
Characterist LLC Characterist LLC Pro Bono Placement
Chong Pang Community Club Chong Pang CC Legal Clinic
Community Justice Centre UCF – Crime Court Facilitator; UCF – Crime Registry; UCF – Family Court Facilitator;

UCF – Family Division; UCF – Small Claims Tribunals; Crime Legal Clinic; Civil Legal Clinic; Family Legal Clinic

Community Justice Centre, Law Society, Singapore Management University Law Outreach Club On-Site Legal Advice Scheme (OSLAS)
Community Mediation Unit (Central / State Courts) CMC 20-hour Pro Bono Programme
Donaldson & Burkinshaw Donaldson & Burkinshaw Pro Bono Programme
Eden Law Corporation Eden Law – NUS Pro Bono Group Elder Estate Law Project
Family Court NUS Student Companion Scheme
Faith Acts Faith Acts Community Legal Clinic
Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (FAST) FAST Pro Bono Legal Clinic
Healthserve Ltd Healthserve Ltd Legal Clinics; Healthserve Internships; Healthserve Pro Bono Research Externship
HopeHouse Ltd The HopeHouse Project
Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) HOME Helpdesk Volunteering; HOME Internship; HOME Legal Clinics; HOME Legal Research; HOME Legal Education Workshops
Jurong Spring Community Club Legal Clinic Pro Bono @ Jurong Spring Legal Clinic
Kampong Kembangan Community Club Management Committee/ Kembangan-Chai Chee CCC Kembangan-Chai Chee Legal Clinic
KhattarWong LLP KhattarWong LLP Pro Bono Programme
Law Society Pro Bono Services Office PBSO 2-week Internship Programme; PBSO Community Legal Clinics; Project Schools; PBSO Paralegal Scheme (CLAS); PBSO Ad Hoc Volunteer Attachment; PBSO Law Awareness Week; CLAS Enhanced Scheme and Unbundled Services Scheme Manual; Community Organisation Clinic (COC)
Legal Aid Bureau LAB Law Students Pro Bono Programme
LegalHelp Pte Ltd LegalHelp Web Portal
MacPherson PAP Branch Macpherson PAP Branch Community Legal Clinic
Migrant Workers’ Centre Migrant Worker’s Centre Legal Clinic
MOH Holdings Pte Ltd MOHH Mediation Unit Internships
National Trades Union Congress Law Works Legal Clinic
NTUC U Care Centre U Care Legal Clinic
National University of Singapore Pro Bono Office NUS PBO Legal Awareness Talks; NUS PBO Legal Clinic Hotline; NUS-Rajah & Tann PDPA Compliance Assistance Scheme; NUS PBO In Person Deputyship Project
NUS Student Group Innocence Project Singapore; Project Law Help; Project X; The Association of Criminal Lawyers (ACLS’) Remand Legal Clinic; Military Justice Project – NPCC Basic Law Course; Potong Pasir Legal Clinic; Legal Education Workshops for Construction Workers; Legal Research with MWC For NUS Law Students only
NUS Student Group Legal Education & Awareness Programme (LEAP) (approved beneficiaries) For NUS Law Students only
People’s Association (Punggol Central Constituency Office, Sengkang Community Club) PA (Punggol Central Constituency Office, Sengkang CC)Community Legal Clinic
Potter’s Place Community Services Society (PPCSS) PPCSS Community Legal Clinic
Seng Pang Tua Pek Kong Keng Seng Pang Tua Pek Kong Keng -Jusequity Legal Clinic
Siglap Community Centre Siglap CC Community Legal Clinic
Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) SAMH Legal Research
Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations SCWO Legal Clinic; SCWO Muslim Law Legal Clinic
Singapore Management University Pro Bono Centre SMU Pro Bono Centre Legal Clinics For SMU Law Students only
State Courts of Singapore Student Representatives Programme
Syariah Court Syariah Court raMAH Programme
Telok Blangah Community Club Telok Blangah CC Community Legal Clinic
Thomson Community Club – Youth Executive Committee Thomson CC Legal Clinics
TRANS Family Services & TRANS Safe Centre Adult Protection Research Project; TRANS-NUS Law Community Legal Clinic for Vulnerable Adults
Woodlands Community Club Woodlands Legal Clinic Internship

List of SILE Approved Pro Bono Work – Concluded

Host Organisation Placement Title Remarks
Consumer Association of Singapore (CASE) CASE Research Projects
Nee Soon South PAP Branch Nee Soon South PAP Branch Community Legal Clinic
NUS Student Group Legal Manual on Migrant Workers’ Issues

LAB, CLAS and LASCO

Please note that all LAB, CLAS and LASCO assigned cases are automatically included in the programme.

List of SILE Approved Pro Bono Work under LAB, CLAS and LASCO

Host Organisation Placement Title Remarks
Achievers LLC Achievers LLC Pro Bono Programme
Braddell Brothers LLP Braddell Brothers LLP Pro Bono Programme
Donaldson & Burkinshaw Donaldson & Burkinshaw Pro Bono Programme
Drew & Napier LLC Drew & Napier LLC Pro Bono Programme
Eden Law Corporation Eden Law Corporation Pro Bono Programme
Goh JP & Wong LLC Goh JP & Wong Pro Bono Programme
Harry Elias Partnership LLP Harry Elias Partnership Pro Bono Programme
IRB Law LLP IRB Law Pro Bono Programme
Jeanny Ng & Co Jeanny Ng & Co Pro Bono Programme
K Prasad & Co K Prasad & Co Pro Bono Programme
KhattarWong LLP KhattarWong LLP Pro Bono Programme
Lee Bon Leong & Co Lee Bon Leong & Co Pro Bono Programme
Mary Ong & Co Mary Ong & Co Pro Bono Programme
Peter Low LLC Peter Low LLC Pro Bono Programme
Prasanna Devi LLC Prasanna Devi LLC Pro Bono Programme
Tan Lee & Choo TLC Pro Bono Programme
TSMP Law Corporation TSMP Law Corporation Pro Bono Programme

 

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