Singapore Legal Service Internships 2017

By | August 11, 2017

Singapore Legal Service Internships 2017

Internships

Internships in the Singapore Legal Service

            The Singapore Legal Service offers internships to law undergraduates and JD students studying for a recognised law degree (as stipulated under the Legal Profession Act [Qualified Persons Rule]) at the NUS, the SMU and the Scheduled Universities. 

2          Internships are offered twice annually and coincide with the vacation periods in each academic year: May to Sep; and Dec to the following Feb.

3          All applicants are required to complete the “Internship Application Form” (please click here for the form).  Please review the “Guidance Notes” set out in the form before completing and submitting an application.  All applicants are to clearly indicate the internship cycle(s) they are applying for.

4          All interns are eligible for a monthly internship allowance (the quantum will be pro-rated based on the number of days worked). 

5          All queries may be directed to Ms Felicia Chin at lsc_sec@lsc.gov.sg

Singapore Legal Service Internship Programme 2017/2018

1          There are two internship cycles: one in mid-2017 (May – Sep) and another in late-2017/early-2018 (Dec 2017 – Feb 2018).  All applicants are to clearly indicate the internship cycle(s) they are applying for. 

2          Please note that all applications would be processed upon the close of the deadlines set out below:

  1. mid-2017 cycle: 6 Jan 2017 All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Feb/Mar 2017.
  2. late-2017/early-2018 cycle: 31 Jul 2017 All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Sep/Oct 2017.

 

3          The following internship positions are available in mid-2017 and/or late-2017/early-2018:

ACRA

Expectations

You will be exposed to the work of ACRA in its regulation of businesses, companies, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, corporate service providers and public accountants.You should be able to obtain a better understanding of the procedures and administrative practices under the legislation administered by ACRA and of some of the policy, registration, filing and compliance issues faced by ACRA.

You will be attached principally to assist the Legal Service Officers in ACRA but you may also be asked to observe and to assist other ACRA officers in the course of their work.

You should be prepared to contribute and assist in legal research or legal policy projects, (which may involve researching the law and practice of foreign jurisdictions) and you may be asked to prepare legal and policy briefs under the guidance of the Legal Service Officers.

You should be interested in business law or in the regulation of business entities.

Eligibility

3rd & 4th year law students.

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the two windows available:
i.) May – Sep 2017
ii.) Dec 2017 – Feb 2018

Duration

1 month.
All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit to the full period/duration of the internship.

 

Attorney-General’s Chambers

 

Expectations

In 2017, the Attorney-General’s Chambers will be offering two 3-week internship programmes, designed to introduce applicants to what AGC does, and to find out how Legal Service Officers (LSOs) in the AGC make a difference every day.

AGC’s internship programme gives interns broad exposure to our work as the Public Prosecutor and Legal Advisor to the Government. Interns will be rotated to the Criminal Justice Division, Financial & Technology Crime Division, Civil Division, International Affairs Division, and Legislation Division.

Through a comprehensive and structured programme, interns will be directly exposed to a wide range of advisory, legislative drafting, prosecution, litigation and negotiation work, and will meet and work alongside many of our LSOs. Besides having a chance to observe real-life criminal prosecutions and civil litigation, interns will also be exposed to the seldom-seen, behind-the-scenes deliberations that shape and inform the Attorney-General’s / Public Prosecutor’s decisions.

Apart from observing and assisting, interns will also have the opportunity to hone their litigation, advocacy, negotiation, advisory and drafting skills in simulated exercises based on real-life cases.

To answer any questions and to give deeper insight into life at AGC, supervising mentors will be assigned to interns for the entire internship programme.

Applications for the internship programme will close on 6 Jan 2016. Interns can expect to be notified of their successful application byMar/Apr 2016.

Eligibility

Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents who are undergoing any course of study in the law, whether at local or overseas Scheduled Universities. Applicants must be in at least the second year of their law course.

Internship places are limited and applicants will be considered on a competitive basis. AGC is looking for dynamic and committed individuals who are interested or considering a career in public service. We also seek interns who possess leadership qualities and extra-curricular or community-service experience, beyond purely academic ability.

Interested applicants should fill up and return the AGC Internship Application Form (2017), in addition to the cover letter, CV and academic transcripts (as set out in the Guidance Notes on the application webpage). Applicants are advised to give careful thought to their application submissions.

Period of Internship

Choose between:

9 Jun – 30 Jun 2017

or

17 Jul – 4 Aug 2017

Interns will be required to commit to the full period (ie, all 15 working days) of the selected internship run.

 

Competition Commission of Singapore

CCS is a Statutory Board established on 1 January 2005 to administer and enforce the Competition Act (Cap. 50B) through investigating, adjudicating and imposing sanctions on private sector players who are engaged in anti-competitive conduct. CCS comes under the purview of the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

 

CCS’s Legal & Enforcement Divisions provide CCS with the legal and enforcement expertise necessary for CCS to perform the functions and discharge the duties under the Competition Act. Legal officers are actively involved in conducting investigations, advising other government agencies on competition matters and analysing the merits of notifications for guidance or decision, and merger filings.  In addition, Legal officers also undertake critical review of the Competition Act, subsidiary legislation and CCS’s guidelines and perform in-house legal advisory work required in the execution of CCS’s functions and represent CCS in all court and appeal proceedings.  

Expectations

Interns in CCS are given responsibilities, with opportunities to experience real-work assignments / projects under professionalguidance.

During your internship, you will be given the opportunity to observe and participate in the work undertaken by the Legal & Enforcement Divisions. Besides contributing to legal and industry research, you may also participate in reviews of the relevant legislation and guidelines; and where appropriate, you may be involved in case investigations and policy projects.

Eligibility

Rising 3rd & 4th year law students with keen interest in competition law preferred

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the two windows available:
i.) May – Sep 2017
ii.) Dec 2017 – Feb 2018

Duration

4 – 12 weeks.
Interested applicants should be able to commit for at least a month for the internship.

 

 

Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Project

Scope

Special requirements

Attachment Period

LD

Provide support and research for ongoing:-

  1. Free Trade Agreements negotiations (e.g., comparative research and analysis on intellectual property (IP) issues).
  2. Legislation/regime reform research project work (e.g., comparative research and analysis involving the laws/regimes of other countries, case analysis and other research and analysis paper writing as may be assigned) – this could be in various IP law areas e.g. copyright, patents, trademarks, designs, geographical indications etc.)
  3. WIPO and WTO meetings (e.g., research and analysis on selected legal issues).
  4. Policy development on specific IP issues (e.g., limitations & exceptions for copyright; collective management of copyright).

In addition to the above, the candidate may also be asked to assist with other kinds of legal work as the Legal Department requires (e.g. contract drafting/vetting and legal advisory work).

The candidate may also be required to assist in proof-reading draft practice guidelines and legislation where required.

Candidates must have studied at least one course on IP law.

Candidates who have taken more than one course on IP law, or who have past internship and/or work experience relating to IP law, will have an added advantage.

Given the sensitive nature of the work, internship applicants should be Singaporean citizens.

Candidates are invited to apply for the following internship slots:

(a) Mid-2017

(i.e. May – Sep 2017)

Interns are to commit for an

8 weeks internship.

Late-2017/early-2018

(i.e. Dec 2017 – Feb 2018)

Interns are to commit for a

4-6 weeks internship

Candidates should specify the exact period of commitment, and provide alternative periods where possible.

 

 

Insolvency & Public Trustee’s Office

Expectations

You will be exposed to the working life of a Legal Service Officer who is required to perform the varied work relating to insolvency, the regulation of moneylenders, and matters under the purview of the Public Trustee. You will also accompany Legal Service Officers to Court to observe legal proceedings and Court hearings.

The IPTO will be hosting two runs of the internship (one in May to September 2017 and another in December 2017 to February 2018). Interested applicants should be able to commit between 1 – 2 months for the internship.

Eligibility

1st – 4th year law students.

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the two windows available:
i.) May 2017
ii.) Dec 2017

Duration

At least one month.
All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit to the full period/duration of the internship.

 

 

Judicial Internship Programme

Department

Supreme Court

State Courts

Expectations

You should have an interest in joining the Singapore Legal Service. You will sit in with Registrars on a wide variety of hearings conducted in the Supreme Court, including interlocutory applications such as summary judgment hearings and discovery applications. You will also have the opportunity to sit in at pre-trial conferences, observe open court hearings and gain an insight into the process of court administration. You may be required to assist in some project or research work undertaken by the Judiciary.

You will have opportunity to observe open court proceedings in the registries and court rooms of the State Courts and gain an insight into the process of court administration. You will also have opportunity to meet our Judicial Officers for fireside chats and attend Master Classes for criminal and civil law cases.

Eligibility

Rising final or penultimate year law students.

Period of Internship

The exact dates for the JIP at the State Courts will be made available at a later date. Applicants who are keen on the internship are encouraged to check the website regularly for updates on the details relating to the internship.

Batch 1
State Courts: 15 – 19 May 2017
Sup Court: 8 – 12 May 2017

Batch 2
State Courts: 28 – 31 Aug 2017
Sup Court: 4 – 8 Sep 2017

Batch 3 (dates are currently tentative)
State Courts: 8 – 12 Jan 2018
Sup Court: 15 – 19 Jan 2018

Duration

All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit to the full period/duration of the internship.

 

Legal Aid Bureau

The Legal Aid Bureau was set up to assist indigent persons in need of legal help.

Our services covers a wide range of matters, including divorces, adoptions, guardianship, committee of persons and estates, variation and enforcement applications, claims for maintenance, wrongful dismissals, motor and industrial accident claims, probate and letters of administration, tenancy disputes and monetary claims.

Expectations

You will get a firsthand experience in drafting legal documents, doing legal research, interviewing applicants and assisting in putting up opinions for the Legal Aid Board. You will also receive a guided orientation into the workings of the Legal Aid Bureau.

All interns will have the opportunity to work independently under the guidance and supervision of a Legal Service Officer. You will also get the chance to accompany Legal Service Officers to Court to observe Court proceedings. This includes sitting in at court hearings, attending status conferences / pre-trial conferences/ mediations and experiencing video-link hearings. You will also get the chance to sit in at the legal advice sessions given by our Legal Service Officers at the Legal Aid Bureau. Your internship at the Legal Aid Bureau will provide you with a wide exposure not just in the area of legal work but also the fulfilling personal experience in helping others.

Eligibility

2nd & 3rd year law students.

Period of Internship

NUS
i.) 15 May – 2 Jun 2017
ii.) 5 Jun – 23 Jun 2017
iii.) 3 Jul – 21 Jul 2017

SMU
i.) 24 Apr – 12 May 2017
ii.) 15 May – 2 Jun 2017

U.K.
i.) 3 Jul – 21 Jul 2017
ii.) 14 Aug – 1 Sep 2017

Australia / N.Z.
i.) 2 Jan – 19 Jan 2018

Duration

3 weeks.
All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit to the full period/duration of the internship

 Legal Services Unit, Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth

The Legal Unit provides legal services to all the departments of the Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth (MCCY), including the National Youth Council, the Charities Unit and the Registry of Co-operative Societies and Mutual Benefit Organisations. Thus, our work covers a variety of subject areas, including regulatory and corporate law, and trusts and charities law.

 

Expectations

You will be invited to contribute and assist in vetting/drafting contracts, funding agreements, deeds and MOU, advisory work, devising legal strategies, and undertaking legal analysis and research.

Eligibility

Any law undergraduate.

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the two windows available:
i.) Jun – Sep 2017
ii.) Jan – Feb 2018

Duration

6 – 8 weeks.
Interested applicants should commit to at least one month for this internship.

 

Legal Services Unit, Ministry of Social & Family Development

Expectations

Good interpersonal and communication skills

Strong in written English

Ability to work independently, has initiative

Research skills

[The intern will undertake research and work assignments relating to the legal aspects of MSF’s functions and operations. This may include the areas of family law, adoption, child protection, intellectual property and contracts.]

Eligibility

At least 2nd year law students

Should preferably have studied some or all of the following subjects: Contract law, Administrative and Constitutional law, Family law.

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the two windows available:
i.) May – Sep 2017
ii.) Dec 2017 – Feb 2018

Duration

4 weeks.
All applicants who wish to be shortlisted must be able to commit for at least 4 weeks.

 

Legal Division, Ministry of Home Affairs

The MHA Legal Division renders legal advice to the Divisions in the Ministry Headquarters as well as the Home Team agencies, which include the Singapore Police Force, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, the Singapore Prison Service, the Singapore Civil Defence Force and the Central Narcotics Bureau.

 

Expectations

Interns will be exposed to the wide range of legal work handled by the Legal Division. You will have the opportunity to draft advice, carry out legal research, and assist in the vetting/drafting of agreements. Visits to various Home Team agencies will also be arranged.

Eligibility

Interns should be Singapore Citizens in view of the sensitive nature of the work.

Period of Internship

15 May 2017 – 26 May 2017

Duration

2 weeks.
All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit to the full period/duration of the internship.

 

Legal Services Department, Ministry of Defence

Expectations

Interns will be exposed to the wide spectrum of work handled by the Legal Services Department, which includes matters unique to the Ministry of Defence such as the administration of Military Justice.

Interns will assist the Department in carrying out research and work assignments and will be given the opportunity to observe the conduct of General Court Martial proceedings.

Eligibility

3rd & 4th year law students preferred.

Period of Internship

3 Jul – 28 Jul 2017

Duration

4 weeks.
All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit to the full period/duration of the internship.

 

Legal Group, Ministry of Law

The Ministry of Law strives to advance access to justice, the rule of law, the economy and the society through the development of policy and law.

 

Expectations

Interns will assist the Legal Group on various initiatives and will undertake research and policy analysis on domestic and international legal policy. This will cover substantive areas such as civil and criminal justice, family law, legal industry, land, IP, community, human rights and international law.

Interns can expect to embark on rigorous legal research and analysis; to study developing trends and practices in other countries; assist with statistical collation and analysis; do cross-jurisdictional comparative studies; and witness how such knowledge is applied in policy-making.

Eligibility

2nd – 4th year law students

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the two windows available:
i.) May – Sep 2017
ii.) Dec 2017 – Feb 2018

Duration

4 – 6 weeks 
All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit for at least 4 weeks.

 

Legal Office, Ministry of Health

Expectations

To assist in conducting legal research into areas of law including contract law, tort law, criminal law.

To assist in vetting agreements and documents.

To assist on files concerning regulatory offences under MOH’s purview.

Eligibility

To have completed modules on Contract law, Tort law,
Criminal law.

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the two windows available:

Mid-2017

(i.e. May – Sep 2017)

Interns are to commit for an

8 weeks internship.

Late-2017/early-2018

(i.e. Dec 2017 – Feb 2018)

Interns are to commit for a

4-8 weeks internship

Duration

4 – 8 weeks.
All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit for the duration stated under “Period of Internship”.

 

Legal Services Division, Ministry of Manpower

Expectations

You will undertake research. You may also be involved in case analysis and discussion and may also have the opportunity to assist in a trial.

Eligibility

1st to 4th year law students

Applicants should have completed a course in criminal law.

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the two windows available:
i.) May – Sep 2017
ii.) Jan – Feb 2018

Duration

1 month.
All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit to the full period/duration of the internship.

 

Singapore Land Authority

Expectations

You will gain insights into the work and practices of SLA in areas such as land registration, land survey, land alienation and management of State land and property. You will have a better understanding, gain a broader perspective and knowledge of the procedures under the various legislation administered by SLA, e.g. Land Titles Act, Residential Property Act, Boundary Map and Survey Act, State Lands Act and State Lands Encroachment Act.

You will also work closely with the Legal Counsels in SLA to help provide legal advice on policy and operational issues to the various divisions.

You should be prepared to contribute and assist in legal research or legal policy projects, (which may involve researching the law and practice of foreign jurisdictions) and you may be asked to prepare legal and policy briefs under the guidance of the Legal Counsels.

At the end of the internship, you will appreciate the realistic expectations of the work in a legal environment and you can revel in the experience of working with issues that touch and concern land – a limited resource in Singapore.

Eligibility

Rising 3rd and 4th year law students

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the two windows available:
i.) May – Sep 2017
ii.) Early-2018

Duration

3 weeks.
All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit to the full period/duration of the internship.

 

Senior Officers’ Law Clerk Programme

Expectations

You will have opportunity to observe open court proceedings in the registries and court rooms of the State Courts and gain an insight into the process of court administration. You will also have opportunity to meet our Judicial Officers for fireside chats and attend Master Classes for criminal and civil law cases.

Eligibility

Rising final or penultimate year law students

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the three windows available:
i.) 15 May 2017
ii.) 28 Aug 2017
iii.) 8 Jan 2018

Duration

All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit for 2 months.

 

Family Justice Courts

Expectations

Interns will have the opportunity to sit in with Judicial Officers and observe open court proceedings in the Family Court and the Youth Court as well as hearings in Chambers.

Interns will also have the opportunity to understand court administration process and framework.

Interns will attend Master Class.

Interns may also be asked to assist in project work undertaken by their respective judicial officer mentors or other judicial officers.

Eligibility

1st – 4th year law students.

Period of Internship

Choose between either one of the three windows available:
i.) 8 May 2017 – 2 Jun 2017
ii.) 10 Jul 2017 – 4 Aug 2017
iii.) 2 Jan 2018 – 26 Jan 2017

Duration

All applicants who wish to be shortlisted for an internship must be able to commit to the full period/duration of the internship.