Singapore Academy Of Law Membership

By | February 14, 2017

Singapore Academy Of Law Membership

SAL Membership is classified into a few categories:

Honorary Fellows / Members

Honorary Members are elected by the Senate for life or for such period as the Senate may in any case considered appropriate.

Over the years, the Senate of the Academy has appointed 5 persons as Honorary Fellows:

  • The late Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew (in 1990)
  • the late Dr Wee Chong Jin (in 1991)
  • the late Dr David Marshall (in 1991)
  • the former Chief Justice Mr Yong Pung How (in 2006)
  • the former Deputy Prime Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for National Security Professor S Jayakumar (in 2008)
  • the former Chief Justice Mr Chan Sek Keong (in 2013)

in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the legal and judicial system, and to the stature of the legal profession in Singapore.

Fellows

The Fellows of the Academy comprise:

 

  • the President and Vice-Presidents of the Academy;
  • all other members of the Senate except for those appointed under section 5(1)(h) of the Singapore Academy of Law Act;
  • persons who have since 1st January 1980 held office as Chief Justice, Judge of the Supreme Court, Attorney-General, Deputy Attorney-General or Solicitor-General for not less than 2 years;
  • honorary or associate members who are elected by the Senate as Fellows for life or for such period as the Senate may in any case consider appropriate; and
  • members who have been appointed as Senior Counsel under the Legal Profession Act (Cap. 161)

 

 

Ordinary Membership

Who is an Ordinary Member?

By virtue of Section 14 of the Singapore Academy of Law (“SAL”) Act, the following persons shall become an Ordinary Member of the Academy:

Every person who is

 

  • admitted as an advocate and solicitor, whether or not he has in force a practising certificate issued under Section 25 of the Legal Profession Act; or
  • a Legal Service Officer; or
  • being a foreign lawyer –

(i) is registered under section 36B or 36D of the Legal Profession Act; or

(ii) is granted approval under section 176(1) of the Legal Profession Act.

You can register for your ordinary membership online. Your membership will commence with immediate effect upon your admission to the Bar, appointment as a Legal Service Officer, registration as Foreign Lawyer under section 36B or 36D of the Legal Profession Act; or when you have been granted approval under section 176(1) of the Legal Profession act.

Ordinary Membership Rights and Privileges

As an Ordinary member of the Academy, you may participate in the regular talks, seminars and workshops organised by the Academy, at a discounted rate; with the aim of promoting continuing legal and professional education.

You will also have access to resources such as the SAL Journal, the SAL Annual Report, and the SAL Annual Review of Singapore Cases to keep you informed of the happenings at the Academy and other publications from time to time.

Ordinary Membership Annual Subscription

By virtue of the SAL Rule 3, the annual subscription (inclusive of prevailing GST) for an Ordinary Member is as follows :-

 

  1. Fellows

S$1,070.00

  1. Ordinary members where, at the time the subscription is payable:
  1. more than 12 years have elapsed from the date of admission as an advocate and solicitor or appointment as a Legal Service Officer, whichever is the earlier date
S$374.50
  1. not less than 7 years but not more than 12 years have elapsed from the date of admission as an advocate and solicitor or appointment as a Legal Service Officer, whichever is the earlier date
S$288.90
  1. less than 7 years have elapsed from the date of admission as an advocate and solicitor or appointment as a Legal Service Officer, whichever is the earlier date
S$128.40
  1. Ordinary members who are foreign lawyers registered under section 36B or 36D of the Legal Profession Act or granted approval under section 176(1) of the Legal Profession Act
S$374.50
  1. Associate members who are persons other than law students
S$214.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need any assistance, you can contact us at +65 6332 4388 or email us at membership@sal.org.sg

Disqualifications for Membership of Academy

Section 16 (1) of SAL Act states that :

A person shall not be qualified to be a member of the Academy or, if he is a member, shall ceased to be a member if –

  1. he has been struck off the roll;
  2. being a legal officer, he has been dismissed from the Singapore Legal Service for misconduct in his professional capacity;

    (a). being a foreign lawyer referred to in section 14(c), his registration under section 130I of the Legal Profession Act, or his approval under section 130L of that Act, is cancelled;

  3. c. being a member of the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore, the School of Law of the Singapore Management University or the School of Law of the SIM University, he has been dismissed from the Faculty or School, as the case may be, for misconduct in the discharge of his duties;
  4. he has been convicted of an offence involving fraud or dishonesty;
  5. he is or becomes mentally disordered and incapable of managing himself or his affairs;
  6. he is an undischarged bankrupt; or
  7. he has entered into a composition with his creditors or a deed of arrangement for the benefit of his creditors.

Termination of Membership

Section 18 (1) of SAL Act states that :

The Senate may by resolution terminate the membership of a member if he has been guilty of conduct which in the opinion of the Senate renders him unfit to be a member or would bring the Academy into disrepute.

 

Associate Membership

An Associate member is a person who may benefit from, or able to contribute to, the work of the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL). Please refer to Section 15 of the SAL Act “The Act”.

Who may apply to become an Associate Member?

  1. Qualified persons within the meaning of the Legal Profession Act (Cap. 161);
  2. Persons who have been admitted to practise as advocates and solicitors under Section 21 of the Legal Profession Act (Cap. 161);
  3. Members of the academic staff of the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University, who are not advocates and solicitors of the Supreme Court of Singapore;
  4. Lecturers or tutors in law at any of the other faculties of the National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University or Nanyang Technological University, who are not advocates and solicitors of the Supreme Court of Singapore;
  5. Students of law faculties of NUS and SMU; and Singapore Citizens/PRs studying in universities set out in the First, Third, Fourth and Fifth Schedules of the Legal Profession (Qualified Persons) Rules;
  6. Lawyers attached to offices of foreign law firms in Singapore, and foreign lawyers attached as in-house solicitors of businesses and companies in Singapore;
  7. Other persons who can contribute to and benefit from the work of the SAL may, in the full discretion of the Executive Committee pursuant to Section 15 of the SAL Act (Cap. 294A), be admitted as associate members.

How do I apply to become an associate member?

If you fall within the Categories (a) – (f) of persons qualified for admission as Associate members, please register for your membership online and and e-mail your supporting documents to membership@sal.org.sg.

Persons, who are applying under the open clause that they are able to contribute to, or benefit from, the work of the Academy, should enclose a letter explaining how they could so contribute or benefit from associate membership. Please contact (65) 6332 4388 or email to membership@sal.org.sg for assistance. If by post, please indicate “Membership Department, Level 5M” on your envelope.

 

Associate Membership Rights and Privileges

As an Associate member of the Academy, you may participate in the regular talks, seminars and workshops organised by the Academy, at a discounted rate; with the aim of promoting continuing legal and professional education.

As an Associate member, you will also have access to resources such as the SAL Journal, the SAL Annual Report, the SAL Annual Review of Singapore Cases to keep you informed of the happenings at the Academy and other publications from time to time.

 

Associate Membership Annual Subscription

The annual subscription for an Associate member is S$214.00 (inclusive of 7% GST). Members will be pleased to learn that pursuant to a resolution of the Senate of the Academy dated 19 January 1989, their annual subscription for the first calendar year in which they join are waived.

 

Termination of Associate Membership

Associate members can resign from the Academy, giving one month’s notice in writing. Associate membership may also be terminated by the Academy under the following provisions:

  1. Section 16 of the SAL Act – Disqualifications for membership
  2. Section 18 of the SAL Act – Termination of membership.

 

Associate Student Membership

Who may Apply to become an Associate-student member?

  1.  Qualified persons serving his/her practice training period (under a practice training contract with a local law firm or under supervision of a qualifying relevant legal officer);
  2. Students in the preparatory course leading to Part A of the Singapore Bar Examinations conducted by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (“Part A Course”);
  3. Students in the preparatory course leading to Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations conducted by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (“Part B Course”); and
  4. All students of the law faculties of National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University and Singapore citizens and PRs who are full-time internal candidates, of the law degree programmes in the respective institutions of higher learning set out in First, Third, Fourth and Fifth Schedules of the Legal Profession (Qualified Persons) Rules

How do I apply to become an associate-student member?

If you fall within the categories of persons qualified for admission as an Associate-Student member, please register online.
Please provide a copy of your Matriculation card and e-mail it to membership@sal.org.sg.  Your application will be duly processed.

 

Associate Student Membership Rights and Privileges

As an Associate-student member of the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL), you may participate in the regular talks, seminars and workshops organised by the Academy, at a discounted rate; with the aim of promoting continuing legal and professional education.

As an Associate Member, you will also have access to resources such as the SAL Journal and the SAL Annual Report to keep you informed of the happenings at the Academy and other publications from time to time.

 

Associate Student Membership Annual Subscription

No annual subscription is required for an Associate-Student membership.

 

Termination of Associate Student Membership

Associate-Student members can resign from the Academy, giving one month’s notice in writing. Associate-Student membership may also be terminated by the Academy under the following provisions:

  1. Section 16 of the SAL Act – Disqualifications for membership
  2. Section 18 of the SAL Act – Termination of membership

Associate Student membership shall also terminate six calendar years from the date of his/her admission as an Associate-Student member or upon his becoming an Ordinary member, whichever is earlier.