SINGAPORE : A second law school will be set up in Singapore.
To be located at the Singapore Management University, it will likely be set up by next year to produce about 90 graduates every year.
This move was prompted by suggestions from the Third Committee on the Supply of Lawyers.
The committee, chaired by Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong, conducts regular reviews to increase the supply of practicing lawyers here.
Other recommendations include increasing the National University of Singapore's Law Faculty intake to a maximum of 250 students every year from 2007.
The current annual intake is 220 students.
The committee has also proposed allowing graduates with Second Class Lower Division Honours degrees from approved foreign universities to practice law.
Currently they can work as in-house counsels, paralegals or practise only foreign law.
Another suggestion is to allow local firms to hire foreign lawyers to practice Singapore law in prescribed areas like banking.
The government has accepted the committee's recommendations.
It has also appointed a judge to chair a new committee to review the entire legal services sector here.
The nine-member team will study areas like improving Singapore's legal education and how to promote the country as a key provider of legal services in Asia. - CNA /ct