Specialist Accreditation
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  • Why should I be accredited?
    Specialist accreditation is a significant achievement and valuable asset to recognise and promote your expertise in a specialisation, and thus enhance your reputation. It gives you the opportunity to distinguish yourself from your peers. Specialist accreditation also allows you to be identified by the legal industry and the general public as possessing the requisite skills and knowledge in your chosen area of specialisation.
  • What is the difference between an Accredited Specialist and a Senior Accredited Specialist?
    An Accredited Specialist is a legal practitioner with at least five years’ PQE who has been deemed by SAL to possess the necessary knowledge and skills to handle front-end and/or litigation work of some complexity in a specialised area of law. 

    A Senior Accredited Specialist is a more experienced legal practitioner with at least 10 years’ PQE who has been deemed by SAL to possess the necessary knowledge and skills to handle front-end and/or litigation work of greater complexity in a specialised area of law. They have dedicated a good proportion of their practice to this specialisation.
  • To be accredited, what are the eligibility criteria to fulfil?
    The eligibility criteria for Accredited Specialist and Senior Accredited Specialist applicants differ. However, the criteria can be broadly set out as follows. You must:
    • have been admitted to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore
    • hold a currently valid practising certificate
    • have a minimum full-time post-qualification experience (PQE)
    • have NOT been subject to any professional disciplinary proceedings or charged and convicted of a serious crime
    • have been substantially involved in the full-time practice of the specialisation for which accreditation is sought
    • have been engaged in continuing professional development (CPD) in the said specialisation
    • provide favourable references
    • successfully complete an assessment process comprising an examination and/or a selection panel interview
  • How do I apply for specialist accreditation?
    Before you apply, ask yourself the following questions:
    • Do you feel that you have the expert knowledge and experience in a practice area?
    • Do your colleagues and contemporaries consider you an expert in this area? Do they seek your advice on complex issues?
    • Have you honed your expertise by participating in continuing professional development including attending and/or presenting at seminars and conferences in this area?

    If you answer "yes" to these quesitons, do consider applying for specialist accreditation.
    Please read the following information guides before applying to determine if you meet the eligibility criteria and are able to abide by the timelines:
    Download and complete the Application Form. Submit it together with the reference statements from your referees, other necessary documentation and the payment confirmation email to [email protected].

    All fees must be paid through our  online shop or through your firm's Online Purchase Coordinator (OPC).
  • What are the application dates for specialist accreditation in 2018?
    If you are interested to apply to be an Accredited Specialist, the opening date for applications is 8 January 2018 and the closing date is 31 March 2018, 5pm.

    If you intend to apply to be a Senior Accredited Specialist, the opening date for applications is 1 July 2018 and the closing date is 31 August 2018, 5pm.
  • What documentation do I need to include in my application?
    You would need to include the following with your application:
  • How is the 5 or 10 years’ PQE calculated?
    If you are interested to apply to be an Accredited Specialist, you need at least 5 years’ full-time PQE as at the opening date for applications which is 1 January. In other words, for 2018 applications, you would need to have commenced full-time practice on 1 January 2013 or earlier.

    If you intend to apply to be a Senior Accredited Specialist, you would need at least 10 years’ full-time PQE as at the opening date for applications which is 1 July. In other words, for 2018 applications, you would need to have commenced full-time practice on 1 July 2008 or earlier.
  • Once I am accredited, what must I do to maintain my accreditation?
    Because accreditation is a testament to your expertise in the specialisation, to maintain this accreditation, you would be required to fulfil certain criteria. 

    The scheme requires you to be reaccredited every 2 years. To be reaccredited, you must show that, in the prior 2 years as a specialist, you:
    • continue to hold a currently valid practising certificate
    • have been substantially involved in the full-time practice of the practice area for which specialist reaccreditation is sought
    • have been engaged in continuing professional development in the said practice area, and
    • have NOT been subject to any professional disciplinary proceedings or charged and convicted of a serious crime

    You may also be required to be interviewed by the selection panel.

    Please refer to the Information for Specialists guide for your practice area of accreditation:
  • What if I am unable to fulfil certain criteria? Are there exemptions?
    If you are unable to fulfil certain criteria due to a leave of absence, or have successfully completed full-time post-graduate studies in the practice area for which specialist accreditation is sought, you may seek an exemption. 

    Approval for exemptions are at the discretion of SAL.

    Please refer to the information guide for the following practice areas for more details:
  • What are the fees?
    The fees in Singapore dollars and inclusive of GST are as follows:

    Accredited Specialist 

    Senior Accredited Specialist

    Application 428 1,070
    Course (optional) Refer to the information guide
    of the respective practice areas
     -
    Examination 428 -
    Reaccreditation (biennially) 214 535
    All fees must be paid through our online shop or through your firm's Online Purchase Coordinator (OPC).
  • What are the refunds?
    Refunds in Singapore dollars and inclusive of GST are as follows:

    Accredited Specialist

    Senior Accredited Specialist

    Application 321 749
    Course (optional) 30-45 days prior to start of course: 75% of course fee
    8-29 days: 50% of course fee
    7 days or less: No refund
    -
    Examination 321 (prior to registration closing date) -
    Reaccreditation (biennially) 160.50 374.50
  • What are the important dates I should take note of?
    The key dates for the specialist accreditation programme 2018 are tentatively:

    Date

    Event

    8 January Accredited Specialist applications open
    2 April (as 31 March falls on a Saturday) Accredited Specialist applications close 5pm
    30 April Accredited Specialist candidature confirmed
    2 May Examination preparatory course registration opens
    Examination registration opens
    1 July Senior Accredited Specialist applications open
    6 July Examination preparatory course registration closes
    13, 14 July Examination preparatory course
    20, 21 July Examination preparatory course
    27, 28 July Examination preparatory course
    28 July Examination registration closes
    25 August (last Saturday of August) Examination
    31 August Senior Accredited Specialist applications close 5pm
    30 September Senior Accredited Specialist candidature confirmed
    October Selection panel interviews for all candidates
    January 2019 Results released to all candidates