Specialist Accreditation

The accreditation process comprises an assessment of your practice history and knowledge of the practice area for which you have applied for specialist accreditation.

Eligibility Criteria

To be successful in your application, you must be deemed to have met the eligibility criteria and perform satisfactorily in an assessment process.
The eligibility criteria for Accredited Specialist and Senior Accredited Specialist applicants differ but can be broadly expressed as:

  • have been admitted to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore
  • completed practice training
  • hold a currently valid practising certificate
  • currently on the roll of advocates and solicitors
  • SAL member whose privileges have not been withdrawn
  • 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 prior to application
  • have been engaged in continuing professional development (CPD) in the said specialisation prior to application
  • provide favourable references
  • successfully complete an assessment process comprising an examination and/or a selection panel interview

For further information specific to the practice area for which you are seeking specialist accreditation, refer to the information guides under To be Accredited as a Specialist.

Assessment Process

The appraisal will be carried out by a selection panel comprising judges and senior industry representatives.

The assessment process may vary between practice areas, but the general format is:

Assessment of applications

Examination (for Accredited Specialist candidates only)

Panel interview


To apply for specialist accreditation, download and complete the following forms:

All applications should include the following documents:

  • completed application form
  • two completed Reference Statement forms
  • documentation supporting applications for exemptions
  • payment confirmation email or payment receipt