Specialist Accreditation

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Singapore Academy of Law's 
Specialist Accreditation Schem


The Singapore Academy of Law's Specialist Accreditation Scheme (the "Scheme") confers recognition of a legal practitioner's expertise and experience in a specialised area of law. It is an assessment process which requires a legal practitioner to show evidence of his or her knowledge and expertise in their chosen area of specialisation. Specialist accreditation is a voluntary and an individual endeavour.

The Scheme's purpose is to:

  • recognise the high level of proficiency of legal practitioners in their chosen practice area and promote continued personal professional development and improvement
  • incentivise younger legal practitioners to hone their skills and knowledge
  • provide the legal industry and general public with a reliable means of identifying and accessing legal practitioners who have proven themselves as possessing the requisite skills and knowledge in a practice area
  • promote continued development and improve the standard, quality and delivery of legal services

The Scheme aims to build an exhaustive directory of Accredited Specialists and Senior Accredited Specialists for the benefit of users of legal services.

To gain a better understanding of the Scheme’s framework, the papers for the respective practice areas can be found here:

Legal practitioners interested in being accredited may apply to be:

  • An Accredited Specialist (for legal practitioners with more than 5 year's PQE) OR
  • A Senior Accredited Specialist (for legal practitioners with more than 10 year's PQE)

2024 Specialist Accreditation Programme

In 2024, eligible members may apply to be accredited in the following practice area(s):

  • Building and Construction Law

Accredited Specialist applications are closed.

Senior Accredited Specialist applications opens 1 July 2024 and closes 2 September 2024 (as 31 August 2024 falls over a weekend).

2025 Specialist Accreditation Programme

In 2025, eligible members may apply to be accredited in the following practice area(s):

  • Data and Digital Economy Law
  • Maritime and Shipping Law

Accredited Specialist applications open OLY 2025, closes 31 March 2025.

Senior Accredited Specialist applications opens 1 July 2025 and closes 1 September 2025 (as 31 August 2025 falls over a weekend).