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The Fall and Rise of Legal Education in Singapore

Singapore Journal of Legal Studies [2017] 201-214

16 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2017 Last revised: 18 Oct 2017

Simon Chesterman

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 17, 2017

Abstract

Prior to independence, legal education was all but non‐existent in Singapore and many other colonies. This essay briefly discusses that colonial context before going on to describe how the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law came to play an important part in Singapore’s rule of law story as Singapore’s national law school, a global law school, and an Asian law school. A third section considers challenges for the future, including the impact of technology on legal practice and the changing market for legal services. These transformations require us to rethink the purpose of law school, even as they are matched by changes in the students and faculty who enter our classrooms and our offices.

Keywords: Legal Education, Singapore, Globalisation, Law & Technology

Suggested Citation

Chesterman, Simon, The Fall and Rise of Legal Education in Singapore (October 17, 2017). Singapore Journal of Legal Studies [2017] 201-214. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3010064

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