06 Jan '12, 7am

Pro-bono efforts to get boost as part of new legal initiatives

Pro-bono efforts to get boost as part of new legal initiatives

SINGAPORE: Singapore's legal fraternity is making a strong push to expand pro-bono or free legal services. Starting from academic year 2013, students pursuing an undergraduate law degree in Singapore will have to take a mandatory pro-bono programme. The Chief Justice has also proposed initiatives aimed at encouraging law firms to help needy accused persons. Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong said: "In corporate law firms, lawyers as they say eat what they kill. As pro-bono work brings nothing to the dinner table, one can understand why young aspiring corporate lawyers, would be reluctant to do pro-bono work. "They can be encouraged to do so, if management provides them with the incentive such as crediting their pro-bono work with a notional income, based on what they would have earned for the firm, at their normal charge-out rates." So the Singapore Institute of Legal Education ...

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