30 Jul '11, 9pm

Back to school at 46, now he's got a law degree

SINGAPORE - It seemed to be the worst possible time to consider a career switch. The global financial crisis had just begun but Mr Asoka Markandu, then 46, saw an opportunity in the crisis. A general manager at foreign exchange trading solutions firm FX Alliance LLC - where he managed the Asia business across three offices - Mr Markandu decided to quit his job and head back to school. Mr Markandu was awarded a Juris Doctor (JD) degree yesterday after completing a two-year course in the Singapore Management University's (SMU) programme. The postgraduate law degree, which was first offered in 2009, allows graduates to be admitted to the Singapore Bar to become qualified lawyers after completing Bar examinations and a six-month practice with a law firm. SMU's School of Law is the first here to introduce the Juris Doctor programme, an American-style system of graduate legal ed...

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