New law school may also offer full-time course

New law school may also offer full-time course

SINGAPORE - The newly appointed panel that will help shape Singapore's third law school will study if the undergraduate degree course should be run both on full-time and part-time basis.

In October, when the Education Ministry announced that the law school will be set up at SIM University (UniSIM), it had said that the course will be run on a part-time basis.

But Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah, in an interview with The Straits Times last week, revealed that the full-time option will also be considered.

Although UniSIM was set up to offer part-time degree courses, from next year it will start running full-time ones.

Ms Indranee, who will head the 12-member panel announced last Wednesday, said they will gather the views of prospective students before coming to a decision on whether to offer the law course full-time.

The law school, which aims to train family and criminal lawyers, is expected to take in about 75 students when it opens in the next few years. It is targeted at mature students with relevant backgrounds in areas such as social work and law enforcement.

The panel will provide strategic direction for the school, advising on matters such as admissions criteria and curriculum development.

It comprises prominent people from the legal fraternity such as Attorney-General's Chambers chief prosecutor Tai Wei Shyong and Senior Counsel Amarjeet Singh and N. Sreenivasan.

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