Learning the law

Learning the law

More working adults are pursuing a formal education in law to enhance their legal knowledge.

Madam Cenobia Majella, managing director of Stansfield College, says: "Increasingly, many professionals and executives realise the direct benefits of having legal training and understanding the legal framework."

She says that the school's intake fills up and every academic year, it has between 200 and 300 students in their law programmes.

About 3 to 5 per cent of the cohort are looking for a career change.

She says: "Themajority of ourworking students pursue the various lawprogrammes at our college as they find that legal training advances them in their existing careers or takes themto jobswhere legal training is crucial towork performance."

She adds that while their jobs may not necessarily require a lawdegree, they are highly valued by their organisations for their legal knowledge aswell as their analytical skills, communications, research and advocacy.

Also, these skills are transferable tomany professions and a number ofworking students are encouraged or sponsored by their organisations to build these skills by pursuing a lawdegree.

"Asmore complex areas of law such as Intellectual Property Law, international public law and arbitration develop, professionals and executives will find it useful to keep abreast of these developments as it may impact on how their organisations function and change the way they work," says Madam Majella.

Project management office executive Pamela Tan Ai Chen, 33, took about 10 months to complete the Diploma in the Common Law at SAA Global Education (SAA-GE), which was sponsored by her company. She finds it useful to have basic legal knowledge as her job involves preparation of contracts, vetting customers' contracts, non-disclosure agreements and tender documents.

National Service personnel AdamLiu, 22, who is currently pursuing a diploma at Kaplan Singapore says legal literacy is important in all professions.

 

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