The Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) is a promotion and development agency for Singapore’s legal industry. Their vision is to make Singapore the legal hub of Asia.
SAL works with their stakeholders to set new precedents of excellence in Singapore law through developing thought leadership, world class infrastructure and legal solutions. Their mandates are to build up the intellectual capital of the legal profession by enhancing legal knowledge, raise the international profile of Singapore law, promote Singapore as a centre for dispute resolution, and improve the standards and efficiency of legal practice through continuing professional development and the use of technology.
As a body established by statute, SAL also undertakes statutory functions such as stakeholding services and appointment of Senior Counsel, Commissioners for Oaths and Notaries Public.
SAL is led by a Senate headed by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, and comprising the Attorney-General, the Supreme Court Bench and key leaders of the various branches of the legal profession. It has more than 14,000 members, including the Bench, all persons who are called as advocates and solicitors of the Supreme Court (i.e. the Bar) or appointed as Legal Service Officers, corporate counsel, faculty members of the three local law schools (i.e. National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University and Singapore University of Social Sciences) and foreign lawyers in Singapore.
SAL and SUSS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 26 August 2016, to jointly organise, develop and launch professional development programmes for the legal industry with a focus on family law; undertake applied research and strengthen continuing education for the legal community. The MOU was renewed on 15 January 2020 to continue the collaboration efforts.