—(1) There shall be established a body to be called the Board of Legal Education.
(2) The Board shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal, with powers subject to the provisions of this Act —
to sue and be sued in its corporate name;
to acquire and dispose of property, both movable and immovable; and
to do and perform such other acts as bodies corporate may by law perform.
4. The purposes of the Board shall be —
to register qualified persons seeking admission as advocates and solicitors;
to provide for the training, education and examination, by the Board or by any other body, of qualified persons intending to practise the profession of law in Singapore;
to exercise supervision over qualified persons during their period of pupillage and to assist masters and principals with regard to the instruction given to pupils;
to consider and from time to time make recommendations to the appropriate authorities on the syllabus, the contents of courses of instruction and examinations leading to the qualification of persons as qualified persons; and
to grant prizes and scholarships and to establish and subsidise lectureships in educational institutions in subjects of study relating to law.
—(1) In addition to the powers given by the other provisions of this Act, the Board may —
purchase or lease any land or building required for any of the purposes of this Act;
sell, surrender, lease, exchange or mortgage any land or building as may be found most convenient or advantageous;
receive grants from the Government or from public funds or the Society or from any other person;
borrow money whether by way of bank overdraft or otherwise for such of the purposes of the Board as the Board may from time to time consider desirable; and
(2) The Board may —
invest its moneys in such manner as it thinks fit; and
engage in any financial activity or participate in any financial arrangement for the purpose of managing or hedging against any financial risk that arises or is likely to arise from such investment.
(3) Subject to the provisions of this Part, the Board shall have power to make rules to carry into effect the objects of this Part.
(4) In particular and without prejudice to the generality of subsection (3), the Board may make rules —
for regulating the meetings and proceedings of the Board;
with respect to the taking and retaining of pupils by masters and the conduct, duties and responsibilities of the parties;
for regulating the manner in which pupils keep dining terms and serve their period of pupillage;
for specifying the subjects in which pupils shall attend courses of instruction;
for the examination from time to time of pupils;
for the exemption of pupils from courses of instruction or examination;
for the appointment of lecturers and examiners and for the payment of fees to them;
for regulating the procedure whereby qualified persons who have satisfied the provisions of this Act are admitted as advocates and solicitors by the Supreme Court; and
for prescribing the forms to be used and the fees to be paid for the purposes of this Part.
—(1) The Board may, in its discretion, upon an application made to it by any person who is not otherwise entitled to become a qualified person but who, in the opinion of the Board, possesses such qualification or expertise as would contribute to, promote or enhance the quality of legal services in Singapore or the economic or technological development of Singapore, approve the person as a qualified person for the purpose of this Act and issue to him a certificate to that effect.
—(1) The Board shall consist of —
the President of the Society;
the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore and the Dean of the School of Law of the Singapore Management University, in each case, being a qualified person;
4 advocates and solicitors nominated by the Senate of the Academy after consultation with the Council; and
3 other members nominated by the Senate of the Academy.
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(2) The members of the Board, other than the Attorney-General, the President of the Society and the Deans appointed under subsection (1)(c), shall be nominated to hold office for a term of 3 years.
(3) If for any reason the Attorney-General, the President of the Society or any of the Deans appointed under subsection (1)(c) is unable to attend a particular meeting of the Board, he may nominate some other legal officer or some other member of the Council or the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore or the School of Law of the Singapore Management University, as the case may be, to attend the meeting and when so attending that alternate member shall be deemed for all purposes to be a member of the Board.
(4) The persons nominated under subsection (1) shall be eligible for re-nomination.
(5) When any vacancy in the Board occurs by death, resignation, insanity, bankruptcy or otherwise, the Board shall as soon as practicable take the necessary action to have the vacancy filled by the appropriate authority.
(6) Any casual vacancy arising among the nominated members shall be filled by nomination by the appropriate authority and any such new member shall hold office for so long as the member in whose place he is appointed would have held office.
(7) The validity of any proceedings of the Board is not affected by any vacancy among its members or by any defect in their appointment.
—(1) The Board shall every year elect a Chairman and a Deputy Chairman who shall so long as they continue to be members of the Board be eligible for re-election.
(2) The Chairman or, in his absence, the Deputy Chairman shall preside at meetings of the Board.
(3) In the absence of the Chairman and the Deputy Chairman, the members of the Board shall elect an acting Chairman who shall have and exercise all the powers of the Chairman.
(4) The Board shall appoint a Secretary and such other officer as it considers necessary.
—(1) The Board shall meet at such times and such places as the Chairman or the Deputy Chairman may appoint.
(2) Subject to subsection (3), the Board shall have the power to fix a quorum for its meetings and to fix a different quorum for different purposes.
(3) The quorum at any meeting to make, revoke, alter, add to or amend any rules made under this Part shall be 7.