—(1) A pupil shall, subject to the approval of the Board, serve his prescribed period of pupillage —
with an advocate and solicitor in active practice in a Singapore law practice of not less than 5 years’ standing who, for a total of not less than 5 out of the 7 years immediately preceding the relevant date, has been in such practice or has been a legal officer or both;
with a legal officer who is an advocate and solicitor of not less than 5 years’ standing and who, for a total of not less than 5 out of the 7 years immediately preceding the relevant date, has been a legal officer or has been in active practice in a Singapore law practice or both;
with an advocate and solicitor who has at any time held office as the Attorney-General or as a Judge of the Supreme Court; or
(2) In any case where subsection (1)(b) or (d) applies, 6 months’ pupillage with a legal officer shall count as one month’s period of pupillage with an advocate and solicitor.
[10/91; 41/93; 40/96]
(3) For the purposes of this section and section 13(5), “legal officer” includes a legal officer of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore or of such other statutory body or law office in the public service as the Minister may prescribe.
[41/93; 35/2001; 20/2007]
(4) The Board may approve a request that a qualified person serve different parts of his period of pupillage with different masters.
(5) The Board may, in its discretion, exempt a qualified person from pupillage, wholly or for such period as the Board thinks fit, upon application made supported by satisfactory evidence that the applicant —
has been a pupil or read in the chambers of a practising barrister of the United Kingdom or of a member of the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland of more than 7 years’ standing;
is a solicitor in England or Northern Ireland or a writer to the Signet, law agent or solicitor in Scotland;
has been engaged in active practice as a legal practitioner by whatever name called in any part of the Commonwealth; or
has attended such course of instruction and successfully passed such examination as may be approved by the Board for the purposes of this section.