Internships in the Singapore Judicial Service
The Singapore Judicial Service offers internships to students studying for a recognised law degree [as stipulated under the Legal Profession (Qualified Persons) Rules].
All applicants would need to complete an “Internship Application Form” (please click here for the said form) and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applicants are requested to kindly review the “Guidance Notes” (set out in the said form) before completing and submitting an application.
Please note that the deadline for applications for the 2024 Singapore Judicial Service Internship Programmes is 30 Nov 2023. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by mid-Feb 2024.
All interns are eligible for a monthly “internship allowance” at the prevailing rate prescribed by the Public Service Division. The quantum of the said monthly “internship allowance” will be pro-rated – based on the number of actual working hours in the month that the intern undertook the internship.
All queries may be directed to the Internship Manager of the Singapore Judicial Service at email@example.com.
2024 Singapore Judicial Service Internship Programmes
Judiciary Signature Programme
(at the State Courts, Family Justice Courts & Supreme Court)
The Judiciary Signature Programme (“JSP”) is a judicial clinical programme designed to provide students with the opportunity to observe proceedings in the Courts at close range, attend masterclasses on court proceedings conducted by judicial officers and senior court administrators, and be attached to judicial officers to acquire experiential knowledge of law practice through direct exposure to judicial work and the realities of court proceedings.
It is a unique programme which allows law students to acquire a different perspective of legal work through personalised interaction with judges and judicial officers, working on actual cases and experiencing legal practice in real-life settings. There will be engagement with members of the Supreme Court Bench and Judicial Service Officers. Students will be required to complete individual written assignments.
Students will have exposure to the Justices’ Law Clerk (“JLC”) Programme, allowing them to consider if the JLC Programme is what they wish to pursue after graduation.
Additional Requirements during Application
· Personal statement (not exceeding a page) setting out why you should be selected for the JSP
· Video-recording (not exceeding 3 minutes) introducing yourself and setting out your views on how justice can be more effectively delivered in a post-pandemic era
Law students from the NUS or the SMU who have successfully completed the first semester of their penultimate year of study
Period of Internship
State Courts: 10 Jun 2024 – 21 Jun 2024
Supreme Court: 24 Jun 2024 – 5 Jul 2024
Family Justice Courts: 8 Jul 2024 – 19 Jul 2024
(2 weeks at each Court)
Internship with the State Courts and the Supreme Court
You will have the opportunity to observe a wide variety of hearings conducted in the State Courts, including proceedings in the registries and open court matters. You will also have the opportunity to interact with Judicial Service officers and attend Master Classes for criminal and civil law cases. You may be required to assist in some project or research work undertaken by the Judiciary.
You should have a keen interest in joining the Singapore Judicial Service. You will have the opportunity to sit in with registrars on a wide variety of hearings conducted in the Supreme Court, including interlocutory applications such as summary judgment hearings and discovery applications, and observe open court hearings. You will also have the opportunity to sit in at case conferences. Through these experiences, you will gain valuable insights into the conduct of court hearings and the process of court administration, and how these contribute to the administration of justice in Singapore. You may also be required to assist in some project or research work undertaken by the Judiciary.
Law students who are in their 2nd year of study and above
State Courts: 22 Jul 2024 – 26 Jul 2024
Supreme Court: 29 Jul 2024 – 2 Aug 2024
Internship with the Family Justice Courts
Interns will have the opportunity to sit in with judicial officers and observe open court proceedings in the Family Court and the Youth Court as well as hearings in Chambers.
Interns will also have the opportunity to understand the court administration process and framework.
Interns may also be asked to assist in project work undertaken by their respective judicial officer mentors or other judicial officers as may be required.
1st to 4th year law students
13 May 2024 – 7 Jun 2024