The Singapore Academy of Law (Amendment) Rules 2018 will come into force on 1 December 2018. Amendments to the Fourth Schedule will re-group SAL Ordinary members along the same categories adopted by the Law Society of Singapore and the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE) from 1 January 2019 as follows:
The annual subscriptions (inclusive of prevailing GST) are as follows:
2. Ordinary members where, at the time subscription is payable:
a. more than 15 years have elapsed since the date of admission as an advocate and solicitor or appointment as a Legal Service Officer, whichever is the earlier date
b. not less than 5 years but not more than 15 years have elapsed from the date of admission as an advocate and solicitor or appointment as a Legal Service Officer, whichever is the earlier date
c. less than 5 years have elapsed from the date of admission as an advocate and solicitor or appointment as a Legal Service Officer, whichever is the earlier date
3. Ordinary members who have foreign lawyers registered under section 36B or 36D of the Legal Profession Act or granted approval under section 176(1) of the Legal Profession Act
4. Associate members who are persons other than law students
Please note that under a resolution of the Senate of SAL dated 19 January 1989, annual subscription for the first calendar year are waived for all new members
5. No annual subscription is required for an Associate Student membership
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Disqualifications for SAL Membership
Section 16(1) of the Singapore Academy of Law Act states that a person shall not be qualified to be a member of the Academy or, if he is a member, shall cease to be a member if:
- he has been struck off the roll;
- being a Legal Service Officer , he has been dismissed from the Singapore Legal Service for misconduct in his professional capacity;
- being a foreign lawyer referred to in section 14(c), his registration under section 36B or 36D of the Legal Profession Act (Cap.161), or his approval under section 176(1) of that Act, is cancelled;
- being a member of the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore, the School of Law of the Singapore Management University or the School of Law of the Singapore University of Social Sciences, he has been dismissed from the Faculty or School, as the case may be, for misconduct in the discharge of his duties;
- he has been convicted of an offence involving fraud or dishonesty;
- he is or becomes mentally disordered and incapable of managing himself or his affairs;
- he is an undischarged bankrupt; or
- he has entered into a composition with his creditors or a deed of arrangement for the benefit of his creditors.
Termination of Membership
- Section 18(1) of the Singapore Academy of Law Act states that the Senate may by resolution terminate the membership of a member if he had been guilty of conduct which is in the opinion of the Senate renders him unfit to be a member or would bring SAL into disrepute.
Termination of Associate Membership and Associate Student Membership
Associate members and Associate Student members can resign from SAL, giving one month's notice in writing. Associate membership may also be terminated by SAL under the following provisions:
- Section 16 of the Singapore Academy of Law Act - Disqualifications for membership.
- Section 18(1) of the Singapore Academy of Law Act - Termination of membership.
Associate Student membership shall also be terminated six calendar years from the date of his/her admissions an Associate Student member or upon his becoming an Ordinary Member, whichever is earlier.
Reinstatement of Membership
For members who have been granted waiver approval but would like to reinstate their membership before waiver expiry date, please complete the reinstatement form here and email us at [email protected]
Subscription fees will be billed for the full annual membership year when member no longer qualifies under SAL Rule 4 or upon reinstatement of SAL membership.
Waiver of Annual Subscriptions
By virtue of the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) Rule 4, members may apply for waiver of annual subscriptions if (for any period of not less than 12 months), they will:
(a) be continuously absent from Singapore;
(b) not be ordinarily resident or domiciled in Singapore;
(c) not be in the profession of law; or
(d) not be gainfully employed.
Cessation of practice does not automatically result in qualifying for waiver.