College of Law makes Singapore move

The College of Law (CoL) has announced a tie-up with the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE), heralding its first foray into the legal education market in Asia.

CoL has formed a strategic collaboration with SILE to develop learning programmes for aspiring and qualified lawyers in the city-state and the region.

SILE is a statutory body tasked with maintaining and improving the standards of legal education in Singapore both pre- and post-qualification.

Under the agreement, CoL will work with SILE to develop professional and continuing professional development (CPD) programmes.

CoL and SILE also plan to set up a jointly-run summer school programme aimed at newly qualified lawyers in Singapore and the wider region focusing in particular on corporate practice and dispute resolution and will work together in developing SILE’s existing training programme for law graduates wishing to be admitted to the Singapore Bar..

CoL is one of the first accredited providers of CPD, which has become compulsory in Singapore for newly-qualified lawyers under regulations which came into force on 1 April 2012.

The establishment by the CoL of a permanent presence in Singapore and the development of further face-to-face and online training courses tailored to the needs of the Singaporean legal community is the ultimate aim of the collaboration.

Nigel Savage

Professor Nigel Savage, Chief Executive of The College of Law, said: “The College and the Institute have the common aim of supporting Singapore’s growing success as a global hub for legal services and education and share a vision of legal education in a global context.

“We aim to retain and attract the very best aspiring and qualified lawyers at all levels of practice by delivering world-class learning programmes suited to the needs of the Singapore economy. The initiative will also support the strategic aspirations of our English law firm clients who are currently investing heavily in Singapore and the wider region,” he said.

CoL, which has eight centres across the UK, has already formed ’best friend’ relationships with the global law schools IE Law School in Madrid and Beijing’s Renmin University of China Law School as well as collaborating with Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago.

The news follows CoL’s recent £200m sale to Montagu Private Equity (17 April 2012).