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Diploma in Law & Management (T09)

2017 Planned Intake: 100 JAE 2017 Last Aggregate Score: 12

While legal TV shows often put lawyers in the spotlight, the paralegals are the real arms and legs of a law office or legal department.

They manage, administer and run the office, providing essential support for lawyers to go to court or serve clients. They need to maintain the highest level of ethics and professionalism for both their clients and the court of justice, and have to be expert team workers and communicators.

 A successful legal practice involves teamwork and competence at every level. Paralegals play an often underrated but, in reality, a key role in making sure that quality legal professional endeavour is ably, competently and efficiently supported at the law office.
—  Lok Vi Ming S. C.
     Senior Partner
     Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP
Paralegals

 

What you will learn

  • Basic Law Subjects

    Basic Law Subjects

    Besides the core business subjects, you will study basic law subjects like the Singapore legal system, legal communication skills, criminal law and tort law.
  • Intermediate Law Subjects

    Intermediate Law Subjects

    You will go deeper into the study of the law with contract law, family law, company law and conveyancing law and procedure.
  • Advanced Law Subjects

    Advanced Law Subjects

    You will learn advanced law subjects like corporate governance, civil procedure, criminal procedure, law office management, trusts, wills and probate, intellectual property and company and partnership accounts. You will also be able to choose 2 areas in which you wish to specialise.

Notable Features

  • The only polytechnic diploma course that prepares you for a career in the legal industry.
  • Be highly sought-after in the legal industry as a Law & Management graduate.
  • Gain a diploma that is recognised by many local and overseas universities for their law and non-law programmes.

Career Prospects

Graduates of this diploma enter the legal industry as paralegals (also called legal executives). They are likely to work in local and foreign law firms, the Courts, the Attorney-General's Chambers, various government departments and statutory boards and in the legal departments of private local and international companies. Many also work in banks, insurance companies, real estate companies and the Singapore Police Force.

Further Education

While many of our graduates join the workforce or start his/her own business upon graduation, others move on to pursue their further studies, either locally or overseas. Many of our alumni have done us proud in local universities such as NUS, NTU and SMU. In terms of overseas universities, we have also seen our students shine in universities in Australia, Britain, America as well as Canada.

To know more about the degree you can pursue and the advanced standing granted by the various universities, please click this link to access diploma to degree for guidance.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

English Language (EL1)* Grades 1-4
Mathematics (E or A) Grades 1-6
Any three other subjects, excluding CCA Grades 1-6

To be eligible for selection, you must also have sat for at least one of the following subjects: Art/Art & Design, Business Studies, Combined Humanities, Commerce, Commercial Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Higher Art, Higher Music, Introduction to Enterprise Development, Literature in English/ Chinese/Malay/Tamil, Media Studies (English/Chinese Language), Music, Principles of Accounts.

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Course Structure

TP Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
BCS1003

This subject provides you with competencies for the academic world. You will be taught thinking and writing skills as well as skills in collaborative learning, oral presentation and basic writing.

15
LEA1001

This subject focuses on self-leadership and personal effectiveness. It provides a platform for students to discover and understand themselves in terms of their personalities, values and mission and to build their ‘Logical Quotient’. It lays the foundation for students to make leadership decisions based on the ‘Golden End’ and ‘Consequential Thinking’. It helps the students to listen to the inner self and to express their personal thoughts and ideas.

11
LEA1002

This subject focuses on team-leadership, followership and team effectiveness. It provides a platform for students to build their ‘Emotional Quotient’, relate to peers and manage team conflicts. It lays the foundation for students to make leadership decisions based on a ‘Win-Win Attitude”. It helps students to make meaningful conversations and to articulate their vision.

11
LEA1003

This subject focuses on service to others. It provides a platform for students to understand themselves better and to make responsible choices in life and to build their ‘Community Quotient’. It lays the foundation for students to make leadership decisions based on ‘Ethical Judgement’ and ‘Moral Courage’. It helps students to build trust and credibility in their communication with others and in the community.

11
BCS1010

This subject provides you with skills for the world of work. You will learn skills involving meetings, interpersonal relations, report writing and business correspondence.

14
BSI3006

This 12-week internship links your learning with the real world. You will be placed in law firms, the courts or legal departments of private and public organisations, so that you can relate what you have learnt in the classrooms with actual work situations. This practical training also provides you with the opportunity to apply the concepts and skills acquired in specific job responsibilities.

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Diploma Subjects - Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
BAF1001

This subject provides you with an understanding of basic accounting concepts, the accounting conventions, and their applications in businesses. It will cover the general framework of the accounting process, including the double-entry system, the measurement of income, assets, liabilities and owner's equity, and the preparation of income statement and balance sheet for sole-proprietorships.

14
BAF1002

This subject provides you with an understanding of various types of organisations, and skills to prepare and interpret final accounts of these organisations. It will also cover preparation of the cash flow statement, accounting and control of non-current assets, cash and inventory.

14
BBS1001

This subject covers the key management functions of planning, organising, leading and controlling. The subject addresses the impact of environmental factors that affect business, the relevance of corporate social responsibility and business ethics, and international management in an organisation. It emphasises the roles, responsibilities and challenges faced by supervisors/managers in an organisation.

14
BBS1002

The subject provides an introduction to the key determinants of human behaviour at the individual, group and organisational levels. The subject addresses the impact of personality, perception, motivation and behaviour modification at the individual level. It emphasises the roles of conflict management, group dynamics, leadership, power and politics at the group level as well as the influence of organisational system variables at the organisational level.

14
BBT1001

This subject covers the fundamental concepts in the main components of a computer system. It provides you with an understanding of how these components are set up and how they function together. Current IT trends, mainly in the areas of e-commerce and Internet applications, will be discussed within the core framework of data communications, networks and security issues. The basic theory will be supplemented with hands-on exposure to office automation tools.

14
BBT1002

This subject draws upon the foundation studies in computing taught earlier in Computer Systems & Applications. The major components are database design, database management and information systems management. The subject will cover database concepts and techniques and the use of a popular database package. You will also learn about the strategic use of information systems and how they are developed and managed.

14
BEC1001

This subject provides an understanding of the broad framework of microeconomic analysis. Conceptual tools of economic analysis such as scarcity, demand and supply will be introduced, followed by a study of consumer behaviour, product market and resource market.

14
BEC1002

This subject provides an understanding of the broad framework of macroeconomic analysis. The equilibrium level of national income, business cycle, unemployment, inflation and monetary and fiscal policies will be discussed, followed by a study of international trade.

14
BHT1018

This subject will equip you with demonstrable attitudes and habits that will become a part of your professional personae, thus helping you transition smoothly from the institutional setting to the workplace. This subject covers corporate politics and protocol, professional presence, basic business etiquette and service knowledge concepts and practices.

11
BLM1001

This subject covers the law relating to criminal offences and defences. The focus is on identifying and understanding the elements of major offences and defences in the Penal Code with reference to decided cases. Criminal offences in other key legislation such as the Misuse of Drugs Act will also be dealt with.

14
BLM1002

This subject covers the main areas of civil actions available to parties seeking civil redress. These will include the laws relating to negligence, nuisance, defamation, assault and battery.

14
BLM1003

This subject introduces you to the concept of law and the legal system in Singapore. You will learn the respective roles and structure of the executive, legislature and the judiciary. You will also be trained in case reading and statutory interpretation.

14
BLM1004

This is a follow-up on Legal Systems & Methods 1 to further reinforce skills such as basic legal research and legal opinion writing. There will be field trips to key legal institutions such as the Courts and Parliament to bring alive the study of the legal system of Singapore.

14
BMK1001

This subject covers the basic concepts of entrepreneurship. It examines the traits of successful entrepreneurs and the basic elements of generating new business ideas in a Polytechnic setting. This subject describes and explains the concepts of entrepreneurship, market/customer analysis, as well as the product conceptualisation process that are critical in the preparation of a basic business plan.

11
BLM2001

This subject introduces you to the basic concepts relating to real property in Singapore and the procedural aspects connected with property transactions. You will learn topics connected with the ownership of land, registration systems, the law in relation to mortgages, landlords and tenants and strata titles. The procedures involved in the preparation of instruments for lodgement for such transactions will also be covered.

26
BLM2002

This subject deals with the procedure in respect of criminal matters, from arrest to criminal litigation and appeal. It will cover the entire process of administering criminal justice and criminal litigation as provided for in the Criminal Procedure Code and portions of the Evidence Act, and trains you to assist a criminal lawyer effectively.

24
BLM2003

This subject introduces the law relating to the family in Singapore. Topics to be covered include marriage, divorce, the maintenance of wife and children, the protection of the family, division of matrimonial assets and the parent-child relationship. Close attention will be paid to the Women's Charter and relevant cases.

24
BLM2004

This subject provides you with an overview of the legal principles governing the formation of contracts, the rights and obligations created by certain types of clauses and the consequent remedies available to anyone who suffers a breach of contract. It will also cover the major vitiating factors and the ways in which contracts can be terminated.

24
BAF3004

This subject covers in detail the accounting requirements with regard to partnerships and companies. You will also learn the procedures to account for the legal profession in the preparation of Solicitors’ Accounts.

33
BLM3003

This subject introduces you to the litigation process from commencement of a writ action to enforcement of a judgement. It will also cover the substantive legal principles underlying civil procedures and includes hands-on training in the drafting of court documents.

36
BLM3005

This subject provides you with a basic understanding of the law that governs and regulates companies. Topics include types of corporate entities, Memorandum and Articles of Association, directors’ duties, rights of members, corporate finance, winding up and judicial management of companies.

34
BLM3006

This subject will equip you with an understanding of basic principles for good corporate governance in private and listed companies, as well as the internal compliance adopted by companies to comply with applicable laws and policies. You will learn the law which governs and regulates companies in Singapore with particular emphasis on the practical and procedural aspects.aspects of insurance and reinsurance.

33
BLM3008

This subject includes the substantive law relating to confidential information, trademarks, patents and copyright. You will learn trademark and patent registration procedures through a hands-on project. The remedies available in the event of infringement will also be covered. You will be given an introduction to the protection of information technology with particular reference to the Computer Misuse Act.

34
BLM3011

This subject covers principles in managing a law office including managing human resources, the office environment, work flow management, office automation, records and document management, logistical support, electronic filing and litigation support systems.

35
BLM3013

This subject is a study of the law relating to trusts, wills, probate and administration. Particular attention will be paid to drafting of wills and the procedures for obtaining grant of Letters of Administration and Probate.

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Diploma Subjects - Elective Subjects (Students to choose TWO subjects)

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
BLO1002

The subject covers topics such as algebraic functions, limits, exponential functions, logarithm functions, and the various rules and techniques of differentiation and integration to solve problems in the business environment.

14
BAF2012

This subject provides you with a general overview of the balance sheet and profit and loss statement of the company. It will also provide a basic understanding of the sources and allocation of funds within a business enterprise, and an appreciation of some of the financial tools and techniques used by the financial manager in the management of funds and other financial resources.

33
BLM3001

This subject focuses on the civil litigation process from the post-judgement stage, including the basics of insolvency proceedings. It will also cover accident litigation, matrimonial proceedings and an introduction to the Electronic Filing System.

33
BLM3002

This subject covers the various forms of dispute settlement process with particular emphasis on the concepts, techniques, process and conduct of mediation. The difference between arbitration and other forms of dispute settlement will also be included. Emphasis will be placed on the key concepts of arbitration and the law and rules governing the arbitration process. The subject will also cover important provisions of the Arbitration Act, the International Arbitration Act, the UNCITRAL Model Law, the SIAC and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. In addition, drafting of the various documents required for use in the arbitration process will be taught.

33
BLM3004

This subject introduces you to the Sale of Goods Act, the concepts of "property" and the passing of risk. It will include common commercial transactions like hire purchase and leasing and covers international trade and legal issues relating to e-commerce.

33
BLM3007

This subject provides you with an understanding of the law that governs the insurance business in Singapore as well as the concepts and legal aspects of insurance and its application to the main classes of insurance. Topics covered include risk management, insurance operation, insurance legislation and documentation, principles of insurance such as duty of utmost good faith and insurable interest, various classes of insurance such as motor insurance and workmen’s compensation insurance and the operational aspects of insurance and reinsurance.

33
BLM3010

This subject introduces you to all aspects of the banker-customer relationship, the rights and obligations owed by each party to the other. It covers the law relating to negotiable instruments and also examines the legal framework for various financing transactions. The legal aspects of unit trusts and credit card frauds will also be considered.

33
BLM3012

This subject introduces you to the general principles of shipping law and practice in Singapore, with emphasis on procedures in the arrest and sale of vessels and the salient aspects of ship registration. The law governing carriage of goods by sea will also be covered.

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Graduation Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average min 1.0
TP Core Subjects 20 credit units
Diploma Subjects
- Core Subjects
- Elective Subjects

95 credit units
min 6 credit units
Cross-Disciplinary Subjects min 9 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed min 130 credit units

Cross-Disciplinary Subjects

Students are required to obtain a minimum of 9 credit units from the list of Cross-Disciplinary Subjects.

BYOD

Contact Us

For general enquiries, please contact:

School of Business

  (65) 6788 2000
  (65) 6786 9530
  bushotline@tp.edu.sg

Staff

Looi Kwok Peng
Course Manager

Kwok Peng joined Temasek Polytechnic in 1997 after a career of nearly 12 years in private practice. During that time, he handled a range of civil litigation matters with a concentration on family and matrimonial cases.

He is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and an Associate Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre.

He has a special interest in IT for the Legal Profession and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Tel: 67806256
Email: kwokpeng@tp.edu.sg


Annie Gomez
Section Head

Annie was an Advocate and Solicitor in private practice dealing mainly with commercial law matters before joining the Registry of Trade Marks and Patents (now IPOS) and then the Official Assignee and Public Trustee’s Office (now IPTO). She joined Temasek Polytechnic as a Lecturer after completing a Master’s Degree with King’s College, University of London.

She currently specialises in teaching Law of Contract and Intellectual Property Law to Temasek Polytechnic’s full time students, as well as to professionals, managers and executives at professional development seminars.

Tel: 67805837
Email: samuel@tp.edu.sg


Wong Khai Leng
Section Head

Khai Leng graduated with LLB (Hons) from the National University of Singapore and was called to the Singapore Bar in 1992. For the next 20 years, he served in active legal practice as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Singapore Bar.

As a practitioner in civil litigation, he has been actively involved in cases in areas of Banking, Shipping, Land Law, Building and Construction and various areas in Commercial and Contract Law. He has also been involved in landmark reported cases in Banking Law, Trust and Equity, Family Law and Civil Procedure. He subsequently ventured into other areas of practice, among them Probates and Administration, Insolvency, Corporate and Retail Conveyancing practice.

He joined the Law team in Temasek Polytechnic in October 2012 bringing with him his many years of expertise and experience in the varied areas of law and practice. Apart from his interest in legal practice, he enjoys spending time with his family and being challenged by word and mathematics puzzles. His other interests include music, reading and writing.

Tel : 67804114
Email: wongkl@tp.edu.sg


Andrew Chia
Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic, Andrew spent 12 years in industry practicing law before joining the Polytechnic. During the time in practice, Andrew handled a wide range of legal work with the main focus on civil litigation.

Andrew graduated with an LLB from University of Singapore in 1978 and subsequently obtained his MSc (Criminal Justice) from the University of Leicester in 2003. His area of interest includes litigation, arbitration and criminology.

Tel: 67805839
Email: lyehock@tp.edu.sg


 

Cynthia Rodrigo
Senior Lecturer

Cynthia is an Advocate and Solicitor who was in private practice for more than 15 years. During that time she practiced in law firms specializing in Conveyancing, Litigation and Intellectual Property. Cynthia also worked as a legal counsel in both the public and private sector. In the private sector, she worked in a bank and a listed property company handling mainly Banking, Corporate and Corporate Finance work.

Her favourite areas of law include Conveyancing, Family Law and Conflicts of Law.

In her free time she enjoys baking, cooking, travelling, doing crossword puzzles and of course, eating!

Tel : 67806255
Email: cynthiar@tp.edu.sg


David Tan
Senior Lecturer

David graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws degree. After being called to the Singapore bar, he started his legal career as a Corporate and Civil Litigation lawyer.

He left private practice after 5 years to join a European financial institution as legal counsel, where he was eventually promoted to head the legal and compliance functions in Singapore. During his time with the financial institution, David helped to look after the financial institution’s private, corporate and wholesale banking and clearing businesses in the Asia Pacific region.

After over a decade with the banking group, David returned to private practice as a partner with a major law firm in Singapore. The primary areas of his practice included Banking, Trade and Project Financing.

Subsequently, he joined an investment bank where he was first appointed senior vice president and later executive director for compliance, providing legal and regulatory advice to the bank.

David joined Temasek Polytechnic in 2013. In addition to technical expertise in Corporate and Banking laws, David brings with him a wealth of experience in the practical aspects of Corporate and Banking laws.

Tel : 67805896
Email: davidtan@tp.edu.sg


Jonathan Tan
Senior Lecturer

Jonathan Tan was called as a Barrister-at-Law in England and Wales and an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. He has over 18 years in legal practice in the areas of Civil and Criminal Litigation, Family Law, Property Law, Probate & Administration Law. Prior to joining Temasek Polytechnic as a fulltime lecturer, he was also an adjunct lecturer with Temasek Polytechnic teaching Civil Procedure.

One of the salient features of the Diploma in Law & Management programme, according to him, is that the training of our graduates is realistic and relevant for the needs of legal practice today. He sees his role as that of a mentor/trainer of future legal professionals, not just in the area of legal skills but also life skills.

In his free time, Jonathan enjoys listening to music, watching movies, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Tel: 67806983
Email: jonsltan@tp.edu.sg


Lim Poh Bee
Senior Lecturer

An Advocate and Solicitor of Singapore since 1977, she has been teaching young adults since 1985.

Her areas of professional interest are in teaching thinking, the use of Problem-Based Learning to teach, and the teaching of Language and Communication for Business and Legal Purposes. She has been a mentor lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic since 2002.

Tel: 67805840
Email: pohbee@tp.edu.sg


Pang Kin Woon
Senior Lecturer

Kin Woon graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws degree. After being called to the Singapore bar, he started his legal career as a corporate lawyer practising mainly in the area of Corporate Finance.

He subsequently joined a listed local company as in house legal counsel and was involved in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and joint venture work, as well as operational aspects of the business.

He later joined a European MNC where he was involved in regional legal work and was eventually appointed as General Counsel, ASEAN.

At Temasek Polytechnic, Kin Woon teaches Corporate Law subjects.

Tel : 67805841
Email: kinwoon@tp.edu.sg


Ankur Gupta
Lecturer

Ankur Gupta worked with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) where he was a legal counsel with the Registry of Trade Marks.

Prior to joining IPOS, he was a member of the Intellectual Property (IP) practice group of a large Singapore law firm, involved in IP trade mark prosecution, IP litigation and enforcement matters. His academic qualifications include LLM (IP and Technology Law) from the National University of Singapore.

He enjoys writing and has published articles on IP and other areas of law in legal periodicals. In his spare time, he likes to get outdoors with family and friends.

Tel : 67806288
Email: ankur@tp.edu.sg


Gayatri Shantharam Bhat
Lecturer

Gayatri completed her Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Law and Master’s Program in Business Administration (Marketing) in Pune, India. She joined Temasek Polytechnic in 2001 as a Senior Officer at the International Relations & Industry Services (IRIS) Department, in the Intellectual Property and Commercialization Centre working on Intellectual Property matters including copyright, patents, trademarks and contracts.

She joined Law & Management Diploma as a Lecturer in 2013 and teaches in the areas of Legal Aspects of Business and Intellectual Property.

Her areas of interest include homo sapiens, canis lupus familiaris and psychology. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading and dreaming.

Tel : 67804118
Email: gayatri@tp.edu.sg


Josephine Cheong
Lecturer

Josephine was an Advocate and Solicitor in private practice where she practised in the areas of Conveyancing and Corporate Law. She later joined the Legal Service as a legal officer at Housing & Development Board where she developed her expertise in Property Law.

Josephine then took the next few years to pursue her dream – bringing up her children. After doing her part for the nation, she returned to the workforce. She worked part-time in the Legal Department of Jurong Town Corporation, the major developer and manager of industrial estates, and also in private practice, before joining Temasek Polytechnic.

Her area of interest is in Conveyancing Law and Procedure. She loves music and food.

Tel: 67806286
Email: jocheong@tp.edu.sg


Moses J Danial
Lecturer

Moses J Danial holds an LL.B (Hons) from the University of London and an LL.M from the National University of Singapore. Before Joining Temasek Business School in 2009, he was at the Ministry of Manpower (Legal Services Department) as Prosecutor. He teaches criminal procedure & evidence, criminal law, commercial law, contract law and law of tort, with a focus on adult learners. He enjoys reading, swimming, jogging and astronomy.

Tel : 67806776
Email: moses@tp.edu.sg


Testimonials

Shannon Quek (Class of 2006) who graduated from University of Leicester School of Law with First Class Honours in 2011, credits TP’s Problem Based Learning approach for his ability to adjust and do well during his time at university.   

Benjamin Toh Zi Yi (Class of 2011) served his Student Internship Programme with eBay’s Asia Pacific Global Relations team, attended training and visited sellers in Shanghai in September 2010. Benjamin commented, “The chance to visit the eBay sellers and PayPal merchant in Shanghai was a great experience. It offered me a new perspective on e-commerce as well as on China as a growing economy. Through the interactions with the team, I learned more about their culture, working styles and social etiquette. Being a person who enjoys experiencing life in foreign lands, I found it especially enriching.”

Facilities

Student Internship Programme

Christine Anastasia Ess and Benjamin Toh Zi Yi (LAW class of 2011) served their Student Internship Programme (SIP) with eBay’s Asia Pacific Global Relations team. As part of their SIP, they attended training and visited eBay’s sellers and PayPal merchant in Shanghai in September 2010.

If you wish to find out more about Temasek Polytechnic School of Business’s Student Internship Programme, please click here.

Guest Speakers

Toh Han Li
Assistant Chief Executive (Legal & Enforcement)
Competition Commission of Singapore

Elaine Tan
Senior Assistant Director (Legal & Enforcement)
Competition Commission of Singapore

Serena Lim
Director
Bizibody Technology

Ng Yeow Khoon
Partner
KhattarWong

Magdalene Chew
Director
Asialegal LLC

Han Wah Teng
Associate Director
Nanyang Law LLC

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