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Diploma in Law & Management (T09)

2018 Planned Intake: 100 JAE 2017 Last Aggregate Score: 13

Join the legal industry with TP Law & Management!

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.

For over 20 years, TP Law & Management has been the only polytechnic law diploma which equips students with the skills and knowledge for the legal industry.

 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

 

 Being a student in the only law related diploma in Singapore is an enriching experience. We not only learn about the law but we also learn more about ourselves through the hectic work schedules and groupwork. There is an emphasis on teamwork and effective communication, and we are taught to be more independent and disciplined. This helps to develop us into better persons while grooming us to be paralegals in the future.
—  Wong Zi Rui Russell
     Year 2
    LAW student

 

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.

 

 I graduated from TP in 2002. I joined Singapore Police Force as a junior officer. I served as a Neighbourhood Police Centre officer at Orchard NPC for 3 years. It was an eye opener to what seemed to be a “crime free” Singapore. The 3 years was an exhilarating part of my life as patrol was very exciting!
—  Nazima Huque - Nazima Huque, currently working as an Office Manager at a Law Firm.

 

 Upon graduation in May 2002, I joined Hoh Law Corporation as a paralegal. I was then promoted to manager of one of its branches after three years. As the branch manager, I was in charge of all the secretaries in my branch, and all related HR issues such as recruitment. As I wanted to upgrade myself and improve my career prospects, I then studied part-time and graduated with a degree in Management with Law awarded by the University of London through SIM University.
— Eleanor Lin worked as a paralegal and office manager in a law firm before obtaining a her degree. She is now General Counsel with an MNC.

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, SMU and SUSS. In terms of overseas universities, we have also seen our students shine in universities in Australia, UK, USA and 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.

 

 The education that I received at Temasek Polytechnic allowed me to put what I learnt into practice, and my practical experience has, in turn, enabled me to better appreciate what I am studying at law school now such as the rationale behind a certain legal position.
— Sara Yang worked as a paralegal and legal manager before taking on a Law degree at SUSS

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants must obtain 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus Points) and meet the minimum entry requirements of this course. CCA cannot be used to meet the minimum 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.

See also the minimum entry requirements for:

Course Structure

TP Fundamentals (TPFun) Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
BCS1011

In this subject, you will learn how to conduct research for relevant information and validate information sources. You will also learn to recognise and avoid plagiarism, and follow standard citation and referencing guidelines when presenting information. In the course of learning, you will be required to plan, prepare and present information appropriately in written and oral form. You will also be taught to consider the Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) when writing and delivering oral presentations.

12
BCS1012

In this subject, you will be taught how to conduct effective meetings while applying team communication strategies and the skills for documenting meeting notes. You will be required to write clear emails, using the appropriate format, language, tone and style for an audience. You will also be taught to communicate appropriately in and for an organisation when using various platforms. In all aspects, the principles of applying Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) will be covered.

12
BCS1013

In this subject, you will be taught how to use persuasive language in written documents. You will be required to use information to your advantage to verbally communicate and convince an audience about your idea, product or service. Skills such as persuasive vocabulary, language features, graphical illustrations, tone and style would also be covered. The Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) will also be applied when engaging in verbal and written communication.

12
GCC1001

This subject presents you with a panoramic view of current local and global issues, which may have long term implications for Singapore. You will learn to apply critical thinking tools to examine current issues, support your views with relevant research and up-to-date data, articulate an informed opinion and mature as civicminded individuals.

12
BIN1001

This subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised field or beyond.  You will first be introduced to the Design Thinking framework and learn how to develop problem statements and ideate solutions.  Next, you will discover the tools for prototyping and innovation, such as 3D printing and laser cutting at TP’s Makerspace+ facility.  In addition, commercial awareness will be imbued in you through the LEAN startup framework, idea crystallisation, prototype building, customer testing and validation, refinement of business model canvas, and crowdfunding/crowdsourcing avenues.    

12
LEA1011

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LEA1012

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LEA1013

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LSW1002

This subject will help you develop both the physical and technical skills in your chosen sports or fitness activities. Through a structured curriculum that facilitates group participation, practice sessions and mini competitions, you will learn to build lifelong skills such as resilience, leadership, communication and teamwork. Physical activity sessions will be supplemented by health-related topics to provide you with a holistic approach to healthy living.

12
MCR1001

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics. It aims to cultivate the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge to conduct yourself professionally, adapt and respond to the changing job market environment.

11
MCR1002

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics. It aims to cultivate the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge to conduct yourself professionally, adapt and respond to the changing job market environment.

11
MCR1003

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management.  It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success.  It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.  It aims to cultivate the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge to conduct yourself professionally, and to adapt and respond to the changing job market environment.

11
BGS1002

This subject provides essential skills and knowledge to prepare you for an overseas experience. You will examine the elements of culture and learn the key principles of cross-cultural communication. In addition, you will gain an appreciation and awareness of the political, economic, technological and social landscape to function effectively in a global environment.

13
BGS1003

You will examine your own identity, study different forms of diversity and apply strategies to inspire positive collaboration in a diverse workplace. Through a residential stay, you will have the opportunity to experience living and working with peers from different backgrounds.

13
BGS1004

This subject highlights the inter-connectedness of the world today, bringing about what it means to be a Global Citizen. You will gain an awareness of the impacts of globalisation and the concepts of social responsibility and sustainable community development. This subject also challenges you to be actively engaged in a social or environmental project.

13
BGS1005

Whether telling stories, building monuments or celebrating rites of passage, expressions of culture are at the core of cultural diversity. In this subject, everyday objects, artistic creations and popular culture are explored as ways of understanding the values and beliefs of a society. You will explain the role of cultural heritage stakeholders and learn to conduct cultural story-telling. By taking this subject, you will benefit by acquiring a greater understanding and appreciation of the complexities surrounding our cultural assets.

13
TGL1001

This is a subject where you will be free to pursue an area of interest through a self-directed approach, guided by staff. You will be expected to demonstrate a sense of curiosity for learning, initiate an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills, and reflect on your learning journey throughout the subject.

13
BSI3024

This 16-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 apply what you have learnt in the classrooms to actual work situations. This practical training also provides you with the opportunity to pick up concepts and skills that can only be acquired at the workplace.

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Diploma Subjects - Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
BAF1010

This subject provides you with an understanding of the core accounting principles underlying accounting practice; from the preparation of accounting entries to the financial statements of businesses. It also focuses on how various businesses report the results of their activities in the financial statements.

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/ manages in an organisation.

14
BBT1010

This subject covers fundamental computing and data analytics skills for businesses. A strong emphasis is placed in exposing students to office productivity tools which can aid in decision making as well as solving business problems through data manipulation, modelling and visualisation.

14
BEC1001

This subject provides you with 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 you with 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
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 and the Women’s Charter will also be dealt with.

14
BLM1002

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

14
BLM1006

The legal skills covered in this subject include statutory reading, legal case report reading, case summary writing, conducting client interviews, taking attendance notes, legal letter writing and drafting of legal opinions.

14
BLM1008

This subject introduces you to the concept of law and the legal system in Singapore. You will also learn about the respective roles and structures of the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary in Singapore.

14
BLM1009

This subject introduces you to important legal methodologies such as legal thinking, legal research, case reading and statutory interpretation.

14
BRM1005

This subject provides an understanding of the basic concepts and practices of modern marketing. It focuses on the marketing role and the tools utilised by marketers in developing the appropriate marketing mix for target market segments.

14
BLM2003

This subject introduces the law relating to the family in Singapore. Topics covered include marriage, divorce, the maintenance of wife and children, custody of children, family violence, division of matrimonial assets and the maintenance of parents. Close attention will be paid to the Women’s Charter and relevant cases.

24
BLM2004

This subject provides 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 also covers the major vitiating factors and the ways in which contracts can be terminated.

24
BLM2009

This subject provides 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.

23
BLM2010

This subject introduces 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.

24
BAF3004

This subject covers 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
BLM3006

This subject equips 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.

33
BLM3008

This subject covers the substantive law relating to main types of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and includes Law of Confidence, Law of Passing Off, Law of Copyright, Law of Trade Marks, Law of Patents and Law of Designs. You will receive a brief introduction to the registration processes for trademarks and patents and to civil and criminal enforcements. You will also be given an overview of the Law of Information Technology, with reference to the Computer Misuse Act.

34
BLM3013

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

33
BLM3017

This subject deals with the procedure in respect of criminal matters, from arrest to criminal litigation and appeal. It covers 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.

34
BLM3018

This subject will cover most aspects of running and managing a law office including the management of human resources, the office environment, work flow management, office automation, record and document management, logistical support, electronic filing and litigation support systems.

34
BLM3019

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

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Graduation Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average min 1.0
TP Fundamentals Subjects 36 credit units
Diploma Subjects
- Core Subjects


84 credit units

Total Credit Units Completed min 120 credit units

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


 

Cynthia Rodrigo
Section Head

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


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


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


Moses J Danial
Senior 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


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


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