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Course Overview

Paralegals play a vital role in the smooth running of law firms and legal departments. If you want to join the legal industry as a Paralegal, or are already working as a Paralegal, attending this course will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to perform your job effectively.

 

You will acquire theoretical knowledge of contract law, tort law, family law, company law and criminal law, and procedural skills such as civil and criminal procedures, conveyancing, and corporate secretarial practice. You will also be trained to run a law office and be introduced to legal technology. Temasek Polytechnic is the only polytechnic in Singapore that prepares working adults for a career in the legal industry.

Application/Entry Requirement

 

‘O’ Levels

At least 3 ‘O’ Level passes in the following subjects: 

English Language (EL1 or EL2) Grade 1 – 7

Any mathematics subject Grade 1 – 6

One other subject Grade 1 - 6

and 1 year of relevant working experience OR

Higher Nitec

GPA ≥ 2.0 OR

GPA ≥ 1.5 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR

Nitec

GPA ≥ 3.5 OR

GPA ≥ 3.0 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR

Higher Nitec in Technology/Services GPA ≥ 2.0 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR
Nitec in Technology/Services GPA ≥ 3.5 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR
WSQ Qualification Relevant WSQ Qualification with 1 year of relevant working experience and WSQ Workplace Literacy Statement of Attainment (SOA)(Level 6) AND Workplace Numeracy Statement of Attainment (SOA)(Level 6)
Without relevant academic qualifications At least 2 years of relevant working experience

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Who Should Attend

Participants working in the law office or legal department and those who wish to make law their career.

What You'll Learn

To be awarded the Diploma in Legal Executive Studies, participants are required to complete a total of 5 modular certificates (MCs). A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of each MC.

Subject Code Subject
BCLM001 Legal Communications Skills

This subject is designed to enable the learner to meet the needs of the legal profession in terms of communication skills. It will give learners an overview of what communication is and provide opportunity for the practice of effective communication in the legal context. The subject introduces skills for the acquisition of law related vocabulary and skills for case report and statutory reading. Students will also be trained to draft legal letters and legal opinions.

BCLM002 Legal Systems & Methods

This subject will introduce students to the system and structure under which the laws of Singapore operate. It will provide students with basic information of the structure and function of the judicial, legislative and executive arms of the Singapore government.

BCLM003 Law of Tort

This subject covers the common law and statutory principles governing the torts of negligence, trespass to persons, land and goods, defamation and nuisance and the respective defences and remedies provided under the law.

Subject Code Subject
BCLM004 Law of Real Property

This subject covers the basic land law concepts, the land registration systems in Singapore, commercial dealings in land as well as the different types of contracts for the sale of land and the law governing such transactions.

BCLM005 Law of Contract

This subject covers the fundamental common law principles of contract law and the relevant statutes. The topics to be covered include the formation of a valid contract and its terms, factors that may vitiate an enforceable contract, performance and discharge of a contract and the remedies available for a breach of contract. The specialised area of Law of Agency will also be looked into. Students will also learn the basic principles of drafting a contract.

BCLM011 Company Law

The students will learn about the concepts that define and characterise the company, as well as the structure, ownership and management of the company. They will also look at how a company is run and administered and the various relationships that exist amongst the parties within the company as well as how it deals with external parties. They will also learn how a company raises funds as well as the alternatives available to a company in crisis.

Subject Code Subject
BCLM039 Trusts & Advance Planning

This subject teaches the legal principles of trusts and the law relating to advance planning which includes succession, wills, lasting powers of attorney, mental capacity, advance medical directives and probate and administration of estates.  The subject will equip students with the skills to prepare legal documents pertaining to advance planning.

BCLM008 Family Law

This subject will cover the law relating to marriage, divorce, legitimacy, adoption, guardianship, maintenance and custody. Particular attention will be paid to the Women’s Charter and the case law which interprets the law in these areas.

BCLM006 Criminal Law

This subject will cover specific provisions of the Penal Code of Singapore. The defences set out in the Penal Code will also be explored and covered. It will also examine offences under other statutes such as the Misuse of Drugs Act, Prevention of Corruption Act, Computer Misuse Act, Immigration Act and the Road Traffic Act. The statutes as well as the case law will be examined in detail.

Subject Code Subject
BCLM010 Conveyancing Practice

This subject focuses on the conveyancing procedure relating to the sale and purchase of completed and uncompleted properties. It also includes the use of loans and Central Provident Fund Board savings in the financing of such purchases, and the procedure and security documents relevant to such transactions. Emphasis will also be placed on the drafting of relevant correspondence and of documents required in these transactions for lodgement at the Singapore Land Authority as well as the various types of searches, legal requisitions and requisitions on title.

BCLM007 Criminal Procedure

This subject covers the essential aspects of the work involved in criminal procedure from the perspective of the prosecution and the defence. Students will also gain practical knowledge in the drafting of documents needed in criminal matters.

BCLM040 Principles of Civil Litigation

The course will cover the litigation process, from the commencement of an action by Writ to enforcement of the judgment.  Besides the coverage of substantive legal principles underlying the procedures, the course will also offer hands-on training in the drafting of court documents.

Subject Code Subject
BCAF001 Accounting for Legal Executives

This subject provides an understanding of basic accounting concepts and processes, and their applications in businesses. It includes the double-entry system of bookkeeping, preparation of financial statements, accounting for cash as well as analysis of financial statements using ratios.  It also covers accounting for law firms in accordance with the Solicitors’ Accounts Rules.

BCLM013 Company Secretarial Practice

The subject will cover topics such as the functions of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA), the duties and qualifications of a Company Secretary, procedures for registering a company, procedures for convening different types of meetings, share registration and transfers, registers and statutory records, registration of charges and how to list a company.

BCLM014 Management of Law Office & Court Technology

The subject will touch on the following areas namely human resource management, workflow management, office automation, record and document management, the use of IT technology, leadership, organisational politics, marketing and legal ethics.  The students will be required to pick up the relevant concepts through lectures, seminar-based workshops, self-directed learning and project work which simulates a live office environment.

Modes of Assessment

 

  • Assignments
  • Class Tests
  • Projects
  • Written exams

Career Opportunities

Graduates can look forward to career opportunities in roles such as Paralegals, Legal Secretaries, Law Office Managers and Administrators.

Course Schedule

Intake Info Application Closing Date Course Duration

18 October 2021

03 May 2021 - 05 July 2021

2.5 Years

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Course Fees

Course Fees per Modular Certificate

Fee Type Course Fees
(w GST) 
SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents S$338.76
Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above S$327.42
Singapore Citizens aged below 40 S$500.76
Singapore Permanent Residents S$1,309.68
Others & Repeat Students  S$3,293.46

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Course fees payable is based on per MC.

Course fees will be reviewed by MOE on an annual basis and adjusted accordingly.

MOE subsidy will not be applicable for students who repeat a module or semester.

 

With effect from 1 Jul 2020, the Workforce Training Scheme (WTS) will be replaced by Work Support Scheme (WSS), for more information, please visit:

https://www.wsg.gov.sg/programmes-and-initiatives/workfare-skills-support-scheme-individuals.html

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