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Job Description: 

Lawyers give clients legal advice on a wide variety of subjects (including litigation, Intellectual Property, Corporate Law, Legal Compliance, Data Privacy, Dispute Resolution and Contract Negotiation), draw up legal documents, represent clients before administrative boards or tribunals and plead cases or conduct prosecutions in courts of justice. Lawyers undertaking the role of an arbitrator, mediator, adjudicator on a part-time basis should be classified based on their full-time jobs, e.g. Judges or Lawyers. Law graduates undergoing pupilage are also classified here.


Tasks include:

  • giving clients legal advice on a wide variety of subjects and undertaking legal business on clients? behalf
  • researching legal principles, statutes and previous court decisions related to specific cases
  • gathering evidence to formulate a defence or to initiate legal actions, by such means as interviewing clients and witnesses to ascertain the facts of a case
  • evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments in preparation for presentation of cases
  • pleading clients? cases before courts of law, tribunals and administrative boards or instructing barristers to plead in higher courts of justice
  • accepting briefs and pleading in the higher court
  • acting as prosecutor on behalf of the Government in criminal cases
  • negotiating settlements in matters which involve legal disputes
  • drafting legislation and preparing government regulations based on existing laws
  • drawing up legal documents such as contracts, real estate transactions and wills and preparing statements of legal opinions
Additional Notes: 

This unit group includes

Public prosecutor
In-house legal counsel
Patent attorney
Trademark attorney

This unit group excludes

Judge (2612)
Legal clerk (4417)
Intellectual property strategist (2909)
Patent strategist (2909)
Patent agent (2909)
Trademark agent (2909)

Specific Occupations: 

Advocate/Solicitor (practising)

In-house legal counsel (except judiciary, ministries and statutory boards)

Other lawyers (eg prosecutors, legal counsel in ministries and statutory boards)

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Source: SINGAPORE STANDARD OCCUPATIONAL CLASSIFICATION 2015, Department of Statistics, Ministry of Trade & Industry, Republic of Singapore