I am sure many of you are wondering why this society came into existence. A few months ago, it struck me that Singaporean law students in the United Kingdom had their interests promoted collectively through the UKSLSS. Those in Australia lacked a similarly representative body. I concluded, as many of you probably will too, that an organisation that strives to connect us with the legal scene in Singapore or better understand what is required to practise law in different jurisdictions will be helpful.
The Australian Singapore Law Student Society (AUSLSS) is aimed at achieving these goals, among others. Our Executive Committee, consisting of Anthony, Elaine, Elizabeth and myself, will work hard to keep the society moving forward.
Some of the initiatives we have planned include a bi-annual newsletter which will be published for the first time in April, dialogue and networking sessions with legal practitioners from firms and the Attorney-General’s Chambers and an Orientation programme for first-year law students. Our newsletter will showcase the vibrancy (with a dose of dry witty humour) of law students studying in Australia. As for the dialogue sessions, they will be held in different states to allow more members to benefit. An inaugural Legal Forum will also be held in July in Singapore. This Legal Forum will bring together several Singaporean and possibly Australian law firms for an informal Question and Answer session to resolve any doubts and provide members with networking opportunities.
We are also considering a Graduate Advisory scheme, which will allow Singaporean law graduates from Australia to advise members on career paths and other things you might be curious about. A comprehensive Careers Guide will also be published in the course of the year.
Further, University Representatives have been appointed in every University to aid us in these initiatives. Should you have any queries about anything, please feel free to consult them. They will also help to relay information and event invites over to you. Given that we are starting from scratch, we also welcome any ideas that you may have. Do drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, we will be happy to hear from you.
If you are keen to contribute to our newsletters or Career Guide, the Editorial Committee also welcomes articles and ideas from interested contributors on a variety of topics.
Let me take this opportunity to wish you all the best in your studies and hope to see you at our upcoming events!