IP & Technology LLM


abkhwaja

Hey everyone..
I have applied to the LLM in IP and Technology program at NUS for 2009. Is there anyone here who can share some information about the job market for this specialization in Singapore? I am an international student (from Pakistan) and would GREATLY appreciate any advice / information on on this topic..

Thanks !

Hey everyone..
I have applied to the LLM in IP and Technology program at NUS for 2009. Is there anyone here who can share some information about the job market for this specialization in Singapore? I am an international student (from Pakistan) and would GREATLY appreciate any advice / information on on this topic..

Thanks !
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Before answering your query on the job market, let me congratulate you on your admission to this course. It is a very interesting and intellectually challenging course. The faculty and facilities in the university are absolutely top notch.

Coming to the job market. The overall job market in Singapore (and across much of the world) is very depressed at the moment. Finding a job is a quite a challenge in the present circumstances. "Impossible" is too strong a word but I would not hesitate to use those words.

I finished my LLM a couple of years ago. All my batchmates found jobs in Singapore after completing their LLM. However none of them was able to find work in the field of IP & Technology.

This is because of two factors - 1) If your LLB is not from Singapore (or a few Universities in the US/UK/Australia), you cannot be called to the Singapore Bar (even after your NUS LLM). 2) The volume of IP work in Singapore is not very high..atleast not at the moment.

Very few firms find it justifiable to employ non-Singapore qualified lawyers in IP practice, atleast at the entry level
(less then 4 yrs PQE).

The situation may change in 4-5 years as the government has been emphasizing heavily on R&D spending.

Hope this answer helps.


Before answering your query on the job market, let me congratulate you on your admission to this course. It is a very interesting and intellectually challenging course. The faculty and facilities in the university are absolutely top notch.

Coming to the job market. The overall job market in Singapore (and across much of the world) is very depressed at the moment. Finding a job is a quite a challenge in the present circumstances. "Impossible" is too strong a word but I would not hesitate to use those words.

I finished my LLM a couple of years ago. All my batchmates found jobs in Singapore after completing their LLM. However none of them was able to find work in the field of IP & Technology.

This is because of two factors - 1) If your LLB is not from Singapore (or a few Universities in the US/UK/Australia), you cannot be called to the Singapore Bar (even after your NUS LLM). 2) The volume of IP work in Singapore is not very high..atleast not at the moment.

Very few firms find it justifiable to employ non-Singapore qualified lawyers in IP practice, atleast at the entry level
(less then 4 yrs PQE).

The situation may change in 4-5 years as the government has been emphasizing heavily on R&D spending.

Hope this answer helps.

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