Applying for admission to the Singapore Bar: the Mass Call
The mass call briefing and the actual mass call hearing
After you have filed your supplemental affidavit (and requested for a hearing), you should be assigned a hearing date. There is generally one admissions hearing a month, except for court vacation periods, and the dates are published on the Judiciary's website. That said, the mass call dates are generally only published about 2 months before the mass call (e.g. late May if the mass call is in the 3rd or 4th week of August).
About a week before the actual mass call, there will be a mass call briefing. This is an administrative briefing covering the procedure to be followed during the mass call itself. In 2022 and 2023, the mass call briefing was held in-person, at the Supreme Court Auditorium.
The mass call briefing is compulsory and the Courts are strict about this. There is no alternative briefing session and anyone who does not attend the briefing will be rescheduled for the next hearing.1 Accordingly, the likely date of the mass call briefing is something you will probably want to consider when planning your call break.
Although the briefing is scheduled to last an hour, it may not necessarily start on time, so it may be best to assume it may take up to 2 hours (e.g. 10am – 12pm).
Since there will likely be a large number of attendees (about 400 in 2023), you may also want to factor in some time to clear security and register prior to the briefing. For this reason, registration will probably commence more than an hour before the actual start time (e.g. 8.30am if the briefing is scheduled to begin at 10am), although there is no need to arrive that early — about 30 – 40 mins before the briefing begins will probably be quite comfortable.
Although the Courts do not appear to prescribe any particular attire for the briefing, the appropriate attire will probably be courtroom attire (i.e. the attire required for members of the public attending public hearings). White shirt and black jacket not required.
On the day of mass call, you will probably also want to arrive comfortably early and give yourself at least 45 minutes to clear security and register prior to the hearing — there will likely be other hearings that day and you may not be allowed to attend the hearing if you are late or fail to register before registration closes.
Conventionally, each applicant is allowed to invite two guests to the hearing. Although the hearing is notionally a public hearing (and not in camera), only guests with invites will be allowed in.
Do remember to bring:
- See the FAQs↩
- To sign the declaration you are required to make under r 30 and the First Schedule of the Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2011. Making this declaration is not technically a requirement for you to be admitted: Re Vikram Kumar Tiwary  SGHC 216.↩
- If you intend to do contentious work, you will probably want to purchase a set of robes, but otherwise you can probably borrow a set from your organisation, a friend, a colleague, etc.↩