The Law Society was established under the Legal Profession Act in 1967. It carries out various statutory functions, including:
- maintaining and improving the standards of conduct and learning of the legal profession in Singapore;
- facilitating the acquisition of legal knowledge by members of the legal profession ;
- representing, protecting and assisting members of the legal profession in Singapore; promoting in any manner the Society thinks fit the interests of the legal profession in Singapore; and
- protecting and assisting the public in all matters ancillary or incidental to the law.
Every Singapore lawyer who has in force a practising certificate is automatically a member of the Law Society. Certain categories of foreign lawyers registered with the Legal Services Regulatory Authority are also automatically members of the Law Society.
The mission of the Law Society is to serve its members and the public by sustaining an independent bar which upholds the rule of law and ensures access to justice. As part of its mission in ensuring access to justice for the needy, the Law Society has established a Pro Bono Services Office.
The Council of the Law Society, which consist of statutory members and elected members, manages the affairs of the Law Society and ensures the proper performance of its functions under the Act.