Monday, October 30, 2006

CLP: The World's Best Kept Secret and Toughest Exam?

Apparently, there were many letters published in the MSM and the alternative media on this CLP controversy recently. Take this letter by Julian Puvenaswaran to MKini, for example:

And the latest letter, from theSun, today:

Elusive pass mark for law exam

IT was once thought that the process of appointing the leader of the Roman Catholic Church was one of the best kept secrets in the world. However, through time and people's pressing curiosity, the Church had slowly painted us a picture as to what goes on behind closed doors upon the demise of a Pope.

In Malaysia, one need not travel far to discover another best kept secret, that is, the mystery surrounding the Legal Qualifying Board Examination, more popularly referred to as the Certificate in Legal Practice or the CLP Examination.

To the uninitiated, upon a foreign law graduate passing this examination, he/she is able to practise in Malaysia as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.

I am a foreign law graduate who will be sitting for the CLP Examination for the third time next year. For the last two sittings, I consistently failed the same paper(s). Now that I am about to embark on this whole daunting and depressing process for the third time, I am still unaware as to what led me to fail the same paper twice.

My question to the Director of the Legal Qualifying Board is simple: Why the secrecy?

Why does the CLP Board find it unfathomable or difficult to do what is obvious and logically right? Don't they realise that by attaching the examiner's report to our result transcript, we are able to see where we went wrong in our answering methodology?

Probably we are not addressing the rel evant issue or that we lack the necessary skills in properly gauging the questions in the paper. But we will never know unless we can see the examiner's report, and we will foolishly keep making the same mistakes over and over again.

A lot of my peers are sitting for the exams for the third, fourth, fifth and even the sixth time. Why? Because of the passion in them in wanting to practise as a lawyer. I share a similar passion and having to face this absurd exam after completing my law degree is extremely frustrating.

How is it even remotely possible for as many as 90% of the CLP students to fail the examination this year? From such a startling statistic, are we to deduce that we aren't as smart or as intelligent as our peers in the government universities, who seem to be exiting the local universities as lawyers in such large numbers? One can't help but wonder what is truly going on.

What surprises me the most is the Bar Council's silence in all of this. As future lawyers, we hope that the Bar Council would not keep mute at a time when their voice could matter the most. I urge the practitioners and members of the council to step up and help us gain admittance into this prestigious field of study. We hope the President of the Bar Council will be our "Datuk Michael Chong" in our time of crisis.

Clearly our polluted air is not the only hazy problem that is plaguing our country.

Alex Kuala Lumpur

But spin-miester, The Star, would beg to differ. Look at what a former LLB lecturer, who co-incidentally (or pre-planned?) is the Negeri Sembilan MIC chief, had to say:


To quote:

“There is no quota. None at all. There has been no need for that. The truth of the matter is, those who fail just do not deserve to pass. They (candidates) are just not good enough,” the sources said.

So, are you telling me that all the lawyers mainly graduated from foreign unis who sat for the test are lazy and stupid?

Malaysia, Truly Quota and Kulitfication?

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CastWriter86 said...

and now, even local LL.B graduates from a government university need to do the CLP.


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