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Reconsideration of CLP Examinations Rules

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To the Honourable Director of LPQB,

We write on behalf of the undersigned group of students and concerned individials with regards to the requirements of the Certificate of Legal Practice Examinations (CLPE).

As we all know, the CLPE is one of the most crucial examination a graduate of a foreign law degree need to sit for and pass in order to practice as advocates and solicitors in Malaysia. We also understand that the Board need to ensure that only qualified candidates and only those who are of calibre be allowed to enter the profession. We have high regards for this noble endeavour that the Board facilitates.

The purpose of this letter is not to request for easing nor the dispensing with the CLPE itself. While we hope there are always continuing efforts to improve the CLPE but in the meantime, we plead to the LPQB Board to reconsider certain rules surrounding the CLPE.

We appeal to the board to

  • allow candidates to bring in relevant statutes for all the various subjects (ie the LPA 1976 among others)
  • allow candidates to highlight or underline their statutes. In real life situations, statutes would be readily at hand with important key words underlined or highlighted to increase speed and efficiency. The CLPE prepares students for real world practice and this minor allowance, we seek, would in no way affect the quality of the entrants, but only to achieve efficiency.
  • reconsider the requirement of resits of papers which the candidates have passed and only to re-sit those failed. This would be in line with other entrance examinations conducted by other professional bodies in Malaysia.
  • to reconsider the limited tries imposed on candidates for resitting the examinations. Determination is a positive trait. If a candidate has the determination to succeed and not to give up, such an attitude ought to be lauded and not discouraged.

We hope the Board would seriously consider our appeal and we hope that one day we will be able to lend our services and contribute to this noble profession.

Thank you.


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