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Q1: What are the subjects in the CLP Examination?

A: There are five (5) subjects in the CLP Examination as follows:

•  Civil Procedure

•  General Paper

•  Criminal Procedure

•  Professional Practice

•  Evidence

     Any application to be exempted from sitting for any of the abovementioned subjects shall not be allowed.

Q2: When is the CLP Examination held?

A: The CLP Examination is held twice a year; the Main Examination is held in July each year while the Supplementary Examination is in October.


Q3: When can a new candidate apply to sit for the CLP Examination?

A: Applications for new candidates are open in October each year.


Q4: What is the condition to be awarded the CLP?

A: Candidates must pass all five (5) subjects as abovementioned in one (1) and the same Main Examination. Candidates who fail one (1) subject in the Main Examination will be given a conditional pass and is able to repeat the subject in which the candidate failed in the Supplementary Examination. If the candidate passes the re-sitting of that one (1) subject in the Supplementary Examination, the candidate would then pass the CLP Examination. Candidates are allowed only two (2) attempts to re-sit the single paper in which they have failed.


Q5: How much is the Registration Fees for the CLP Examination?

A: The Registration Fees is RM3,000/-. The Examination Fees for a candidate sitting for the Main Examination (for 5 subjects) is RM1,000/-. Hence, the total amount of RM4,000/- must be paid within thirty (30) days from the date of the letter of offer issued by the Director of the CLP Examination to the candidate to register for the CLP Examination.


Q6: How much is the fees to be paid for repeating candidates?

A: A candidate who is repeating the CLP examination (i.e. all five (5) subjects) is required to pay the Examination Fees of RM1,000/- each time that he attempts to re-sit the CLP Examination up to a maximum of four (4) attempts (including the first Main Examination). A candidate who is repeating one (1) subject in the Supplementary Examination is required to pay RM500/-.


Q7: How is payment to be made?

A: The Office of the Board is in the midst of implementing an online application system and e-payment for the CLP Examination. In the meantime, payment can be made by the usual mode of a Bank Draft/ Banker's Cheque/ Cashier's Cheque in the name of “ Qualifying Board (PSAG) ” and crossed “ Account Payee Only ”.


Q8: What is the maximum number of attempts for the CLP?

A: Upon being registered as a candidate in the CLP Examination, a person is allowed four (4) attempts (including the first Main Examination) in the Examination. Re-sitting one (1) subject in a Supplementary Examination would be counted as one (1) attempt. A candidate who has exhausted all four (4) attempts can re-register for the CLP Examination on condition that the Registration Fees and Examination Fees amounting to RM4,000/- is paid again.


Q9: I have a law degree but am not a Malaysian citizen or a permanent resident of Malaysia. Am I eligible to apply to sit for the CLP Examination for purposes of being admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Malaysia?

A: No, you are not.
The admission of advocates and solicitors in Malaysia is governed by the Legal Profession Act 1976 [Act 166] ('LPA'; please see section 3 of the LPA, in particular, the definition of "qualified person"; Part II on the Board; and Part IIA on the Special Provisions Relating To Admission of Advocates and Solicitors which set out the requirements before a person can be admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Malaysia).

Firstly, there is the requirement of being a "qualified person". Section 11(1)(c), LPA requires that the "qualified person" must be either a Federal citizen or a permanent resident of Malaysia.

Currently, there are only two avenues by which foreign lawyers may practise in Malaysia, i.e. ad hoc admission by Court Order under section 18 of the LPA; or through a Special Admission Certificate issued by the Attorney General pursuant to section 28A, Part IIA, LPA. The conditions under sections 18 and 28A, LPA, and as established by case law on these provisions, have to be met.

Please note that amendments to the LPA to allow for liberalisation of the legal services (introduction of Qualified Foreign Law Firms; International Partnerships; and recruitment of foreign lawyers into local law firms) have been tabled in Parliament in April 2012.


Q10: I did not sit for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and the Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM). Am I eligible to take the CLP Examination?

A: There are other qualifications which are accepted as equivalent to the SPM and STPM. Please refer to the “New Guidelines”; “Clarification On Specific Areas In The New Guidelines” and “Guidelines For Recognition Of Australian And New Zealand Law Degrees”. Please note that for purposes of registration for the CLP Examination:

  • A holder of the Unified Examination Certificate also needs to have attained a minimum of 3 credits in SPM or O-Level OR 2 principal passes at STPM or A-Level.
  • The following Year 12 qualifications from Australia is accepted as equivalent to STPM:
    • Higher School Certificate, New South Wales
    • Victorian Certificate of Education
    • South Australian Certificate of Education
    • Queensland Certificate of Education
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education
    • Tasmanian Certificate of Education
    • Australian Capital Territory Year 12 Certificate
    • Northern Territory Certificate of Education
  • The New Zealand University Entrance Level 3 (which has replaced the New Zealand Bursaries Examination) is accepted as equivalent to STPM.


Q11: Is there any condition as to the subjects taken during the academic years of the law degree program before one is eligible to take the CLP Examination?

A: Yes, there is. Please see Rule D, Part I, “New Guidelines”; “Statement On Six Core Subjects” issued on 17 June 2005; and Rule 3, “Guidelines For Recognition Of Australian And New Zealand Law Degrees”.

 
Q12: I just graduated with a LL.B from ‘X' University. Is my law degree recognized for purposes of sitting for the CLP Examination?

A: The law degrees from universities and institutions which are recognized by the Board is as listed in the “ Press Release: New List of Recognized Law Degrees (LL.B) from the United Kingdom ” and “ Guidelines For Recognition Of Australian And New Zealand Law Degrees ”.


Q13: I have a combined/ joint degree from ‘Y' University in Australia. Is my degree recognized for purposes of sitting for the CLP Examination?

A: Please refer to Rule 5 on “Joint Degrees” in the “ Guidelines For Recognition Of Australian And New Zealand Law Degrees ”.


Q14: Is there a maximum period for completion of University Malaya's B.Juris program before one is allowed to sit for the CLP Examination?

A: Yes, there is. The maximum period is seven (7) years from the date that the candidate first registered for the B.Juris program until the date that the candidate is awarded the B.Juris degree.

 
Q15: Is there a maximum period for completion of the University of London (External) program before one is allowed to sit for the CLP Examination?

A: Yes, there is. Candidates must complete the LL.B external London degree within seven (7) years upon successful completion of the Intermediate Examination or a referral thereof.


Q16: I have a Third Class LL.B from the University of London (External). Can I register for the CLP Examination?

A: No, a person who has registered with the University of London (External) Law Degree Programme after 31 December 2001 is eligible to take the CLP Examination only if he has obtained at least a Second Class Lower law degree in that Programme. Please refer to the Press Release dated 26 December 2001.


Q17: When is the CLP Convocation held?

A: The CLP Convocation is usually held in March. Invitations to graduates are normally issued in February. Please check the Portal for announcements and updates regarding the Convocation.


Q18: I’ve heard that the CLP Examination will be replaced by a Common Bar Course (‘CBC’). When will the CBC be implemented?

A: The CBC Committee established by the Board is in the midst of drafting the course module, curriculum and manual that would meet the desired standards to equip law graduates with the relevant minimum legal skills required for practice. Since work is still in progress, announcements on the CBC will be made by the Board in due course.

 

 

 

 

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