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WHAT IS CLP AND HOW CAN I APPLY TO SIT FOR THE EXAMINATION ?
CLP is the abbreviation for Certificate in Legal Practice. It is one of those qualifications entitling the holder to become a "Qualified Person". Holders of LL.B. degrees conferred by the university in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and certain universities in Australia and New Zealand are eligible to apply to sit for the CLP examination.
The examination is conducted by the Board by virtue of section 5(e) of the Legal Profession Act 1976 (the Act) once a year. The examination is headed by the Director of Examinations appointed by the Board.
Candidates are examined on the following subjects :
The Board has set certain guidelines on qualifications and requirements for holders of LL.B. degrees from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to qualify to sit for the CLP examination.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO QUALIFY TO SIT FOR THE CLP ?
In the past, the requirements to qualify to sit for the Malaysian CLP Examination as set by the Legal Profession Qualifying Board of Malaysia had been the same as imposed by the Council of Legal Education (CLE) in England for the Bar Finals Examinations there. The only other criteria not followed by the Legal Profession Qualifying Board was the minimum requirement of a second class lower division honors degree (2.2).
All matters pertaining to the qualification and requirements for admission to the Bar in Malaysia are governed by the provisions under the Legal Profession Act 1976 (the Act). To be eligible for admission, a candidate must satisfy all requirements as are provided in the Act which may be broadly categorized as :
As to the academic requirements, this is satisfied if a candidate can show that he or she is a "Qualified Person" within the meaning of section 3 of the Act.
Such person must then satisfy the practical and formal requirements before he or she may petition for admission.
The requirements imposed by both bodies are closely knitted and necessary in so far as the needs of the respective countries are concerned.
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In the Malaysia context, and in view of the recent trends and practices, the Legal Profession Qualifying Board feels that it has to specify its own requirements in order to conform to the new Malaysian needs. Therefore, the Qualifying Board has decided to introduce new guidelines to reflect these needs.
Please note that these guidelines are not intended to bar any person to acquire a law degree from any institution of their choice. However, in order for the Legal Profession Qualifying Board to achieve and maintain the required standard for admission into the Malaysian Bar, the new guidelines have become necessary and have to be satisfied by all candidates holding LL.B. or equivalent degrees from
before they are deemed eligible to sit for the CLP Examination with the view of admission to the Malaysian Bar.
The new guidelines for holders of LL.B. degrees from universities in the United Kingdom was announced in March 1995, subsequently the new guidelines on the academic requirements for holders of Australian and New Zealand law degrees in April 1998.