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Passing the Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP)

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CLP Books. Excluding the Advocacy book. I got that for my own reading.

I’m blogging about this since i passed the Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) examination. Will share some tips and my thoughts on this course.

Firstly, as quoted by Office Parrots, “the CLP is notoriously hard to pass, and pass rates have fallen since its implementation in 1984. In 2013, only 40.81% of candidates passed the overall exams. The registration and examination fees are also steep, coming up to RM 4,000 per candidate, with an extra RM 500 for a re-sit in the Supplementary Exam. This, along with concerns of the quality of CLP courses, conspiracy theories about quotas and questions on the overall relevance of the CLP exams to qualify for practice has made many lawyers and students dissatisfied with the system.”

When i first started this Postgraduate course the one thing that i kept hearing about it was that there is a quota. As in, that only a certain number of people are allowed to pass. It gives you that impression that CLP is unfair. But what i can say about it, whether true or not, it does not matter. I highly doubt it is true. This is because from what i saw, after the first exam paper the number of people that came to sit for the next few papers decreased. So that already excludes quite a number of people from the passing list not because they sat for all the papers. At least this is my point of view.

Anyway, this course requires discipline and hard work.

It is a huge jump from your degree. Studying last minute is not going to help you here. There are a lot of things that you have to memorise. You also have to understand the concepts and procedures well. I would advise to start on making your own notes as soon as possible. It helps A LOT when exams are nearing.

Later on summarise your notes and make a summary of those summarised notes if you feel it is needed.

“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” – John Wooden

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out” – Robert Collier

I believe as long as you did your reading, really understand the procedures properly and made your own notes you will be fine.

Listen to your lecturers on how to answer the exams. Do not think you know it all.

Is it necessary to attend all classes? It depends on how you work. As for me, i choose which classes to attend. Most of the time i am doing my own reading and making my own notes. That is what i find works for me because just sitting in the classroom “listening” (tbh most of the time i am daydreaming @@) to the lecturer talk does not help me much as compare to doing my own reading most of the time. Only for subjects or topics i feel i need a better understanding on will i attend the classes for them.

However, i went for almost all the revision classes. Revision classes were REALLY helpful.

I wish you good luck and all the best if you are sitting for the CLP exams! 

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