In Malaysia, a certificate in legal practice (CLP) exam is one of the requirements for aspiring legal professionals. If you are about to take this test soon, here are some things you have to know:
You must fulfill certain criteria to be qualified as a candidate of the CLP examination. You may take the exam given that you hold a law degree conferred by the universities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and certain universities in Australia and New Zealand. If you are a UK Law Degree holder, you should have at least three credits at SPM or Malaysian Certificate of Education level. Aside from that, you shall have taken a recognized law degree in a minimum of three years of at least 12 law subjects.
Applicants should submit an application via the Legal Profession Qualifying Board (LPQB) portal. This is where you can upload the scanned copies of required documents, such as your ID card and proof of application for transcript you sent to your university.
Your examination will focus on five subjects: Civil Procedure, General Paper, Criminal Procedure, Professional Practice, and Evidence.
The CLP exam is done twice a year. The main examination takes place every July. The supplementary exam is held in October. You may register to sit for the supplementary exam given that you obtained a conditional pass. You are considered as a conditional passer if you failed one subject in the main exam. The LPQB only gives two attempts for a failed subject.
The results for the primary CLP exam are usually released in October. The list of passers and conditional passers can be viewed from the LPQB’s portal. Failed candidates may see their detailed results by logging into the portal.
The registration fee costs RM3,000 while the exam fees cost RM1,000. You have to pay the fees within 30 days after receiving a letter of offer from the CLP exam director. If you failed the subject after two attempts, but you are willing to repeat all five subjects, you have to pay another RM4,000.
Bookmark LQPB’s website or follow their social media pages to receive the latest news and announcements. The site contains all the relevant information regarding the CLP exam. Should you have further questions about the test, kindly check the board’s FAQs.