Govt looking at replacing CLP with common bar course

Law Minister Liew Vui Keong wants some time to study a previous proposal.

SHAH ALAM: Law Minister Liew Vui Keong said the government is considering the possibility of replacing the Certificate of Legal Practice (CLP) examination with a common bar course.

Liew said concerns had been expressed by both local and foreign law students about the CLP and that a review had been conducted by the previous administration.

“Just give me time, it is under my purview and I’m looking into the proposal made previously,” said Liew.

He was replying to a question by a law student at a packed townhall session on the abolishment of the death penalty at University Teknologi Mara Shah Alam today.

Later, Liew told the press that many students who sat for the CLP exam found it hard to pass.

“They want to have a common bar course where they probably don’t have to sit for an exam but have to go through various courses set up by the Bar Council and also training courses by the relevant bodies.

“It is like an entry point for all who seek to become a lawyer. Once they satisfy the entry requirements, they can practice in a court of law,” Liew added.

Over the years, lawyers have been pushing the government to introduce a common bar course for all local and foreign graduates who intend to practice law.

Alternatively, they said, if the government was not ready for the course, it should not limit law students taking the Certificate of Legal Practice (CLP) exam to four attempts only, as is the current practice.