AG: Board okays UEC holders to sit for Certificate in Legal Practice Examination

Legal Profession Qualifying Board chairman Tommy Thomas, who is also attorney-general.

PETALING JAYA: The Legal Profession Qualifying Board has decided to allow the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) holders to sit for the Certificate in Legal Practice Examination (CLPE) from 2021.

In a statement, board chairman Tommy Thomas said it would accept the UEC qualification at Senior Middle 3 of being equivalent to the Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia for the purposes of eligibility to sit for the CLPE.

He said the board at its meeting early this month also imposed a host of other conditions for candidates to be eligible to sit for the CLPE.

Thomas, who is also the attorney-general, said a review exercise was conducted in response to representations from numerous quarters, which included obtaining information from several universities in the United Kingdom, about their acceptance of the UEC as an entry qualification for their LLB (Hons) degree programmes.

He said the board also obtained clarification from the United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) about the standard of the UEC qualifications and its general acceptance as an entry qualification for university degree programmes.

“We also took into account the effect of the previous decision on UEC qualification holders who were already enrolled on LLB programmes when its announcement was made on June 5 last year,” he said.

He said all other requirements contained in the “New guidelines on qualifications and requirements to qualify to sit for the Malaysian Certificate In Legal Practice (CLP) Examination (for law degrees from the United Kingdom)” and “Guidelines on qualifications and requirements for recognition of holders of Australian and New Zealand law degrees to become ‘qualified persons’ under the Legal Profession Act (LPA) 1976″ shall continue to be applicable.

The board, established under the LPA, is the authority to determine the standard and qualification before lawyers can be admitted to the Bar.