PETALING JAYA: A special briefing will be held next week to prepare candidates for the Certificate in Legal Practice examination after recent media reports had questioned the low passing rate of 20% to 25%.
The two-hour preparatory session is being organised by the Legal Profession Qualifying Board (LPQB) for those sitting for the examination in October.
Some past and present candidates told FMT the briefing is the first time the board was organising such a session after the media had highlighted the low annual passing rate.
In a notice posted on the LPQB website, CLP director Salwani Abdullah said the session will be for two hours on Sept 24, its objective being to show the frequent mistakes made by past candidates when answering questions.
“This is to help CLP candidates answer the questions correctly. This session will be coordinated by the CLP team helped by a number of senior legal practitioners,” she said.
The CLP is the final step for holders of law degrees to determine whether they qualify to go into practice.
Candidates are allowed to take the examination for up to four times within five years, prompting critics to call for a revamp of the exam modules.
An estimated 2,000 candidates sign up for the CLP but only 20% to 25% pass the examination, going by the results of past years.
A law degree holder who would be sitting for the examination for the third time said although the session would only be for two hours, it was “something better than nothing.”
“It has been frustrating for many of us over the years. I am not sure if such a short session will help but I do hope to get some pointers. More importantly, there needs to be a revamp of the whole examination,” he told FMT.
FMT has sought comment from Salwani.