Once qualified, lawyers often specialize in one legal area such as family, litigation, property or tax. Lawyers working in commercial law firms advise large corporate clients on transactions or cases. They might draft the contracts for the construction of a new shopping centre or advise on the merger of one FTSE 100 company with another.
The Job Scope
- Giving legal advice
- Researching cases and legislation
- Drafting legal documents
- liaising with clients and other professionals such as barristers
- representing clients in court.
Good interpersonal skills
Written and oral communication skills
CLP Malaysia requirements
If your Bachelor of Laws does not include a professional year, you will need to complete a professional law exam called the Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) to qualify as an advocate and solicitor in Malaysia.
To qualify for the CLP exam, you need to meet the following requirements:
- Minimum of 3Cs in SPM (or equivalent), and
- Minimum of 2Es in A-Level or 2Cs in STPM (or equivalent), and
- A recognized 3-year Law Degree with passes in 6 core subjects and graduated within 6 years of initial registration with the university
From 2021 onwards, the LPQB has increased its requirements for the CLP:
- Minimum of 5Cs in SPM (or equivalent), and
- Two principal passes in STPM or equivalent (i.e. minimum of 2Es in A-Level; or 2Cs in STPM; or 2Bs in UEC; or pass in Foundation in Law / Arts / Science), and
- A recognized 3-year Law Degree
Degree in Law
A-LevelMinimum of 2Es
STPMMinimum of 2Cs
Australian MatriculationMinimum of ATAR 50
Foundation in Law, Arts or ScienceMinimum CGPA of 2.00
DiplomaMinimum CGPA of 2.00
UECMinimum of 5Bs
- Minimum of 5Cs in SPM or equivalent
- Minimum of C in Bahasa Melayu at SPM level (or credit in “Malay” or “Malay as a Second Language” at ICGSE) to be exempted from the Bahasa Malaysia Qualifying Examination
- MUET Band 4 or IELTS Band 6.0
On top of that, you may also need to meet these additional requirements:
Diploma in Law
SPM (or equivalent)Minimum 3Cs
An entry-level Lawyer with less than 1-year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of RM 39,000 or RM 3,250 a month. An early career Lawyer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of RM 45,000 based or RM 3,750 a month.
A mid-career lawyer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of RM 92,260 or RM 7,688 a month.