A bachelor of laws (LL.B) takes three years to complete. After three years, you will either need to take the:
- Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) OR
- Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC, previously the Bar Vocational Course)
These professional qualifications are necessary only if you are interested in practicing law.
BPTC is the second stage of training to becoming a lawyer. This is taken over one year full time. BPTC aims to give students the skills required for a career at the Bar. It is primarily a practical course including plenty of advocay and role-playing, as well as exercises in drafting legal documents and writing opinions. Assessment takes several forms and vary between institutions.
CLP is a compulsory requirement for Bachelor of Law graduates conferred by universities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and certain universities in Australia and New Zealand before they can practice law. The Legal Profession Qualifying Board of Malaysia has listed down the universities, click here. Graduates of these universities/institutions can apply and sit and pass the CLP examination.
Other skills that are highly recommended include foreign languages (French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish), research and writing skills, the, overseas experience, a strong interest in practicing law in an international setting, and knowledge of the basic differences in the worlds’ legal systems as well as their political and cultural contexts.
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