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After Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP), where to Chamber?

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asked on Sep 27, 2001 at 19:17
by   sarah
edited on Mar 23, 2016 at 09:28
 
Any one can help? I've just received my Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) results and I'm looking for a place to Chamber. Any advice on which firms I should go for? Please share, I will really appreciate it.

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answered on Oct 10, 2001 at 04:14
by   LordDenning
Go to the the Bar council at Jalan Raja, KL.

They will have a list of firms requesting chambering students. Call the State Bar i.e. Selangor Bar or the KL Bar. The numbers are with the Bar Council.

They will help u.

As a chambering student expect the following;

1. Monthly allowance of RM300 max.
2. A lot of work and running around.
3. Attend court before 8:30 am and leave office after 7:00 pm.
4. Work under a busy and stressful master/boss.
5. Need to be proactive. Master will not tell u what to do. U have to find out yourself. Just settle the problem in anyway you know how. He don't care how.
6. Endless scolding from your master, your office clerk, office-boy, court staff, judges, government office staff and even your firm's client.
7. No Thank you for job done. Don't expect it.

So, are you ready to chamber now. The above may not ALL be true but it may be the thing you will face later.
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answered on Feb 26, 2002 at 05:47
by   Former Chambie
RM300 is a bit too low for an allowance. Expect somewhere between RM300 to as high as RM1000, depending on your master, the firm, the work expected, etc. Usually it should be around RM700 or RM750. Just thank your master if you get any more than that or just shut uo if any less. It's not the money.

As to where to chamber, take my advice. You can choose between a BIG firm or a SMALL firm. The thing about big firms is you are supposedly exposed to more stuff but may not be so and small firms aren't that bad. Get exposure from both litigation and conveyancing matters, unless you're dead sure as to what you want to do then go for the firm that gives you what you want. Always ask if there are employment opportunities, just in case you might want to work as a lawyer after chambering's over. Go for a nice environment, chamber somewhere near the courts or at least near the LRTs and if you have your own car, somewhere where you can actually park your cars.

I didn't get much exposure in higher courts when I was chambering but from what i gather, it won't be all scoldings. Be nice to people and people are actually less fierce to you. The best time I would say is doing legal aid. Choose the one you will like and get out of the office as often as possible.

And always remember, your master (firm) is supposed to pay for all the chambering costs so to speak, though some may refuse to pay for some small or big fees. I was lucky; my master taught me nothing but he actually lets go out as and when I like and pays for everything, without a question.

But hey, learning is much important. To those who says you can learn everything in 9 months, that's plain b.s At the end of 9 months, I have wished my chambering period was another 9 months longer. I was as clueless as when I first began, though I did learn some but not enough.

Remember, learning first, money later. So be ready to leave your office at 9pm almost every night.
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answered on Jul 2, 2004 at 06:27
by   Pupil Masters
edited Mar 23, 2016 at 09:30
 
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answered on Jul 2, 2004 at 19:54
by   Unni
Sarah,

go through a list of firms you believe will suit your needs. Chambering is important because it also creates the first and most lasting impression on you on the profession. Be cautious about chambering in firms that do not have depth. Avoid specialist firms and those where reliance on turnover is all that matters. Ask some questionsof people who work there. Then shortlist and go for the ones you believe is best. Your future is likely to be moulded by your master.
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answered on Jul 8, 2004 at 02:56
by   goddess
edited Mar 23, 2016 at 09:35
 
Read all the responses, and some of them seem quite scary. Although i have heard of some horror stories, I don't think chambering life need be so bad. It all depends on lots of luck, and quite a bit of the right attitude but if you ask me, the best place to chamber depends on what you want from your chambering period.

I chambered in one of the largest firms around, and life pretty easy. Lots of photocopying and research, some bag carrying, lots of fellow chambies (so you are part of a clique), and pretty lax supervision, so you get to go for all the sales.

My buddies chambered in one man shows, and did everything. By the end of the 9 months, my buddies could have opened up their own firms ... but they were pretty tortured by the end of it.

Now I have chambering students of my own, and i find that if you want to learn, you should probably choose a firm where there are at least 2 lawyers, where they do a variety of work. If you go to firms that only do banking litigation or runner matters, at the end of the 9 months, you won't have learned anything about anything...

Also take note that the best of firms cannot teach you all you need to know if you don't want to learn.

Moral of the story: Decide what you want from your 9 months, and lots of luck....
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answered on Jan 11, 2018 at 23:50
by   Anonymous
Dear all, I wish to change my career path to legal industry and will start my course soon. Any advice if I should do this or I should not change my career path? I have read all the comments above and was like, omg..am I really ready? I have been in my current industry for ample years..
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