Some law students have lost their loved ones to Covid-19 and are severely affected. They cannot be expected to do well in their CLP exams.
IT is every parents dream to see their children grow and achieve their dreams. These include our aspring and young law students who slog it out to pass their exams before they are eligible to practise law in this country.
They study up to eight long years to be part of the legal fraternity. However, the road is long and arduos for our law students as they really have to prove themselves before they are able to join their peers.
But their endeavour is even more treacherous now with the onslaught of Covid-19. To backtrack a bit, all law students must sit and pass an exam called the CLP before they are allowed to practise law.
The CLP or Certificate in Legal Practice is a pre-requisite by the Legal Practice Qualifying Board (LPQB) which is under the purview of the Attorney General’s Chambers.
Law students must pass 5 subjects and are only given 4 attempts to pass the CLP before they become bonafide lawyers.
But the situation now is not the same with Covid-19 at our doorsteps. Passing the CLP is a huge challenge now as the lockdown has severely impacted the law students.
Some law undergraduates have lost their loved ones due to Covid-19. This has affected their focus, emotional and mental stability and well-being and even eroded their passion for the profession.
And despite all these tribulations, the LPQB continues to be high handed. The board is rubbing salt into the wounds of the bereaving students by not relaxing the rules.
They are not allowing candidates who failed 4 times to register again. Just look at the numbers.
In announcing the results recently, LPQB said out of the 1,656 students, only 25 % passed the 2020 CLP exams.
And for those who passed, none of them are in the first class category. In the books of LPQB, Covid-19 or not, all upcoming lawyers from overseas must sit for the CLP.
That is how draconian and iron-fisted the LPQB can be. Below are some rantings made by parents.
“The CLP is not making it easier for my son and my family,” said a parent who declined to be identified.
“My son spent 4 years doing the CLP and has exhausted all his attempts. He cannot attempt again,” said another parent.
“I hope LPQB will give candidates another registration in view of the pandemic,” said another parent.
“My son spent one year for A-levels, three years for his degree and four years on his CLP. All in all he spent 8 years to study law and yet he still can’t be a lawyer, said yet another parent.
Perhaps, the LPQB can bend backwards a bit and ease the rules. And this “only 4 attempts” ruling was only implemented recently.
LPQB changes the rules ever so frequently. What this means is that, the rules can be amended to coincide with the currently extenuating circumstances.
These are extraordinary times which requires extraordinary measures. Show a little compassion LPQB, have a heart. Have mercy on the young future lawyers.
Take the effort to be compassionate and help the young lawyers. They are after all, the future litigators of Malaysia.
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