...because they don't make lawyers like they used to..
Reported in The Star (Wednesday, Jan 16) that the Attorney-General and Bar Council have agreed to set up a
high-level task force to reform legal education because they are so concerned over the quality of law graduates.
Their grave concern, it said
“Both A-G Tan Sri (Abdul) Gani (Patail) and I are extremely concerned about the quality of law graduates,” council chairman Lim Chee Wee was quoted to have said.
It seems this stemmed fron the outcome of an employability
survey of new graduates and feedback from the Certificate in Legal
Practice (CLP) examiners and evaluators of three local universities .
A-G's view is also based on the examiners' and evaluators' feedback,
and because the A-G's Cham-bers is the largest employer of local
graduates,” he said in an interview with The Star.
Here's the rest of the report:
During his speech at the
Opening of the Legal Year on Saturday, he disclosed that they had agreed
to the setting up of a high-level task force to “review the state of
legal education in Malaysia, and to recommend how to raise standards to a
level of excellence”.
“Whilst the top local lawyers are as good
as, if not better than, those elsewhere in the region, the Bar is
concerned with the standard of the average lawyer, which is largely
dependent on the capability of the graduates from local and foreign
Gani is chairman of the Legal Profession
Qualifying Board which administers the CLP and Lim is a member by virtue
of his position as council chairman.
Asked whether the council
had expressed its concerns to the public and private universities
offering local and foreign law programmes before this, he replied: “We
have done so privately, not officially.”
Lim said most of the earlier meetings were about other concerns and the need to have a Common Bar Course (CBC).
“We will meet them specifically on this now.”
to whether the CLP would be abolished and the CBC introduced as the
sole line of entry to the legal profession, he said: “The task force
will work on a recognising institution for admission to the Bar.”
“The CBC is part of the solution but it needs to be examined further.”
On Jan 13, Sunday Star
reported the overall pass rate for the CLP had plunged from 94.79% at
its inception in 1984 to 40.81% last year, and that the survey showed a
gap between what law firms wanted and the new lawyers they were getting
and the wide disparity in the quality of the new entrants themselves.