KUALA LUMPUR: Institutions of
higher learning have been urged to review the
quality of their law courses following the drop
in the number of those who pass the Certificate
of Legal Practice (CLP).
The Raja Muda of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah
said they should not compromise quality for
quantity, especially in new intakes for law
He said there was an increasing gap between
the quantity and quality of law graduates, as
since 1994, the percentage of candidates who
passed the CLP examination was below 50%.
“The scenario calls for a review of the
quality of teachers, education, teacher-student
ratio and the quality of knowledge and skills
successfully provided to graduates,” Raja Nazrin
said during the 18th CLP convocation 2012 at
PWTC here yesterday.
He said that over the past three years, the
percentage of candidates who passed remained low
at 40% in 2010, 45% in 2011 and 41% last year.
Last year, 350 of 860 candidates passed the CLP
and were qualified to practice.
“As such, an analysis needs to be done among
the graduates who failed the CLP to find out how
many of the failed graduates came from local
institutions and how many from foreign
institutions,” he added.
Raja Nazrin also said the analysis had to
identify which local institutions had the
highest number of CLP failures.
Last year, the Bar Council did a study among
393 law firms to get feedback on the attitude,
skills and abilities considered important when
“Four factors were considered important by
the law firms – proficiency in English, both
oral and written, communication skills, legal
knowledge and commitment to the firm.
“The findings have to be taken
into consideration by the local institutions
which offer law courses to ensure the graduates
they produce have market value on par with those
graduating from institutions in other