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Law jobs in Malaysia

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GradMalaysia- Law

Includes detailed overviews of areas of law, A-Z of law firms, including how to apply for jobs, case studies, advice from senior partners, training and qualifying to become a lawyer in Malaysia, and much more.

Sector Overview
Qualifying to become a lawyer in Malaysia
The Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP)
  • The CLP is a compulsory examination for holders of law degrees from selected universities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand – as well as local private universities in Malaysia and Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)
  • The CLP must be passed before a law graduate may be allowed to undergo pupillage with a Malaysian
  • Law graduates of local public universities need not sit for professional examinations, as components of the examination are included in their degree studies.
  • For further information on the CLP see The Malaysian Bar website
Pupilage/Chambering

Peninsular Malaysia

  • Compulsory nine-month term of ‘pupilage’

Sabah and Sarawak

  • A law graduate must be admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak.
  • compulsory twelve-month term of ‘pupillage’,
  • In addition, the applicant must meet specific criteria stipulated by the Advocates Ordinance of Sabah and Advocates Ordinance of Sarawak. These include:
    • Must have a connection to Sabah or Sarawak – eg born in Sabah or Sarawak, married to a person born in Sabah or Sarawak, or lived continuously in Sabah or Sarawak for five or more years
    • Must currently be domiciled in Sabah or Sarawak
    • Must serve a pupillage of three to six months in Sabah or Sarawak (for those intending to practise in Sabah, a six-month pupillage in Sabah is mandatory).
  • For more information, refer to the websites of the State Attorneys-General of Sabah and Sarawak
Advice
Vacancy Source
  • Legal Firm websites - Many law graduates apply to firms directly. GRADMalaysia Law Directory has an A-Z of company profiles, including details of how to apply.
  • The Malaysian Bar
    - includes junior lawyer roles, legal assistant and paralegal, as well as more experienced roles.
  • E-Lawyer.com Malaysia
    - includes good search facility allowing you to search by level e.g. ‘chambering student’
  • JobStreet.com Malaysia
    - allows you to search for entry level roles
  • Recruit.Net
    – covers range of jobs, at admin, entry and experienced levels.
  • Legal Labs
    – generally more experienced roles, though some at graduate and admin level.
  • See also general vacancy sources on the General Information page.
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