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How to choose a legal firm for chambering?

February 13th, 2008 · 13 Comments

Sorry for not updating my blog for quite sometimes as I was away for Chinese New Year break.  

As mentioned in my previous post, chambering is a period where you must undergo before becoming a qualified lawyer.

The next issue is how do you choose a legal firm to do your chambering? What factors effect your decision in choosing the legal firm? How do you make a right decision? What kind of legal firm is more suitable for you?

Undeniable, I have the same queries in my mind at that point of time.

Below are some of the factors that you may want to take into account when making your decision:

1. Exposure – exposure is very important when you are in your young career stage. This will enable you to see the “clearer” picture of legal practise.

 2. Learning opportunity- this is in particular to the variation of aspect of laws that you can “learn” (or rather expose to) during this 9 months period. Too early to specialise or “compartmentalised” yourself in a single area of law is not too good. Don’t afraid to ask if the law firm can transfer you to different department (at least position you to litigation, conveyancing & corporate department) during your 9 months period as this is the best opportunity for you to see which area of law is most suitable to you.

3. Personal connection with lawyers/partners- some law firms do set a rules that only lawyers can give instruction to chambie, instead of the senior clerks. This is a very good policy I must say as you should have as much personal contact with the lawyers as possible. This is to ensure that you really learn from the right person.

4. Specialisation- if you already know what is the area of law that you want to focus and practice in future, you should apply to the firm which specialises in that area of law so that you will get the best exposure and learning experience.

5. Reputation - trust me, it is very helpful if you can attach to a reputable firm as it will be a very useful stepping stone in your career path. However, please be aware that reputable firm not always will give you the best learning opportunity. 

6. Remuneration – this should be the least priority in choosing your law firm.

The key factor is to “learn and learn”.

Join the firm which you think can give you the most learning opportunity as don’t forget you are still a pupil and your main “task” is to LEARN. 

I think there is nothing call the “best legal firm for chambering”, it is all depend on what you want out of it. 

Tags: Chambering

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 keeyit // Feb 14, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    happy valentine day..

  • 2 Edward // Feb 14, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day! :wink:

  • 3 Eddie Law // Feb 14, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Keeyit & Edward – Thanks. But this time my wife is not around, she is away to her mother’s place. so no valentine for me this year.

  • 4 serena // Feb 15, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    thanks for the post… going for chambering in 2 more years…

  • 5 Eddie Law // Feb 16, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Serena – you have any firm in mind, i.e. big or small or medium?

  • 6 serena // Feb 16, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    big firm, so that i can learn more… can i choose to do both litigation and conveyancing during my chambering?

    how about the attachement? should i choose a firm instead of high court? really have no idea about it, thanks!!!

  • 7 Michelle // Feb 17, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Interesting.
    What you call chambering, we call articling. You mentioned nine months? We have to article (articling clerk) for one year before you can be called to the bar. Anycone care to join me for a drink? ;-)

  • 8 Eddie Law // Feb 19, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Michelle – In this sense we are more lucky here as the “cheap labour” period is shorten in Malaysia compare to Canada. How much is an articling clerk getting per month in Canada?

  • 9 Michelle // Mar 3, 2008 at 12:17 am

    Sorry, Eddie, I just got back here and saw this. You need one of those features that a person can click to email follow up comments. ;-)

    Well, it’s been many moons since I’ve articled (would you believe over 15 years, wow!), but back then I was making $18,000 Cdn per year … so $1,500 per month. I have no idea what they pay now, although it will vary depending on the size of the law firm (I was at what would be considered a small to mid-size firm in my province, about 10 lawyers) and whether it’s urban or rural (I articled in the city). If I had to guess, would say maybe $24,000 Cdn per year now or $2,000 per month. But that’s pretty much a speculation.

    I hate to admit it but your reference to RMs means nothing to me. Can you translate that into Canadian or even American dollars? Thanks.

  • 10 Eddie Law // Mar 4, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Hi Michelle, thanks for your information. 100USD is now equivalent to RM350.

  • 11 UKM Elegant Law Night 2008 - Through The Shine of Justice // Apr 16, 2008 at 4:36 pm

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  • 12 Scott Allen // Dec 17, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I am researching the word; “chambering”.

    What is the origin of the word, “chambering”, in reference to it’s definition in your case; “law”?
    Or . . .
    How did the word, “chambering” become the term used in its reference to “law”?

    Thank you,

  • 13 Yee Fan // Oct 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Dear Eddie,

    Hie! Thnx for the sharing.
    I’m actualy seeing for a right firm to chamber.
    My personal preference would be doing both civil and criminal litigation. Mind to advice on any firm which suit the criterias mentioned in your passage?

    Thnx and good day!

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