Vacancy for Three Weeks Only
As an A-Level student from Advance Tertiary College (ATC), I was offered an opportunity to undergo an attachment/ internship/ mini pupillage at Alex Chang & Co., Mr Chang told me during the interview he had one vacancy for three weeks only.
Through this short journey, I experienced the working lives of lawyers. I have been through a lot and at the same time, I gained a lot which I would not have, had I not been here.
First and foremost, I am grateful for the opportunities which were bestowed upon me such as the many visits to the Kuala Lumpur High Court. The High Court of Malaya, which I heard so much about, was a brand new encounter. The most valuable episode was the time when I was granted leave to observe the way counsel address the Court in an actual hearing. I was also able to witness how Mr Chang moved the admission proceedings (long call) of the newly admitted Advocates and Solicitors.
These eye opening experiences will be cherished as a stepping stone toward wisdom and success.
Legal Research Skills
Furthermore, these short weeks allowed me to hone my skills on legal research and article writing, which are the tools of the trade for lawyers.
Moot Court Program
I would say that, perhaps the most exciting moment for me throughout my days in Alex Chang & Co is the in-house mooting competition conducted by Mr. Alex Chang and his legal assistants (associates). I was able to enhance my skills on the understanding the facts of a case thoroughly, spotting the legal issues involved, drafting a submission and to experience the surreal feeling of representing my clients in a solemn courtroom setting. My partner, a year three university student/ international mooter and I had been diligently reading the bundles as well as preparing for the moot for a few weeks, but the fulfilment we derived from the experience is another story altogether.
Last but not least, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to my beloved colleagues who have worked with me, and the care they have showered me during my days here. I feel safe to declare that there are few legal firms out there where everyone would gather around to have a delicious lunch every afternoon, prepared by the talented Ms. Janice Wong.
The colleagues willing lent their helping hands to each other and that tops the reasons why I feel happy working at Alex Chang & Co.
During the three weeks as an A-level student, I have experienced so much more than my peers and it had opened my eyes and my mind to see the working lifestyle which enabled me to decide whether or not I should pursue a law degree . No words can describe how grateful I am towards this firm, for presenting me this rare opportunity and the seniors who have taught me so much.