ASSESSED MINI-PUPILLAGE/ ATTACHMENT
1 We are different from other firms, essentially we place much emphasis upon the mini-pupillage or attachment, as we call it in Malaysia. Normally a candidate will have to undertake an assessed mini-pupillage/ attachment with us before a candidate is officially being offered a place for pupillage.
2 At Alex Chang & Co, we regard assessed mini-pupillage as important both for the firm and for you. From the perspective of the pupils, they will be able to consider whether they would like to spend their pupillage with us, and hopefully, thereafter remain here as legal assistants.
2.1 Every firm has their own working style, ours is one that engages the intellectual side of the young minds and would like you, the pupil to have the opportunity to see that for yourself.
2.2 This opportunity will save you changing master after a short period, set out by an author in this short article.
3 We handpick pupils for assessed mini-pupillage; only those of whom we consider potential pupillage candidates. The candidates who demonstrate inter alia the following qualities which we think there are essential for a successful advocate:
3.1 A love for company law and litigation/ dispute resolution;
3.2 A keen eye for details;
3.3 Ability to present clear and persuasive arguments on a set of given facts and law under pressure;
3.4 Analytical & Dynamic thinking; and
3.5 Capable of understand, and show understanding of the needs and problems of those for whom and with whom they work;
3.6 An extremely good command of the English language.
3A From our point of view, we would like to know you, the pupillage candidates better. It will not be in either our interests or those applying to us that we make our decisions merely on the basis of an application form together with your curriculum vitae, and interaction at the interview. We think that a more detailed assessment is fairer to candidates.
4 Mini-pupillage enables candidates to have an insight of the work we do. Mini-pupils will be given opportunity to be exposed as follows:
4.1 Mini-pupils will be given a file to read;
4.2 be invited to present their opinion, thoughts or views with respect to the particular file which they have read;
4.3 be involved with on-going matters, for instance, to conduct research on certain issues;
4.4 to attend court together with counsel to witness the proceedings.
5 An assessed mini-pupillage normally involves pupils spending a week in the firm.
6 Given the importance we place on mini-pupillage, we encourage candidates to apply for (and if feasible undertake) an assessed mini-pupillage before making their pupillage application.
6.1 We accept the applications for assessed mini-pupillage for those who has completed their Certificate of Legal Practice or Bar or any equivalent qualifications.
7 Applications for an assessed mini-pupillage, should be made directly using the Application Form which can be found at the website of Alex Chang & Co at the column of Job Opportunity. A simple click on ‘submit’ will lead you to a great opportunity and open your perspective.
8 Come join us for a unique experience.
9 We offer some unassessed mini-pupillages for those who are at an earlier stage of their legal studies and who wish to consider practising as an advocate in our areas of expertise.
10 Again places are limited and we are only able to offer unassessed mini-pupillages to applicants who demonstrate exceptional qualities. We accept applications for unassessed mini-pupillages throughout the year on the application form available here.
LIM Soo Zee, Megan
Chair Pupils Selection Committee