Learning is best when put into practice.
As a first-year law student, I was totally clueless and doubtful about this profession. Hence, I decided to search for an internship in a law firm during my three months’ break. The golden opportunity given by Mr Alex Chang definitely made a memorable mark in my life and gave a clearer image of what my future pathway ought to be.
Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. – Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
Sometimes, I asked myself, “Is it worth spending my holidays in Alex Chang and Co (hereinafter referred to as “ACC”)? After my one-month long experience, I can firmly say that this was the most valuable time I spent ever since I entered the law school. It also drew a huge learning curve in my life along the way that I waded through the day-to-day operation in ACC. By putting theories that I gained from the law school into practice was a wondrous alternative way to learn and to delve into this profession.
As an intern in ACC, my daily task was basic office assistant work, such as preparing bundles, filing, printing, ran to the post office etc. Meanwhile, I was also given the opportunity to serve documents, visit courts, attend talks and also obverse clients’ meeting. I learnt to conduct research from my fellow colleagues and developed better researching skill which I am sure will be useful and beneficial.
Learning is an act of exploration
To me, the courts seemed to be mysterious. Thus I was enthusiastic at the opportunity to discover what lawyers and judges do in court. I visited the High Courts, the Sessions Courts, and the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya. I was truly fascinated with the manner the counsel acted in court. I was also impressed with the interaction between the judge and the counsel during a hearing in the High Court of KL. I would like to express my gratitude towards Miss Jess Pang for solving my doubts and questions regarding the proceedings.
Just keep taking chances and having fun. – Garth Brooks
One of the most unforgettable experience was the in-house mooting competition. Throughout the process, I developed the skills of drafting a submission, spotting legal issues in a case and the basic advocacy skills. I noticed that understanding the facts of a case thoroughly and the capability to pin point the correct issues were utmost important to win a case. Moreover, teamwork was crucial as we get to share our knowledge and opinions with each other to improve ourselves.
I appreciated the guidance and advices given by Mr Alex Chang, his legal assistant, Miss Jess Pang and his pupil, Mr Germaine Chan for leading us to the right direction throughout our preparation and also during the mooting session. Overall, it was a challenging yet fruitful experience.
Besides, I am glad that I had the opportunity to join the oral training session for the negotiation competition participated by the team from the University of Malaya. As Albert Einstein said, “The more I learn, the more I realise how much I don’t know.” This session not only expanded my knowledge especially on Company law, meanwhile it also broadened my perspective to see the bigger picture of a matter.
Apart from the hectic and hustling life, Mr Alex Chang had generously invited us for lunches and dinners. Other than that, Mr. Alex Chang also held a special farewell party for the attachment students who were leaving to pursue their studies in the universities.
Choose people who lift you up. – Michelle Obama
This journey helped me attained a remarkable growth in my interpersonal skills, including good communication skills, multi-tasking, team work and working towards achieving set goals, to mention but a few. I also learnt that it was important to listen to instructions and to follow accordingly. Moreover, self discipline was a key element towards success. I observed that life as a lawyer can be stressful as there were many deadlines and tasks one must deals with simultaneously and efficiently. It was momentous to complete task on time with precision. I found out that one should always be humble to listen, to learn new things and to learn from mistakes. I was pretty sure that my journey in ACC had brought me out from my comfort zone and furnished me to handle future encounters.
I could not possibly describe my gratitude towards the opportunities I had been given by Mr Chang. I gained more than expected. I would also like to express my gratitude towards my fellow colleagues for giving me a helping hand throughout my journey in ACC. I would like to thank Miss Jess Pang and Mr Germaine Chan for their guidance, patience, and advices.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Janice for guiding me step by step to familiarize the day-to-day operations and the mouth-watering lunches. To Miss Ivy, Miss Chow and Miss Elaine, it was a great pleasure working with all of you. To my fellow attachment students, Lau Yee Vonne, Tiew Yi Wen and Ong Wee Jet, thank you for sharing the funniest moments together and also lightened up my gloomy days. I believed ACC had equipped me with skills and experience that I will cherish throughout my entire life.
Lastly, I would like to quote Nishan Panwar, who said “be passionate about your life, learn to live without the fear of failing, take a chance, you just might surprise yourself.”
Chan Wei Li