My first ever experience working in a law firm

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Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” — Theodore Roosevelt
My first ever experience working in a law firm. Though short, worth it.
First of all, working in Alex Chang & Co really brought me out of my comfort zone. As the firm is located in the heart of KL, despite the distance, I travelled by public transport (LRT) for 1 hour 30 mins every day to get here. It isn’t as bad as I thought as I slowly get used to it.
I have been told stories by my peers and colleagues that working in a law firm can be hectic and stressful, for example, pupils will have to handle their master’s bad tantrum and the apparent hierarchy status. However, I do not find those stories told by them true as what I experienced in Alex Chang & Co is in the contrary. In fact, it is surprising to know that the work culture in the office is a closed need litigation machinery, specially thankful to Ms Janice who cooks our lunch on a mostly daily basis. And the fact that I was told by Mr Alex that he still invites ex-colleagues or pupils to attend various occasions and his random making jokes gives me the impression that he can be friendly.
In law school, I’ve always wanted to experience what it is like to handle court documents and attend court to observe real trials. Besides observing how trials are conducted, I have also observed a few formalities in court which all these I have studied theoretically in law school. What’s really lucky for me is the chance I had of going to court frequently even on my first and second week in Alex Chang & Co. Till today, I am grateful that I did not choose to work in a big established firm where I might only be tied to administrative works more than actually being exposed to a practical experience.
Furthermore, what I have realized during my time here is that Mr Alex Chang takes work seriously. As he only accepts top-notch works, he will encourage you to work on it until it is 100% satisfactory. I remember working on a research which he assigned me on section 304 of Companies Act 1965, it took me almost 5 days to complete it in order to meet his expectation. Thankfully, he noticed some flaws in how I conduct my research and pointed them out to me instantly. From then on, I realized my mistake and I know I will not repeat it again in future.
Lucky me, I also get to witness execution of writ of seizure and sale of a pharmacy before I end my time here in Alex Chang & Co. The case concerned a supplier who supplied medical supplies to the debtor’s pharmacy. Judgment was obtained against the debtor which led to the enforcement of judgment sum in the form of writ of seizure and sale. There were many unexpected incidents during the execution but Mr Alex Chang and Ms Lim were a phone call away and with their help the situation was under control. One important thing that I have learned from witnessing this execution is how to deal with a very challenging and reluctant debtor who pave our ways with thorns. I truly understand what is meant by “life is not a bed of roses” even if you come armed with a court order.
To conclude, it has been a productive one month here. Thanks to all, Mr Alex Chang, Ms Lim, Ms Janice, Ms Chow and Ms Elaine for their guidance, teachings and kind hospitality.

Tan Jo Lynn

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