The Power of Attachment
When George Washington was a boy, he liked to make up his own sayings. “Lean not on anyone” was one of them. I totally agree with this, as I grew older, a strong sense of self-reliance and responsibility towards my family, my friends developed. I applied for a few internships which included Alex Chang & Co. before coming back from the UK for my summer holidays.
Filling in the Application form
The form was one of the most comprehensive I have seen, it was designed to alert us if we live too far or perhaps not really suitable for an internship here.
The Interview Session
The Application Form was not the toughest part until I came across to the interview session.
After I have a few interviews with other firms, I thought I know how to go into one feeling confident, to put my best foot forward. Of course, I want to use polycentric-oops, I meant polysyllabic words during the interview but I can firmly say that it is a big NO until I met Mr. Chang. I tried, but I can never do this before him.
The moment when the skype call was connected, my heartbeat increased, it was so difficult to leave the interview feeling really good. No matter how much preparation I have done or how much research I did, I will definitely feel a little nervous or shaken. The good news is: You’re not doomed to feel this way no matter what you do once the interview starts.
Let the interview begins. Besides making eye contact and answering all the questions, I couldn’t think of anything else to do. Just like what I said earlier, I thought I was well prepared but the questions that Mr. Chang asked were way out of my expectation. So be prepared!!!
Throughout the Internship
When I took my first step into the firm, the scene sticks out vividly in my mind, I was instantly overwhelmed. Lawyers bustled back and forth with huge piles of legal briefs, the incessant sound of copy machines hovered in the air.
Over the past 4 weeks, my internship experience has taught me more than what I could have imagined. I am truly glad that the experience that I gained in this firm helped me to understand the incredible reach of just one division in one office and of course the court.
I realized that the working as an intern at Alex Chang & Co is not trivial- it is integral to the planning and innovation responsible for carrying out the missions of the department.
A MYRIAD OF TASKS
My internship consisted a myriad of tasks, I eventually got involved in several matters, for instance, meeting with clients and solicitors from other firms, drafting orders, mooting experience, research assignments, preparing witness statements and the most memorable event, execution.
As part from the “Seal” team (a Writ of Seizure and Sale), my colleagues and I were sent to Tanah Merah, Kelantan to collect the judgment sum for the supplies of medicine from a doctor who owns a clinic. It is such a fortune that in our case, the full sum including interest and costs were collected in full.
Not to forget, the highlights of my internship (aside from sitting in the glorious stationery office), I was able to visit the High Court and Magistrates’ Court to attending hearings.
The happiest moment is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered but a general effect of pleasing impression.
ADVICE I RECEIVED
As an attachment student, we were always being thrown random questions by Mr Chang. Frankly, I always feel so dull before him, because of his intelligence and knowledge, I realized how limited my general knowledge is.
I still remember he told me that skills and experiences were not the only key to the lock of success because there could be learned and gained respectively; most importantly that we are always willing to accept comments and learn from our mistakes.
LIFE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATE
Mr. Chang once told me, “Life is like a box of chocolate, you will never know what you’re going to get!” Working in Alex Chang & co was like that; you will never know what tasks will be given to us. I totally agree with Mr. Chang that we were there not to learn the law as we could learn it in law schools but to learn to think out of the box.
I continue to learn daily, not only in the office but through the interaction with my colleagues and of course Mr. Chang; certainly my vocabulary, critical thinking and writing skills have improved.
It was incredible to be surrounded by lawyers that performed such complicated work on a day to day basis and it was truly exciting to be immersed in the midst of the hustle-bustle.
GAINED MORE THAN EXPECTED IN THE: Strenuous and exhilarating weeks
After four strenuous and exhilarating weeks, I have gained more than what I would have expected to gain from a short attachment. This indeed, was a very fruitful and invaluable attachment experience that I never regretted a single moment of it.
Last but not least, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Mr. Chang for giving me such a golden opportunity to learn from him.
Throughout this internship, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to everyone that I met in Alex Chang & Co, Ms. Elaine, Ms. Chow, Ms. Janice, and of course a very young, smart and competent lawyer, Miss Calise Lee. Despite their seniority, they have treated every one of us as equal.
I will always remember what Miss Calise Lee told me. She showed me the value of a person with a big heart, who unhesitatingly accepts anyone with open arms. All of them have made this short internship enjoyable and unforgettable.
Trust me, you won’t regret it. Like the saying, good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.