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Career Options for Lawyers

Monday, July 14th, 2014
(This article has been published in Praxis April-June 2014 Supplement )

It is interesting to note that when most lawyers enter their third or fourth year of practice, they start to reflect strongly on their career and questions such as these start creeping into their minds: Should I move to another firm to expose myself to a different work environment? My friends seem to be doing quite well having set up their own firm, should I consider joining them or perhaps set up my own small practice? I am tired of running around, litigation is challenging, (or perhaps) I can’t stand anymore of this kind of constantly long hours required of a corporate lawyer, should I move in-house so I can have a job with more stable working hours? Should I just take a career break to reflect on my life and what I want to do next in my career?

Fret not, all is not lost. There are many career options for a lawyer and highlighted below are some outside of private practice:

  1. In-house Lawyer

This is a popular choice amongst lawyers who wish to exit private practice. “In-house lawyer” is a broad term and refers to lawyers who are employed by corporations to provide legal support to the corporation.

The typical legal support role performed by an in-house lawyer includes, but is not limited to:

1.1   Providing legal advice in relation to legal issues arising from the operation of the business;

1.2   Drafting/advising/vetting/negotiating the terms in agreements;

1.3   Contract management;

1.4   Ensuring the organisation is in compliance with relevant laws and regulations;

1.5   Legal risk management;

1.6   Monitoring litigation portfolios;

1.7   Advising on company secretarial work; and

1.8   Recovery of debts owed by others.

However, due to the size of the legal department, you may be assigned only to a specific area of work. For instance, you may be hired as a compliance officer to solely take care of the compliance issues of the corporation. This is quite common in financial institutions as their business is highly regulated, hence, they have a dedicated compliance unit within their corporation.

Apart from commercial corporations, you may also consider joining regulatory bodies, e.g. Bank Negara, Securities Commissions, Bursa Malaysia etc. to assist in forming the relevant regulations/policy or to help in enforcing the same.

Joining a consulting firm is also another alternative for lawyers. For instance,  trust and/or will companies, intellectual property consultancy firms; tax advisory firms require lawyers who are familiar with a specific area of law to provide legal support to their businesses.


  1. Civil Service Positions

To serve the Government in your capacity as a lawyer is also another viable option. You may join various divisions in the Attorney-General’s Chambers (commonly known as AG Chambers) or apply for some of the positions in Judicial and Legal Services. Lawyers are also required in the legal departments of most ministries. Some also serve in the police force, either as police officers or prosecuting officers.


  1. Legal Academia

If you like teaching and prefer a “peaceful” campus lifestyle, you may consider becoming a law lecturer in law schools. You need to have at least a Master’s degree in law to qualify for this role. Teaching may grow to become mundane, especially if you teach the same subject for years. However, if you are passionate about a specific area of law and keep yourself abreast of developments, as well as contribute your thoughts on these developments, attend conferences and engage in discussions with other scholars, legal academia could prove lively and interesting.


  1. Legal Editor

If you like writing, reading and doing legal research, venturing into an editorial role with a legal publisher may be just the thing for you. Generally, legal editorial work involves editing law journals, law reports and law books etc. You need to have a good command of English and strong legal research skills to be able to function effectively in this role.


  1. Legal Recruitment Consultant

If you dislike paper work, enjoy meeting new people, feel a sense of satisfaction when you match job candidates with a suitable job and are result driven and resourceful, do consider the role of a legal recruitment consultant (especially with us), for the exposure and networking   gained during practice will contribute greatly to a job such as this.


Even with options abound, there are many lawyers whose dream is not lawyering and so after some years in practice, they decide to venture into other areas of work which do not require legal knowledge or experience. The F&B business is one such avenue and many lawyers have seen success in this. Those who love children and education become school teachers; some go into politics; some become professional trainers or even HR practitioners in large corporations. Though these jobs do not require legal experience, the legal training gained comes to good use and it will certainly lend itself, to a certain extent, to perform effectively in any future role you take on.

No matter what career options you pursue, finding a job which matches your strength and interest is paramount. It is no secret, passion in the job comes with interest in the job. Such passion will nurture a more wholehearted commitment. When your heart is in the job, you will naturally go full throttle, which makes way for you to stand out from the crowd. In addition to landing the right job matched for you, you of course also need to possess the right attitude: perseverance, eagerness to learn and acquire knowledge, being open to constructive criticism, being enthusiastic and hard-working and passion for the job and the desire to pursue excellence will go a long way. The combination of any of these two should make you shine in whatever you do.


Written by Eddie Law

The founder and recruitment director of


Empowering Legal Practitioners with Knowledge for Tomorrow’s Needs

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Taylor’s Law School increases its stable offerings to meet the needs of the growing local legal scene



Dr Assaduzzaman Khan

The implementation of the first Entry Point Project of the National Key

Economic Areas, which is to profile the Greater Kuala Lumpur area as a magnet for business in Southeast Asia, has been attracting foreign entrants into Malaysia who are keen to tap into the country’s potential.

InvestKL Malaysia, set up in August 2011 as a Government entity under the Economic Transformation Programme, has, to date, enticed 27 global companies, to set up their regional headquarters in the Greater Kuala Lumpur area. This achievement, as per a recent report published by The Star, has so far seen a total of RM800 million being invested into the country.

Among the 27 companies moving their regional base to Greater Kuala Lumpur are oil and gas player Schlumberger, Vale, IBM, Darden, Cargill, Naton, Colas Rail, Linde and Rentokil.

In view of this exciting development, there is a need for aspiring and current legal practitioners to be well-versed in international business and trade law in order to be able to facilitate the business dealings of these multinational corporations and large-scale businesses that are shifting their businesses to the Greater Kuala Lumpur area.

Taylor’s University took a pre-emptive step by introducing the International Business and Trade Law (IBTL) Postgraduate Certificate in Laws and LL.M Programme as part of its course staple at Taylor’s Law School in 2012, as a way to meet the future needs of the local business scene.

The IBTL programme aims to graduate students who are highly proficient in their fields and well-versed with business laws around the world.

The small class size allows IBTL graduates to take advantage of the highly interactive nature of the courses, as well as benefit from the unique quality of group discussions. This setting also transfers into other areas, such as presentations and exchanges of ideas enriched by diverse perspectives.

Taylor’s Law School lecturer, Dr Assaduzzaman Khan, shared that the programme is unique as it covers common agreements and conditions used in commercial practice, as well as issues such as exclusion clauses and analysis of key risks in high value transactions where bespoke rather than standard goods are supplied.

“As both the students and lecturers come from different countries and different legal cultures, the environment strongly contributes to a special and a truly global character of the IBTL PGCertLaw/LL.M Programme,” he said.

Taylor’s Law School Dean Harmahinder Singh agreed, adding that lecturers in the programme are highly qualified legal academics, as well as legal practitioners.

“We also have practising lawyers from leading law firms, retired judges and legal advisors who are affiliated to Taylor’s Law School participating in the programme as guest lecturers, which will add another dimension to the quality of the experience for our students,” said Harmahinder.

The Master of Laws and Postgraduate Certificate in International Business and Trade Law equip graduates with a profound understanding of the impact of international law and institutions such as the World Trade Organisation (“WTO”), as well as the legal rules regulating business activity worldwide. The key modules in these programmes include International Business Transactions, International Dispute Resolution, Law of International Sales of Goods, as well as the Law of WTO.


Another programme aimed at   increasing the technical knowledge of legal practitioners is the Master of Laws (Healthcare and Medical Law) and Postgraduate Certificate of Laws (Healthcare and Medical Law) programmes.

Dato’ Mahadev Shankar

The programme, which was launched in November 2012, focuses primarily on the healthcare provisions in the Federal Constitution, the Medical Act and all ancillary laws and regulations, the concept of informed consent in the Malaysian context, the broader aspects of medical negligence and the duty of local authorities to provide a healthy environment.

Harmahinder, who works closely with Dato’ Mahadev Shankar, former Court of Appeal judge and a well-known figure in the legal industry in this programme, shared that this programme came about as a result of the huge demand for legal professionals in the healthcare industry in Malaysia.

The 18-month Master of Laws and 12-month Postgraduate Certificate of Laws are specialised programmes providing a thorough grounding in legal knowledge and skills which will fill the gap and the need of legal practitioners in the healthcare and business sector.

The postgraduate programmes are open to medical and para-medical officers in the healthcare industry, as well as other professionals, with basic entry requirements of a Bachelor degree. Classes will be conducted on weekends by Taylor’s Law School, which has over 20 years in developing capable aspiring legal practitioners.

These postgraduate programmes will assist with graduating highly-qualified legal professionals as the modules taught will be closely interlinked with ground conditions in the local healthcare centers, with its jurisprudence inevitably having a Malaysian flavour.


With more than 20 years of experience since its establishment, Taylor’s Law School has nurtured more than 1,200 students since 1992 in partnership with notable UK partner universities.

The postgraduate programmes offered by Taylor’s Law School are now open for registration. Financial aid of up to 75 per cent tuition fee waiver is also available for qualifying applicants. For more information, kindly contact 03-5629 5336, e-mail or visit


Four Lame Excuses Not To Quit Your Job

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

This article is reproduced with the permission of Raphael

I’m no expert on job-hunting. Neither have I been in the workforce for very long (5 years and 9 months, to be precise). I have only quit my job once, and it was one of the most momentous decision I have ever made in my life.

I’m now a year and a half into my second job. People tell me I look better now – there’s more light on my face, more flesh on my bones, more spring in my step. I have no regrets. I think I made the right decision switching jobs.

How does one successfully make the switch? What are the steps one must take? Such are questions frequently asked of me, mostly by those contemplating making the switch themselves. I answer them as best as I can, based on my personal experience, observation on the job market, and worldly wisdom.

Upon obtaining my advice, some have switched, some have decided against switching, some have yet to switch though they badly want to. The third group of people perplexes and amuses me greatly. When I ask them what’s holding them back, I always hear the same reasons.

Reasons? To be frank, they’re just excuses. Lame rubber duck of excuses.

1. Waiting For The Right Time

Sounds Like… “No time to job hunt”, “Not now, peak period, “But I feel bad for my boss and teammates.”

It’s Lame Because… If you really wish to quit your job, then you will find time to accelerate your exit. As the saying goes – where there’s a will, there’s a way. Should you push yourself to the point of exhaustion over work which you have no passion for? Do your bosses and colleagues own your body, mind and soul? Are weekends only reserved for retail therapy and hangovers? Nay, nada, negative.

It’s your life, it’s your career. Be selfish, look after yourself. If you feel like leaving now, then leave already. Don’t have to stick round for three to six months, until the void that you leave behind gets filled up, and the mess gets cleaned up. It’s not your job to find your replacement; it’s your bosses’. Any boss that begs you to stay against your interest is clearly not a nice boss, despite everything he’s done for you. Don’t need to be hero and hold the fort – it’s not like the world economy is going to collapse while you’re gone. It’s just a job you’re leaving, not some deep complicated romance. Say your goodbyes – pleasantly but firmly – and leave.

Lameness Level: 10/10


2. Waiting For Benefits To Come

Sounds Like… “Bonus out in a few months”, “Almost due to promotion”, “Just hit my annual target, might as well stay on”

It’s Lame Because… You work first, get rewarded later. Whether it’s a matter of weeks or months, you’ll always be at a juncture where there’s something to look forward to. After bonus, there’s increment. By the time increment rolls in, your team has clinched a sweet deal, promising of a better bonus and increment to come. Employers, sly as ever, will always throw sweeteners along the middle of the year to keep motivation high – allowances, free goodies and trips, talk of salary revision. Benefits are always invariably tied to a bond – employees have to reimburse the full or partial amount, if they quit within a period. It’s all a trap, to make it harder for you to leave. Don’t fall for it.

I actually quit my previous job three months short of bonus time. I tried using that as a basis to negotiate a higher salary for my new job, but ultimately, I didn’t lose too much sleep over the thought of losing my hard-earned bonus (four months, at least). If I had stubbornly waited for my bonus and stayed on till the year end, the opportunity of my current job would have slipped me by. Think long term, not short term. Focus on what your new job can offer, not what your current job could.

Lameness Level: 7/10

3. Waiting For That Big Project To Finish

Sounds Like… “I’ve been working on it since from the beginning like forever”, “It’ll look good on my CV”, “It’s my baby” 

It’s Lame Because… Your life doesn’t depend on that one big project. Fact of the matter is, everyone has some project they consider as big – don’t need to act like yours is super special. When one big project ends, another big project will quickly come along. Sometimes, a few big projects will run in parallel. After all, bosses always want to squeeze the most of their employees, never leaving them a moment of peace for long. This means that during 80-90% of our time at work, we’re all working on some big project. And if we refuse to quit until and unless we finish our big projects, there’s only a very tight timing window where we are actually free to quit our jobs. It’s rather silly.

I enjoy working on big projects. I enjoy marveling the fruits of my labour in big projects. But did my involvement in a few major court cases stop me from looking for jobs when I felt like quitting? Did job hunting significantly distract me from focusing on my big projects? Did I feel sad quitting before my big projects concluded? Nay, nada, negative. It all boils down to being disciplined and realistic. I’ve got a good job offer, which promises me big projects too. I’m young, and a long career ahead of me. I’ll just start afresh again. The world won’t run out of big jobs, big projects, big challenges.

Lameness Level: 8/10


4. Waiting For The Perfect Job

Sounds Like… “They can’t offer me a 30% increase”, “It’s a totally different job scope”, “I need to start from scratch”

It’s Lame Because… No job offer will ever tick all the boxes on your wish-list, and you’ll never know for sure which boxes will be properly ticked until you have started working there. The real problem lies with our unreasonable expectations – better pay, better hours, better colleagues, better environment. We all want it all, don’t we? Sadly, this all-or-nothing mindset ain’t going to work. Every career is a journey. Imagine you’re on a train careening towards a remote destination. The further you travel down the track, the harder it is to get back to familiar ground. Once you think you’re on the wrong track, you ought to quickly jump off at the nearest stop. Don’t expect to get back on the right track immediately. Don’t expect to leave a shitty job and land on your dream job, both in one go.

I, too, had a rough wish-list. Yet, I didn’t feel the need to check all the boxes. I just moved, without knowing what I was really getting into, without looking for perfection. I just moved, with moderate expectations. And you know what? More than a year later, looking back, I realised I have gotten far more than I could ever dream of – good pay, dynamic working culture, opportunities for development, and so on. And I got them not because of the original offer, negotiations and contract. I got them simply because I worked for it, after I got the job. The perfect job never drops from the sky on your lap. It’s up to each of us to make the job we have chosen, as perfect as we can.

Lameness Level: 9/10


Enough With The Lame Duck Excuses

Stop whining about your shitty job, only to then make up lame excuses not to quit. Stop dreaming about scoring the perfect job, when you can’t even wake up from the nightmares of your present job.

It’s cold outside. It’s getting dark. It’s not safe to wander in the woods alone. Anyone can think of a hundred and one excuses not to move out from their comfort zone. It’s an amazing ability we, as mature adults, have – to admit we’re not happy where we are; yet at the same time, convince ourselves we can’t be any happier anywhere else. It’s lame. It’s cowardice. It’s self-inflicted misery.

Clear your mind from doubts and fears. Take that leap of faith into the unknown. No matter where you fall, it will be much better than wallowing in a pool of mediocrity and misery together with your hundred and one lame yellow rubber duck of excuses.


“Getting Ready for Your Career” at Taylor’s University

Friday, March 21st, 2014

On 18th of November 2013, Eddie Law, the founder of eLawyer was invited to have a talk on “Getting Ready for Your Career” at the law faculty of Taylor’s University. Eddie was sharing with them about the career options for a law graduates and also the effective cover-letter and CV writing skills.

From the response of the students, many presumed that the only career option for a law graduate is to be a practising lawyer. Hence, the talk was to unveil the misconception and to give law students an overview of the legal career market in Malaysia.

Having a well written cover letter and CV are the essential tools for a jobseeker to secure an interview. As the resume and cover letter speaks for the jobseeker himself, every minor detail could actually create different impression. Eddie, from him real life experience shared the useful tips to write a good resume and cover letter, not only the format but the content from the view as an employer. Eddie gave step by step guidance to the participants to guide them in cover letter and CV writing skill. Besides that, he had also pointed out the common mistakes that most jobseekers made in their resume.


Legal Career Training Course (Webinar Series)

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Year 2013 is coming to an end … You are probably  thinking 2014 new year resolution to have a better health and career  … I did a webinar on legal career a few weeks ago to share tips on how you can excel in legal career and avoid mistakes in your career …


If you want to go further, it’s time to invest in yourself. You can take the systematic steps to be GREAT in legal industry


Here is the complete course that I had developed over the years. Enrollment ends 31 December 2013 night 10.00pm. Check it out now:


This is a 4-module online Malaysia Legal training course. It comes with video training, PDF download, a bonus live Q&A with successful lawyers in legal industry …

Course Outline

Steps to Become a lawyer

This Session is Worth RM 198. Inspired to enter into the Legal Profession. Find Out More on the Overview of Legal Career Market and then Chart Your Steps towards Becoming a Lawyer

 Credentials to be a Good Lawyer

Understand the Basic Credentials work towards accumulating proper skills to achieve your goal ! Identify your personalities which suits different area of practices, e.g. litigation, conveyancing, corporate and etc.

 Career Options for a Law Graduate

This Session is Worth RM 198.  Find Out all the possible Career Options that a Law Graduate can choose from.

Interact Directly with the Expert

Eddie Law is the most experience legal recruitment director in Malaysia. Post your questions or career dilemma to him and he’ll give you great suggestions to help you in your career

Career Paths of a Lawyer

This session is worth RM 198. Bored and Tired at your current legal scope of work. Find Out the Options in legal career market to expand and develop your legal experience to a new level ! CV Template are ready for Unlimited downloads

10 Most Important Interview Tips

Find out what you need to prepare before interview (Pre-Interview), how you can impress your employer during interview (During Interview) and what you need to do after interview (Post-Interview). Get your dream job by following 10 simple tips.

How to Write a Good CV and Cover Letter

Find out how to attract your employers with an outstanding CV and cover letter. CV Templates are ready for Unlimited downloads

Sharing by Other Successful Lawyers

There will be a session where we invite successful lawyer to share on the tips of how he/she became successful, how he/she grew from a fresh law graduate to his/her current position today ! Malaysia Legal Recruitment Expert, Eddie Law will host this session.

Happy learning !



Read more information here:

Hope to see you in student area

Eddie Law

Legal Career Webinar – What Can You Do With A Law Degree? An Overview Of The Career Paths In The Malaysian Legal Industry.

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Dear eLawyer members,

For the first time, I will be sharing with you in a LIVE ONLINE webinar series

Topic: What Can You Do With A Law Degree? An Overview Of The Career Paths In The Malaysian Legal Industry.
Date & Time: Saturday, November 16, 2013 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Fees: Free of Charge (FOC)
Registration Link:
Venue: It’s online and it’s a LIVE interactive session
Supporting Devices: Any laptops or mobile devices as long as you have wifi connection. For mobile devices, please download the “gotomeeting” application.

I am a lawyer and have been in both private practice and in-house.

5 years ago, i.e. in 2008, I started and I have been helping lawyers to secure better jobs until today.

Drawing from my experience as a private practitioner and later as an in-house counsel, I have successfully placed lawyers with numerous firms and corporations, including but not limited to pupils, legal assistant, partners, legal executives, legal managers and head of legal.

Throughout the years in the legal recruitment business, I received many queries asking for legal career advice, such as the following:

“I am keen to do law after SPM, but how is it like to be a lawyer? What subjects should I pay attention to during my secondary school?”
“How much does a lawyer earns?”
“Which law school should I go to?”
“What are the career options or paths if I take up law or legal related studies?”
“I failed my Certificate in Legal Practice Exam (CLP). What are my career options?”
“After practising for 2 to 3 years, I am not sure if I still want to continue lawyering”
“What are my options if I leave private practice?” “What should I take note of for an interview?”
“How can I make my CV more presentable?”

Various questions come from different groups of people who ask me what are the career options or path that will be best for their future.

Some are SPM students that are uncertain whether law is right for them …
Some are fresh graduates of law school …
Some are young lawyers still working in law firms but are feeling lost in their career …
Some are mid-level lawyers but want to make a career move or change of working environment …
Some are senior lawyers who would like to slow down their career pace…

I tried to answer all their questions by phone, email or sometimes even face-to-face communication but it’s just bits and pieces of information that I am able to provide whenever time permits … If you wish to find out the COMPLETE OVERVIEW of what are the legal career market, career options, career path, interview tips and opportunities the legal industry has to offer, please do not miss out my webinar at the below date and time.

Register and interact LIVE with me … I am here to assist you in your legal career. I will try my best to address as many of your queries as possible.

Date & Time: Saturday, November 16, 2013 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Registration Link:

See you online,
Eddie Law

Please contact my assistant Weng Lee 03-80753215 or should you have any queries on this.


First Step to Launching your Legal Career

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Reported by Y.A Tan

On 13th October 2012, Eddie Law, the founder of eLawyer, shared with 10 participants the tips on making the right choice of legal career. The attendees consists of fresh lawyers, law graduates and working adults, all with  

Eddie started the session by providing an insight on legal career market, the various types of law firms and corporations, career options, either private or non private practice as well as the variable working culture to be expected.


Eddie also shed some lights into the dos and don’ts during an interview sessions. Amongst others, some of the most common mistakes seen in an applicant are raising salary issues too early, dress inappropriately and inadequate understanding on the company one is applying for.

One of the highlight of the day was that participants were invited to fill up questionnaires to profile oneself. Speaking from his experience, Eddie viewed that profiling do ease the job seekers to narrow down the legal career choice. In general, there are 4 types of profiles, namely Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness.

Eddie unveils the result on the test in detailed fashion. Briefly, if you are:-

a) High D – tend to be result-focused, ambitious, assertive but could be controlling, or dominating others.

b) High I- tend to be enthusiastic, friendly, thoughtful, persuasive but could be emotional, boisterous or sarcastic.

c) High S –a person who is attentive, calm, consistent, at the same time of a shy, passive and adverse to changes.

d) High C –people who are analytical, self reliant, but may be perceived as pessimistic and overly worried.

Having such assessment, the participants had clearer understanding on its personality traits which serve as useful tool to identify the right career path. The session continued with a fruitful Q & A sessions from the floor, and was dismissed at 4.30pm. 


Friday, September 21st, 2012

Following a successful initiation of  Building Your Legal Career Series last year, the Series is back again this year to provide more support for fresh law graduates, law students and young lawyers.

At the beginning of a journey, we all have questions. It is no different at the beginning of your legal career path. Making the right choices there becomes important.

The most significant question is: How do we decide on these choices?


answers that!!

What would you gain from this seminar??

1. Knowledge and insight to the landscape of legal career market in Malaysia.
2. Understanding the career options for lawyers / law graduates.
3. Guidance on how to build your legal career path.
4. Guidance on how to choose a law firm for pupillage.
5. Useful interview tips to succeed at interviews.
6. The awareness of your own personality and the ability to match it with a suitable area of practice.


The details of the seminar are as follows:

Date: 13 October, 2012 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00pm – 3.30pm
Venue: eLawyer Training Room,
12B (2nd floor), Jalan Kenari 5
Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong
Fees: RM40(including a personality test)


Our Speaker Mr. Eddie Law, is the founder of, the leading recruitment portal in Malaysia. Prior to starting eLawyer, Eddie was a private practitioner with a reputable law firm in KL, thereafter he was working as an in-house legal counsel in an IT company. His practice and in-house experience provided Eddie with valuable insight on and understanding of what law firms and corporations look for when recruiting legal personnel. Drawing on his experience and knowledge, Eddie has successfully placed lawyers with different level of seniority and expertise with law firms and corporations in Malaysia.

Eddie’s clients range from small to large law firms, PLC, MNC, financial institutions, regulatory organizations, oil & gas company and international companies.

 For more information about this seminar please click here to download the flyer.

To RSVP please email your Name, Contact Number, Position, Organisation to Sarah at and direct bank in to our Public Bank Account: 3153189919 (Payee: Joined Web Solutions) BEFORE 9th October, 2012. Thereafter, bring the bank-in-slip to exchange for entry ticket on that day.



3 Reasons WHY You Need To Ask Questions During An Interview With Law Firm

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

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An interview is a process of “mutual discovery”. As such, asking questions is as important as answering questions during an interview. There are 3 reasons why you need to ask questions:

Reason 1: To Get To Know The Law Firm Better
The purpose of an interview is to allow  an employer and an applicant to know each other better.

Although you should have found out about the targeted law firm before the interview (either through online search, friends or even eLawyer), the session is a good avenue for you to clarify your doubts and make inquiries about your preliminary findings.

For example, when you browse the website of law firms, it is quite common to see the law firms claiming that they provide comprehensive legal solutions (an “all-rounded” firm), that is, they provide services in all areas of law such as litigation, conveyancing and corporate law. Quite often, you find that some of these firms may only be known for their litigation work and their so-called conveyancing and corporate law departments are small.  By asking the law firm the amount of head count in a particular department will give you a better idea what could be the bulk of portfolio, exposure or experience that you can possibly gain in the event that you will join them.

Reason 2: To Show Your Interest In The Law Firm

There are always 2 parts of an interview. The 1st part usually starts with the interviewer asking you questions in order to know you better and to assess whether you will be a suitable employee. Thereafter, the employer may tell you about the firm, its areas of practice and so on. The interviewer may conclude an interview by asking you a general question like “Is there anything else you like to know?”

This is not a good time to maintain “golden silence”. Instead, you should seize the opportunity to put forward some prepared questions and show your interest in the firm and or the job by inquiring about, your job responsibilities in  greater detail,  the expectations of the employer,  or  the firm’s future plan or direction.

Reason 3: To Demonstrate Your Maturity

Answering questions tactfully and presenting yourself well in an interview is crucial. However, asking the RIGHT questions could also give the interviewer a good impression of you. In most cases, interviewers are senior lawyers. Thus, most of them are always able to read your mind based on the questions that you have asked.

For example, if you ask about the remuneration package even before understanding the job scope, you may have given the interviewer an impression that you are more interested in the monetary reward than the job itself. Instead you should only discuss the remuneration issue when the interviewer raises it.

Lastly, though asking questions is important, be mindful that it is like a double-edged sword where asking the RIGHT questions will bring you credit. On other hand, asking the wrong questions may expose your ignorance or immaturity. Therefore, the most important rule is not to ask questions only but to ask the RIGHT QUESTIONS at the RIGHT TIME.

The author of this article is Eddie Law, Legal Recruitment Director in, the leading legal recruitment portal in Malaysia. eLawyer Recruitment specialises in providing innovative and cost- effective recruitment solutions to law firms and corporations to meet the challenges of recruiting suitable legal candidates.

You may send your feedback on this article to

KPUM-UM Law Career Convention 2011

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

After 2 years, the Law Society of University of Malaya has again collaborating with the United Kingdom Malaysian Student Law Union (KPUM) to co-organise the annual legal career fair -Law Career Convention 2011 (LCC 2011), for law students  and young lawyers to network with local law firms and corporations.

eLawyer is proud to be invited to be  the media partner for this event again this year.

Young lawyers and law students are encouraged to and welcome to visit this LCC 2011.

The details of the event are below:

Event Name: KPUM-UM Law Career Convention 2011 (LCC)

Organiser: UM Law Society & KPUM

Venue: Law Faculty of University Malaya

Date: 19 November 2011 (Saturday)

Time: 9am – 4pm

eLawyer will be setting up an exhibition booth there.

Please do drop by and say HELLO to our team of representative (Our Eddie Law is happy to provide free legal career consultation on the spot).

Please click the below to see:

KPUM-UM Law Career Convention 2008

UM Law Career Convention 2010