It’s the season for law firm internships — the June to August ‘summer break’ for many law schools. A few years ago, a law graduate who had one or two internships on her CV would stand out. These days, internships are the norm, and a graduate who does not have any work experience is an anomaly.
An internship should be a very intense period of learning, with most interns only willing to commit a one-month period (I recommend at least two months for the best experience) to each internship — because they want holiday time, or to do more than one internship. One month can really fly by, and if you’re not intentional about squeezing the most out of that time, it will be over before you know it.
Here are 7 quick tips on how you can make the most of your law firm internship.
Early on in my legal practice, I thought to myself that I would like to one day be featured in one of the business dailies. I wanted to work hard so that I had enough knowledge to share my views.
Coincidentally, I was already following Marcus’ Counsel column in The Edge. I did not know my fellow The Malaysian Lawyer back then. He was one of the few lawyers (if not, only lawyer) writing regularly on corporate-related matters at that time. I was thinking this relatively young lawyer, with the ang moh surname, already had his own column in a leading financial newspaper.
Marcus and I of course eventually met in person, became good friends, and then on a whim, set up The Malaysian Lawyer website. We wanted to continue to share our writing. Specifically, cutting out unnecessary legalese and use clear effective language in our legal articles.
From our small platform, the number of readers of The Malaysian Lawyer has exploded and it has been picked up by media outlets. Bloomberg TV, BFM radio and Focus Malaysia have all come across this website and invited me to speak with them.
More recently, I was featured on the cover story for Malaysia SME newspaper for their 11 June 2016 edition. I was interviewed on the impact of the new Companies Bill on SMEs in Malaysia. Continue reading
June and July 2016 will see two changes to Malaysian law which will have an impact on many employers and employees.
On 1 June 2016, legal startup Dragon Law announced its entry into the Malaysian market, with a promotional launch offer of free access to their suite of legal documents for a limited time. Dragon Law first launched in Hong Kong in January 2015, and in Singapore in the second half of 2015.
For now, users in Malaysia will be able to find and customise legal documents, sign and share the documents electronically, and organise and store these documents in the cloud. Users in Hong Kong and Singapore have access to various other services, including personalised training, access to a legal drafting help desk and legal clinics, invitations to seminars and events, and legal support from the Dragon Law team and their network of lawyers. The subscription packages for Malaysia have not been announced, but the pricing in Singapore starts at SGD175 per month.
On 12 June 2016, a story in The Star (Legal start-up’s services scrutinised by Malaysian Bar) reported that Dragon Law‘s entry into Malaysia has come under the scrutiny of the Malaysian Bar. It was reported that Malaysian Bar President Steven Thiru has confirmed that Dragon Law‘s services were being studied.
I was interviewed by Focus Malaysia and was featured in their 4 June issue. The article was titled ‘New law gives minorities, auditors more clout’.
The article was on the Companies Bill 2015 and how it would impact public-listed companies in particular.