Studying law can be very rewarding if you know from the start what you want. If you have always wanted to be a lawyer or chart your career in the legal industry, then you will find a lot of options available.
Everything you need to know about studying law
The begging question is what is Law? The truth is, it is the very system that dictates what you can and cannot do in the eyes of the government. This helps to ensure that the rights and properties of people are protected. Like it or not, the law affects everything we do, from the food we eat to living in a community and paying for education.
Lawyers – The Professional Consultant for the people
Lawyers make up the largest group of professionals in the legal system. However, in order to be certified, you need to study the right field. The pathway to becoming a lawyer is as follow:
- Enter University via an STPM or ‘A’ Levels qualification (or its equivalent) into a Bachelor in Law (LLB) degree programme
- This means you will be studying for 3 years
- Upon graduation, you will need to sit for the CLP or Certificate of Legal Practice in order to practice in Malaysia
- Spend 9 months in Chambering (for Peninsular Malaysia and 12 months in East Malaysia)
- After that, you become a certified practicing lawyer
If you decide not to take the CLP, you can pursue your career in the legal system where you can offer legal advice, chart legal documents like contracts and such. The lawyer profession is divided between Criminal and Civil cases.
The Various Facets of Law
Before you chart your career, you need to know which area of the law will you like to be in.
- Criminal Law – Perhaps the most celebrated type of cases involved as it means you will represent those that are accused of a crime (theft, murder, etc). This type of cases can be long and sometimes damaging to your reputation
- Civil Law – This includes Contracts, Land, Tort and such. Basically, it is where the money is
What do you need to study law?
To qualify to study law, you must have at least the following:
- A minimum of 2Es in ‘A’ Levels or
- 2Cs in STPM or its equivalent (SACE, SAM, AUSMAT, etc)
- MUET Band 4
- At least a Credit in Bahasa Malaysia in SPM or ‘Malay as Second Language’ in IGCSE
Take note that the CLP is 9 months long.
Most Reputable Universities to study law
Malaysia is a global education hub in the Asian region. The Law courses in these universities and institutes of higher learning have been offered for many years now. If you have done well in your SPM and STPM and has been able to gain entry into the public universities, then good for you. However, if you fail to obtain a place in the public university and are looking for another option in the private institutes, then you can consider those below which have a long proven track record of graduating some of the best lawyers in the country. Take note that you must ensure that the degree you are studying it is recognized by the LPQB or Legal Profession Qualifying Board of Malaysia.
Brickfields Asia College – Affordable and Reputable
BAC is one of the most popular colleges in Malaysia that offers law degrees. It started as a Law college before diversifying into offering more courses. Today, BAC is among the top institutes with some of the best law students. The total course fee is about RM60,000 where the degree can be transferred to a wide range of UK universities.
Advance Tertiary College (ATC) – Long history of law graduates
Amongst all the many institutes, ATC is perhaps one of the longest established schools that offer law courses. You can complete the course from about RM80,000. ATC’s law courses are affiliated with the University of London and it has students who have gone on to study at the reputable King’s College in London under the Malaysian Laws Scholarship.
HELP University – Recognized by industry and academia
Before HELP University started its own home-grown LLB programme, it has been known to produce some of the best law graduates in the country as it had a strong faculty of industry practitioners and lecturers. This legacy has enabled HELP University to continue this tradition in such a way that it is able to ensure the best studying experience for its students. Students are able to articulate overseas to prestigious universities like the University of Leeds, University of Manchester, the University of the West of England and Northumbria University, among others.