Education Pathway to Law – Stand Out and Bring Change

By Alicia Chrissy - July 07, 2020
What to Study Want to change the world around you? Read this guide to find out how you can bring practical change to the corporate world and civil society through a law pathway.
Education Pathway to Law – Stand Out and Bring Change

The presence of lawyers is ubiquitous. As one of the oldest academic fields in the world, the study of law can be applied in almost any industry.

This wide range of opportunities suits law graduates with good communication skills and high adaptability. 

If you’re looking to champion a noble cause and make a difference, then the study of law may be the right choice for you.  

Why Study Law? 

The law is a set of rules that maintains justice and social order. It protects us from harm and ensures that our rights are protected. 

There is a need for a qualified lawyer in almost every industry.

This means that law graduates have the advantage to explore different industries and pathways. 

Law graduates may opt to work for the government or private sector. After gaining enough experience, lawyers may start their own law firms.  

A career in law can bring you places, especially if you possess these traits: 

  • Able to adapt and think outside the box
  • Compassionate and empathetic towards struggles your clients may have
  • Passionate to make changes and see it through 
  • Able to stand firm on your beliefs but also willing to open up to new ideas

Want to know more? In this video, lawyers answer the most searched questions about being a lawyer:  

The Different Areas of Law

Uni Enrol teaches students about the different legal career specialisations that they can pursue based on their interests.

Law is generally divided into two main areas – criminal law and civil law.

  • Criminal law deals with actions considered harmful to society, such as murder, robbery and rape.
  • Civil law deals with conflict between individuals and organisations. The areas of civil law are extensive and a graduate may specialise in shipping law, corporate law, sports law or property law.

Law students study compulsory modules such as criminal law, public law, contract law, common law.

Additionally, they may also pursue family law, medical law, or human rights law

However, you don’t necessarily have to decide between criminal or civil law while in university. You only choose when you begin your career.

What Does Your Pathway Look Like?

The duration of a law degree is 3 years.

To practise in Malaysia, you will need to pass the Certificate of Legal Practice (CLP) exam after your law degree, which takes about 9 months

Thereafter, you will enter your chambering period where you are attached to a law firm for at least 9 months

Uni Enrol recommends students plan their education pathway to determine when they'll graduate and begin employment.

Students who wish to specialise may pursue a Master of Laws (LLM) in their field of choice.

A specialist degree could take up to four years to complete i.e. law degree (3 years) + LLM (1 year) before continuing with your CLP.

Minimum Requirements for a Law Degree

To enrol in a law degree in Malaysia, you will generally need at least:

  • SPM: C in BM (this will be taken into consideration when you apply for your degree)
  • A-Level: Minimum 2Es
  • STPM: Minimum 2Cs

or any recognised pre-university course such as South Australian Certificate of Education International (SACEi) and Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT).

Minimum requirements may differ from university to university. Use Pathway Match to check your eligibility for law universities.

Which Private Universities Offer Law Courses?

1. Brickfields Asia College

Brickfields Asia College (BAC)

Available course:

Estimated tuition fees per year:

  • RM 38,800 - RM 73,600

Note: Dual award (3+0 and 4+0) programmes are available with University of London International Programmes, UK, and Northumbria University (Open Learning), UK.

 

2. Taylor's University


Available course: 

Estimated tuition fees per year:

  • RM 33,800

 

3. HELP University College

HELP University & Colleges

Available course:

Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Estimated tuition fees per year:

  • RM 20,000


4. Multimedia University (MMU)

Multimedia University (MMU)

Available course:

Estimated tuition fees per year:

  • RM 17,340

Keep These in Mind

Pass Your BM in SPM

To practise in Malaysia, you will be required to score at least a credit in the SPM’s Bahasa Malaysia, or a credit in Malay as a Second Language in IGCSE.

Otherwise, you will need to sit for the Bahasa Malaysia Qualifying Examination to qualify as a lawyer in Malaysia.

Enrol in Recognised Foundation Programmes Only

Make sure any foundation programme you are planning to take is recognised by the Legal Profession Qualifying Board (LPQB).

For programmes that are not recognised, you will need to complete your bar exam (which is CLP equivalent) in the UK to be recognised by the Bar Council in Malaysia to practice law in a judicial setting.

Special Message for Students from Sabah and Sarawak

Law graduates hailing from Sabah and Sarawak have the flexibility of practicing in both West and East Malaysia.

However, there are hurdles for a lawyer from peninsula to work in Sabah or Sarawak.

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