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Study In Malaysia: Law Courses

by StudyMalaysia.com on January 30, 2015 | Top Stories

If you are interested in law and government and think that you'd be good at protecting the rights of individuals or organisations, you could be looking at a career as a lawyer. Read on if you are good at arguing a case using facts, enjoy analysing information, and value recognition for your achievements.

In our everyday interaction, there are rules for almost everything we do. From the games or sports we play, to rules at college and on the roads when we drive. Law is the set of rules that guides our conduct in society and is enforced through the court and other public agencies.

Laws tell us what we should and should not do. Laws help to solve disputes and ensure a safe and peaceful society in which people's rights are respected.

Lawyers don't create the law; that is the job of the government. Instead, lawyers are tasked with protecting the fundamental rights of the people or an organisation. They do this by navigating the legal system on behalf of their clients. Let us take a closer look at what lawyers do.

The job of a lawyer

Lawyers work just about everywhere. This includes law firms, private businesses, government agencies, public interest organizations, the judiciary and academia. If you work in a law firm, the firm could specialise in one or more practice areas like corporate, real estate, civil rights, family, trusts and estates, bankruptcy, immigration, employment, environmental, entertainment, insurance, intellectual property, criminal or tax.

Litigating lawyers represent their clients in court to argue various kinds of issues such as property matters, criminal cases, constitutional issues, family law and others. These lawyers argue the law to make sure that their clients' interests are represented in the best possible manner before a court.

Some lawyers work with corporate organisations or in law firms that service corporate companies. Their role is that of a facilitator who helps the company work smoothly, efficiently, and within the boundaries of the law when carrying out a business transaction.

Is law for you?

Law Lawyers help their clients resolve problems and issues. In the process, they need to research and analyze large amounts of information, determine relevant facts, and propose viable solutions. Lawyers need to have good interpersonal skills so that they can gain their clients' confidence and build a trusting relationship with them.

In addition, lawyers need to be able to present their case clearly and convincingly, as well as be precise and specific when preparing legal documents.

Personality type

The interest code for this career is EI (Enterprising and Investigative). This means that a person who likes law would probably reflect these personality traits:

  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work styles

In addition to personality traits, lawyers also exhibit certain work styles. They should value integrity as the job requires them to be honest and ethical. They should also be analytical and have good attention to detail. Their job also requires them to be persistent, have self control, and have tolerance for stress. Some other work styles include dependability, initiative and independence.

Work values

Individuals interested in a career in law value recognition. They are results oriented and enjoy accomplishment. They also value independence in working on their own and making their own decisions.

Studying law in Malaysia

Here's an overview of some law degrees in Malaysia:

Private institutions

  • Bachelor in Law and Commerce (Hons), Management & Science University (MSU)
  • Bachelor of Business & Commerce (majoring in Business Law), Monash University Malaysia (MUSM)
  • Bachelor of Laws, HELP University
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), SEGi College Sarawak
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Taylor's University Lakeside Campus
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (University of London International Programmes), KDU University College
  • UK Degree Transfer Programme (Law), HELP University
  • UK Degree Transfer Programme (Law), INTI International University & Colleges

Public universities

  • Bachelor of Law, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
  • Bachelor of Law, Universiti Malaya (UM)
  • Bachelor of Law, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
  • Bachelor of Law, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)
  • Bachelor of Law, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Syari'ah) (Hons), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
  • Bachelor of Syariah and Law, University of Malaya (UM)
  • Bachelor in Syariah and Law (Hons), Islamic Science University of Malaysia (USIM)

Practising as a lawyer in Malaysia

In general, upon the completion of a recognised Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree, graduates can qualify to be admitted to the Malaysian Bar by sitting for and passing the Malaysian Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP), or passing the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) in UK..

Besides LL.B qualifications from the UK, graduates with LL.B qualifications from selected universities in Australia and New Zealand also qualify to sit for CLP in Malaysia.

After passing these professional qualifying examinations, law graduates are then required to go through a nine-month training called 'chambering' or 'pupillage'. During the chambering period, graduates will need to sit for some exams conducted by the Malaysian Bar before they can be called to the Malaysian Bar and become a qualified lawyer.

Law graduates of local public universities such as Universiti Malaya are not required to sit for professional examinations as components of the examination are included in their degree studies. They are called to the Bar upon completion of the chambering.

Read more on how to qualify for the Malaysian Bar here.

For other courses, check out the available Law Degrees in this portal.

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