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The study of Law is immensely rewarding. Apart from merely fulfilling the prerequisites of pursuing a career in law, it is a field of study that truly opens your mind and trains you to think analytically. A law degree will enable you to practice law in Malaysia and in any Commonwealth jurisdiction. It covers the basic elements of the law that all lawyers should know.

Pathway

A bachelor of laws (LL.B) takes three years to complete. After three years, you will either need to take the:

  • Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP)
  • Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

These professional qualifications are necessary only if you are interested in practicing law.

BPTC is the second stage of training to becoming a lawyer. This is taken over one year full time. BPTC aims to give students the skills required for a career at the Bar. It is primarily a practical course including plenty of advocay and role-playing, as well as exercises in drafting legal documents and writing opinions. Assessment takes several forms and vary between institutions.

CLP is a compulsory requirement for Bachelor of Law graduates conferred by universities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and certain universities in Australia and New Zealand before they can practice law.

Once you have this qualification, you will have to do nine months as a pupil in chambers at a law firm. Being a pupil in chambers is something like a housemanship for doctors. This is where you will learn what it’s really like to work in a law firm. Once your pupillage is over, you will be ’called to the Bar’, which means you will be qualified as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. In order to practice law in Malaysia, you will have to be registered with the Bar Council of Malaysia.

Subject Focus

SPM

  • Bahasa Melayu
  • English
  • General Studies
  • MUET

University Level

  • Legal System
  • Law
  • Tort
  • Law of Contract
  • English Language
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Jurisprudence
  • Commercial transactions
  • Laws of evidence
  • Media law Remedies
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Civil Procedure
  • Professional Practice
Personality Type

These personality type codes serve ONLY as a guideline and can be taken with a pinch of salt. Always consult with your school counsellor or ask our experts for further guidance!

Myers-Briggs: ISTJ, ESTJ, INTP, ENTJ

These types all share the Thinking preference (T), or a preference for objective decision making as opposed to taking into account personal values in making decisions.

Find your Myers-Briggs personality type here.

Holland Vocational Code: ESR (Enterprising, Social, Realistic)

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Advisor
  • Legal Administrator
  • Lecturer / Teacher
  • Lobbyist
  • Correction Officer
  • Paralegal/ Legal Assistant
Salary

Entry Level: RM 2,800 to RM 3,800Professional: RM 4,000 to RM 8,000

Job Demand

The career options for a law degree holder are as diverse as they are interesting. You can be an advocate and solicitor and represent your clients in court. You could also join a company in their legal department. Most companies both large and small will have legal departments that advise and liaise with the external legal advisors as well.

In Malaysia: With the grueling environment, Malaysian lawyers need not worry. With Malaysia’s developing economy, there will constantly be new projects, mergers acquisitions, construction, disputes, sales and purchases and so on. There are transactions where legal advice will be needed.

Overseas: There are numerous firms abroad in which Law graduates could apply for. The United States are expanding their firms abroad, mostly in European nations. Whereas countries like China and Korea are looking for more qualified practitioner to understand the social, political and cultural environment of the country and how that impacts the business and regulatory environment.

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