Your quick guide to studying Law in Malaysia

Law is an essential component of every functioning society and it has developed differently across countries and cultural contexts. The same piece of legislation can have diverse connotations and functions depending on who you ask.

Do you have an interest in law and thought about going into the legal field? If so, do you think you have what it takes to become a practising attorney?

It can be daunting to take the first step. Therefore, students must learn the requirements for entering the field and its career prospects.

Education pathway to law

Due to the increasing interest shown by prospective students, the admissions process for law schools is often difficult and competitive. So, it is best to start planning for it during secondary school. Even before you apply to law school, you can place yourself in a position to succeed quickly and effectively if you’re prepared to put in the effort.

Here is a guide to help you map out your steps.

Step 1: At the SPM level or its equivalent, you must achieve at least 5 credits, including Bahasa Malaysia. It is also important to aim for credits or higher in English and History so that it helps you stand out from other candidates. The minimum prerequisites for law schools vary, but most universities will require good results in academic disciplines for admission.

Step 2: You must complete a preparatory course of study before enrolling in a university such as A-Levels or STPM. It is important to do your research on your preferred institution as many universities such as Multimedia University (MMU) offer a foundation programme in law that flows into their bachelor programmes.

Step 3: After completing your Bachelor’s degree in law (LLB), you will sit for the Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) examination. The examination can be spread over 9 months and it is a requirement if you want to practise law in Malaysia.

Step 4: You will begin your internship journey at a law firm (also known as “chambering” or “pupillage”), which may last for 9 months.

Step 5: You will be “called to the bar”. This refers to a formal ceremony marking your official acceptance as a lawyer.

Field of study

Among the many benefits of pursuing law is the range of subjects you can focus on.

Through the Bachelor of Law (Hons.) at MMU, students will study compulsory modules such as Constitutional Law where they will learn about the structure, roles and authority of the three branches of government (Executive, Legislative and Judicial).

Not only will you be educated by qualified educators, but you will also have access to a wide range of interesting electives. This includes Law of Banking, Law and Economics, and International Trade and Shipping Law. The rigorous curriculum of this bachelor’s degree programme at MMU will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in your future career.

Career prospects

It’s natural to associate attorneys with defending the rights of the accused in court, but that’s not the only thing lawyers do. Lawyers can be employed by a variety of establishments, including private enterprises, non-profit organisations, and academic institutions.

As an example, in light of the increasing urgency of action required to mitigate climate change, environmental lawyers are one of the most in-demand legal specialisations right now. They assist clients with legal matters related to clean technology and climate change. As of 2022, approximately 20,500 active lawyers are practising in various industries, according to an estimate by the Malaysian Bar Association.

If you don’t want to practise law, the skills you gained during your studies such as research and analysis, negotiation, and communication will assist you in pursuing other career options such as law lecturing, journalism and politics.

MMU’s Bachelor of Law (Hons.) is an excellent place to begin your journey in empowering yourself with the necessary legal expertise to advocate for your community and create positive change in the world.

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