How to become a Lawyer in Malaysia?

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Who is a Lawyer?

Typically, lawyers represent clients in civil or criminal trials and present evidence for their defense. However, on a wider scope; they also advise their clients on their legal rights or obligations and counsel them on the best way to proceed according to their legal circumstances. 

Other than that, lawyers also carry out research on legal issues and draw up legal documents (wills, deeds, contracts, lawsuits and appeals) — they are qualified to interpret laws, regulations, and rulings. 

A lawyer can specialize in many different areas of this profession depending whether it is a public or private law —

Public law (issues that affect the general public or states)

  • Administrative law
  • Constitutional law
  • Criminal law
  • Municipal law
  • International law

Private law (related to the rights and obligations of individuals, families, businesses and small groups )

  • Contract law
  • Tort law
  • Property law
  • Succession law
  • Family law

How to become a Lawyer in Malaysia?

As mentioned by the majority of lawyers and law graduates, becoming a lawyer is definitely not an easy and smooth journey. Here’s the walkthrough of the pathway —

1.Meet the SPM pre-requisite requirements

SPM requirements: Minimum 5Cs

2. Enroll in a recognised Pre-University/Year 12 equivalent program 

The best options for you to pursue a law degree in Malaysia will be a recognised Foundation, STPM, A-Levels, IB and UEC.

3. Graduate with a law degree from an approved university

Most importantly, in taking a law degree, you need to verify that the law degree course is approved by the Legal Profession Qualifying Board Malaysia, or by the Malaysia Bar. Failure to graduate from an approved program will prohibit you from applying to take the Malaysian Bar examinations.

4. Complete a Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) or Bar Professional Training Course

(BPTC) CLP is known as the Malaysian bar examination; you are only allowed a maximum of 4 attempts at the CLP. Alternatively, BPTC (or previously known as BVC) is a popular option for most Malaysians due to its excellent reputation and job prospects — it is a vocational training course in Europe that law graduates take to be admitted as barristers in England and Wales that can also be admitted as an advocate and solicitor not only in Malaysia but also any commonwealth countries. Passing either one is mandatory to be called to the Bar. 

Take note:  some universities are exempted from CLP.

5. Undergo Pupillage (known as “Chambering”) 

This is a practical training course that lasts nine months. Graduates who are exempted from the CLP may start their pupillage immediately after their degree. During the training period, you will be required to pass all Malaysian Bar examinations and legal aid programs. Upon completion, graduates will be called to the Bar as a fully-qualified lawyer and are allowed to practice independently.

What are the General Entry Requirements to study a Law Degree in Malaysia?

Academic Requirements

SPM (Prerequisite)

Pass SPM with 5 credits including English

STPM

Pass with a minimum CGPA 2.67

Foundation/Diploma in Law

Minimum CGPA 2.00

A-Levels

Pass with a minimum of grade D in any 3 subjects

UEC

Minimum of 5Bs

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English language requirements

IELTS

Minimum 6.0

TOEFL

Minimum 79 (Internet Based Test)

MUET

Minimum Band 4

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What are the Recommended Universities to study Law in Malaysia?

1. Taylor's University

We offer the option for our students to either complete 3 years of their programme with Taylors and graduate with a full blown MQA accredited degree or an option to complete their Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) with our established articulation partner university in the United Kingdom.

Program Name

Bachelor of Laws (LL.B)

Program Duration 

3 years

Intakes

March, August

Indicative Annual Fee 2021 

Malaysian students: RM34,840

Non-Malaysian students: RM41,430

2. Multimedia University (MMU)

In December 2012, the Legal Profession Qualifying Board (LPQB) of Malaysia declared that graduates with a Bachelor of Law (Hons.) awarded by Multimedia University from 2009/2010 intake onwards are exempted from the Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) examination.

Program Name

Bachelor of Law (Hons.)

Program Duration 

4 years

Intakes

March, June. October

Indicative Annual Fee 2021 

Malaysian students: RM48,101

Non-Malaysian students: RM54,915

3. HELP University & Colleges

The LLB programme is recognised by the Malaysian Legal Profession Qualifying Board. Graduates of HELP’s LLB programme are eligible to  pursue the Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP).

Program Name

Bachelor of Law

Program Duration 

3 years

Intakes

January, May, August

Indicative Annual Fee 2021 

RM23,000

4. UOW Malaysia KDU

The program allows students the flexibility to complete it at their own pace (up to a maximum of 3 sittings and 5 years) and to sit for the exam in various locations around the world.

Program Name

Bachelor of Laws (Ll.B) (3+0) University of London Programmes

Program Duration 

3 years

Intakes

January, June, September

Indicative Annual Fee 2021 

Malaysian students: RM40,320

Non-Malaysian students: RM54,020

5. Brickfields Asia College (BAC)

You could choose to complete a 1+2 (1 year at BAC and 2 years at a partner university) or 2+1 (2 years at BAC and 1 year at a partner university) in the UK. Graduates who meet the minimum requirements may directly progress to the Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) in Malaysia or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) in the UK, and join the legal profession as an entry-level lawyer upon completion.

Program Name

LLB (Hons), University of London

Program Duration 

3 years

Intakes

January, April, June & September

Indicative Annual Fee 2021 

Malaysian students: RM13,000

Non-Malaysian students: RM18,000

6. University of Readings Malaysia

The Reading LLB offered in the UK is recognised by the Legal Profession Qualifying Board (LPQB) in Malaysia for the Certificate in Legal Practice Examination (CLPE).

Program Name

Bachelor of Laws, LL.B 

Program Duration 

3 years

Intakes

July, September

Indicative Annual Fee 2021 

Malaysian students: RM37,600

Non-Malaysian students: RM45,200

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