Study Law in Malaysia | How to become lawyer in Malaysia

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Who should study Law as a career in the future

Students who love to read, talk, write and good in subjects such as History and English can consider a career in Law. Becoming a lawyer required exceptional skills in oral and written communication skills, strong analytical skills, the ability to simultaneously balance multiple tasks, leadership skills, able to perform in-depth research, remember facts as well as use the facts in a logical manner.

Why study Law?

Whilst a law degree can most certainly lead to an exciting and challenging career as a solicitor or barrister, it can also open the door to a wealth of opportunities in almost every industry sector you can think of. Lawyers affect nearly every aspect of society in a range of positions and industries, their basic duties are the same–to represent the needs of their clients in civil and criminal trials. Lawyers can specialise in bankruptcy, international, elder, probate, or environmental law. Lawyers can also apply their legal qualifications to build high-flying careers all over the world, working in business management, banking and finance, politics and government.

Other than practising law in the courtroom, lawyers can find jobs in other areas such as:

  • Academician
  • Advocates & Solicitors
  • Attorney-General’s Chambers
  • Arbitrator
  • Company Secretary
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Forensic Investigator
  • Judiciary
  • Lecturer
  • Legal Secretary
  • Legal Writer & Editor

Steps to becoming a Lawyer in Malaysia

  1. Take a Recognised Pre-University Course. Students after SPM, IGCSE or UEC will need at least Credits including English and Maths. Generally, IB, Recognised Foundation, STPM and A-Levels are the best option for students wanting to pursue a law degree in Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
  2. Earn a law degree from an approved university. Before enrolling with a university, verify that the LL.B course is an honours program and is approved by the Legal Profession Qualifying Board Malaysia, or by the Malaysia Bar. Failure to graduate from an approved program will preclude you from applying to take the Malaysian Bar examinations.
  3. Complete a Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP). The BVC is offered in Great Britain and is a popular option for most Malaysians due to its excellent reputation and job prospects. The alternative in Malaysia is the examination known as the Certificate in Legal Practice. Passing either one is mandatory to be called to the Bar. Note that some universities have satisfied these requirements and can bypass the examination.
  4. Sign up for “chambering.” This is a practical training course that lasts nine months, during which the new graduate is attached to a lawyer, law firm, legal agency or other programs to acquire practical legal skills. It is a nonsalaried position; however, most law firms will provide a basic monthly allowance, and depending on the size of the firm this may range from RM 300 to 1,000. During the training period, you will be required to pass all Malaysian Bar examinations and legal aid programs. Only upon completion of these will the graduate be called to the Bar as a fully-qualified lawyer and allowed to practice independently.

Steps to becoming a Lawyer in Australia

Similar to Malaysia, students need to complete the following four steps to practice as a solicitor in Australia,

  1. Completion of an approved law degree (LLB or JD)
  2. Completion of an approved practical legal training (PLT) course to obtain the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice or completion of a supervised traineeship at a firm
  3. Application for admission to Roll of Lawyers
  4. Application for a practising certificate

Please note international students wishing to work in Australia as a lawyer are required to satisfy the ‘2 years study requirement in Australia’ and apply for Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) upon completion of their study.

Which is the best university to study Law in Malaysia?

The University of Reading Malaysia Campus is one of the best universities in Malaysia having being ranked in the top 200 universities globally (according to Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings) and has a long-established reputation for the quality of its teaching and research.

  • Taylor’s University College
  • UOW KDU University College
  • Help University College
  • University of Reading
  • INTI University College
  • Brickfield Asia College
  • Multi Media University

Which is the best university to study Law in Australia?

  • Australian National University
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Adelaide
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Western Australia
  • Macquarie University
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of Technology, Sydney
  • Bond University, Queensland
  • Murdoch University
  • Queensland University of Technology

What is the best university to study Law in New Zealand?

  • University of Auckland
  • University of Canterbury
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • University of Otago
  • University of Waikato

The above list shall be reviewed from time to time and the Qualifying Board may add to or vary the list if it considers necessary to do so. Fresh applications for recognition may also be considered by the Qualifying Board from universities not included in the list.

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