What is Law?
Law is depicted as a body of rules of action or conduct that have been established by a controlling authority and having binding legal force. A law is something that needs to be observed and obeyed but citizens in order to avoid sanctions or legal consequences.
Law serves many purposes in our everyday lives. It is mainly used for the purpose of setting a standard for acceptable and unacceptable behaviours, providing equal access to justice through the law, social progress, protecting the vulnerable in society and many more.
Becoming a lawyer is one of the few professions that can allow you to bring about positive change in society or in a nation of laws. Being a lawyer is far more than just solving problems. They can effectively help prevent issues from even coming into fruition. It involves acting as an advocate or advisor to clients or government agencies in courts on legal issues and disputes, conducting research and filing legal documents, and also overseeing the work of paralegals and legal secretaries.
Types of Law
Law’s scope can be divided into two domains which are private law and public law. After pursuing your law degree you may want to think about which division you are interested in.
Private law or also frequently known as common law, concerns legal disputes between individuals, families and businesses which exist to assist citizens in governing the relationship between these parties. Its scope is more in depth and specific than public law and covers:
Type of Private Law
Law that governs the rights and duties of those involved in contracts
Law that deals with transactions related to commercial and residential property
Law which protects and compensates individuals who have been injured by negligence or intentional acts of wrongdoers
Law that relates to the legal principles of distribution assets of a deceased individual
Law that deals with family matters and domestic relations
Public Law on the other hand, concerns the government and society. It deals with problems that affect the general public or the state. It includes:
Types of Public Law
Laws that apply to criminal acts
Laws that govern the regulation of government agencies
Law that establishes government authority and power, limitations and grant of rights
Law that govern the dealings of nations with each other
Laws and ordinances that are specific to an area (e.g. town, city, village)
Why Should You Study Law?
You should study law as you will be able to gain a huge range of transferable skills. Let’s just say upon the completion of your law degree you think you are better off running a business instead of defending one. Studying law helps you to learn skills that can be applied in many other fields with the ability to think critically, write, speak, solve problems at a rattling pace and research. With these skills, law graduates tend to be highly employable with their capabilities.
Moreover, studying law gives you a chance to make a difference in society whether it’s social, environmental, economic or political. As a law graduate, you have a big opportunity to further the public good and positively affect how the world runs.
As you may already know, lawyers make pretty large figures even as a fresh graduate. Working in a law firm rather than operating as an individual gives you a higher average salary. Being a law professor alone, you earn on an average of RM11,000 per month. Therefore, studying law and being a lawyer can bring you great remuneration.
If you are hoping for job security, being a lawyer can give you just that. Just like doctors, nurses, teachers and engineers, lawyers are essential to society’s needs. Even in the event of economic downturns, lawyers would still have their jobs secured. Take this current pandemic as in example, lawyers.
What Are The Career Options With A Law Degree?
In case you didn’t already know, having a law degree does not only give you an option of becoming a lawyer or solicitor who works in a law firm. So, if you plan to study law but are not quite interested in being a lawyer, fraid not! With a law degree, you can branch out into various fields such as:
Business and Legal
Government and Politics
Advertising and Public Relations
Journalism and Media
Note: These are just a few of the many career options available to you with a law degree.
General Entry Requirements to Study Law In Malaysia
To be able to enter a law degree course in Malaysia, you will generally require:
Pass with min. of Grade C in TWO (2) subjects
Min. ATAR of 50
Min. CGPA of 2.6
Foundation in Law, Arts, Science
Min. CGPA of 2.00
Canadian Pre-University (CPU)
Min. average of 65% in 6 subjects
International Baccalaureate (IB)
24 points in 6 subjects and at least 4 points for 3 Higher Level Subjects
Min. CC/ BD/ AE
SAM/ SACE International
Min. ATAR of 70
English Language Requirements
Min. Grade C
Overall Band 6.0
79 (Internet Based Test)
Canadian Pre-University (CPU) (English 4U)
Min. Grade C
SAM/ SACE International (English as Additional Language)
CLP Malaysia Requirements
Graduating with a law degree will not make you a practising lawyer just yet. You will need to complete the Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP), a professional law exam to be qualified as a practising lawyer in Malaysia. It is a 9 month long post-graduate course that is conducted by the Legal Profession Qualifying Board of Malaysia.
In order for you to be able to undertake the Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) exam, you will need to fulfil these requirements:
Min. of 5Cs
Min. of 2Cs
Pass with CGPA of 2.00
Min of 2Es
Min. of 2Bs
Recognized Law Degree
Min. Second Class Lower
Top Private Universities to Study Law In Malaysia 2022
#1 Brickfields Asia College (BAC)
January, April, June, September
#2 Taylor's University
Bachelors of Law (Hons)
January, March, August
Local students – RM107,810
International students – RM130,285
#3 HELP University
UK Degree Transfer Programme (Law)
December, July, September
Local students – RM55,400
Bachelor of Law (Hons)
January, May, August
Local students – RM69,000
#4 Advance Tertiary College (ATC)
University of London, Bachelor of Laws Programme (LLB)
January, April, June, September
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