Why Law

"The modern law graduate can move into a variety of positions not only confined to the courts"

Law is one of the oldest fields of study, and remains as one of the most sought-after and widely respected programmes in the world. A law degree is the first step towards a career path in the traditional legal sector, whether as a practicing advocate or solicitor. However, a law degree is also one that opens many doors. The modern law graduate can move into a variety of positions not only confined to the courts but may also venture into the government, the public sector, business, corporations and even in entertainment. As the legal profession grows more dynamic every day, there is a demand for law graduates who are holistic in their approach and global in their outlook.

At KDU, our emphasis on holistic education and real-world learning gives our students the best exposure in the study of law. We guide students to discover the role they are most suited for when studying law here. Our Bachelor of Laws (3+0) University of London International programme is tailored to help students develop their legal analytical, communication, problem-solving, critical thinking and research skills so they may excel in any career choice – whether as practicing attorneys, members of the judiciary or other legal professionals across a myriad of industries.

WHY CHOOSE KDU?

ENGAGING LEARING ENVIRONMENT 
 
Good Student-Teacher Ratio 
 We pride ourselves with our small class sizes, as this fosters a better learning experience and closer interaction for students. There is also greater opportunity for students to participate and engage in the subjects that are being taught, and for one-on-one contact with the subject lecturer which allows for consistent monitoring of students’ academic progress. 
 
Personalised Attention 
 The faculty also maintains an open communication channel for students to raise any feedback or concerns, be it for academic or personal matters. The Law Society Centre at KDU functions as an interaction centre for both students and faculty members, ensuring both parties enjoy a good rapport. 
 
 
REAL WORLD EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE ​

The educational experience at KDU is designed to help students gain both theoretical knowledge and practical learning, preparing them for lifelong learning and professional success. We expose our students to an array of learning experiences that include not only lectures and field trips, but also seminars and talks given by various law firms. 
Field Trips 
 Field trips are essential to expose students to the practical side of legal studies. This not only gives them a first-hand view of how the legal environment, system and processes are, but also an understanding of what is happening in the real world. Some field trip locations include the Sungai Buloh Prison, Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration and Legal Aid Centre, just to name a few. 
 
Legal Talks 
 Talks given by law firms provide our students with the opportunity to meet up with practicing lawyers, who will be able to give students indispensable advice on what to expect in their future career. The industry link helps students to better grasp the understanding and expectations of the working world. 
 
 
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS 

KDU Students Co-Authored and Published Book - The Hotshot Series: The Legal Line

KDU graduates, Kenneth Chung, Andreanna Ten and New Su Ann, co-authored and published a guide book for aspiring lawyers called ‘The Hotshot Series: The Legal Line’.

The book, which was conceived when the students were pursuing their law studies at KDU, serves as a framework for aspiring lawyers to understand what is required of them to reach their fullest potential and give them a realistic view of what a career in the legal profession is all about.

The enlightening book provides end-to-end advice on choosing a law school, expectations as a lawyer and of the legal practice, career options, as well as input and anecdotes of those from and related to the field of law, such as practicing lawyers, judges, criminal litigators, law firm partners, bankers and consultants, amongst many others.

‘The Hotshot Series: The Legal Line’ is published by LexisNexis, and was launched in 2016 by Yang Berhormat Puan Hajah Nancy binti Shukri, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department. 


LEGAL CAREER PATHWAYS 

Law graduates from KDU are equipped with diverse knowledge and practical skills, and can choose to work in a traditional legal practice or beyond. At KDU, students will be guided on choosing elective subjects that will lead to their own preferential pathways. The two most common pathways for a law graduate are as in-house counsel (corporate lawyers) or as advocates and solicitors (practicing lawyers).

In-house Counsel (Corporate Lawyer)

In-house Counsel refers to lawyer employed by a business or organisation solely for in-house legal advisory work. Their primary objective is to serve the interests of the organisation, not the owners of the business or the executives who run it. Small corporations may retain one or two lawyers on staff, while larger corporations typically have numerous in-house counsel, each with their own specialty.

In addition to legal counsel, corporate lawyers are
also called upon to provide business advice, whenever necessary. An in-house counsel’s job scope may include drafting legal documents, reviewing new business contracts, consulting and handling corporate legal processes such as mergers and acquisitions, financial / securities offerings and intellectual property, guiding executives on regulatory and compliance matters, developing company policy, and such.

Advocates and Solicitors (Practicing Lawyers)

Advocates and solicitors focus mainly in dealing and representing clients before the court, and are self-employed specialist in their area of legality.

Prior to being qualified as a practicing lawyer in Malaysia, law graduates will need to undertake the Certificate in Legal Practice examination (Malaysia) or the Bar Professional Training Course (UK), and undergo 9 months of chambering.

The difference between an advocate and a solicitor is that advocates defend people in court, while a solicitor mainly advise clients, undertake negotiations and draft legal documents, and are confined to magistrate courts. Solicitors usually have specialist knowledge of different areas of the law, such as family law, property law, criminal law, employment law and such. On the other hand, an advocate is usually contracted by a solicitor on behalf of their clients. Advocates stand in higher levels of court and plead cases on behalf of their clients in front of a judge.