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 By: Yap Wen Han (BAC Apprentice)   On 11 January 2021, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the advice of the Cabinet, declared a nationwide state of Emergency in accordance with the article of the Federal Constitution to curb the spread of Covid-19 cases. The proclamation of Emergency under Article 150 of the Federal Constitution was followed by the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021 gazetted by the Government on the...
We all know that the purpose of laws is to establish and maintain order as well as regulate a country. What more in Malaysia, where we see laws implemented and enforced whether on a Federal level (known as Acts) or State level (known as Enactments or Ordinances). However, laws are not always set in stone as they can get amended or repealed, while new laws can be introduced. How many of us Malaysian citizens know how laws get made in this...
By BAC Apprentices Writer: Liew Hong Wei Editors: Jennifer Chan & Chan Sook Zhui   So, you’ve graduated from law school, passed your CLP, did pupillage, and set to become a lawyer! Wait, I hear you wondering, how do you actually become a lawyer? Not just a lawyer, but a good one. I mean, you watched nine seasons of Suits, advised your uncle on Contract Law and probably have a bust of Lord Denning....
“Both Mr. A and Mr.B agreed on an out of court settlement to resolve the issue”- a line you may or may not have come across when looking up/ reading about legal cases.      The phrase “out of court settlement” is generally understood to be a nod to alternative dispute resolution- ADR for short. For laypeople, ADR is a collective term for the various methods of resolving conflicts/ disputes between 2...
When people think of lawyers their minds immediately think of a litigator who’s advocating in a courtroom. Yet, little is known of the other legal professions that a law graduate may pursue. Here is a list of other law careers one may find interest in!   Mediator   A mediator is a lawyer who settles disputes outside of court by individually looking into the cases of the disputing parties and offering...
This is an age-old question. One that many young women ponder upon when deciding to pursue law, and more specifically, litigation (the process of taking legal action). As a woman studying for a law degree or intending to, have you ever been on the receiving end of these statements and questions?  “Litigation is more a man’s job - too many hours go into it”, “How will you have kids and a family when you’re...
As one would know, the laws of a nation are established to maintain a safe, functioning, orderly society. However, not all law is set in stone forever. Such is the case with Malaysia, especially while having seen advancements in the areas of technology, communications, and media in the past two decades. With evolution and advancement, comes a fair share of challenges and threats. Hence, new laws are always developed, amended, and established...
Whoever said a law degree only opened up pathways to legal careers was severely mistaken. This myth is especially debunked by the large numbers of lawyers who eventually became leaders of nations. Newly elected President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris are perfect examples. The American leaders are both law degree holders and had even pursued legal careers before turning to politics. President Biden graduated with a law...
You’re in the midst of completing your CLP (or the Bar), and the pressure to start applying for a pupilage position has increased ten-fold. But where do you even begin? There are hundreds of law firms throughout Malaysia and you need to figure out which of these are best suited to your interests. This can be incredibly overwhelming, but perhaps a good way to start is by reading about how to choose a law firm. This isn’t a...
Do you obsessively read op-eds and headlines on human rights atrocities? Do you binge watch documentaries and movies depicting the most marginalised? Perhaps you should consider a career in human rights law. You’ve probably already considered this but everything people say about this field of law is stopping you in your tracks. “There’s no money in it” “There’s no scope for this in Malaysia”...
After years of hard work, you’ve finally made it! You’re officially a law graduate open to new challenges. Still unsure of your next step? Then, check out the viable options below:   Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) : If you are a foreign law graduate keen on practising law in Malaysia The CLP is a 9-month long postgraduate course and professional examination taken by law graduates to qualify as...
So, you’ve passed the first hurdle; SPM/ O-Levels/ IGCSE, and the next, Pre-U. Now the time has come for you to begin your LLB or law degree. And yes, you know all about the requirements to study law, you just need to read and research case histories and legal rules, right? Well, yes, but that’s not all. Here are some interesting things you would experience as a law student!   1. You’re in Good Company...