Em­pow­er­ing law stu­dents

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STAR EDUCATION FAIR 2013 -

HELP Univer­sity’s Fac­ulty of Law & Gov­ern­ment is an elit­ist law school that nur­tures and em­pow­ers law stu­dents to re­alise their fullest po­ten­tial.

Dean of the Fac­ulty of Law and Gov­ern­ment Vas­an­tha Moor­thy says, “Law stu­dents at HELP un­dergo an ex­cel­lent le­gal ed­u­ca­tion and this is ev­i­dent by the 35 First Class Hon­ours grad­u­ates HELP has pro­duced to date.

“In 2013 alone, the fac­ulty pro­duced six First Class Hon­ours Achiev­ers from top Bri­tish uni­ver­si­ties, all of whom read law on a 2+1 UK Law De­gree Trans­fer ar­range­ment.”

HELP of­fers two path­ways to a law de­gree, the UK Law De­gree Trans­fer Pro­gramme and the HELP Bach­e­lor of Laws Hon­ours De­gree, both of which have re­ceived full ac­cred­i­ta­tion by the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency (MQA).

The UK De­gree Trans­fer Pro­gramme is af­fil­i­ated with nine well-known and pres­ti­gious uni­ver­si­ties in the UK: the Univer­sity of Manch­ester, Univer­sity of Sh­effield, Univer­sity of Leeds, Cardiff Univer­sity, Univer­sity of Liver­pool, Aberys­t­wyth Univer­sity, Univer­sity of Northum­bria, Univer­sity of the West of Eng­land, Bris­tol and the Univer­sity of Hert­ford­shire.

All HELP part­ner uni­ver­si­ties are on the Malaysian Le­gal Pro­fes­sion Qual­i­fy­ing Board’s (MLPQB) recog­nised list of uni­ver­si­ties.

The HELP LLB Hons is a three­year home­grown law de­gree of­fered to those in­tend­ing to pur­sue a ca­reer in the cor­po­rate sec­tor.

The fac­ulty also of­fers the Cer­tifi­cate in Le­gal Prac­tice (CLP).

In 2011, the fac­ulty was com­mended by the as­ses­sors of the Joint Aca­demic Stage Board (JASB) – a joint com­mit­tee of the Bar Stan­dards Board and the Solic­i­tors Reg­u­la­tion Au­thor­ity for best prac­tices in the ad­min­is­tra­tion and teach­ing of the UK law de­gree trans­fer pro­gramme.

The law team com­prises lec­tur­ers who were for­mer prac­ti­tion­ers. Th­ese lec­tur­ers bring with them a wealth of prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence that is in­valu­able in the teach­ing of law.

The fac­ulty is the only pri­vate univer­sity in Malaysia which pub­lishes two law jour­nals, the HELP Law Re­view and the HELP Stu­dent Law Jour­nal.

The jour­nals act as an in­cu­ba­tor of knowl­edge and ideas to ig­nite le­gal think­ing and re­search amongst the fac­ulty academics, stu­dents and mem­bers of the le­gal fra­ter­nity.

In liv­ing its mis­sion of “Groom­ing Em­ploy­able Lawyers” the fac­ulty has forged strong links with the le­gal pro­fes­sion through col­lab­o­ra­tions with the top law firms in the coun­try, which have en­dorsed the achieve­ments of law schol­ars at HELP with Book Prizes and in­tern­ships.

The fac­ulty also pi­o­neered the teach­ing of le­gal skills and le­gal prac­tice sub­jects in its un­der­grad­u­ate cour­ses with the pri­mary aim of meet­ing the in­dus­try’s de­mand for com­pe­tent and em­ploy­able law grad­u­ates who have ac­quired le­gal re­search, draft­ing, coun­selling, ne­go­ti­a­tion, opin­ion writ­ing and ad­vo­cacy skills.

The Depart­ment of Law con­ducts pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment cour­ses and guest lec­tures, fa­cil­i­tated by em­i­nent le­gal prac­ti­tion­ers, pro­fes- sors, re­tired and for­eign judges on top­i­cal ar­eas of the law.

Stu­dents also have the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend work­shops in ré­sumé writ­ing and ac­count­ing for lawyers as well as sem­i­nars in busi­ness, eco­nom­ics, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and psy­chol­ogy to en­hance their soft skills.

The teach­ing and learn­ing ped­a­go­gies em­pha­sise in­de­pen­dent re­search, case stud­ies, dis­cus­sion and crit­i­cal ap­pre­ci­a­tion of le­gal con­cepts and the­o­ries, peer teach­ing, prob­lem-based learn­ing and de­bates.

Stu­dents are also pro­vided with free English classes for the IELTS ex­am­i­na­tions to en­hance mas­tery of the English lan­guage.

The fac­ulty also of­fers the Cer­tifi­cate in Le­gal Prac­tice.

An out­stand­ing fea­ture of the HELP CLP ex­pe­ri­ence is that stu­dent learn­ing takes place in small co­horts to en­sure a per­sonal and sup­port­ive learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence led by a team of em­i­nent le­gal prac­ti­tion­ers.

For more en­quiries, con­tact Amir Syah at 03-2099 2921 or e-mail mo­hdamir@help.edu.my

HELP marked a mile­stone in its his­tory re­cently by or­gan­is­ing a din­ing ses­sion mod­elled on the ones hosted by the Inns of Court in Lon­don.

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