A le­gal path­way

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YOU have de­cided to read law but don’t know what it en­tails. You have been get­ting all kinds of ad­vice, not all so­licited and most seem con­tra­dic­tory. If this de­scribes you, this ar­ti­cle is a must read.

In the last two decades, ATC has be­come the largest in­de­pen­dent and best­per­form­ing law school in the re­gion with two cam­puses in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Pe­nang), one in Sin­ga­pore and a joint ven­ture part­ner­ship in Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Polytech­nic Univer­sity. It has been pro­vid­ing the Univer­sity of Lon­don LLB with distinc­tion for so many years that it has been recog­nised as an Af­fil­i­ate Cen­tre.

ATC gives you the op­tion of com­plet­ing a Bri­tish law de­gree com­pletely in Malaysia.

There are a few things that you can do to pre­pare yourself for le­gal stud­ies. Firstly, you need to be­come a news buff. Get in­ter­ested in what is go­ing on around you in re­la­tion to the govern­ment and pol­i­tics.

Be in­formed about the var­i­ous ar­gu­ments about the lat­est govern­ment poli­cies and pro­posed amend­ments to the law. This can be ob­tained by sim­ply read­ing news­pa­pers.

Be com­fort­able with le­gal lan­guage. You can do this by buy­ing a le­gal dic­tio­nary or read­ing some le­gal aca­demic jour­nals. You may not un­der­stand the sub­stance of the ar­ti­cles as yet but you will be­gin your jour­ney to be­com­ing used to the lan­guage.

If your com­mand of the English lan­guage is not the best, take some steps to im­prove it. This could be as sim­ple as read­ing widely in English or tak­ing some classes.

If le­gal prac­tice is what you in­tend to do in fu­ture, it would be best to fa­mil­iarise yourself with how the courts work and how an advo- cate and so­lic­i­tor pre­sents his case in court and ar­gues for his client.

Fi­nally, be com­fort­able with the idea that the study of law is not a sci­ence – there need not be one clear and def­i­nite an­swer that all will ar­rive at. Once you ac­cept this then study of the law be­comes more ac­ces­si­ble.

ATC has the track record of leading stu­dents to suc­cess in le­gal stud­ies. More than 8,000 of ATC grad­u­ates are cur­rently in­volved in the le­gal arena, cor­po­rate sec­tor and me­dia in­dus­tries, among oth­ers.

ATC also of­fers the Cam­bridge In­ter­na­tional A-Level pro­gramme, which is the step­ping stone for SPM leavers to start the LLB.

Drop by ATC’s cam­pus at Ban­gu­nan Tu­nas Utama, Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.

The col­lege is open daily, ex­cept on pub­lic hol­i­days. Coun­selling hours are from 9.30am to 7pm (Mon­day to Fri­day) and 10am to 4pm (Satur­day and Sun­day).

For de­tails, call 1800-88-9292 or 04-229 9266 (Pe­nang branch).

ATC gives you the op­tion of com­plet­ing a Bri­tish law de­gree com­pletely in Malaysia.

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