From the Law Student’s Desk

“What course are you talking?”

“I’m reading Law.”

“Wow! You must be pretty smart!”

INTRODUCTION

The conversation above is pretty much a typical scenario you’d face, especially when you’re a law student. Society’s perception of lawyers are like how it was just after Merdeka. But back then, law schools were limited in Malaysia. The courses offered were LL.B. (Hons) U of London Exernal programmes – if any. Fast forward it to 2008, we have many universities and institutions of higher learning who offer their own Law degree or diploma. Some in the private sector still conduct external LL.B. (Hons) programme but sown to meet their needs. While the number of Law Students in Malaysia continue to increase, the stigma will hardly change.

Briefly about me. I’m a 2nd year Legal Studies undergraduate in Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia (UiTM). Before starting out in Shah Alam in July 2006, I did the UiTM Law Foundation (Pre-Law/PI005) in UiTM Kedah for 3 semesters. While I’ve never been on the Dean’s List before, this blog isn’t meant to parade my results or knowledge. On the contrary, this initiative is meant to share ideas and experiance among law students in Malaysia. That is why this blog will be written to cater for that very target.

Organisation of Blog

For easy reference, entries will be categorized (duh!). At this moment, the types of entries which you can expect are:-

  • Blog Administration – Involves the management, expansion etc. of this blog. From time to time, announcements would be made under this category.
  • Study Skills & Exam Techniques – A common problem we share, especially when you’re in the 1st Semester/Year, how on earth do you study law? Are you going to memorise each case word by word? How do you answer your exam questions? From time to time, I’ll share my findings on this matter.
  • From the Eyes of the Law Student – This category will be filled with comments on current issues, legally or otherwise. Since this blog is for Law Students, I wouldn’t really be writing on the political aspect. There are a plethora of blogs on politics on the internet. All you need to do is Google.
  • Outside Black-and-White – Look forward to entries on living and life skills during and after study. Studying Law isn’t just about going to classes and heading home. As a human being, you have certain needs and skills which you must acquire. After all, University is meant to prepare you for life.
  • From the Faculty – For those of you who’d like to share activities organised by your faculty/school, feel free to contact me so I can include them in this blog. Consider this free publicity, especially when you’re tight on budget. Will need the details to write up something alluring.
  • Applying the Law – As much as I would like to drop the lectures at the main gate, what’s the point of learning about law if you’re not going to apply it in life? To me, that’s the only thing which would make a dull programme more lively. In the future, I intend to invite more voluntary contributors to write on this area. Suggestions on applying Donoghue v Stevenson and Rylands v Fletcher as you live your daily life would be interesting. And when you do end up practicing, I’m more than certain it’ll be very handy for you.

Private Initiative

As a reminder, this From the Law Student’s Desk is a private initiative taken by a Law student. No money is involved unless you intend to advertise your service or product. While I may be studying in UiTM, the posts here are not influenced by or confined to that institution. This is a Law Students’ blog by a Law student for Law Students in Malaysia. Even so, a degree of censorship will be undertaken to prevent any conflict with any law enforced in Malaysia – especially the University and College University’s Act (AUKU).

(I see a lot of you are still visiting this page. Just be informed, this blog is no longer called From the Law Student’s Desk, it is now Reading Law. See here for more. – Admin)

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