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Study Guide: Law (LL.B) in Malaysia

Do you intend to pursue a law study in Malaysia? If so, you are about to enter a fascinating field that is rich in opportunity. When studying law, there are several things you can concentrate on. You will quickly discover that, no matter where you are in the world, there will always be a need for lawyers to offer legal services. After completing your legal education in Malaysia, you will have the choice of working as a legal professional here or moving abroad to practise law.


A law is a regulation enacted by a government to govern how a community behaves. These regulations are intended to ensure that everyone's rights are protected in order for us to live freely and happily. Lawyers are the backbone of the legal system and a fundamental component of the law. In Malaysia, lawyers might choose to specialise as either advocates or solicitors. With a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), you will eventually be able to become an advocate and solicitor. Lawyers are expert counsellors to their clients, providing assistance in a variety of legal circumstances, both civil and criminal.


This course will teach you the skills required to practise law in Malaysia. Law school students must have a broad perspective, be proficient in discussion, and explore all options. Business, criminal, civil rights, intellectual property, and other legal specialisations are accessible to students.

The field of law is vast and interdisciplinary as a whole. Law can be classified into two major divisions — public law and private/civil law.



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The legislation that governs the interaction between the government and its citizens is known as public law. Its goal is to keep the community in order by punishing crimes against the state. To put it simply, if you see a man fleeing a convenience shop with a few stolen items under his arm, he is breaking the law. He committed a theft crime, which affects everyone.

Some areas of public law are:

  • Constitutional Law

  • Administrative Law

  • Criminal Law


Private or civil law is concerned with the rights and interactions of persons to one another. It frequently involves disagreements between private individuals and is intended to right an injustice. To put it another way, if your neighbour sues you because your barbeque smoke landed in his yard, you may be in violation of private law. You violated your neighbor's right to privacy of his land.

Some areas of private/civil law are:

  • Contract Law

  • Property Law

  • Trusts Law

  • Family Law

  • Tort Law


These are the general entry requirements to pursue a degree in law.  Entry requirements for some universities may be higher, so do make sure you check the details carefully.



  • SPM/O-Level: A pass with 5 credits including English (applicable to pre-university/foundation students)

  • SPM/O-Level: A pass with 3 credits including English (applicable to diploma students)

  • Minimum of C in Bahasa Melayu at SPM level (or credit in “Malay” or “Malay as a Second Language” at ICGSE) to be exempted from the Bahasa Malaysia Qualifying Examination


  • A-Level: Minimum CC/BD/AE

  • Australian Matriculation SAM/SACE International: Minimum ATAR 70

  • Canadian Pre-University programmes: Average of 65% in any 6 subjects

  • Foundation in Law or Matriculation programme: Pass with minimum CGPA 2.00 

  • International Baccalaureate (IB): Minimum 24 points in 6 subjects and at least 4 points for 3 Higher Level (HL) subjects

  • UEC: Pass with minimum 5Bs including English with maximum of 20 points

  • STPM: Minimum of 2Cs with at least a pass in Pengajian Am

  • Diploma: Minimum CGPA 2.00


  • IELTS: Band 6.0​

  • MUET: Band 4

  • Completed Pre-University/Diploma that was conducted in English


  • Minimum of 5Cs in SPM (or equivalent), and

  • Two principal passes in STPM or equivalent (i.e. minimum of 2Es in A-Level; or 2Cs in STPM; or 2Bs in UEC; or pass in Foundation in Law / Arts / Science), and

  • A recognised 3-year Law Degree


A law degree in Malaysia takes at least 3 years to accomplish. If you choose a law degree with a professional year, it will take 4 years. You will learn about the legal system, as well as the principles and theories that underpin it, as part of your Bachelor of Laws degree. You will get the knowledge and abilities required for a successful legal career, from learning to draught contractual papers to negotiating and arguing for your client.

Note: If your Bachelor of Laws does not include a professional year, you will need to pass a professional legal exam known as the Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) in order to qualify as an advocate and solicitor in Malaysia, to practise as a lawyer. The Malaysian Legal Profession Qualifying Board administers this professional law exam.

Here are some of the subjects you will learn:

  • Law of Contract

  • Law of Torts

  • Constitutional Law

  • Criminal Law

  • Land Law

  • Equity and Trusts

You will also be introduced to mooting and mock trials, where you will argue a matter in simulated court processes against other law students. This will give you an idea of how it feels to be in a courtroom. In contrast to other courses that include an internship component, you will almost certainly be graded only on final exams at the conclusion of each year. As a result, you must be comfortable with an all-exam evaluation.

Note: Be sure to check if the programme you are enrolling in is recognised by the Legal Profession Qualifying Board (LPQB) and accredited by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA).