HELP University Study Law in Malaysia

The Malaysian Bar notes that HELP University and Taylor’s University have each issued a press release on 19 July 2013 with respect to our press release entitled “Exercise Caution When Selecting Law Programme to Pursue”, dated 18 July 2013. We confirm that these two educational institutions offer law programmes that culminate in law degrees conferred by foreign universities, which are recognised by the Legal Profession Qualifying Board (“LPQB”), as follows:

HELP University conducts a “UK Degree Transfer Program (Law)”, whereby students spend one or two years at HELP University before transferring to one of its nine partner universities in the United Kingdom.  These nine partner universities are:

  •     Aberystwyth University
  •     Cardiff University
  •     Northumbria University
  •     University of Hertfordshire
  •     University of Leeds
  •     University of Liverpool
  •     University of Manchester
  •     University of Sheffield
  •     University of West of England

Taylor’s University’s law programme, whereby students who spend one or two years at Taylor’s Law School can transfer to one of its six “articulation partners” in the United Kingdom.  These six “articulation partners” are:

  •     Cardiff University
  •     University of Leeds
  •     University of Manchester
  •     University of Reading
  •     University of Sheffield
  •     University of West of England

Graduates who have successfully undertaken either of these routes are eligible to be considered to sit for the Certificate of Legal Practice examination, and thereafter eligible to become a “qualified person” within the meaning of the Legal Profession Act 1976, for admission as an advocate and solicitor, and entering the legal profession, in Malaysia.

Both these educational institutions also offer law programmes that culminate in their own law degrees, which have yet to be accorded recognition by LPQB.  It is these law degrees that were being addressed in the Malaysian Bar’s press release of 18 July 2013.  We note that HELP University has commenced the process of seeking recognition, and Taylor’s University intends to do so in 2014.  The Malaysian Bar welcomes the assurances from HELP University and Taylor’s University that they ensure that this is explained and made expressly clear to students and applicants.

The Malaysian Bar is heartened that both HELP University and Taylor’s University, as teaching institutions, are conscious of the importance of providing quality education and of ensuring that new entrants (amongst their students) to the Malaysian Bar should have the requisite qualifications to become legal practitioners.  In this connection, the Malaysian Bar hopes that both these institutions will continue to adopt transparent and coherent enrolment policies that highlight the status of recognition of their law programmes.

The Malaysian Bar reiterates that all prospective law students who intend to pursue a career as a legal practitioner should verify with LPQB the status of recognition of the educational institution and law programme of their choice.