HELP University Study Law in Malaysia

In 2000, the Department of Law, HELP University organized its inaugural Law Olympiad competition in Kuala Lumpur. We received overwhelming response from the schools with twenty-four schools participating in the event. Since then, the Law Olympiad has become a signature event of the Department of Law. It is now conducted annually in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ipoh and Kota Kinabalu. In 2010, the Law Olympiad was taken across the shores of Malaysia to Colombo, Sri Lanka and the competition was well received by the students from both private and government schools from Colombo and Jaffna.

The primary objective of the competition is to encourage analytical and critical thinking skills in students and hopefully, develop an interest in the study of law or related disciplines. Students are judged purely on logic, common sense and reasonableness and not knowledge of law. With Esprit de Corps as the central theme of the competition, we hope that it will promote camaraderie among the participants.

The competition comprises four games – Visitors from Outer Space, Whodunnit?, Trivia Quiz, What’s Your Verdict and will conclude with a presentation of a mock trial. Lucrative prizes await the winning teams.

We are pleased to invite Fourth and Fifth Formers from your school to participate in this exciting and thought-provoking competition. Each team is to consist of 5 members. The maximum number of teams per school is two. The following are the details of the competition:

The Rules and Regulations

 

  1. Team members are expected to maintain decorum and discipline throughout the course of the game.
  2. There should be no exchange, whether verbal, written, by way of conduct or otherwise, of information, materials, ideas, opinions etc. between the teams.
  3. In the case where one school is represented by more than one team, the members are reminded that there should be no exchange of information, materials, ideas, opinions etc. between the teams whether verbal, written, by way of conduct or otherwise between the teams.
  4. Students should not have in their possession any electronic devices. All hand phones must be switched off.
  5. Members are permitted to request for the temporary use of a dictionary. Requests should be made to the marshals.
  6. Teams are requested to abide by the rules of fair play at all times.
  7. Any infringement of rules by any team may result in a deduction of marks or a disqualification of the team from the whole competition or a particular game. The decision to evoke this rule rests with the adjudicator and the organizing committee.
  8. Please take note that each participating school should nominate the participating team (5 members).

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

Game 1
“Visitors from Outer Space”

  1. Teams will be given handouts containing a list of Rights as presented by ‘visitors from outer space’.
  2. Each team will be required to select 5 rights to ‘surrender’ to the ‘visitors from outer space’.
  3. Teams will be required to list the said rights in order of importance and provide REASONS for surrendering each right.
  4. Total marks – 40 and the breakdown of the marks:
  5. Reasoning – 20 marks
  6. Presentation – 10 marks
  7. Teamwork – 10 marks
  8. Time allocated for presentation – 10 minutes
  9. Time for presentation per team – 10 minutes

Game 2
“Whodunnit?”

  1. Each team is provided with three cases comprising of sets of facts which are pieces of evidence related to a crime/wrongful act committed by an individual.
  2. The objective of the game is for the team members to identify the culprit by studying the various pieces of evidence. The competing teams will have to play police detective.
  3. Apart from identifying the culprit, the teams are required to explain why that particular individual was identified.
  4. Teams are required to provide their answers in the answer sheet provided.
  5. Teams are encouraged to work on more than one case at a time.
  6. The maximum marks for each case is ten marks and the total is thirty marks. For each case, a maximum of four marks will be allotted for identifying the correct culprit and a maximum of six marks for reasons provided.
  7. Marks are allotted based on Adjudicators’ evaluation and discretion.
  8. Total time – thirty minutes.

Game 3
Trivia Quiz

  1. This game will comprise of four categories where each category will consist of ten quiz questions covering quotes of famous people, clichés, places and general knowledge.
  2. The maximum marks for each category is five marks and the total is twenty marks. Each correct question is allotted half a mark.
  3. Teams are encouraged to work on more than one category at a time.
  4. Total time – ten minutes.

Game 4
“What’s Your Verdict?”

  1. Summaries of two case trials will be handed out to the teams. This will include briefly the facts and other relevant information.
  2. The objective of this game is to guess the possible verdict the judge would have arrived at. The first trial deals with the issue whether the defendant is liable or not, and in the second trial, whether the accused is guilty or otherwise.
  3. Marks are allotted based on Adjudicators’ evaluation and discretion.
  4. Teams are required to give the verdict and the reasons for their “decision”.
  5. The maximum marks for each case is ten marks and the total is twenty marks. For each case, a maximum of one mark will be allotted for the correct verdict and a maximum of nine marks for the supporting reasons.
  6. Total time – twenty minutes.

Assessment Criteria

A panel of judges will adjudicate the competition. At the end of the competition, the marks from all the four events will be added to determine the winner and the runner-up. Marks will be allotted for accuracy of answers to the various events. The criteria used in adjudicating are purely logic, common sense and reasonableness (not knowledge of the law).

The Registration Form

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The Winners of the Law Olympiads

The Winners of the Law Olympiads

Kuala Lumpur Law Olympiad

2012 SMK Damansara Jaya
2011 SMK USJ 12
2010 SMK Damansara Jaya
2009 SMK USJ 12
2008 SMK (P) Assunta
2007 SMJK Kwang Hua
2006 SMK Damansara Jaya
2005 SMK Taman Sea
2004 SMK Taman Sea
2003 SMK Kepong
2002 SMK Convent Bukit Nanas
2001 SMK Damansara Jaya
2000 SMK Seaport

Penang Law Olympiad

2012 SMK Convent Green Lane
2010 SMK Convent Lebuh Light
2008 SMJK Penang Chinese Girls School
2006 SMJK Penang Chinese Girls School
2004 SMK Methodist Boys School

Ipoh Law Olympiad

2012 SMK (P) Methodist
2011 SMK (P) Methodist
2009 SMK St Michael
2007 SMK St Michael
2005 SMK Convent
2003 SMK St Michael

Sabah Law Olympiad

2012 Kian Kock Middle School
2011 Tshung Tsin Secondary School
2010 SM Stella Maris
2009 Tshung Tsin Secondary School
2008 Tshung Tsin Secondary School
2007 SM La Salle

Sarawak Law Olympiad

2012 SM St Joseph

Sri Lanka Law Olympiad

2011 Asian International School
2010 Ladies College Colombo