EVEN with the latest technologies available now, it is not entirely possible to predict what the future may hold. Therefore, it is crucial to be ready for any circumstances which might unfold and this holds true to the legal industry as well.

The University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) Head of Law and Associate Professor of Law Anne Chrishanthani Vergis said law affected various aspects of our lives, from criminal proceedings, family law to corporate agreements.

She said just as with the ever changing environment and lifestyles of the people, there would surely be changes in the legal landscape, be it the amendment of existing public and private law as well as drafting of new laws and regulations.

“All law practitioners, no matter which area they are involved in, would have to be ready to face that. Therefore, at UoRM, we aspire to ensure that all our law graduates are industry ready and future proof to meet the future industry’s demand.

“They must also contribute to the community both globally and domestically and help in the development of the legal profession, ” said Vergis, the university’s head at the School of Law.

Prof Vergis said law affects various aspects of our lives, from criminal proceedings, family law to corporate agreements.

UoRM has now opened applications for the inaugural intake of the newly-launched Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) programme due to start in September 2019. It is the first and foreign international branch campus in Malaysia to offer a law degree.

The programme allows students to study the University of Reading LLB Law degree, which is exactly the same degree as awarded on the UK campus, in Malaysia for the entire three-year duration of the programme.

In addition, by studying at the University of Reading Malaysia, students benefit from the enhanced learning experience that is a hallmark of the University of Reading, and which provides the perfect balance of academic learning and practical experience.

Prof Vergis emphasised that the programme placed great importance on work experience and aimed at developing the students’ skills to help them graduate with the best possible prospects.

“It is not just about getting a law degree but the programme ensures graduates who are able to think critically and analytically, have intellectual independence and the ability to understand and handle complex cases, ” she said, adding UoRM law students will benefit from a modern, state-of-the-art campus equipped with a moot court and legal clinic.

The Reading Law School UK also hosts one of the largest pro bono programmes in the UK and the intention is to extend the pro bono programme to Malaysia. This will give students the opportunity to work on a voluntary basis, and give legal advice and support to the local community.

The Reading LLB currently offered in the UK is recognised by the Legal Professional Qualifying Board (LPQB) in Malaysia for the Certificate in Legal Practice Examination (CLPE).

The Reading LLB degree to be offered at the Malaysian campus is subject to the Malaysian Qualifications Agency’s (MQA) full accreditation, and will be in line with the MQA programme standards and the requirements of the Legal Profession Qualifying Board.

Join UoRM’s Open Days on Aug 17 and 24 this month to find out more about the university and the courses offered.

Tour the Iskandar Puteri campus in Johor, guided by UoRM lecturers and students who would be more than happy to attend to any enquiries as well.

The Open Days, which are from 10am to 4pm, will also include insightful talks, career path counselling as well as guided tours around the campus and its facilities.

Students with STPM, A-level or equivalent qualifications can apply now for the inaugural intake to the LLB Law degree this September.

SPM holders and equivalent can enrol onto the International Foundation Programme (IFP) – Law pathway, to progress onto the LLB Law.

For more information, visit www.reading.edu.my or call 07-268 6205.

[Source: “Building a generation of future proof law graduates” published by TheStar.com.my]
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