Cardiff Law School has attracted many international students from all over the world. To date, international students from more than 25 countries have enrolled into Cardiff Law School to read law. This is no surprise as Cardiff University as well as the city of Cardiff are able to offer a friendly environment to study. On the Cardiff Law School’s website, there are a wide range of testimonies from fellow alumni members to support that it is a good choice for international students to study law. Malaysians are particularly fond of coming to Cardiff Law School to study law and this remains the case today. Have you ever wondered why there are many Malaysian law students in Cardiff University? This article seeks to provide a general overview from my own experience studying at Cardiff Law School as a Malaysian law student since 2012 onwards.
A Popular Choice
There are general reasons and specific reasons for Malaysian law students to choose Cardiff Law School as their choice. First, speaking for myself, the reason that I chose Cardiff Law School to read law is because it is able to offer everything academically for Malaysian law students to practise law in Malaysia. The academic programme covers the six core modules required by the Malaysian Bar Association including Contract Law, Criminal Law, Public Law, Tort Law, Land Law and Trusts. As Malaysia is a Commonwealth country, its original jurisdiction of the common law came from the United Kingdom. Secondly, Cardiff Law School offers generous scholarships for international students who achieve outstanding academic performance while studying on the LLB programme at Cardiff (£5000 for 70%, £3000 for 65% and £1000 for 60%). This encouragement motivates international students including Malaysians to study harder and strive for academic excellence. Thirdly, Cardiff Law School is a good place for me to meet other Malaysian law students as well as local students. This not only enhances my legal social circle among Malaysians but it also gives me the opportunities to experience the local cultures. Fourthly (albeit not applicable to myself), Cardiff Law School offers UK Degree Transfer Programmes (UKDTP). What it means is this – some Malaysian law students are able to study their first (or second) year of degree in Malaysia and subsequently transfer to Cardiff Law School to complete the rest of their LLB degree. There are several colleges or universities in Malaysia which offer UK Transfer programmes with Cardiff Law School and these institutions include HELP University, INTI University, Taylor’s University and Brickfields Asia College (BAC). The benefit of this programme is that it can help to lessen the financial burden for Malaysian students by studying the first or second year in Malaysia as the cost of fees and cost of living will be comparatively lower in Malaysia than in United Kingdom. On the other hand, Cardiff Law School will be able to recruit some of the brightest Malaysian students as the acceptance threshold is set at a high bar (of at least second upper results). Last but not least, Cardiff Law School is an ideal choice for Malaysian students because it is the only Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) offered by a Russell group University. Some may not be aware but in order to practise law in Malaysia, one has to do the BPTC and not the Legal Professional Course (LPC). However, once one is admitted to the Bar, then he or she will be eligible to practise as a Barrister as well as a Solicitor in Malaysia.
In conclusion, Cardiff Law School remains a very popular choice among Malaysian law students and I discussed the specific potential reasons above based on my own experience. There are numerous examples of successful Malaysian law students who graduated from Cardiff Law School, including but not limited barristers and solicitors, a Member of Parliament and diplomatic officers etc. Equipped with excellent academic facilities, friendly and approachable staff, magnificent buildings, a positive reputation and a vibrant culture, I will not be surprised to see many more Malaysian law students coming to Cardiff Law School in the future to continue the legacy. The fact that more Malaysian law students are coming over is a positive sign that Cardiff Law School is a welcoming place.
I would like to express my very great appreciation to Senior Lecturer Annette Morris for proof-reading, third year law students Miss Jeanie Hiew Jing Nee and Miss Chloe Chin How Yee for their valuable feedback and information during the writing of this article. For official information regarding Cardiff Law School please visit their website http://www.law.cf.ac.uk/.
Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of Cardiff University.
 The Malaysian Bar. “Admission Requirements.” Retrieved 8 November 2014, from http://www.malaysianbar.org.my/admission_requirements.html, Part One, Paragraph 3.1.
 Cardiff Law School. “Alumni Profile : Vicky Nyat Yin Lai and Moh Chai Yee.” Retrieved 8 November 2014, from http://www.law.cf.ac.uk/alumni/profiles/yeeyinlai.html.
Chee Ching Chan