Leow Ho Eng studied at Brickfields Asia College in Malaysia for the first year of his University of London LLB.
He was awarded the Malaysian scholarship to study Years 2 and 3 of his LLB at King’s College London, having achieved the best overall results in Malaysia in Year 1 University of London LLB exams.
Recalling his time at BAC, Leow notes that he enjoyed Criminal law and Public law the most.
“Criminal law tied in with my original ambition of becoming a police officer. It was important in understanding the criminal justice system and why people act in a certain way. As for Public law, it was interesting to observe how the system of government, or how a democracy, should be properly run."
If I hadn't been awarded the scholarship I would have missed out on once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, such as working in the Royal Courts of Justice and the Serious Fraud Office.
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: the Malaysian scholarship
"When I first got the news I was slightly dumbfounded. When I got the call from the Director, Mr Simon Askey, I thought it was a prank! My family were so happy, it was so unexpected. This scholarship felt like winning the lottery.
"I imagine that if I hadn't been awarded the scholarship I would have missed out on once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, such as working in the Royal Courts of Justice and the Serious Fraud Office. Working at these important institutions allowed me an insider view of how they operate in the justice system. In fact, being in the front seat of both, seeing and applying these laws, is an invaluable and irreplaceable experience by itself.”
The academic journey: a different approach
"When I first came to the UK, there were a few issues in terms of the transition, because the education system and the approach were slightly different. For example, the tutorial system at King’s was much more interactive and it involved a much higher degree of self-study.
"I adjusted by observing my new friends at King's – they were quite supportive, and the lecturers as well. They took an interest in me when I told them about my background and the fact that I'd transferred. They accommodated me wherever possible to ensure that I had a smooth transition to King’s."