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Winning the Malaysian Law Scholarship to study in London

The winner of the 2016 Malaysian Law Scholarship, Leow Ho Eng, is continuing his degree studies at King's College London.

Written by Emma Spooner |

student, Leow Ho Eng
"I had no expectation to receive any scholarship, and that’s when this scholarship changed my life!" : Leow Ho Eng.

I know this is a bit late, but congratulations on receiving the Malaysian Law Scholarship!  How did that feel?
Thanks for the wishes! I recall the moment when I received the phone call from Mr Simon Askey, Director of the Undergraduate Laws Programme, telling me about the good news. I was stunned and lost for words. After the call, I hurriedly told my parents about it. They were equally surprised as I was!

Tell us about the scholarship.
The scholarship is granted on a merit basis and that was why I was stunned. I had no prior expectation to receive any form of scholarship, and that’s when this scholarship changed my life!

Why did you choose to study for the University of London law degree in Malaysia initially?
The main reason was due to finances and I didn’t want to put any more stress on my parents to fund my studies. Despite obtaining several offers from UK universities, I did not accept any of them for this reason. A family friend, who is a practising lawyer, recommended this programme to me so I also got to stay close to home and it was cost-effective as well!

You have been studying at King’s College London for a few months now. What has it been like coming to study abroad?
The first challenge was keeping myself warm for winter! I felt slightly homesick but I eventually fitted in with my new classmates at Kings and joined up with other fellow Malaysians. I find the style of teaching and assessment different and it took me a little time to get used to it. I also took my classmates and tutors advice to travel around the UK during the holidays. It has been a remarkable journey for me so far, I never expected to study in this prestigious institution at all, and yet my dream came true. All thanks to the scholarship!

Student, leow Ho Eng
"It has been a remarkable journey for me so far, I never expected to study in this prestigious institution at all, and yet my dream came true".

Has it been challenging joining the King’s programme in your second year? How do you think your University of London degree studies have prepared you for this?
The learning curve is quite steep and despite the complex subject matter, the lecturers and tutors made it understandable in a short space of lecture and contact time. With some assistance and guidance from tutors and friends, I am getting the hang of it. The LLB requires a lot of reading and research, essentially self-research and study skills are needed. The intense nature of the University of London degree had given me the incentive to develop those skills and it came to be really useful.

You completed your first year of the LLB at one of our Affiliate Centres, Brickfields Asia College.  What are the similarities/differences between studying for a University of London degree there and at King’s?
In terms of subject matter, I feel that it is essentially the same, but the method of presentation is different. The Lecture Capture (recording) function available in KCL definitely helped me to refresh my memory if I didn’t understand a particular topic well. Another aspect is that, due to the different job scope of lecturers in BAC and KCL, KCL tutors are not as readily available as BAC lecturers, but they do always create time to explain and make sure that I understand a topic, which is very heart-warming.

In five years, I hope that I am a lawyer, one that can help others and bring a little justice to the world as well.

What do you most enjoy about living in London?
Living in London exposes me to an international setting and has expanded my horizons. It is also very easy for me to access Magic Circle law firms, which are usually nearby. Another favourite aspect of London is seeing the Royal Courts of Justice and touring it occasionally to motivate myself. Going off on weekend trips from London is also great for de-stress purposes!

What do you miss the most from home?
I miss my family the most and I wish that I can take them on a tour around London to experience what I have felt and seen so far.

What are your plans for when you complete the LLB?
I would either pursue the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or return to Malaysia to complete my Certificate in Legal Practice. 

Where would you like to be in five years’ time?
In five years, I hope that I am a lawyer, one that can help others and bring a little justice to the world as well. Either that, or becoming a police officer. Whichever path I take, I hope to contribute to the advancement of Malaysia and be in the forefront with a little luck.