You said you enjoy being on campus, being at Somerset House which is near the Royal Courts of Justice, what is the best part of studying at King’s College? I think it is a lifetime honour obviously. I have the opportunity to learn under the guidance of leading academics. They wrote text books, they wrote journals and articles so when I approach a particular question I can ask straight away what they mean when they wrote this sentence and how does it affect the law.
How is studying abroad different from studying in your home country in Malaysia? In terms of teaching and studying you are encouraged to speak more. In Malaysia you tend to be a more passive learner and when you have a question you tend to be shy to ask. Here you just shout it out and then the tutor will answer the question. Another thing is the focus on independent learning, which gives an element of empowerment.
What do you think is the most challenging part of your studies at the moment? I think the main challenge here is the learning and teaching method I mentioned earlier. Another thing is that I have to learn how to be independent because back in Malaysia my parents used to settle everything for me. And studying in a foreign country there is no comfort zone, you just have to take up the challenge. You just break the barrier.
Would you recommend studying this degree through the University of London to other people? Yes of course, because of the quality of the education in order to succeed in the programme you are not only expected to work hard, but you also have to be more independent.
You are expected to conduct and evaluate your own research and put that into writing. Another part is independent research, and you have to work strategically throughout the year because the syllabus is quite bulky so you have to manage your time wisely.
Do you have advice for other students who might be considering the LLB and do you have any tips? I think the University of London programme is a very rewarding programme. If you are willing to work hard and work strategically you will ace the programme and the reward is superb like the University of London scholarship. It is once in a lifetime opportunity.
Are you doing any voluntary work, any extra activities or joined legal societies? I have joined the KCL Law Pro Bono Society, the law mentor programme.This is a mentoring programme where it have three mentees under me.
How do you mentor the other people? They will email me questions about the application, aspiring law students who are going to apply for a place in King’s. So they will email me about the whole application process.
It’s about your experience in law and what is your best advice that you can give if I consider to be a barrister or a solicitor, so I will cater to their needs and answer their questions after I refer to some important information. This helps me to pick up effective communication skills so I ensure others understand what I am trying to convey. And then I also joined the KC Malaysia society and as well as the KC Law Block Chains.
What are your plans once you finish the programme? I know you are at the beginning, going forward, how many years will you study for? One year and nine months. After that I plan to apply for the bar course to receive more practical advocacy course that will prepare you to face the future legal world. And then I also consider my other option perhaps I will pursue a master’s degree, not certain yet. I also plan to do and internship this coming summer holiday in Malaysia, for one of the law firms in Malaysia.
What do you think you might specialise in, is there anything that particularly interests you? After I did my first year on the programme I found public law really interesting. And then recently the UK Supreme Court just landed two significant judgements. The first one was the Miller's case, Miller against Secretary of State for Exiting European Union. That was in 2017 and the recent one was Miller against the Prime Minister. So I think these two cases are really significant in the development of the UK public law, which is quite rare in Malaysia.
Is there anything else you would like to add about your experience studying through the University of London? I would like to thank the University of London again because of this scholarship it is a lifetime opportunity to study in such a prestigious university in the UK.
I would also like to dedicate this scholarship to my parents and my lecturers because of their constant support. They give me a lot of love and support, so I wouldn’t achieve this without their help.