Master of Arts
in Law (ODL)
Veritas University College
Here's the BIG Picture
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi, who was a lawyer himself, aptly described how learning is a lifelong process. To lead a life as inspiring as Gandhi’s and truly leave an impact, we need to continuously learn and better ourselves. As a lawyer or lawyer-to-be, you need to set yourself apart by delving into deeper understandings of the law. Our Master of Arts in Law is tailored to provide you with the intellectual skills and professional expertise required in specialist areas of law, such as Criminal, Commercial, Corporate, and IT Law, amongst others.
This Postgraduate programme is also a necessary stepping stone to a PhD. It will enable you to make academic contacts and develop the necessary research and writing skills required to undertake further academic study. The Master of Arts in Law also allows lawyers to further develop their careers in a direction of their choosing. This programme births multilingual, international lawyers who can be attractive candidates for “in-house” roles, especially with companies looking to expand into new markets.
Set yourself apart by acquiring wider skills and knowledge with our Master of Arts in Law!
With this Course, You Will:
- Develop a wide range of generic key transferable skills which are useful in whatever career path you choose to pursue
- Be exposed to legal research and writing, analysis, critical evaluation and logical thinking as well as written and verbal communication
- Be sought after by leading law firms actively seeking to recruit individuals with exceptional academics, a commitment to law, strong communication skills and a broad perspective
Why choose Veritas University College?
At Veritas, we are constantly re-thinking the learning process and leveraging on efficiency, technology and strategic partnerships to provide a holistic next gen educational journey for our students. Veritas is also committed to pushing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by continuously developing world class programmes at some of the most affordable fees available in the market. As a result of our far-reaching efforts, Veritas has received the BrandLaureate Best Brand in Online Education award for 2020, 2021 and 2022 in recognition of our exceptional academic and co-curricular experience.
How Do I Get In?
- A Bachelor Degree in the field with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 or equivalent, as accepted by the HEP Senate, or
- A Bachelor Degree in the field or related fields or equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment, and
- Candidates without a qualification in the related fields or working experience in the relevant fields must undergo appropriate prerequisite courses determined by the HEP and meet the minimum CGPA based on (i) to (ii).
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Malaysian Legal System
This module provides you with an overall understanding of central institutions within the Malaysian Legal System. It also demonstrates an appreciation and understanding of the Malaysian Federal Constitution through the study and historical context behind it, with significant references to case laws and relevant legislations.
You will further develop your research skills, pertaining to the choice of a socially and scientifically relevant research subject, the systematic collection and analysis of relevant literature on this subject, and the formulation of a research question. You will also develop an understanding of interdisciplinary theoretical approaches and knowledge of existing and possible social interventions.
This module discusses the process of knowledge creation with an emphasis on the production of scientific knowledge. Important building blocks in this process are frames of reference, scientific ideals, problem formulation, scientific approaches and methods for data collection and analysis.
- Local Graduates Select 7 Elective Courses
- Foreign Graduates Select 6 Elective Courses
This subject is about developing your professional skills, which are not only fundamental to developing a career in legal practice but are transferable to other professional environments and work situations. It also provides you with practical tools for handling the pressures of legal practice consistently with your ethical and professional responsibilities.
Civil Litigation Practice (Malaysia)
This module aims to advance your foundational knowledge towards specialised and integrated understandings of civil litigation practice.
Property Law Practice (Malaysia)
This module covers the fundamental theories and practices in Malaysian Property Law Practice in areas such as dealings, transfers, leases and tenancies.
Criminal Law Practice
On satisfactory completion of this subject, you will understand fundamental theories and practices in criminal law practice and how to apply this knowledge in professional practice. This module also provides the foundations to develop reflective approaches to objective and subjective analyses of individual and social dimensions of applied law and professional practice in criminal law practice within a range of contexts
Personal Injury and Torts Practice
This practice-based subject advances your foundational knowledge towards specialised and integrated understandings about personal injury and torts practice. Malaysian personal injury and torts law is based on English common law, which has been applied and developed since Merdeka (Malaysia's Independence), in various forms and at various times, to the 13 states and the federal territories that constitute Malaysia.
Legal Technology and Practice Management
This module covers a wide array of issues relating to operating a legal practice in our digital world. It will enable you to have a detailed understanding of the technological forces that are impacting the practice of law. Legal, business and social factors are also considered as part of a whole-of-practice approach to technology and innovation.
Banking and Finance Practice
The purpose of this practice-based module is to advance your knowledge towards specialised and integrated understandings about Banking and Finance Practice (Malaysia).
This practice-based module equips you with the ability to persuasively put forward your client’s position, whether in or outside the courtroom. This module also examines the ethical rules relating to advocacy, general principles of good advocacy, and trial advocacy.
This module covers a wide spectrum of the areas in arbitration law such as its proceedings, claims, interim measures and awards.
Negotiating and Drafting Cross-border Contracts Description
This practice-based module focuses specifically on the knowledge and skills required to negotiate and draft effective commercial contracts throughout Asia. Your negotiation and drafting skills will be honed. Additionally, specific commercial and non-commercial considerations related to different parties from various countries will be covered.
Trade and Investment in Asia
This module examines investment treaties, such as the now defunct Trans Pacific Partnership and its successor, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), as well as considering the role of global trade organisations, foreign direct investment and dispute resolution in international trade and investment.
Mergers and Acquisition Practice
This practice-based module advances your knowledge towards specialised and integrated understandings about mergers and acquisitions (M&A) practice in Malaysia. It will examine good operating practices and consider key issues when planning and executing M&A transactions.
Intellectual Property Practice
This practice-based module studies the intellectual property frameworks in the Malaysian contexts, critically analyse the advanced issues of copyright practice in Malaysia, and advise for clients on advanced issues in trade mark and industrial designs practice in Malaysia. It also examines advanced issues in patent practice in the Malaysian contexts and protection of intellectual property rights, enforcement and disputes in Malaysia.
Islamic Banking and Finance Practice
This module examines the recent turbulence in the global financial markets which has drawn attention to an alternative system of financial intermediation: Islamic banking and finance. Although the concept of Islamic finance can be traced back about 1,400 years, its recent history can be dated to the 1970s when Islamic banks in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were launched. In the 1990s, Bahrain and Malaysia emerged as centres of excellence.
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