IN A RAPIDLY GLOBAL WORLD,
BEING QUALIFIED IN THE UNITED STATES
GUEST BLOG by Tiffany Khoo, LLB
London School of Economics and Political Science graduate
Although this route is less popular amongst Malaysians as it does not allow us to qualify locally, in a rapidly global world, being qualified in the United States is another pathway worth considering.
When overseas, we see time pass by in seasons, in the changing hours of the day, the layers we wear.
But here in Malaysia, with its ever constant sun and rain, October crept upon me like a surprise and here I am, a month into working life.
One of the most common questions I get from those who know I’ve done law is about taking the UK Bar. After all, I studied in England, and qualifying for the Bar in the UK would qualify me as a practicing lawyer in Malaysia as well. Although I would eventually like to qualify, certain work obligations necessitate that I won’t be able to. In the mean time, I’ve decided to take the New York Bar Exam instead.
Although this route is less popular amongst Malaysians as it does not allow us to qualify locally, in a rapidly global world, being qualified in the United States is another pathway worth considering. And of course, alongside London, New York is an incredibly cosmopolitan city and it isn’t unlikely that arbitration work could involve some international work. Also, instead of having to attend physical classes, qualifying just requires passing the relevant exams.
As I’ll be working alongside my studies (hopefully for the July 2017 paper), I decided to enlist the help of BARBRI International, a Bar Preparation guide that provides online material. I first heard of BARBRI International at LSE, where we were told of many who had dual qualifications. I decided to enrol for the 10 month Home Study Program (This means that I would be starting in September) which would allow me to study part time with the aid of online help, question banks, and even personalised essay feedback.
There are other options available too – like a 6 month option for those who want a quicker course, as well as some physical classes, depending on the country you’re in.
I just felt that doing it on my own would require so much discipline, and as the exam would be in a foreign jurisdiction, guidance just seems like the best option. I went with BARBRI International because they seem to offer really comprehensive help (I probably won’t need to buy anything else!) and they have lots of great online reviews. Their website is incredibly helpful as you can send in a query about eligibility and you will then be put in touch with one of BARBRI’s representatives. I found that I could ask anything, and all of my concerns were taken seriously.
You can find out more HERE and HERE. (Website and Facebook)
Fingers crossed for the entire process to go well! If you’re studying for the Bar as well, drop me an email and we could always start a conversation!