Thinking about studying law abroad? Winnie Yee Ching Wong tells us why Letterkenny IT is the ideal destination to pursue your third level education…

Thinking of studying law abroad? Why not think about pursuing your education in Ireland?

As a Malaysian, my first choice was to study at home in Malaysia. However, I also wanted to discover the world and to be an explorer, and I figured it is better to do this when I am young; when we are physically strong! And, I also think study abroad is one of the best way to expose yourself to different cultures and learn about the world.

Why Ireland?

Many of us are aiming to improve our English, and this is another reason why we choose to study oversea. Therefore, in my opinion, I can learn English in the UK, and also Ireland! Ireland is a native English speaking country.

In addition to the language, tuition fees are something to be considered when studying abroad. According to my research, to study law in the UK, the average tuition fee per annum is RM77,000; RM88,865 in Australia; and RM46,700 in Ireland. Even though, there are some twinning programmes in Malaysia and UK, the average of the tuition fee in Ireland is still lower.

Why choose the Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT)?

Likewise, the living cost of study abroad must also be considered. I think it is same in every country when it comes to living costs – the capital city often demands the highest rents and daily expenses. For those who may not be aware, Dublin is the capital city of Ireland and LYIT is located at Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. We can see the differences from the comparison of the rental fees below between Dublin and Letterkenny:

Rent Per Month Dublin Letterkenny
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,282.18 € 400.00 €
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,063.46 € 336.67 €

According to NUMBEO

One of the reasons I chose LYIT is because when studying law, as long as you pass the degree of barrister-at-law following your third level education, you’ll have the same qualification with those graduated from any other school (and you might only spend half of their expense on tuition fees).

LYIT is located at Letterkenny in Donegal in the north west of Ireland. It is peaceful (quiet and safe). I suppose if you like the life in Sarawak, you would like here!

Lastly, I want to highlight that if you graduate from LYIT, you are qualified to undertake the Degree of Barrister-at-law at King’s Inn (Bar exam) since BA (Hons) Legal Studies from the Letterkenny Institute of Technology is one of the approved degrees (some of the degrees are not approved degree, so be careful). And, after passing the bar exam, you are able to work either back home in Malaysia or Ireland!

I made my choice! Shall you? Any other questions? Comment below!