KDU Students Co-Author And Launch ‘The Hotshot Series – The Legal Line’

Yang Berhormat Puan Hajah Nancy binti Shukri launch The Hotshot Series: The Legal Line with the young authors, (from left) Nabila Hussain, New Su Ann, Kenneth Chung and Andreanna Ten.  The young authors (from left) Nabila Hussain, New Su Ann, Kenneth Chung and Andreanna Ten, holding their newly launched book titled ‘The Hotshot Series: The Legal Line’
Authors of The Hotshot Series: The Legal Line posed with the honourable minister Y.B. Puan Hajah Nancy Shukri (centre), Head of the KDU Law School Ms Sathyavathy Rasanayagam (4th from left), KDU Law School Lecturer, Mr Simon Wood (far right) and Mr Oscar Tan Chaur Seng, Senior Account Manager, LexisNexis (far left).    
KDU College graduates, Kenneth Chung and Andreanna Ten, and current KDU student, New Su Ann, officially launched their book titled ‘The Hotshot Series: The Legal Line’ on 11 June at MPH Nu Sentral.

The launch saw the attendance of guests from the legal field and academics from KDU College, as well as special guest, Yang Berhormat Puan Hajah Nancy binti Shukri, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, who launched the book together with the young authors.

The idea for ‘The Hotshot Series: The Legal Line’ came about in 2012, when Chung, Ten and New were pursuing their Bachelor of Law (LL.B) University of London International Programmes at KDU College, and discovered that there was a huge information gap between students and employers on expectations and workplace reality.

According to an earlier survey conducted by the Malaysian Bar Council through 393 law firms around the country, to understand the quality of first-year lawyers, indicated that the quality of graduates in that year were “shockingly” low; In another survey conducted by the National Young Lawyer’s Committee on the working condition of new lawyers, it was found that more than 60% of those polled had thought of quitting the profession within the first three years.

This led the young authors to embark on writing the guide book for aspiring lawyers – serving as a framework for them to understand what is required of them to reach their fullest potential and giving them a realistic view of what a career in the legal profession is all about.

In this book, according to the authors, there are content provides end-to-end advice from deciding if the legal world is the right choice, choosing a law school, expectations as a lawyer and of the legal practice, as well as other career options a law degree can provide.

To ensure the book is relevant and enlightening, the authors knew it was imperative for them to obtain the input of those from and related to the field of law, and as such, interviewed lawyers and related professionals including Y.B. Puan Hajah Nancy Shukri, judges, criminal litigators, law firm partners, bankers, consultants with law degrees, amongst many others.

“Besides being a comprehensive guidebook for the aspiring lawyers, I am pleased to note that this book serves as a platform –for education, conversations, and integration.” Y.B. Puan Hajah Nancy Shukri delivered this affirmative remarks during her speech in the ceremony. She continued, “This book demonstrates the flexibility and transferability of skills gained in tertiary education. A generation or two ago, a law degree may have meant that one’s professional options were limited to wandering around in robes, in a courthouse. However, today, the possibilities are endless for our younger generation.”

With the publication of the book by LexisNexis, publisher and provider of products and services for legal, business, academic, and government professionals, the three young authors then roped in Nabila Hussain, who holds a Masters in Law (Intellectual Property and Information Law) from King’s College London to help ensure the book makes an impact amongst its target market and the legal field. Through their social impact initiative – Hotshot Impact – the authors plan to re-channel 50% of their royalties to print more books that will be contributed to students in underserved communities across Malaysia, working in support of Teach for Malaysia.

“Chung, Ten and New embody the spirit of what we inculcate in KDU College. Here in KDU, we believe that the learning experience should not be confined merely to textbooks, but also through exposure in the legal fraternity through internships and attending seminars conducted by universities, NGOs, engaging in debates and mooting competitions, field visits and such,” Sathyavathy Rasanayagam, Head of the KDU Law School, commented.

Continuing, she said that the three young authors have gone above and beyond their student experiences, with the accomplishments they have attained.
At the launch, the young authors presided over a panel discussion on the topic ‘Navigating the Legal Line: What can you do with a law degree?’ and answered questions from the floor besides gave autographed to their readers.