Tat Peng graduated from the LLM International Business Law programme in 2019, choosing to study via distance learning.
The lecturers and professors are definitely qualified experts in their respective fields. I wanted a postgraduate programme from a reputable institution like City that not only covered IP subjects but also other areas of the law.
Tat Peng is a lawyer from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, specialising in intellectual property (in particular enforcement of IPR). He was called to the Malaysian Bar in 2001 and is also a trade mark agent. During his studies, he was a Programme Representative for the course.
Running a business
I am running my own legal practice in Kuala Lumpur called Messrs Leong & Associates. My day-to-day activities include meeting clients, conducting legal research or sometimes going undercover to check out the counterfeit situation in a particular market place in Malaysia and advising clients on intellectual property rights protection and enforcement.
I hope I can go into teaching again (maybe part-time) for IP subjects. Should there be an opportunity, I won’t hesitate to take up the PhD in City!
Choosing the LLM
I obtained my LLB from the University of Malaya in 2000. I wanted to pursue the LLM shortly after my LLB because I like being involved in a stimulating intellectual environment. Although I decided to practice law, I enjoy teaching and I became a part-time tutor for the Law of Evidence at my alma mater in 2002.
Fate brought me to City
I looked at City’s LLM programme in 2004 but I decided to concentrate on my legal practice during that time. It was fate that I came to do the LLM at City many years later. Having practised in intellectual property for 18 years, I wanted a postgraduate programme from a reputable institution like City that not only covered IP subjects but also other areas of the law, especially commercial law since it is very much inter-linked with IP. I also wanted a programme that is flexible, since I have my own legal practice, and affordable.
The elective modules I chose were International Corporation Law, Regulation of Information Technology and Intellectual Property, E-commerce Law and International investment Law. My dissertation was in the area of IP entitled Criminal Enforcement of Trademark in Malaysia: A Futile Exercise?
I definitely enjoyed my time studying for the LLM, especially the time for discussion board. The discussions were very stimulating. The feedback from lecturers and professors made me want to know more and dig deeper into things I may not have known. It is very important to contribute and I made the effort of having submitted 100% to the discussions in all the modules I took. The lecturers and professors are definitely qualified experts in their respective fields. They were also very open and candid in their feedback.
My sincere thanks to Dr Truxal, Dr Bonadio, Dr McDonagh, Professor Collins and Associate Professor Reece-Thomas for such an inspiring time on the LLM programme. It was really inspiring to have worked with Sarah and Athina too.
I must also mention the City Law Library. The online library is very good and well-stocked with books, journals and materials and it has definitely helped my studies. The librarian Rob was really helpful.
Advice for prospective students
Go for it! You won’t be disappointed with The City Law School. However, you have to put the effort in reading and participating in the discussion boards. Active participation allows you to have a meaningful communication with your lecturers and professors. It also allows you to see for yourself that all your lecturers and professors are experts in their field and you will definitely benefit.
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