A senior barrister said more top students should choose a career in law. Speaking at a seminar on studying law at Cambridge University, organised by Cambridge University Asian Lawyers Association, Senior Counsel Alan Leong Kah- kit said the Hong Kong legal system needed good barristers. 'As you know, the common law system in Hong Kong will remain unchanged for 50 years, that is till 2047. 'For the unique features of the system, you will have to have very good people to run it. Of course, the key people are the judges. But they can't work alone. They have to work with a strong Bar,' said Mr Leong, who is a council member of the Hong Kong Bar Association. 'I really hope more and more, in particular more quality, students can opt for the Bar as their life-time career.' 'I do urge those of you attracted to this calling: don't hold yourself back. If you are any good, you shouldn't mind 200 or 2,000 people joining the race. You will stand out,' he said. The association, founded last year, aims to raise awareness of Asian legal issues and provide opportunities for interaction and networking among those who wish to pursue a career in law in Asia. Also speaking at the seminar, Vivien Yeung, 20, a second year law student at Cambridge University's Robinson College, said studying law was a good way of training people to think analytically. 'Law is a scientific training, a training of your mind to think logically. Even if you don't want to be a lawyer, it is a very good training of the mind,' she said. Ms Yeung said hard work, an analytical mind and language fluency were the key qualities to reading law. She said the law course at Cambridge was more academic than vocational. 'Graduates can end up in any profession, like banking, finance, accountancy and other possibilities. 'In general terms, reading law at Cambridge is a training of the mind as an academic discipline.' Ms Yeung and four other classmates travelled to Hong Kong to present the seminar for the first time to secondary schools in the SAR. A similar seminar was held earlier this year in Singapore. Students interested in studying for a law degree at Cambridge should hand in their Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) Application Form and Cambridge Preliminary Application Form by October 15. On the Internet, go to http://www.law.cam.ac.uk/ for information about the Law Faculty and its courses. For more general inquiries about studying in Britain and admission procedures, contact the British Council.