Taylor’s Law School Academic Award Winners for 2018 with Mr. Harmahinder Singh, Head of Taylor’s Law School (far left), YBhg. Dato’ Haji Sulaiman B. Abdullah, Past President of the Malaysia Bar (middle) , Mr. George Varughese, President of the Malaysian Bar, and guests from the legal fraternity at the ceremony
Facing the challenging globalised world and the changing landscape of the legal profession, Taylor’s Law students are groomed to become exceptional legal graduates through an engaging, relevant and high quality education. Backed by close collaboration with the industry, and strongly focused on community service and hands-on learning, Taylor’s Law School students are groomed to be highly qualified, accomplished law graduates who also possess the passion to create a real difference for the society they live in.
On 3 April 2018, Taylor’s Law School recognised its outstanding students during its Academic Awards ceremony held on campus. Taylor’s Law School Academic Awards is a biannual event held early of the year and towards end of the year to recognise outstanding law students. This time, 22 awards were given out to top students including Best Overall Performance in Year 1 and Year 2 and best performance in each subject, and 10 special awards for students who participated in the Novice Arbitration Mooting Competition (NAMCO).
Ho Pui Yan, Sarah Gan Mei Yan and Priscilla Chai Pei Shan were among the students who were honoured during the ceremony.
Ho Pui Yan clinched awards for Best Performance in Tort Law, Best Performance in Malaysian Legal System and Best Overall Performance in Year 1, as well as the special award for competing in Novice Arbitration Mooting Competition (NAMCO).
Sarah Gan Mei Yan won 6 awards for Best Performance in Criminal Law, Best Performance in Land Law, Best Performance in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Best Performance in International Law and Human Rights, Best Performance in Malaysian Constitutional & Administrative Law and Best Performance in Year 2.
Whereas, Chan Pei Shan won awards for Best Performance in Family Law, Best Performance in Company Law, Best Performance in Dissertation and Best Performance in Year 3.
The winners earned monetary rewards as well as internship opportunities from the country’s top legal firms who sponsored the awards.
Ho Pui Yan whose goal is to be a successful litigator one day is grateful and humbled to receive her awards. “The lecturers in Taylor’s Law School are very dedicated and eager to share their knowledge and assist students whenever they may have queries on the subject. The School also provides opportunities for students to participate in various extra co-curricular activities, such as Legal Aid and national mooting competitions. For example, my participation in the Novice Arbitration Mooting Competition (NAMCO) 2018 allowed me to brush up my advocacy skills whilst offering various chances to interact with notable members of the legal industry during networking sessions.”
Sarah Gan Mei Yan chose to study law as she believes it will let her gain knowledge to help those whose voices are unheard and those who have been denied justice. “One of my inspiration is Mr. Karpal Singh. I look up to him as he was a courageous lawyer who tried his very best to defend his client in every case, no matter how hopeless the case may seem. I hope to be as good as him one day.” She did not expect to be awarded the best in so many subjects, “It feels surreal and a little unbelievable. However, it is definitely an honour and I feel grateful to have been given the opportunities of internship that comes together with the awards.”
Chai Pei Shan, completed her degree in December last year and is currently doing her internship in a legal firm in her hometown, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Honoured and grateful for the awards she received, Pei Shan has this to say “Law is omnipresent and it plays an important role in our life. As a person who wants to make positive contribution and impact to the society, I think studying law and becoming a lawyer is one of the ways that I can achieve this goal.”
The awards were sponsored by some of the country’s top law firms namely Azmi & Associates, Shearn Delamore & Co., Daniel & Wong, Zaid Ibrahim & Co., Sivananthan Advocates & Solicitors, Koh Dipendra Jeremiah Law (KJD Law), Y N Foo & Partners, Cecil Abraham & Partners, Wong Jin Nee & Teo, SKRINE, Lee Hishammudin Allen & Gledhill, Ariff Rozhan & Co., Raja Darryl & Loh, Shook Lin & Bok, and the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC).
Representatives from these leading law firms were present at the ceremony to award the prizes to the deserving students.
During the event, students also had the opportunity to hear from Dato’ Haji Sulaiman B. Abdullah, Past President of the Malaysian Bar who was invited as guest speaker. Dato’ Haji Sulaiman took the opportunity to share lessons he learnt throughout his career in the legal industry. He advised, “Always look around you and look for lessons you can learn. The man of the street can be your teacher. Always be humble and be nice to everyone. You don’t know who will be able to help you later.” He is also most appreciative of the students’ achievements and the trainings given by Taylor’s Law School.
Full list of award winners:
|1||Best Performance in Contract Law (March 2017 Year 1 Cohort)||Faith Alexandra Chong Xu Jen|
|2||Best Performance in Constitutional & Administrative Law (March 2017 Year 1 Cohort)||Gan Yu Ju|
|3||Best Performance in Tort Law (March 2017 Year 1 Cohort)||Ho Pui Yan|
|4||Best Performance in English Legal System (March 2017 Year 1 Cohort)||Beverley Ramona Tan Pang Yie|
|5||Best Performance in Legal Skills (March 2017 Year 1 Cohort)||Tan Jia Hua|
|6||Best Performance in Mooting (March 2017 Year 1 Cohort)||Faith Alexandra Chong Xu Jen|
|7||Best Performance in Malaysian Legal System (March 2017 Year 1 Cohort)||Ho Pui Yan|
|8||Best Overall Performance in Year 1 (March 2017 Year 1 Cohort)||Ho Pui Yan|
|9||Best Performance in Criminal Law (March 2016 Year 2 Cohort)||Gan Mei Yan Sarah|
|10||Best Performance in Land Law (March 2016 Year 2 Cohort)||Gan Mei Yan Sarah|
|11||Best Performance in Research and Writing (March 2016 Year 2 Cohort)||Ching Wei Tong|
|12||Best Performance in Intellectual Property Law (March 2016 Year 2 Cohort)||Jonathan Lee Xing Sheng|
|13||Best Performance in Alternative Dispute Resolution (March 2016 Year 2 Cohort)||Gan Mei Yan Sarah|
|14||Best Performance in International Law and Human Rights (March 2016 Year 2 Cohort)||Gan Mei Yan Sarah|
|15||Best Performance in Malaysian Constitutional and Administrative Law (March 2016 Year 2 Cohort)||Gan Mei Yan Sarah|
|16||Best Overall Performance in Year 2 (March 2016 Year 2 Cohort)||Gan Mei Yan Sarah|
|17||Best Overall Performance in Family Law (March 2015 Year 3 Cohort)||Chai Pei Shan|
|18||Best Performance in Company Law (March 2015 Year 3 Cohort)||Chai Pei Shan|
|19||Best Performance in Malaysian Land Law (March 2015 Year 3 Cohort)||Alya Irdeena Binti Idzwan|
|20||Best Performance in Equity & Trust (March 2015 Year 3 Cohort)||Alya Irdeena Binti Idzwan|
|21||Best Performance in Dissertation (March 2015 Year 3 Cohort)||Chai Pei Shan|
|22||Best Overall Performance in Year 3 (March 2015 Year 3 Cohort)||Chai Pei Shan
|Special Awards for Participation in the NAMCO Mooting Competition|