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First-batch degree graduate Sammy Ng admitted as solicitor

18-01-2017

From left to right: Dr. HU Fai Chung, Deputy President of HKSYU, Mr. Sammy NG, Dr. Andy CHIU

On 26th November 2016, the Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Law and Business degree programme graduate, Mr. Sammy NG Wai Nam, was admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. After nine years of hard work and dedication, Sammy finally made his dream come true.

Graduating in 2011 with a first class honours, Sammy continued his studies in law. He completed his Juris Doctor degree and the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws at The Chinese University of Hong Kong with flying colours in 2013 and 2014, respectively. After two years of traineeship at a solicitor firm, Sammy has become the first solicitor to have graduated from the Department of Law and Business since Shue Yan became a University in 2006 and the Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Law and Business degree programme launched in 2007.

“The biggest gain I made at Shue Yan was learning how to push myself. I understood that excuses don’t make champions”, said Sammy.

This is Sammy’s key to success. Sammy’s performance in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examinations (HKCEE) was average, with only 16 marks going into Secondary Six. Yet, he still did not put his nose to the grindstone and obtained only 2Cs and 2Ds in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (HKALE). Although that result barely met the entry requirements for the eight institutions funded by the University Grants Committee, he failed JUPAS because of misplacing his programme choices. He took a tumble, but luckily, all was not too late.

“During HKCEE and HKALE, I was totally lost, because I’d very much have loved to engage in media and art-related work. At that time, I only read books and watched movies – completely immersed in my own world. I am very fortunate to have been admitted to the Department of Law and Business and have met the teacher who has changed my life”, he said.

The teacher Sammy mentioned was Dr. Andy CHIU, the Head of the Department. “I was given many valuable opportunities, such as coordinating academic conferences, liaising with professionals and participating in legal internships, as well as assisting in the publication of academic journals and books. But what was more valuable than those social experiences and networks was that I found my interest in law.” He recalled the time as a freshman when, due to his weakness in English at that time, he had no choice but to spend a whole week on the first page of a basic legal reference book to understand such page.

He would not have become who he is today without going through a lot of pain and turmoil. His experience is the best proof that it is never too late as long as you have found what you are willing to fight for.

Becoming a practicing lawyer is just the beginning. What Sammy learnt in the Department of Law and Business is that to be successful one must have persistence, perseverance and determination when facing frustration and failure. Sammy has chosen corporate finance and securities law as his major practice area, and is ready to face all the challenges lying ahead. With his motto “the more we do, the more we can do”, Sammy wants to encourage all of you to work hard and never give up on your dreams.

Source: January Issue 2017

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