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Wee Chong Jin scholarship to groom future lawyers

27 September 2012

Mrs Cecilia Wee Chong Jin (right) introducing the biography The First Chief: Wee Chong Jin - A Judicial Portrait to Han Ting

In honour of the late Mr Wee Chong Jin, Singapore's first Chief Justice, NUS has set up the Wee Chong Jin Scholarships in Law through a generous endowment fund from his family. Fourth-year law student Seng Han Ting, the inaugural Wee Chong Jin scholar, received his certificate from Mr Wee's wife Mrs Cecilia Wee at an appreciation event held at the Supreme Court on 26 September.

Professor Simon Chesterman, Dean of the NUS Faculty of Law, said: "The Wee Chong Jin Scholarships in Law will help financially needy students who epitomise the very best qualities in a lawyer: young men and women of outstanding academic ability who are also deeply engaged in their communities."

The Wee Chong Jin Scholarships, valued at S$10,000 each per year, will provide financial support for up to two deserving students pursuing their undergraduate studies at the NUS Faculty of Law. In addition to good academic performance, the recipients must also be active in the community or charity work and display a spirit of sportsmanship and collegiality.

Han Ting, who plans to pursue a career in corporate practice, is deeply involved in various pro bono projects. With special interest in issues of social justice, he has helped to raise legal awareness among troubled teens at risk of breaking the law. He is currently working with the Innocence Project driven by the NUS Criminal Justice Club, in collaboration with the Law Society of Singapore. The project provides redress to convicted persons who have exhausted all grounds of appeal by discovering and examining possible cases of wrongful convictions.