《浸大訊》- 香港浸會大學校友事務處

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前往

啟迪・新世代

自1956年成立以來,浸大已培育了逾158,000位畢業生,他們在各行各業馳騁,當中不少事業有成。我們邀請了這些前途無量的新世代校友,讓他們分享開展事業的心得及成功的秘訣。

梁以正校友分享

從工商管理學士進修成為大律師的心路歷程

梁以正校友從浸大工商管理學院畢業後,他一直努力不懈朝法律之路邁進,於2022年正式考獲香港大律師資格。

梁以正校友 (工商管理) 於浸大畢業後便加入德勤擔任審計師。任職德勤期間,梁校友發現自己不太熱衷於會計的工作。當時,他回想起本科期間老師曾經提到會計的知識對律師很有幫助,皆因商業世界的運作都與法律息息相關,這番話啟發他思考自己的發展方向。經過深思熟慮後,梁校友發現自己對法律知識相當感興趣,便下定決心成為一名律師。2016年,梁校友辭去工作,專心致志攻讀法律。他於香港中文大學先以院長嘉許名單榮譽完成法學博士學位,其後完成法學專業證書。隨後,梁校友以優異的成績在倫敦大學學院獲頒國際商法法學碩士學位,畢業後在香港終審法院擔任司法助理。2022年,梁校友考獲香港大律師資格,並於同年獲頒香港大律師公會的沈澄紀念獎學金。

(訪問內容只供英文版本)

1. As you studied the second degree in law, what effort did you make to catch up with the studies? Would you say it is an advantage or a disadvantage to study law after accumulating some experiences in other aspect(s)?

In my final year at HKBU, the idea of pursuing legal studies in future came up in my mind, and I shared the thoughts with my dissertation supervisors, the late Professor Alex Lau and Dr Davy Wu, who recommended me to start reading jurisprudence and understand what law is. I therefore started to explore this area which fostered my interest in law. During the exploration, I had been taking several philosophy courses at the Faculty of Arts, and I think those training did strengthen both my reading and analytical skills. These laid a solid foundation for me before I went to law school.

I think it would be great to gain some experiences in other areas before reading law. For example, as I had been an accountant, I tend to be more familiar with commercial transactions and financial statements, which could give me an advantage over cases involving complicated business issues; similarly, those who had been engineers could have an edge on construction law since they could understand the details of construction disputes more easily.

After all, the disputes that litigation resolves are certainly related to various kinds of human activities, such that prior experience from any fields would provide insights in different ways. It is noteworthy that some great judges in history did not start reading law at first, nonetheless they were still able to gain prominence eventually.

梁校友在參與國際模擬法庭比賽期間參觀奧地利最高法院。

2. There are 2 main streams of lawyers in Hong Kong, why did you choose to become a Barrister?

I chose to become a Barrister because I do enjoy doing legal analysis – that is to a certain extent similar to philosophical analysis, but in a more practical sense. Indeed, I thought of becoming a philosopher but sadly (and realistically), at least for me, it could hardly sustain a living. Barrister is the occupation that provides the next best thing to me at that time. However, the more I stay in this field, the more I find that some legal issues are actually as interesting as those philosophical issues. For legal issues, we must inspect them in connection with real-life scenarios; as aforesaid, judges and lawyers have been striving to resolve practical problems to make our society and life better. The work of barristers covers a wide range of matters, and one would never get bored of learning about them.

Moreover, I had the privilege of serving as a judicial assistant to the appellate judges at the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal for a year. During that year, I experienced the excitement of engaging in court work and was fascinated by the stimulating exchanges between the judges and lawyers when they were testing the legal principles and arguments. Remarkably, when they were discussing previous cases which served as good references for supporting different views, it made me feel like there were endless conversations amongst different generations of jurists. I hope I would be able to join the conversations and therefore I chose to be a Barrister.

梁校友 (左二) 擔任模擬法庭比賽評判,藉機與同窗交流訟辯技巧。

3. What advice would you offer to young alumni who are interested in studying law as their second degree?

I am still in my early years of practice and I could only say a few words from my personal experience. In my humble view, I think the kernel is enthusiasm. I was not a good student in undergraduate years since my GPA for accounting subjects had never been high. Nevertheless, I first found my passion in philosophy. Despite the fact that I came from the School of Business to study together with students from the Faculty of Arts, I was doing quite well in the philosophy subjects at least in terms of the results. Frankly, I am not really enthusiastic to read or study a financial statement; in contrast, I must confess that I do read philosophy (and afterwards, law) in my leisure and I do enjoy it. I think that was the difference which could explain why I had never done well in my own major whereas I was able to manage the philosophy courses given I just started exploring the field in my final year.

After taking philosophy courses, I found my passion for the law. By the same token, I think I was passionate enough in reading law such that I was doing fine in law school. My learning does not end after graduation, and it drives me to write publications for various journals abroad. I think this is the beauty of practising law because law never stops evolving. One must continuously catch up with the latest changes. As such, it is rare that one would lose interest in the law since it has a broad array of areas across our public and private life. Therefore, I think the crux is to find the area where one’s passion lies in.

梁校友參與模擬法庭比賽並因表現出色而獲得嘉許。