03 Mar '13, 1am

Ex-convict turns life around with NUS law degree: SINGAPORE, March 3 — Darren Tan has become the first student...

Ex-convict turns life around with NUS law degree March 03, 2013 SINGAPORE, March 3 — Darren Tan has become the first student with a criminal past to be admitted to the NUS law school, Singapore’s The Sunday Times reported today. The 34-year-old, who has spent more than 10 years of his life in jail and received 19 strokes of the cane for drug- and gang-related offences, is due to graduate this year. Associate Professor Eleanor Wong, one of two law dons who interviewed Tan in jail, told the paper’s online site that he demonstrated character, perseverance and commitment in the way he schooled himself in prison and had turned his life around. “When we interviewed him, he also demonstrated maturity, humility and honesty, all important qualities for doing well not just in law school but in his subsequent career,” she is quoted as saying. Tan’s life of crime started when he enter...

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