Faculty of Law

Hannah Yeoh

"I really enjoyed the high standard of education on offer at UTAS and found the highly-qualified lecturers at the Faculty of Law to be very approachable. The additional classes offered to overseas students as part of the International Students Support Program (ISSP) were also very helpful."

Hannah Yeoh, Malaysia, 2003 graduate

Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

 I came to the University of Tasmania from Malaysia as a third year law student in 2000. I was attracted to UTAS by its affordable fees and the similarities in property and company law in the two legal systems.

After my graduation I returned to Malaysia to complete my chambering year at Soo Thien Ming & Nasrah Lawyers in Kuala Lumpur, but returned to Tasmania in 2003 to complete the UTAS Certificate of Professional Legal Practice.

I really enjoyed the high standard of education on offer at UTAS and found the highly-qualified lecturers at the Faculty of Law to be very approachable. The additional classes offered to overseas students as part of the International Students Support Program (ISSP) were also very helpful.

My law degree and my experience gained through the Graduate Certificate of Legal Practice definitely equipped me for further legal practice in Malaysia when I returned in 2004. I especially enjoyed the Magistrate's and Supreme Court trainings conducted by the justices themselves, and found the this course added a new dimension to my legal practice, consolidating much of what I had learned at Law School and in practice.

At the age of 29 I was elected into the Selangor State Legislative Assembly to represent my constituency of Subang Jaya. Earlier this year, at the age of 34, I was elected as Speaker of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly. It is my job to preside over State Assembly sittings and chair select committees.

My understanding of the law and research skills acquired at UTAS has empowered me to discharge my duties as both an assemblyman and Speaker.

UTAS has a great support system for international students. I was actively involved in the Overseas Christians Fellowship on campus and enjoyed the vibrant local churches and close-knit community. I particularly loved going to Salamanca Market on the weekend and the good variety of Asian restaurants on offer.

I would definitely recommend UTAS to other international students and advise them to make the most of their time at university. Hobart is a great location – only ten minutes to the sea or the mountains - and Tasmania is a quiet, safe, clean and beautiful place to study.