Every year, the graduating student with the highest cumulative grade point average over three years of study at the Allard School of Law is awarded the Gold Medal Prize by the Law Society of BC. This year’s winner is Jocelyn Plant.
Jocelyn came to law school with an MA in Art History and a highly accomplished background in varsity swimming and rowing, complete with national and regional medals. Not entirely sure of what to expect at law school, Jocelyn found the study of law to be deeply
engaging and rewarding—and one in which she has clearly excelled. No stranger to awards and recognitions—her master’s studies were supported by a highly competitive Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada graduate award—her record at law school boasts an impressive array of prizes and honours, including the Chief Justice Dickson medal for top individual oralist at the Gale Cup Moot in 2016.
But Jocelyn has distinguished herself also by her exceptional work ethic, her strong contributions to teamwork with peers, and her thoughtful and generous participation in the law school community more broadly. Not surprisingly, Jocelyn was also recognized with a Wesbrook Scholar designation this year, UBC’s most prestigious honour for upper level students, awarded to individuals who combine outstanding academic performance, leadership and community involvement.
“Jocelyn is certainly an outstanding student in all respects,” says Dean Catherine Dauvergne. “Not only is her record of academic accomplishment astonishing, she is also an eminently gracious, personable and generous individual, as anyone who has had the pleasure of working with her will tell you.”
Jocelyn will be clerking with the British Columbia Court of Appeal during the upcoming year and has been selected as a judicial clerk for Justice Rosalie Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada for 2018-2019.