Name: Ellen Tims
College: St. John’s
Scholarship: South Square Chambers Scholarship
I’m Ellen Tims, and I’m studying for the BCL having done my undergraduate here at Oxford in Law with German Law. I take Conflict of Laws, Competition, Civil Procedure, and Jurisprudence.
What do you enjoy most about studying law in Oxford?
I think the best thing about studying at Oxford is the truly first-rate teaching that we receive. Without exception, my tutors are the figures driving discussion, challenge and reform in the areas I am studying. It’s quite an amazing thing to sit infront of an academic who has written seminal works in a particular field and have them listen to and respect your response to that.
What do you find most challenging about your programme?
There’s a lot of work! But I think that’s understandable. It’s sometimes hard to balance all of the great non-academic things Oxford has to offer with keeping up with work as well.
What do you find most rewarding about your programme?
I enjoy making my own contributions, particularly writing essays, but also raising points of discussion or confusion in seminars where possible. It’s very rewarding I think where another student or a tutor engages with your point of view.
What advice would you give to a new or prospective student?
I think just try to enjoy the year as much as possible! At least, that’s the attitude I’m trying to take.