Jason Fee

Des Voeux Chambers Scholarship

Des Voeux Chambers 2020-21 Scholar Jason Fee

Des Voeux Chambers 2020-21 Scholar Jason Fee

Name: Jason Fee

College: Merton College

I completed the LLB at the University of Hong Kong in 2020. I am currently reading for the BCL at Merton College.

Could you tell us about your journey to Oxford? Why did you choose to study at the Law Faculty?

As part of my undergraduate studies, I spent a year here at Oxford as a visiting student in law. It was a thrilling experience to learn from academics at the forefront of their respective fields, and to test arguments in tutorials. When it comes to postgraduate studies, the academic rigour, coupled with the quality of teaching at the Law Faculty, is what sets the BCL apart. I was thus determined to come back to Oxford.

What do you hope to achieve whilst studying law in Oxford?

I hope to acquire a better understanding of both theory and doctrine, to draw connections between various areas of law, and to reconceptualise those areas which have traditionally resisted rational analysis. I also look to hone my skills for future legal practice.

What have you found most rewarding about your programme so far?

The BCL offers intellectual engagement with developments at the cutting edge of the law. Nothing is more rewarding than reflecting on a novel legal issue, sharing ideas with the best legal minds, and finally getting one’s head around it.

What have you found most challenging about your programme so far?

The volume of material can be overwhelming. The challenge lies not so much in the reading itself, but in finding time and energy to critically reflect on the material. The pandemic is a further test of resilience and adds to the challenge. Nonetheless, the intense workload would surely pay off as it not only helps enrich our understanding of the law, but also eases the transition into legal practice. Further, my Professors have all been very kind and helpful along the way. The Faculty and College have also been very supportive, making remarkable adaptations under these straitened circumstances.

Are you involved with or joined any projects or societies? 

I have attended legal events of interest such as Discussion Groups and seminars, and also enjoy writing in academic journals. As a clarinettist, I would also love to play music with fellow musicians (conditions permitting!). Whether academic or otherwise, I will surely keep an eye on the myriad of opportunities that Oxford has to offer.

How has the scholarship benefitted your studies and professional development?

I am grateful to the Law Faculty for awarding the Des Voeux Chambers Oxford Scholarship, and to Des Voeux Chambers for the generous funding. I am truly honoured to receive the Scholarship and to be part of Oxford. Not only does it provide financial support, but it also unlocks opportunities for my academic and professional growth. Thanks to the Scholarship, I feel more driven than ever to keep working and pursue my dreams.

Through the generosity of Des Voeux Chambers, this scholarship is worth £10,000 and is awarded annually to students embarking on the BCL, MJur or one year research degree (including one year of the DPhil). Available to UK , EU, and overseas students alike, this scholarship is for students with an interest in proceeding to the bar. 

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