Name: Oskar Sherry

College: Lady Margaret Hall

Scholarship: Peter Birks Memorial Scholarship

Introduction

I graduated from the BA Jurisprudence (with European Law) in 2019, having spent a year at the University of Leiden on ERASMUS. Prior to this, I was born and raised in Sydney, and still very much call Australia home.

What are your career ambitions?

I hope for a career in the research and teaching of law. I am intrigued by the theoretical understandings of law that can be derived from comparative perspective.

Is life in Oxford different to what you expected it to be?

The most striking difference has been the support and kindness of those who fostered my academic development. Before coming to Oxford, I was excited to be taught by leaders in their field, and this has not disappointed. I have been humbled, however, by the investment that these academics made in helping me to develop my skills, confidence, and aspirations.

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

I hope to achieve two things at Oxford. First, I look to develop my understanding of other legal systems, and to that end hope to develop my skills in comparative legal research. I am fortunate not only in that so many of the BCL options are comparative, but that so much of the cohort is international and brings the experiences of their domestic legal systems to the seminars. Second, I look to find my own limitations as a lawyer. I believe that much legal research in the future will be, to some extent, interdisciplinary. To that end, I hope to develop normative analytical skills, and understand the perspectives that disciplines such as Economics and Political Theory can bring to legal scholarship.

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

I have been humbled by the calibre of my peers on the BCL. Each person in a seminar brings with them a wealth of ability and experience. The most rewarding moments thus far have been the contributions in class that bring that into play, and I greatly appreciate the ability of seminar convenors to use their skills to drive the discussions in a collaborative and participatory manner.

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

There is a lot of reading on the course. The struggle is not so much its completion, but ensuring that sufficient time and energy is dedicated to really thinking about the set material. I imagine that I will adapt somewhat as time goes on. That being said, I never feel as if I cannot ask someone on my course for some guidance on how to understand or engage with a particular piece.

Are you involved with or joined any projects or societies? 

I partake in competitive debating at various levels. This has been incredibly valuable at forcing me to structure my thoughts with clarity, in a way that has greatly helped with my writing. I also keep an eye out for events (discussion groups, lectures, etc.) within my field of interest, or even those that are novel but seem engaging. All things considered, however, the amount of opportunities here can seem overwhelming – so I will never say no to a game of tennis, and am enjoying just getting to know the colleagues with whom I am fortunate enough to call Oxford home.