Thomas Wu

Recipient of the 2019 Allan Myers Oxford Scholarship.

Scholarship recipient Thomas Wu

"None of my experiences this past year would have been possible without scholarship funding. Reading for the Bachelor of Civil Law (‘BCL’) at the University of Oxford has been an absolute privilege and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The spread of COVID-19 has resulted in a lot of uncertainty, and even the University of Oxford was not immune. Teaching was moved into virtual spaces, exams were held remotely, and despite the steady persistence of the English summer, few punts were seen along the local waterways. There are, however, worse places in the world to be isolated. There was abundant time to pursue my studies and those students who remained with me at college have since become dear friends. In years to come, I hope we will look back on these times with a certain degree of fondness, if not nostalgia.

I could not have pursued this opportunity without financial support. I believe much of the success of the legal profession relies on the generosity, guidance and assistance provided by its senior members. This scholarship has affirmed this belief and motivates me to continue my aspirations of increasing access to justice in the Australian legal system.

I have since returned home and have commenced work as an Associate at the High Court of Australia. In the years to come, I hope to continue practicing as a lawyer in Melbourne with an eye towards increasing access to justice to some of our more disadvantaged communities and furthering the rule of law in emerging areas".

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