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Applications open for Oxford scholarship


19 September 2017

2016 Peter Cameron Sydney Oxford Scholar, Nicholas Condylis at Oxford.
2016 Peter Cameron Sydney Oxford Scholar, Nicholas Condylis at Oxford.

Applications are now open for the 2017 Peter Cameron Sydney Oxford Scholarship.

The $35,000 scholarship which was established by the Law School and the Cameron family through contributions from the friends and colleagues of the late Peter Cameron, enables a recent University of Sydney law graduate to study for a Bachelor of Civil Laws (BCL) degree at the University of Oxford. It is open to final year law students, law graduands and graduates of the Sydney Law School who are no more than three years' standing at the close of applications.

Nicholas Condylis was the recipient of the Peter Cameron Sydney-Oxford Scholarship in 2016. He recently graduated from Oxford University receiving a BCL with Distinction. He was also awarded the Clifford Chance Prize for Best Performance in Principles of Civil Procedure. Nicholas will commence at the NSW Bar in 2018 with 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers. Nicholas shared his experiences at Oxford in the following testimonial.

"My Oxford experience was surreal. The first time walking into Magdalen College was special. This was the college of Oscar Wilde and CS Lewis. For a year, it was my home. Michaelmas term was all about getting involved in the life of the university: attending debates at the Union; checking out Einstein's chalkboard; having a beer at Turf Tavern, where Bob Hawke downed the fastest yard glass (the record still stands!). Things then picked up academically in Hilary term. This is very much the 'tutorial term', with a paper or two due each week. The term flew by. I learnt a lot in those eight weeks, as my subjects started making more sense. For a fleeting moment, it was all under control. Then Trinity term hit. Panic set in. Exams were looming large. Oxford examinations are an experience unto themselves. The class of your degree entirely turns on how you perform in them. There are no interim assessments; you only get one chance. They all take place in the same daunting building, 'Examination Schools', in full academic gown. Over a decade ago, an Eton tradition was widely adopted whereby students wear a coloured carnation symbolising each exam paper: a white carnation is worn for the first paper; pink for the middle ones; and red for the last. This gave the experience a certain charm. When exams were over, the real fun began. All finalists leave Examination Schools via cobbled-stone Merton Street. Here my confetti-armed friends were waiting so as to perform another Oxford ritual: 'the final exam trashing'. Convention dictated that I then jump into the River Cherwell. That was my year in a nutshell. I am sincerely grateful to the donors of the Peter Cameron Sydney-Oxford Scholarship, whose generous financial support made this all possible. I would also like to thank Herbert Smith Freehills, who paid my airfares."

Applications close 2 October 2017. Click here for further details and to apply.