UCL Faculty of Laws


Joyman Lee, Peter Birks Scholarship

Joyman Lee

Programme, and year of study: PhD, 2nd year
Where you are from: UK
Area of research: Private Law, Trusts Law, Comparative Law
PhD supervisor: Professor Charles Mitchell
Scholarship received: Peter Birks Scholarship

Why did you choose to apply to study at UCL Laws?
Its reputation in Private Law, especially the team of senior Professors. Also, the funding opportunities available.

What are your favourite things about studying at UCL Laws?
The excellent Faculty and teaching staff in my areas of interest; the events bringing in top scholars both in my field and other fields; and the opportunity to teach (as a Teaching Fellow) excellent undergraduate students.

What do you hope to do once your studies are complete?
I'd like to be a Lecturer in Private Law.

How did you hear about the UCL Laws scholarships?
While I was an LLM student at UCL Laws, one of my Professors - and now my current supervisor - told me about the scholarships.

What impact has receiving this scholarship had for you?
It enables me to pursue the PhD, which would otherwise have been more difficult. This is because there may be limited sources of funding at a number of other institutions in my subject area.

If you hadn’t received this scholarship what do you think your plans would be, if not studying at UCL Laws?
I would possibly study for a PhD at another institution; or pursue a career at the Bar, which was my initial plan but it became increasingly unappealing as I completed the GDL and the LLM. I was previously a history academic in the US, but I now have little interest in returning to that field.

If someone was thinking of applying for a scholarship what would you say to them?
Get in touch with a potential supervisor; show informed enthusiasm in your area of research; demonstrate that you have thought about why you are interested in the area, and what interests you about it.

If someone was thinking of funding or sponsoring a scholarship what would you say to them?
It really increases the attractiveness of the PhD programme, and allows UCL Laws to attract the best students in the area irrespective of financial means. In doing so, it raises the profile of UCL Laws in that area, improves the quality of undergraduate teaching, and PhD students can also improve the research morale and  environment in the Faculty by bringing in fresh energy and new perspectives.