Gift for the Law

14th November 2016

News, Student news, Alumni news

At the start of his BCL year at Wadham, Oxford-Hackney BCL Scholar Shiva Yelamanchili (BCL, 2016) has immersed himself in conflict of laws, commercial remedies, intellectual property laws and comparative public law.

  • Shiva Yelamanchili

“I chose hallmark Oxford courses that have great relevance to legal practice”, said Shiva whose career goal is to combine legal practice with academia.

Shiva’s entry into legal education was initially fostered by his debating prowess at school. “Once I took up the law, I knew it was the right thing for me and that I eventually wanted to practise and teach law for the rest of my life”, commented Shiva.

Shiva had enjoyed a short visit to Oxford for a moot court competition while studying at India’s National Law School of India University. “I was only here for five days and didn’t have a chance to get to know the city. Living here now, it’s fantastic. It is the perfect place to immerse yourself, with such a concentration of very brilliant people in one place and the opportunity to engage with the best. We have the ‘best in the field’ professors engaging us in the classroom and tutorials, with some of them doubling up as our academic supervisors and offering pastoral support. It is incredible of them to take time out to help students achieve their fullest potential.”

Commenting on the importance of his scholarship, Shiva said: “Providing scholarships is a wonderful way of giving back to the legal profession by enabling students with an outstanding academic record and overall potential to benefit from an Oxford education. I am thankful to all those who take up the responsibility to enable others. Those that benefit from scholarships, like me, will go on to help the next generation by funding further merit based scholarships.” Shiva particularly lauds the administrative support he received from the Law Faculty.

This scholarship results from hundreds of Wadham alumni and friends making gifts to endow a BCL scholarship at Wadham in perpetuity, in honour of Jeffrey Hackney, long-standing Law tutor at Wadham and Emeritus Fellow. Through the Oxford Graduate Scholarship Matched Fund, alumni gifts were further extended to create an endowment of close to £1 million, further securing Wadham’s strength in Law.
Shiva is delighted by generosity of the Wadham community: “Wadham is an inclusive place with good people in it. The wonderful facilities apart, the people at Wadham go out of their way to address any concerns and induct you into the way of life here. Everyone I interacted with - the academic office, my academic supervisor, the law tutors, the librarian, fellow students and the domestic staff - made me feel that I would love to be a part of this community for years to come,” he added.

After the BCL, Shiva hopes to pursue a research degree at Oxford. Thanks to alumni generosity, he is one of two Hackney Scholars now at Wadham.

Doubling the impact of the Hackney BCL Scholarship appeal thanks to alumni generosity

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of hundreds of Wadham alumni and friends, the College has been able to secure the endowment of the Hackney BCL Scholarship in perpetuity. We are also grateful to lead-funders Edwin Mok (Law, 1979) and Stephen Stow (Law, 1973) for their vital support in initiating and launching this campaign. With the wonderful support from William Wong (Law, 1994), one additional Hackney BCL Scholarship will be available every year at Wadham. With this munificent multi-year donation, the College will be one of the leading Oxford colleges for BCL provision. We are delighted to announce that Rabah Kherbane (BCL, 2016) is this year’s second Hackney BCL Scholar (an interview with Rabah will be published on the website in early 2017).

Jeffery Hackney has been humbled by the generosity of so many of his former students and he joins us in thanking alumni and friends for the vital part they have played in securing these graduate scholarships. 


Shiva Yelamanchili obtained the B.A., LL.B. (HONS.) degree from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, ranked first in his cohort.

On graduating in 2015, he received fourteen gold medals, including nine subject medals, in recognition of his status as the best ‘all round graduating student’ and the 'university topper'. While at NLS, Shiva edited the Socio-Legal Review and the National Law School of India Review, and served as the convener of the Academic Support Programme and the Student Initiative to Promote Legal Awareness.

Shiva has published in journals such as Company Lawyer, Indian Journal of Constitutional Law and the Journal of Indian Law Institute. Shiva was a regular member of the University Moot team and at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition 2014, Shiva received honours as an oralist and the team was declared runner-up. While at NLS, Shiva gained valuable experience through internships with apex court Judges in India and Nepal, Senior Counsels in India, Singapore and Nepal and also, Members of Parliament in India and Nepal.

Upon graduation, Shiva started litigating at the office of the Advocate General of Andhra Pradesh and most recently, worked as a judicial clerk to a senior judge of the Supreme Court of India.