Student Awards

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Student Awards

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Awards for Faculty of Law Students

The following awards have been made available thanks to the generosity of Queen's donors.

Students who are currently registered at Queen's University can apply for the following awards. Students will be notified by either the Student Awards Office or their Faculty if they have been selected for an award. 

Please pay close attention to the application instructions and deadlines.


Blakes Scholar Award

Established in March 2000 by the law firm of Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP and awarded on the basis of academic excellence and community involvement, extra-curricular activities, or other personal accomplishments. Additional selection criteria may also include past experience and present contributions which promote or enhance diversity within the law school or broader community. The award is renewable in the third-year of J.D. studies provided that the student maintains excellent academic standing in their second-year of J.D. studies at full course load. Selection will by the Faculty of Law Awards Committee. Notice of application will be announced by the end of March. Applications should be submitted to  the Faculty of Law Awards Committee by 30 April.

Borden Ladner Gervis Professional Excellence Award

Established in April 2007 by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and commitment to professional excellence as demonstrated by community service and teamwork to a student entering the second year in the Faculty of Law. Notice of application will be announced by the end of March. Applications should be submitted to the Faculty of Law Awards Committee by 30 April.

Community Commitment Award

Established in January 2001 from funds from the Law Foundation of Ontario special endowment to the Faculty of Law at Queen's, to up to eight (8) graduating students each year who have demonstrated interest in and commitment to public or community service. Preference will be given to those students who upon graduation will be engaged in public interest or community service legal work with a projected yearly salary of less than $30,000, and who will not receive tuition or salary payments for completing the Bar Admission Course. Consideration will also be given to students who upon graduation will be articling with a firm or organization with a projected yearly salary of less than $30,000 and who will not receive tuition or salary payments for completing the Bar Admission Course. Application is made by letter with accompanying resume to the Dean of the Faculty of Law, and should include corroborating documentation from the employer. Deadline for application is 1 May in the year of graduation.

Dean's Key

Established in March 2007 by the Faculty of Law in celebration of its 50th anniversary and awarded annually to a maximum of two graduating students who best embody the proud traditions and signature values of Queen's Law: community, collegiality, professionalism, service, exemplary commitment and responsibility towards legal studies, and academic achievement (minimum cumulative B average in the J.D. program). Selection will be made by the Dean, Associate Dean and Assistant Deans of the Faculty of law on the basis of a written nomination from a member of the Queen's Law community, supported by the nominee's resume and a letter of reference. Notice of application will be announced by the end of March. Nominations should be submitted to the Faculty of Law Awards Committee by 30 April.

Dentons Canada LLP Award

The Dentons Canada LLP Award is a gift of that law firm to be awarded annually to a student in second year who submits what is judged to be the best substantial paper during that academic year.

Faculty of Law Dean's Council Diversity Awards

Established in November 2003 by the Faculty of Law Dean's Council. Three awards will be available annually to students in any year of studies in the Faculty of Law whose past experience enables them to bring a greater diversity to the complement of students in the Faculty of Law and ultimately to the practice of law. Students must demonstrate a substantial contribution to diversity related issues either in law school or prior to attending law school.  Notice of application will be announced mid-September and should be submitted to the Faculty of Law Awards Committee by 31 October.

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin Mooting Award

Established in December 2005 by Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP to provide an award to recognize and honour a Queen's Law student who has made an outstanding contribution to the Queen's Law Moot Program. Nominees may have fulfilled various roles in the Moot Program including, but not limited to, competitive moot team member, coach, student member of Moot Court Committee, organizer, or researcher. To be considered, participants, students and professors in the Moot Program may submit the names of nominees to the Moot Program Award Committee by 15 March. Selection will be made by the Moot Program Award Committee.

Allan Findlay Memorial Entrance Scholarship

Established by the partners of the late Allan Findlay, Q.C., this scholarship is awarded to a first year law student every three years, on a rotational basis with two other Ontario law schools. Applications will be assessed on the basis of undergraduate academic record and participation in extracurricular affairs, including athletics, debating, student government, drama and the student newspaper. Notice of application will be announced  every three years, mid-September and should be submitted to the Faculty of Law Awards Committee by 31 October.

Law 1965 Award

Established in April 2012 by the Class of Law 1965, and awarded on the basis of academic achievement and participation in Faculty and University governance, student government, athletics, other extracurricular activities and participation in community projects both legal and non-legal. Awarded to students registered in first year in the J.D. program or combined J.D. degree program in the Faculty of Law.  Selection will be made by the Awards Committee of the Faculty of Law. Notice of application will be announced by the end of March. Nominations should be submitted to the Faculty of Law Awards Committee by 30 April.

Law Public-Interest Internship Awards

Established in December 2013 by the Faculty of Law and awarded to Queen's J.D. or combined J.D. program students on the basis of academic achievement. Applications will be evaluated on the degree to which the proposed internship will enhance the intern's legal knowledge and skills, and the contributions the internship will make to the organization's work in the public interest and/or to access to justice. Awards will be granted only to students who have confirmed a placement to study or work as a public-interest intern. To remain eligible for the funding the student must complete the internship and return to Queen's Law in the next academic term; otherwise, the funding must be repaid. Selection will be by the Awards Committee in the Faculty of Law. Applications to be submitted to the Faculty of Law by 15 March.

Agnes Lefas Memorial Scholarship

Established in October 2002 by friends and colleagues in memory of Agnes Lefas, LL.B. 1979, and awarded on the basis of academic excellence to a student in the Queen's Faculty of Law with a demonstrated interest in civil law or the study of international business law in common and civil law jurisdictions, including (a) a student taking a civil law course in any year of their J.D. program at Queen's Faculty of Law, or (b) a student enrolled at Queen's Faculty of Law in the Civil Law/Common Law joint degree program, or (c) a student in the LL.M. program at Queen's Faculty of Law with a study/research focus on areas related to civil law, including private international law.   Notice of application will be announced mid-September and should be submitted to the Faculty of Law Awards Committee by 31 October.

C. Douglas MacLeod Memorial Scholarship

The C. Douglas MacLeod Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a student completing the second year of the J.D. program. The scholarship recipient will be selected based upon general scholastic achievement with particular emphasis on outstanding performance in courses on constitutional and administrative law. Equal consideration shall also be given to the candidates' other contributions to the Faculty of Law and the University such as participation in Faculty and University governance, student government, athletics, other extracurricular activities and participation in community projects both legal and non-legal. The scholarship is awarded in memory of Doug MacLeod who was a scholar, athlete and eclectic participant in all school matters through his years at Queen's, the London School of Economics and as a teacher at Dalhousie University. Doug was also recognized as one of the pre-eminent transportation law counsel in Canada, and was the founding President of the Canadian Transportation Lawyers Association. Notice of application will be announced mid-September and should be submitted to the Faculty of Law Awards Committee by 31 October.

Michelle McKelvey Award in Family Law

Established in October 2014 by family and friends in memory of Michelle McKelvey, Law 2007.  Awarded on the basis of academic achievement in family law, involvement in school or community activities, and a demonstrated commitment to social justice, to an upper year student in the J.D. program or a combined J.D. degree program in the Faculty of Law.  Selection will be made by the Awards Committee of the Faculty of Law. Notice of application will be announced by the end of March. Nominations should be submitted to the Faculty of Law Awards Committee by 30 April.

Chief Justice McRuer Essay Prize in Constitutional Law

Established by The Honourable James C. McRuer. To be awarded annually to the law student who submits what is judged to be the best major essay in the subject area of Constitutional Law.

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP Scholarship

Established in October 2006 and last revised in March 2018 by the law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP and awarded on the basis of academic excellence as well as a demonstrated commitment to teamwork as evidenced by interactions with Faculty and fellow students to a student entering second year of a J.D. or combined J.D. degree program in the Faculty of Law. Selection will be made by the Awards Committee of the Faculty of Law. Notice of application will be announced by the end of March . Nominations should be submitted to the Faculty of Law Awards Committee by 30 April.

Vincent Principi Memorial Award in Labour Law

Established in March 1994 by the family of Vincent Principi, and awarded annually to a graduating student for demonstrated skill and proficiency in one or more courses in labour law, coupled with involvement in extra-curricular activities, such as community service or participation in the Queen's Labour Law Students' Society. Notice of application will be announced by the end of March. Applications should be submitted to the  Faculty of Law Awards Committee by 30 April.

Queen's L.S.S. Criminal Law Club Award

Established in May 1996, and revised in May 2017, by the Queen's L.S.S. Criminal Law Club to honour the contributions made to the field of criminal justice by Professor Don Stuart. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement to a graduating J.D. student in the Faculty of Law, who has demonstrated a keen interest in the field of criminal justice through the completion of three or more courses relating to the study of criminal law.  Consideration will be given for involvement in the Queen's Prison Law Clinic, Queen's Legal Aid or the Mooting Program. Preference may be given to a student who does not hold another prize for that academic year.  Selection will be made by the Awards Committee of the Faculty of Law. . Notice of application will be  announced by the end of March. Nominations should be submitted to the Faculty of Law Awards Committee by 30 April.

Newton Rowell Entrance Scholarships in Law

Established by the Honourable Henry N.R. Jackman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario in honour of his grandfather, Newton Wesley Rowell. Three entrance scholarships to be awarded annually to students entering the first year of the Juris Doctor program on the basis of academic excellence and a demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, public service. Applications are encouraged from students outside Ontario and from Indigenous students and members of racial minorities. Notice of application will be announced mid-September and should be submitted to the Faculty of Law Awards Committee by 31 October.

Susan J. Serena Scholarship

Established in October 2003 by Susan J. Serena, LL.B. '79, and awarded annually to a student or students completing second year law, on the basis of overall scholarship, involvement in student activities and contribution to the faculty, the university and the wider community. Notice of application will be announced by the end of March. Nominations should be submitted to the Faculty of Law Awards Committee by 30 April.

David Sharpe Indigenous Law Student Award

Established in May 2017 by David Sharpe, a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte community and an LL.B. graduate of Queen's University in 1995. Awarded on the basis of good academic standing and general proficiency in Juris Doctor (J.D.) or combined J.D. degree studies in law, to one or two indigenous law students completing first-year or second-year J.D. or combined J.D. studies, who have made contributions to the law school or broader university community to enhance understanding and respect for indigenous knowledge, culture, governance and perspectives on law. This award will be made upon application by April 30. Applicants will be required to provide proof of indigenous identity.  Selection will be made by the Awards Committee of the Faculty of Law.

Eric Swan Memorial Scholarship

Established in October 2018 by the Class of Law 1994, friends and family, in memory of Eric Swan, B.A. 1987, B.A.(Hons.) 1988, LL.B. 1994. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence and demonstrated contribution to the Queen's Law Community through artistic expression, including but not limited to: music, drama, and visual arts, to students in their final year of the J.D. or combined J.D. degree programs in the Faculty of Law at Queen's University. Selection will be made by the Awards Committee of the Faculty of Law.  Nominations, including self-nomination to be submitted to the Faculty of Law by 31 October.

David and Pearl Tobias Entrance Scholarship

Established by Mr. Norman C. Tobias, a Toronto tax lawyer and associate professor, Faculty of Law, Queen's University, in honour of his parents, David and Pearl Tobias. Awarded to a first year law student each year whose undergraduate record (without taking into account LSAT scores) reflects outstanding achievement in academics, extra-curricular activities, leadership and character, as determined by the Faculty of Law.  Notice of application will be announced mid-September and should be submitted to the Faculty of Law Awards Committee by 31 October.

Torkin Manes LLP Award

Established in May 2003 and last revised in March 2017 by the law firm of Torkin Manes LLP and awarded to a third-year student in the Faculty of Law at graduation on the basis of academic excellence and proven commitment to community service. Notice of application will be announced by the end of March. Nominations should be submitted to the Faculty of Law Awards Committee by 30 April.

Torys Public Interest Summer Internship Award

Established in September 2007 by Torys and granted to first-year students in the Faculty of Law to complete unpaid public interest internships in Canada or abroad during the summer following the students' first year of studies. The award will be granted on the basis of the merit of the award proposal and the demonstrated benefits to the student and the agency. The student's academic record and any previous experience working in the public interest sector may also be taken into consideration. Students apply to the Assistant Dean of Administration and Finance of the Faculty of Law in April. Details regarding the application procedures are available at the Faculty of Law. Selection will be made by the Administrative Committee of the Faculty of Law in consultation with Torys.

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