Queen's Law

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Faculty of Law

Awards

In recognition of the academic achievement by students accepted to, and enrolled in Queen's Law, a multitude of merit-based awards have been established. Award application dates and terms are outlined below. We thank our numerous donors for their continuing generous support in funding these awards and in creating new award funds each year.

In order to be considered for these awards, you must have completed a Consent to Release of Name and Contact Information for Queen’s Faculty of Law Merit Awards form (available from the QLaw portal). 

Live Applications

Awards Available to Graduating Students Requiring Application (April 30th Deadline)
Applications for these awards are open during the month of April.
Dean’s Key Award (no monetary value, engraved gold 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 Queens Law: community, collegiality, professionalism, service, exemplary commitment and responsibility towards legal studies, and academic achievement (minimum cumulative B average in the JD 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, a letter of reference.
Vincent Principi Memorial Award in Labour Law (Value approx. $2000)
Established 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.
Queen’s Criminal Law Club Award (Value: $500)
Established by the Queens LSS Criminal Club to honour the contributions made to the field of criminal justice by Professor Don Stuart. Awarded annually to a graduating student who has demonstrated academic ability and keen interest in this field and who has completed three or more courses relating to criminal justice. Consideration will be given for involvement in the Prison Law Clinic, Legal Aid or the Mooting Program and preference may be given to a student who does not hold another prize for that academic year.
Community Commitment Award (Value: $3,000)
Awarded, from funds from the Law Foundation of Ontario special endowment to the Faculty of Law at Queens, to up to six (6) 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. Applications should include corroborating documentation from the employer.
Awards Available to Returning Students Requiring Application (April 30th deadline)

Applications for these awards are open during the month of April. Please note that law students who are transferring or who will be studying on Letter of Permission elsewhere in the next academic year will not be considered eligible to receive a merit-based award or scholarship, since they will not be returning to Queen’s Faculty of Law for studies in the next academic year. The proceeds of these awards are applied toward payment of tuition due on September 1st. This is the policy of the Senate Committee on Scholarships and Student Assistance.

Awards Available To Students Completing First or Second-Year JD Studies

The David Sharpe Indigenous Law Student Award (Value: up to $10,000) 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.

Awards Available To Students Completing First-Year JD Studies

Borden Ladner Gervais Professional Excellence Award (Value: $1,500)

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.

Law ’65 Award (Value: $2,500)

Established 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.

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP Scholarship (Value: $5,000)

Established in October 2011 by the law firm of Norton Rose OR LLP to be awarded to a J.D. or combined J.D. degree program student entering second year in the Faculty of Law, on the basis of academic excellence as well as a demonstrated commitment to teamwork as evidenced by interactions with faculty and fellow students. Application is by letter and must be supported by one academic and one non-academic letter of reference directed to the Assistant Dean of Students of the Faculty of Law. At least one letter of reference will attest to the commitment to teamwork demonstrated by the applicant through interactions with faculty and fellow students. This non-academic letter of reference may be from a faculty member who chaired a joint committee or from a member of the senior administrative staff who has personal knowledge of the contribution by the applicant to a joint faculty-student initiative or from a member of the core executive of the Law Students’ Society who can attest to the applicant’s commitment to teamwork.

Awards Available To Students Completing Second-Year JD Studies

Susan J. Serena Scholarship (Value: $1,000) 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.

Future Applications

Fall Scholarships (October 31st deadline)
Applications for Fall scholarships are open annually from mid-September to the end of October. Recipients will be announced November 30th.
 

Awards Available To All Students

The 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.

Agnes Lefas Memorial Scholarship

Established in October 2002 by friends and colleagues in memory of Agnes Lefas, J.D. 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 to Common Law/Civil Law combined degree program students: Although you are taking first-year J.D. courses, you are not considered first-year JD students. Since you graduate at the end of this year, you are considered third-year students for the purposes of these fall scholarships. You are eligible for the Agnes Lefas Memorial Scholarship and you will be considered automatically, without further application, for the Senator Frank Carrel Scholarship based on domicile in Quebec.

Senator Frank Carrel Scholarship (No application required; students automatically considered based on Quebec domicile)

Established at Queen’s University through the generosity of the late Senator Frank Carrel, noted publisher, executive and author who represented the Gulf Division in the Legislative Council of the Province of Quebec for many years prior to his death in 1940. Candidates for Carrel Scholarships must for at least one year prior to their application for admission to Queen’s University (or for at least one year prior to 30 April if enrolled in an upper year) have been and remain until the expiry of their scholarship domiciled in the Province of Quebec and as far as possible in the City or County of Quebec or in the Gulf Region of the Legislative Council of Quebec as constituted at 30 July, 1940 (including Rimouski, Bonaventure, Gaspe-est, Gaspe-ouest and Iles de la Madeleine). Several scholarships are awarded annually for general proficiency in the work of the previous year. All eligible candidates will be considered automatically.

Awards Available To First-Year Students

Note to newly admitted combined MIR/JD, MPA/JD and MA(Econ)/JD Students registered in the first year of the combined programs as graduate students. You are not eligible to apply for these scholarships until next year when you will be registered as JD students for the first-time.

Newton Rowell Entrance Scholarship 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 aboriginal peoples and members of racial minorities.

The David and Pearl Tobias Entrance Scholarship

Established by Mr. Norman C. Tobias, a Toronto tax lawyer and associate professor, Faculty of Law, Queens 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.

The Allan Findlay Memorial Scholarship (Award date every three years; next award date 2019)

Established by the partners of the late Allan Findlay, Q.C., this scholarship is awarded to a first-year student on a rotation with two other Ontario law schools. Applicants 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.

Awards Available for Second-Year Students

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. or 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 though 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.

Note: Many second-year students have not yet had the chance to take Administrative Law, so we encourage you to apply for this scholarship on the basis of all the other criteria.

Queen's Law Teaching & Recognition Awards (March 1st deadline)
Applications for the Queen's Law Teaching & Recognition Awards are open annually from early-February to early-March. Students can nominate their classmates for the individual and group LSS Awards set out below. A ceremony at which these awards will be presented, will take place in April.
 

Group Awards

Camaraderie Award

This award shall be presented annually to an organized group of law students who has best demonstrated initiative, contribution, participation and organization of events and activities to further the Queen’s Law community spirit. The qualifying criteria shall be: (a) working hard to establish familiarity and sociability within the law school; and (b) establishing a feeling of goodwill and light-heartedness between peers. Recognition can be for a single event or multiple events held throughout the academic year. Any student group shall be eligible for consideration and the term ‘student group’ shall be interpreted broadly, but where group members received academic credit and/or financial compensation the group may be excluded at the discretion of the Awards Committee. Any student, staff, or faculty members within the law school may submit nominations.

Professional Excellence Award

This award shall be presented annually to an organized group of law students who has best demonstrated initiative, contribution, participation and involvement in activities and events that promote educational and professional excellence. Emphasis shall be placed on initiatives that have worked hard to go beyond the status quo. Recognition can be for a single event or multiple events held throughout the academic year. Any student group shall be eligible for consideration and the term ‘student group’ shall be interpreted broadly, but where group members received academic credit and/or financial compensation the group may be excluded at the discretion of the Awards Committee. Any student, staff, or faculty members within the law school may submit nominations.

Awards Available To First-Year Students

Spark Award This award shall be presented annually to a student in his or her first year who has best demonstrated commitment to the law school. The qualifying criteria shall be participation and dedication in such as areas as:(a) student and faculty government;(b) social activities;(c) extracurricular clubs, societies and organizations;(d) athletic competition;(e) readiness to participate in law school activities;(f) readiness to volunteer assistance where needed; and(g) general enthusiasm to enter into the community of the law school. Any student may submit nominations for this award.

Awards Available To Second-Year Students

Millennium Award This award shall be presented annually to a student in his or her second year who has demonstrated a contribution and participation in the events and activities that defined the second year law class. Any student may submit nominations for the award.

Awards Available to Third-Year Students

Denis Marshall Contribution Award

These awards shall be presented annually to five students in their graduating year whose outstanding contributions to the life of the faculty, the university or the broader community have left a memorable imprint. Any student may submit nominations for the award. Nominations should detail the contributions of the nominee.

M.A. Murray Award

This award shall be presented annually to two students, one male and one female, in their graduating year who contributed most to the athletic life of the law school during their three years. Any student may submit nominations for the award. Nominations should detail the contributions of the nominee.

Spirit Award

This award shall be presented annually to a student in his or her graduating year who has most contributed to the spirit of the law school in a positive way. The qualifying criteria shall be: (a) readiness to participate in law school activities; (b) readiness to volunteer assistance where assistance is needed; and(c) general enthusiasm to enter into the community of the law school. Any student may submit nominations for the award.

Gavel Award

This award shall be presented annually to a student in his or her graduating year who contributed the most to student affairs during three years at law school. The qualifying criteria shall be participation, dedication, leadership and excellence in such areas as: (a) student and faculty government; (b) social activities; (c) extracurricular clubs, societies and organizations; (d) athletic competition; and (e) academic achievement. Outstanding contribution in any combination in these areas is sufficient for receipt of this award, but weight shall be given to all-around achievement. Any student may submit nominations for the award.

Faculty Awards

Stanley M Corbett Awards for Teaching Excellence

The Stanley M. Corbett Awards for Excellence in Teaching were established as a joint initiative of the Faculty of Law and the Law Students’ Society to recognize teaching excellence by instructors in the Faculty of Law. No more than two awards may be made each academic year on the basis of a sustained commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching and student learning over a number of years or to reflect excellence in teaching and student learning in a particular academic year. These awards will replace the former annual L.S.S. Teaching Awards for a full-time faculty member and for a sessional lecturer. These awards will be non-monetary, however each recipient will be recognized with an individually engraved wooden plaque.

Medals, Dean’s Scholar Awards and Dean’s Honour List

Medals in Law are awarded annually to the graduating students obtaining the top three cumulative averages. Dean’s Scholar Awards are awarded annually to full-time students in each year of law who obtain the top three averages in their classes. Students whose averages place them within the top 10% of their class in each of the three years of study are named to the Dean’s Honour List. For details see the Dean’s Honour List and Medal Policy in the Academic Calendar.

Current External Awards & Contests

The 2017-2018 Canadian Bar Association Essay Contests for Law Students  - Multiple Deadline Dates

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 CBA essay contests for law students. Participating students hone their research and writing skills and expand their knowledge of a particular area of law. The contests also offer students an excellent opportunity to begin building their profiles within the legal community. 

Prizes include cash awards ranging from $250 - $2,500, and in certain cases, complimentary registration and/or travel and accommodation to attend CBA Section conferences.  Winning papers will be promoted in Section communications and published on the CBA website. Details can be found here: www.cba.org/essays


The Honourable Sandra Chapnik Women-in-Law Award - Deadline: April 30th, 2018

The Honourable Sandra Chapnik Women-in-Law Award recognizes female law students who exemplify the drive and determination to achieve a law degree after having spent time in the workforce.

  1. Currently enrolled in an Ontario law school (include transcripts and a CV);
  2. A defined need for financial assistance (to be determined at law school with supporting documentation); and
  3. An essay of no less than 200 words explaining the above, her past experiences and her future goals.

As a guest of honour at the WLAO Annual Awards dinner in June, the recipient will receive her award and have the opportunity to meet many influential and successful women lawyers, legal educators, and judges from the Toronto area. This award will be administered through the WLAO and Ontario law schools with final selection by a panel consisting of the Honourable Sandra Chapnik and two WLAO board members.

Annual Award Amount: $1,000

Download Application Form


Avril A. Farlam Advocacy Award - Deadline: April 30th, 2018

The Avril A. Farlam Advocacy Award is designed to recognize outstanding participation in the legal clinic program of any one of the Ontario law schools to be determined by:

  1. Academic achievement (ie. marks);
  2. A copy of applicants CV (curriculum vitae), and;
  3. Essay of no more than 200 words describing how the applicant believes the legal clinic experience will make her a better lawyer

As a guest of honour at the WLAO Annual Awards dinner in June, the recipient will receive her award and have the opportunity to meet many influential and successful women lawyers, legal educators, and judges from the Toronto area.

Annual Award Amount: $1,000

Download Application Form


Aird & Berlis Equality Award - Deadline: April 30th, 2018

The Women's Law Association of Ontario and Aird & Berlis LLP Equality Award is designed to recognize a woman law student who has dedicated her time and talents to advancing equality rights. The recipient will receive a monetary award of $1000.00. The recipient of the award will demonstrate the following characteristics (for details see application form):

  • female registered, in good standing, at an Ontario faculty of law and studying for an LL.B, J.D. or LL.M.; and
  • a record of dedication to advancing equality rights (such as, but not limited to religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, mental health, refugee, aboriginal, minority and HIV/AIDS victim's rights).

As a guest of honour at the WLAO Annual Awards dinner in June, the recipient will receive her award and have the opportunity to meet many influential and successful women lawyers, legal educators, and judges from the Toronto area. Funds are available for accommodation and travel costs to Toronto for the recipient to attend the Awards dinner.

To obtain an application form please contact your law school’s Career Services office or contact Women's Law Association of Ontario directly.

Annual Award Amount: $1,000

Download Application form


Torkin Manes LLP Trailblazer Award - Deadline: April 30th, 2018

Torkin Manes LLP and WLAO have established the Trailblazer Award to recognize a female law student for her leadership role in business and the law (this could be corporate/commercial, not-for-profit, or entrepreneurial). This award is given to a student that best exemplifies the qualities of effective business leadership, innovatively applied know-how, and potential for growth. The award (with a monetary award of $1,000) will be presented at a gala dinner in June 2018.

The recipient of this award will demonstrate the following qualifications and characteristics:

  • female student registered in 2nd or 3rd year and in good standing at an Ontario faculty of law, and studying for a J.D. or LL.M. (the successful candidate will likely be enrolled in a joint J.D./LL.M. and MBA degree program);
  • an acknowledged leader, actively demonstrating the promotion of women in business;
  • exceptional legal expertise and proven business acumen; and
  • demonstrates an entrepreneurial and business focused spirit, with a strong sense of how to put a project or idea into action.

Please return completed application form along with a letter of merit (not to exceed two pages) outlining the candidate’s qualifications for this award. If appropriate, please provide supporting documentation (i.e. letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae).

Annual Award Amount: $1,000

Download Application Form


Canadian Defence Lawyers Foundation's Annual Canadian Law Student Essay Prize - Deadline: May 3, 2018 at 5:00pm

Canadian Defence Lawyers Foundation is pleased to once again advise you of its annual Canadian Law Student Essay Prize.

The Canadian Defence Lawyers Foundation was established in 2015 by Canadian Defence Lawyers to advance and support legal education and scholarship in Canada by providing prizes and awards to students enrolled in Canadian law schools. We were delighted to award the 2017 prize to Nick Hooper, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, who is currently continuing his legal education.

This year the Foundation will award a prize of $5,000.00 to the author of an essay on a topic as described below:​

“A paper relevant to the multi-faceted interaction between insurance coverage and tort claims, which should include a discussion of issues arising in Insurance Law, Tort Law and/or the Civil Procedure of a Province or the Federal Court as it pertains to Tort or Insurance Litigation.”

The prize is open to any student currently enrolled in the Faculty of Law of any university in Canada. The papers will be judged on academic merit by a distinguished panel of five eminent persons drawn from the faculties of Canadian Law Schools, the Bench and the practising Bar. One winner will be selected. The papers must be original, academic in style and scholarly in content.

The deadline for submission of the papers is 5:00 pm EST on May 3, 2018. The winner will be notified following the end of the 2017 – 2018 academic year and publicly acknowledged at the Annual Meeting of Canadian Defence Lawyers on June 6, 2018.

Instructions for submission of entries are outlined on the accompanying application, also available on our website www.cdlfoundation.org.
Canadian Defence Lawyers, founded in 1995, is a voice and a resource for civil defence lawyers through networking opportunities, a national perspective and quality defence-specific education.


The 2018 CALREI - IAMGOLD Essay Award - Deadline: January 15, 2019

The Canadian Association of Lawyers with Russian Eurasian Interests (“CALREI”) and IAMGOLD Corporation (“IAMGOLD”) are pleased to announce the first CALREI – IAMGOLD Essay Award competition for an outstanding law student paper on Russian, Eurasian and/or Eastern European matters that involve Canada. The total prize amount of $5,000 is being funded by IAMGOLD.

  • The first prize winner will receive $3,500. The paper that will receive the first prize will be submitted for exclusive first option publication to Canadian International Lawyer Journal. A short abstract of the winning paper will also be submitted for publication to Canadian Bar Association National Magazine.
  • The second prize winner will receive $1,000.
  • The third prize winner will receive $500.

The winner of the prize is also invited to join the judging panel for the competition in the following year.

Eligibility

All Canadian university law students that are or were enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional program (including JD, BCL, LLB, LLM, DCL, PHD, and joint degrees) between February 5, 2018 and January 15, 2019 are eligible for the award. Essays may be written from the perspective of any one or more industries, areas of practice and disciplines. Papers must involve any matters related (i) to law, economy, business amongst other and (ii) Russian, Eurasian and/or Eastern European markets with the connection to Canada, and should preferably be practice oriented rather than purely theoretical.

Submission Information

All essay submissions must be typed and be between 5,000 and 7,500 words (not including citations and footnotes). Please use the most recent edition of the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (McGill Guide). We also ask that you submit a short abstract of no more than 200 words with your paper. If you are submitting a paper in French, please provide an English abstract. Co-authored papers will be accepted. However, if a co-authored paper does win the competition, the prize will be split among all authors. Only one paper may be submitted by each student.

The paper should be submitted as follows:

  • With no identifying information about the author(s) (blind);
  • Include a separate title page, including the author’s name, manuscript’s title, the name of the program and school enrolled in (including the course name and professor, if applicable), phone number and email address; and
  • A curriculum vitae or respective electronic link for each author.

Due Date

Essays for the 2018 CALREI - IAMGOLD Essay Award must be submitted in both print and electronic form (.docx, or .doc format but not .pdf) by January 15, 2019.

Consent:

Note that in submitting a paper to this competition, the author consents to publication in the Canadian International Lawyer Journal and Canadian Bar Association National Magazine in print and/or electronic form and that the paper has not been previously submitted for publication and will not be submitted for publication elsewhere until receipt of notification of the results of the competition and if submitted for publication by Canadian International Lawyer Journal and Canadian Bar Association National Magazine, as indicated above.

Prize Board

A national prize board will review the submissions and choose the award winners.

How to Submit

Please mail a hard copy of your paper to:
Yaroslavna Nosikova, President of CALREI
The 2018 CALREI - IAMGOLD Essay Award
The Canadian Association of Lawyers with Russian Eurasian Interests

Suite 5300, TD Bank Tower
Box 48, 66 Wellington Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5K 1E6

Also, please email an electronic copy of your paper to ynosikova@mccarthy.ca

Further Information

For further information please contact:
Yaroslavna Nosikova, President of CALREI
The 2018 CALREI - IAMGOLD Essay Award
The Canadian Association of Lawyers with Russian Eurasian Interests

Suite 5300, TD Bank Tower
Box 48, 66 Wellington Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5K 1E6
by phone: (416) 601-8308
or ynosikova@mccarthy.ca