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. We thank our numerous donors for their continuing generous support in funding these awards and in creating new award funds each year.

Queen's Law Teaching & LSS Recognition Awards

Applications are now closed.

Terms are listed below.

Awards Available to First-Year Students

Spark Award

Presented annually to a first-year law student who, in the opinion of the selection committee, has the best-demonstrated commitment to the Law School.  Participation and dedication in such areas as: (a) student and faculty government; (b) social activities; (c) extracurricular clubs, societies and organizations; and (d) athletic competition shall be qualifying criteria.  The selection committee will consider readiness to participate in Law School activities, readiness to volunteer assistance where assistance is needed and a general enthusiasm to enter into the community of the Law School.  Any student in the first year of law school may submit nominations for the award to the Chairperson of the Committee who may consider any student eligible to receive the award, whether or not he/she has been so nominated.

Awards Available to Second-Year Students

Millennium Award

Presented annually to the second year law student who, in the opinion of the selection committee, has best demonstrated a contribution to and participation in the events and activities that defined the second year law class.

Awards Available to Third-Year Students

Denis Marshall Contribution Award

Presented to students in their graduating year who are recognized by their peers as demonstrating, through substantial commitment, the imprint of the graduating class on the life of the Queen' s Faculty of Law.

M.A. Murray Award

Presented to the man and woman in third year "who contributed the most to the athletic life during his/her three years at law school.

Spirit Award

Presented annually to the graduating student who, in the opinion of the selection committee, has best and most contributed to the spirit of the Law School.  The selection committee will consider readiness to participate in Law School activities, readiness to volunteer assistance where assistance is needed and a general enthusiasm to enter into the community of the Law School.  The recipient of the Spirit Award cannot receive any other award.

Gavel Award

Presented annually to a graduating law student who has contributed the most to student affairs during three years at law school.  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; (c) academic achievement shall be the qualifying criteria.  Outstanding contribution in any combination of these areas will be sufficient for receipt of this award, but weight shall be given to all-around achievement.

Group Awards

Camaraderie Award

Presented annually to an organized group of law students who, in the opinion of the selection committee, has best demonstrated within the Faculty of Law initiative, contribution, participation and organization of events and activities to further the Queens Law community spirit.  Recognition can be for a single event and/or multiple events held throughout the academic year.  It is the intention that the LSS Camaraderie Award will recognize initiative undertaken by groups that have worked hard to establish familiarity and sociability within the law school and a feeling of goodwill and light-heartedness between peers.  Any student group shall be eligible for consideration for the award; the definition of student group shall be interpreted broadly and the only limitation placed on excluding a group would be whether academic credit and/or financial compensation was obtained by members of the group, however, this will be at the discretion of the Committee.

Professional Excellence Award

Presented annually to an organized group of law students who, in the opinion of the selection committee, has best-demonstrated initiative, contribution, participation and involvement in activities and events that promote educational and professional excellence.  Recognition can be for a single event and/or multiple events held throughout the academic year.  It is the intention that the LSS Professional Excellence Award will recognize initiatives undertaken by groups that have worked hard to go beyond the status quo.  Any student group shall be eligible for consideration for the award; the definition of student group shall be interpreted broadly and the only limitation placed on excluding a group would be whether academic credit and/or financial compensation was obtained by members of the group, however, this will be at the discretion of the Committee.

Faculty Award

Stanley M Corbett Awards for Teaching Excellence

Each nomination should be supported by two letters which outline how the nominee meets the criteria for the award. Up to two awards may be made each academic year, one for a full-time tenured, tenure-track or continuing adjunct faculty member and one for a term adjunct/sessional lecturer. 

 

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  1. enthusiasm and innovation in teaching
  2. an ability to motivate students to learn
  3. skill at facilitating student-faculty interaction in class
  4. sensitivity to the needs and interests of students from diverse groups
  5. an ability to convey information in a clear and organized fashion
  6. a depth of knowledge in his or her field
  7. ability to adapt course delivery and course materials to ensure accessibility for students with disabilities
  8. receptivity to students’ questions, new ideas and diverse viewpoints
  9. a commitment to students over and above the norm
  10. ready willingness to consult with and mentor students outside the classroom
  11. a broader commitment to improving the learning environment