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Awards & Prizes

 

Discretionary prizes

Each year the Office of the Associate Dean awards discretionary prizes to deserving students. Faculty and students provide input into the selection process through an annual nominations process.

Nominate a deserving colleague

A nomination can be submitted in writing and signed by the nominator(s); or via e-mail. Nominations should include the following information:

  • your name
  • name of student being nominated
  • name of prize or award for which they are being nominated
  • reasons why the nominator(s) believe(s) the student meets the criteria for the award.

Nominations should be addressed to Professor Michael Deturbide, Associate Dean, Academic. Send email nominations to: julie.harnish@dal.ca.

Applications must be received by March 31st.

Discretionary prizes for 2nd and 3rd year students

  • Beeson, Eunice W. Award – awarded to a woman student on the basis of her academic performance, personality, character, and financial need;  
  • Forsyth, G O Most Deserving – awarded to a student whom faculty deems to be the most deserving in the sense of combining the qualities of scholarship, character and need.
  • Proulx, Francois-Michael Memorial Award - awarded to a visiting student who has made a significant contribution in enriching the life of the Schulich School of Law.

Discretionary prizes for graduating students

  • Bamford, Robert E. Memorial Award – awarded to a student who best combines academic excellence with a commitment to the Law School Community;
  • Burchell, Thomas Memorial Good Citizen Prize in Law (LSS Award) - awarded to a graduating student who is voted by the graduating class as most supportive of fellow students during the course of their education.  
  • Cox, A. William Memorial Award – awarded to a student who demonstrated scholastic merit, financial need, registered for, or participated in the Legal Aid Clinic and demonstrated a high level of community commitment and service.  Must also be from Atlantic Canada.
  • Dawn Russell Community Commitment Award – awarded to a graduating student who has taken an interest in public service throughout Law School and who has demonstrated intention to pursue a career path devoted to public services. 
  • Duckworth, Muriel Award – awarded to a woman student in graduating class based on her consciousness of women’s issues and feminism in the legal community;
  • Grant, William Johnston QC Memorial Award (Not to be awarded 2016/17) - awarded to a graduating law student who has demonstrated financial need, has had a positive influence and lasting impact on his/her class and who has demonstrated a contribution to both academic and extracurricular life and has achieved a good and healthy balance between academic and social pursuits.
  • Jones, David M. Memorial Award –  awarded to a student whose character has been a source of inspiration and optimism to classmates/school community
  • MacKenzie, Sarah MacWalker (Clinic's Discretion) – awarded to a student who has completed the  Clinical Law Programme at Dalhousie Legal Aid and who has made an outstanding contribution toward the DLAS goals of education, service, community development and law reform. 
  • Marshall, Donald Jr. Memorial Award - awarded to graduating student who has a proven commitment to raising awareness and working for social justice and criminal law reform with respect to Aboriginal peoples
  • May, Elizabeth Award for Environmental Service (MELP Award) - awarded to a student in the graduating class who has been involved in promoting environmental awareness in the law school and broader community;
  • NSBS Presidents' Leadership Award - award to be given to a student who intends to article in NS and who has exemplified consistent leadership qualities
  • Potts, Judge Fran  Potts Award in Law - awarded during convocation to a graduating student who has achieved academic excellence and has shown a commitment to the overall spirit of Dalhousie
  • Read, Horace E Award – awarded to a student who has made the greatest overall contribution to scholarship and student life
  • Smith, G.I.  Memorial Award – awarded to a student who showed academic excellence by attaining a high scholastic average, and demonstrated, in the opinion of Faculty, the most promise of achieving exemplary standards of professional and public service.

 

Academic prizes

At the end of each year the Office of the Associate Dean awards the Academic Prizes to deserving students.

Applications should be addressed to Professor Michael Deturbide, Associate Dean, Academic. Send email applications to: tnekliou@dal.ca

Applications must be received by March 31st.

Academic prizes for 1st year students

  • Borden Ladner Gervais Professional Excellence Award -  awarded  to a first year student who has achieved academic excellence and has displayed qualities that reflect the Borden Ladner Gervais core values, which include integrity, excellence, teamwork and commitment.  Interested students should provide details of how they meet the criteria for this award. In addition to academic excellence, this could include information on, for example, community contributions, participation in law journal activities and submission of articles for publication, participation in the organization of speakers and other events for law school societies. Consideration will also be given to any new initiatives developed by a student which would improve the school or the community at large. Download the Borden Ladner Gervais Award application form [PDF - 129 kB]
  • BOYNECLARKE Prize – awarded to a 1st year student from Nova Scotia who demonstrated excellence through a combination of academic achievement, participation and contribution to law school and the broader community. Download the Boyneclarke Prize application form [PDF - 57 kB]


2. Graduate Scholarships in Law

Graduate students are eligible for scholarships available to all students registered in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University, and for the Sir James Dunn Post-Graduate Scholarship available in the Schulich School of Law.

The Roy A. Jodrey Scholarship in Law
The will of the late Roy A. Jodrey established a fund, the income of which is to be awarded as an annual scholarship, for post-graduate study at Schulich School Of Law to a student deemed by the School to be outstanding.

Law Foundation of Nova Scotia Graduate Millennium Scholarship
The Law Foundation of Nova Scotia established the Graduate Millennium Scholarship in the year 2000.

The Ronald St. John Macdonald Memorial Scholarship
The fund was established to provide a scholarship for an LLM or JSD student working in the area of international and/or international human rights law.

Schulich Scholarships in Law
The fund provides annual scholarships to LLM and JSD students.

Fielding Sherwood Memorial Fund
The fund provides a bursary which is to be awarded to an LLM or JSD student whose work concerns the environment, or relates in some way to fisheries or ocean research studies. The intent is that the bursary be directed toward travel or research. The student will be selected by the Dean, on the advice of Faculty members in the areas concerned. The annual amount is to be determined by him/her. One award may be made annually. The fund will be self-perpetuating.

The George C. Thompson Fellowship in Law
Mr. George C. Thompson established a fund to provide a graduate fellowship for a student enrolled in the Master of Laws (LLM) program at Dalhousie. The fellowship should preferably be awarded to an LLB or JD graduate from Dalhousie with preference given to students who combine scholarly achievement and athletic involvement throughout the candidate's university career.

The H.A.J. Wedderburn Scholarship in Law
The fund provides an annual scholarship to a Black Nova Scotian enrolled in a graduate program (LLM or JSD) in the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.

B. Prizes and Medals

1. Third Year Students

Robert E. Bamford Memorial Award
The friends, colleagues and classmates of the late Robert E. Bamford, a graduate of the Class of 1975, have established this memorial prize in his honour. Robert Bamford was formerly the treasurer and president of the Dalhousie Law Students' Society and, at the time of his death, was a doctoral student in law at the University of Edinburgh. The prize is awarded to the third-year student who best combines academic excellence with a commitment to the Law School community.

The Eunice W. Beeson Memorial Prize
This prize is to be awarded at the discretion of the Faculty to the qualifying woman student in the Law School who seems worthy on the basis of her academic performance in the School, qualities of personality and character, and financial need. The prize was established by Mrs. Mary Beeson Mobley and friends in memory of Miss Eunice W. Beeson, the first professional Librarian in the Law School, Sir James Dunn Law Librarian and Associate Professor, 1959-66.

Thomas Burchell Memorial Good Citizenship Prize in Law
The purpose of this prize is to honour the life and work of the late Thomas Burchell. This prize is to be awarded at the spring convocation and will be awarded to a graduating student who is voted by the graduating class as most supportive of fellow students during the course of their education.

The Edna Chambers Class of `77 Judicial Remedies Prize
Established by the Class of `77 to honour the memory of Edna Chambers, and awarded to a third year student who has achieved the highest standing in the Judicial Remedies class.

The Community Spirit Fund in Law
This fund was established by Dalhousie Law alumni John Cuthbertson and Rhonda Wishart and will provide an annual bursary or scholarship to a Law student who has demonstrated a history of volunteerism and community responsibility, an enthusiasm for pro bono opportunities, successful academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

The A. William Cox Memorial Award
The family and friends of the late A. William Cox, a graduate of the Class of 1949, established this memorial prize in his honour. This annual prize is awarded to a graduating student who is from Atlantic Canada, has demonstrated scholastic merit and financial need and who has registered for, or participated in, the Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinical program or who has demonstrated a high level of community commitment and service.

Dawn Russell Community Commitment Award (Discretionary Award)
This annual award recognizes and encourages student commitment to legal careers in public service. It is awarded to graduating students who have taken an interest in public service throughout Law School and who have demonstrated an intention to pursue a career path devoted to public service.

The Donald Marshall Jr. Memorial Award
This annual award commemorates Donald Marshall Junior's contributions to challenging and reforming aspects of the Canadian Criminal Justice System and to the recognition of Aboriginal Treaty Rights. The award recipient will be a graduating student who has a proven commitment to raising awareness and working for social justice and criminal law reform with respect to Aboriginal peoples.

Muriel Duckworth Award
Awarded annually to a woman or women in the graduating class who best exemplifies the qualities of Muriel Duckworth by raising consciousness of women's issues and feminism in the legal community. The successful candidate shall be chosen by the Discretionary Awards Committee along with the Professor teaching Women and the Law, and a representative chosen by the Schulich School Of Law Association of Women and the Law.

G.O. Forsyth Prize (Discretionary Award)
This prize is awarded to the student whom the Faculty deems to be the most deserving in the sense of combining the qualities of scholarship, character and need.

Gowling WLG R.A. Smith Advocacy Prize
An annual prize of $500 will be awarded to the graduating student who has achieved the highest standing in the combination of Civil Procedure, Civil Trial Practice and Insurance Law.

William Johnston Grant QC Memorial Award (Discretionary Award)
Awarded annually to a graduating law student who has demonstrated financial need, demonstrated a contribution to both academic and extra curricular life at Schulich School of Law, and has achieved a good and healthy balance between academic and social pursuits. Patterson Palmer LLP sponsors this award in honour of Mr. Grant, one of the firm's founding members.

Robert G. Elgie Health Law and Policy Prize
This prize is awarded annually to the third-year student at the Schulich School of Law graduating with the Health Law and Policy Specialization Certificate having the highest grade point average in the classes counted towards the Specialization. It includes a $750 award. The award is to honour Dr. Robert Elgie, inaugural Director of the Dalhousie Health Law Institute. His interdisciplinary expertise in medicine and law, and dedication to public service, laid the foundation upon which the Institute was shaped. The specialization program resonates with Dr. Elgie's commitment to fostering excellence in the health law and policy field.

The Honourable W.A. Henry Prize
Awarded to the graduating student who has achieved the highest standing in Constitutional Law subjects chosen by the School.

Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP Award in Law
Awarded to a third year student who has completed (or is enrolled) in the Construction Law class and who has the highest overall standing in the class.

David M. Jones Memorial Award
Awarded to a third year student whose character has been a source of inspiration and optimism to his or her classmates and the Law School community.

Robert W. Kerr Labour Law Prize
Awarded to the graduating student who has achieved the highest standing in the Labour Law subject - Collective Agreement.

The Leonard A. Kitz, QC Prize
The prize, donated by Leonard A. Kitz, QC, will be awarded annually for skill in oral legal argument, in moot courts or as otherwise determined by the faculty. The prize is to be shared by the runners up in the Smith Shield Moot Court Competition

Ernest MacArthur Memorial Award in Law
Awarded to a third year student who has completed (or is enrolled) in the Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinical Law Program and who has the highest overall standing in the graduating class among clinic students.

The Sarah MacWalker MacKenzie Clinical Law Award
The Dalhousie Legal Aid Service established a prize, awarded at the discretion of the Director and staff, in recognition of the contributions and exemplary service of Sarah MacKenzie. The prize is open to a third year student who has successfully completed the Clinical Law Program at Dalhousie Legal Aid and who has made an outstanding contribution toward the DLAS goals of education, service, community development and law reform.

Elizabeth May Award for Environmental Service
Awarded annually to a student in the graduating class who has been involved in promoting environmental awareness in the law school and broader community. Elizabeth May is an environmentalist, writer, activist, lawyer and graduate of Schulich School of Law (`83). Elizabeth May has exemplified a long and inspiring commitment to environmentalism and this award recognizes students who are also making a significant contribution to environmental issues and environmental law. The successful candidate shall be chosen by the Discretionary Awards Committee along with Professors from the Law School's Marine & Environmental Law Institute (MELAW).

Arthur R. Moreira, QC Memorial Prize
Awarded to the third year student who has demonstrated excellence in Equity and Trusts.

NSBS Presidents’ Leadership Award
Awarded to a student who intends to article in Nova Scotia and who has exemplified consistent leadership qualities.

The William D. Outhit Prize in Administrative Law
Awarded to the graduating student who has attained the highest standing in Administrative Law.

The A.S. Pattillo Prize for Advocacy
The Toronto firm of Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP sponsor this prize in memory of Mr. Arthur Pattillo, a renowned advocate. The prize is to be shared by the winners of the annual Smith Shield Moot Court competition.

Judge Fran Potts Award (Discretionary Award)
Awarded to a graduating student who has achieved academic excellence and who has shown a commitment to the overall spirit of Dalhousie as well as a contribution to the Law School.

Francois-Michael Proulx Memorial Prize
Awarded to the visiting civil law student who has made a significant contribution in enriching the life of the Schulich School Of Law.

The Horace E. Read Award
Awarded to a third year student who has made the greatest overall contribution to scholarship and student life.

The Henry B. Rhude Memorial Prize
In 1985 the law firm of Stewart, MacKeen and Covert (now Stewart McKelvey) set up this prize which is to be awarded to a student who attains the highest mark in Secured Transactions.

The George Isaac Smith Memorial Award
An award of $500 is available to the student in any year of Law who has shown academic excellence by attaining a high scholastic average, and who has demonstrated in the opinion of Faculty the most promise of achieving exemplary standards of professional and public service.

University Medal in Law
This medal may be awarded on graduation to the student who has achieved the highest cumulative average of those attaining First Class distinction in the studies of third year, and who has achieved a very high standard of excellence. (Please note that eligibility will be determined solely on the basis of law classes.)

2. Second or Third Year Students


The Rozovsky Health Law and Policy Paper Prize
This annual prize is to be awarded to a student at the Schulich School of Law who writes the best research paper on a health law and policy topic in the course of an academic year. It includes a $500 award. The award is to honour the visionary role that Lorne and Fay Rozovsky played in founding Dalhousie’s Health Law Institute and establishing research paper based courses in health law at the law school, as well as their life-long contributions to research and scholarship in health law and policy in Canada and abroad. To qualify for consideration for the prize, the paper must be nominated by a professor, and must be written for a course which qualifies for the Health Law and Policy Specialization Certificate. This includes papers written in non-health law courses which were approved as counting towards the Certificate.

Robert Batt Memorial Award
Friends and associates of the late Robert John Batt (Class of 1936) have established a fund which provides a prize to the student who achieves excellent standing in the subject area of Constitutional Law.

Bennett Jones LLP Prize in Intellectual Property II
The law firm of Bennett Jones LLP sponsors an annual prize of $500 to the student who has attained the highest standing in Intellectual Property Law II.

Bereskin and Parr Prize
Awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark in the Intellectual Property Law class.

The Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP Prize
The law firm of Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP sponsors an annual prize of $500 to the student who has attained the highest standing in Business Associations.

Canadian Energy Law Foundation Prize
A prize in the amount of $2,500 to be awarded to the student who has demonstrated outstanding performance in the Oil and Gas Law class.

The Lorne O. Clarke Prize in Dispute Resolution
The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, the Canadian Bar Association, the Judiciary of Nova Scotia and Schulich School of Law established this prize to honour the distinguished career of Lorne O. Clarke, former Chief Justice of Nova Scotia. This prize will be awarded to the student who achieves the highest standing in Dispute Resolution.

Cox & Palmer Corporate Taxation Prize
The law firm of Cox & Palmer sponsors a prize in the amount of $500 to the student achieving the highest mark in Taxation of Corporations.

Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg LLP Prize
A prize of $1,000 donated by the Toronto law firm of Davies, Ward & Vineberg LLP is to be awarded to the second or third year student who has achieved the highest combined mark in Business Associations, Commercial Law and Taxation I.

The Robert T. Donald Memorial Prize
Former students, colleagues and friends of the late Robert T. Donald, a teacher at the Law School and Dean from 1969 until his death in 1971, established an endowment fund. A portion of the net annual income is expended as a prize to the student who has achieved the highest standing in Corporate Transactions.

Robert T. Donald Prize in Insurance
The Carswell Company and colleagues of the late Dean Donald have established a fund to provide for an annual prize to recognize the achievement of that student who has attained the highest mark in Insurance.

The Milton and Carole Ehrlich Prize
Awarded in memory of the late Richard Weiner who was actively involved with the United Nations, this prize is given to recognize the student who has achieved the highest standing in Law of the Sea subjects.

The Edward Charles Foley Prize
Awarded to the student who is enrolled in the MELP certificate program who has obtained a weighted average of not less than “B” and has demonstrated a commitment to public/community service in the environmental or related area.

G.O. Forsyth Essay Prize
Awarded to the student who submits the best essay on a legal topic, to be selected by the School.

The H. Carl Goldenberg, QC, Prize
An annual prize of $100 is given to the student with the highest standing in Public Law subjects designated by the School.

Gowling WLG Law and Technology Prize
The law firm of Gowlings, Toronto sponsors a prize in the amount of $500 to the student achieving the highest mark in Law and Technology.

Clinton Havey Law of Succession Prize
The family of Clinton Havey LLB ’47 sponsors an annual prize to be awarded to the student who has demonstrated academic excellence in the area of Law of Succession.

James Hendry Memorial Prize in Law
The family of James Hendry LLB ’47 sponsors an annual prize to be awarded to the student who has demonstrated academic excellence in the area of International Law.

The J.S.D. Tory Writing Awards
The fund was established by the law firm of Tory, Tory, DesLauriers & Binnington in memory of the late J.S.D. Tory, to provide annually one or more awards to full-time students in the Schulich School of Law to reward legal writing excellence, to encourage legal scholarship, and to provide the recipients with the financial ability to do additional research and writing on an outstanding piece of written work.

Donald A. Kerr Memorial Prize
The Eastern Admiralty Law Association sponsors an annual prize to be awarded to the student who has achieved high standing in the subject area of Maritime Law.

Stuart Clarke Lane Memorial Prize
The Class of 1940 established an endowment fund in memory of their classmate. In 1978 the fund was supplemented by a generous bequest from the Estate of Pauline H. Lane in memory of her son. This annual prize is awarded to the student who has achieved the highest mark in Administrative Law.

Professor Ronald St. John Macdonald Prize in Public International Law
An endowment was established by the distinguished former Dean of Law to provide an annual prize awarded to the student who attains the highest mark in Public International Law.

The McInnes Cooper Commercial Law Prize
This prize of $500 is sponsored annually by the law firm of McInnes Cooper and is awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark in Commercial Law.

The McInnes Cooper Internet Media Law Prize
This prize of $300 is sponsored by the law firm of McInnes Cooper and is awarded to the student who achieves the highest grade in Internet and Media Law.

The McInnes Cooper Labour Law Group Prize
This prize of $500 is sponsored annually by the law firm of McInnes Cooper and is awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark in Labour Law.

The McInnes Cooper Trade Law Seminar Prize
A prize of $500 to be awarded to the student with the highest mark in International Trade Law.

The R. Graham Murray Prize
The Class of 1954 established an endowment in honour of Professor R. Graham Murray, QC, a distinguished teacher at the Law School. The prize is awarded to a deserving student in a subject to be designated by the Faculty.

Osgoode Society Book Prize in Legal History
Awarded annually to a student having demonstrated superior ability in legal history through the writing of a major paper.

Justice Ronald N. Pugsley Trial Advocacy Award
The fund was established by the family of Justice Ronald N. Pugsley to honour his distinguished career, and will provide an annual prize for a second or third year student or students at Schulich School of Law who has (have) achieved excellence in trial court or appellate court advocacy in a competitive trial or moot court competition.

The Elkanah Rafuse Prize in Admiralty Law
An endowment was established in memory of the late Elkanah Rafuse of Halifax to provide an annual prize to the student who achieves the highest standing in Maritime Law and Practice.

The Horace E. Read Legislation Prize
The establishment of a fund in memory of the late Dean Horace Read provides an annual prize to the student who attains the highest mark in Legislation.

Professor Robert A. Samek Memorial Prize
The establishment of a memorial fund by family, relatives and friends of the late Professor Robert A. Samek makes possible a book prize for the student who achieves the highest mark in General Jurisprudence.

STEP Canada Trusts & Estates Prize
The prize is awarded to a student who has demonstrated outstanding performance through leadership or contribution to a project in the Estate Planning course or Law of Succession course, or Equity and Trusts course, if Estate Planning is not offered, as chosen by the Associate Dean, in consultation with the Professor who taught the course.  Where there are two candidates for consideration, first preference will be given to the candidate who has not been awarded another prize in this area.

The Wanda Szubielski Prize in Law
A prize awarded to the second or third year student with the highest mark in the area of Civil Procedure, Dental/Medical Malpractice and/or Personal Injury and Insurance Law.

W.A. Tomblin Memorial Prize
A prize awarded to the second or third year student with the highest mark in Bankruptcy.

3. Second Year Students


The Honourable Richard B. Hanson Prize
Established by Mrs. R.B. Hanson, this endowment provides for an annual prize to the student who achieves the highest mark in Constitutional Law. The prize is in memory of a distinguished graduate of Dalhousie, lawyer and public servant.

Robert B. MacLellan Memorial Prize in Business Law
This award was established in memory of Robert B. MacLellan and is awarded to a student who has registered to complete the Business Law specialization; has completed 10 of the 23 credits required (seven of which must be in classes which are mandatory for the specialization) and has attained the highest grade point average in second year law among those students registered in the specialization.

Mr. Justice Vincent C. MacDonald Prize
A prize will be awarded to the student who, in the opinion of faculty, has shown the most satisfactory progress during second year and who has attained at least second-class standing.

4. First or Second Year Students

The John V. O'Dea Prize
A prize of $150 is to be awarded annually to a student who was admitted as a special status or a mature applicant. The prize is to be awarded after the student has completed either first or second year on the combined basis of good academic standing and contribution to the Schulich School of Law.

5. First Year Students

The Craig Bauer Memorial Law Prize
Awarded to a first year Schulich School of Law student who achieves high standing in first year Tort Law and who best exemplifies the traits that made Craig Bauer a special person, specifically, outstanding academic achievement and excellence in intramural sports.

Borden Ladner Gervais Professional Excellence Award
The law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais awards an annual prize in the amount of $2,500 to a first year student who has achieved academic excellence and has displayed qualities that reflect the Borden Ladner Gervais core values, which include integrity, excellence, teamwork and commitment. If more than one qualified student applies, it is possible that two smaller awards will be made in some years.

BOYNECLARKE LLP Prize
The law firm of BOYNECLARKE LLP awards a prize annually in the amount of $1,000 to the first year student from Nova Scotia who has demonstrated excellence through a combination of academic achievement, participation and contribution to the law school and the broader community.

CCH Canadian Limited Prize in Legal Research and Writing
The company sponsors an annual prize which is to be awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark in the legal research and writing program.

The Class of 1958 Prize
An endowment fund, the gift of the Law Class of 1958, provides a prize which is to be awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark in Contracts.

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin Prize
Awarded to the student from Ontario who achieves the highest standing in first year.

G.O. Forsyth Essay Prize
Awarded to the student who submits the best essay on a legal topic in Legal Research and Writing (Assignments 2/3).

The W. Donald Goodfellow, QC, Prize
This Calgary lawyer, a graduate of the Law School, sponsors an annual prize of $200 to be awarded to the student who achieves the second highest standing among those in the first year class.

The Honourable Angus L. Macdonald Prize
This prize is awarded to the student who has attained the highest mark in the class Tort Law and Damage Compensation.

The W.S. O'Hara Prize in Criminal Law
A prize from the income of a fund established in memory of W.S. O'Hara is to be awarded to the student who has attained the highest academic standing in Criminal Law.

Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP Prize
This prize of $500 is sponsored by the Toronto firm of Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP and is awarded to the student with the highest overall average in private law subjects (Property, Contracts and Torts).

The Clyde W. Sperry Prize
A prize from the income of a fund established in memory of Clyde W. Sperry is to be awarded to the student who has attained the highest mark in the class Property in its Historical Perspective.

C. Bursaries and Scholarships

This subsection should be read with reference to the general bursary portion of the Financial Aid section.

Mary Bailey Memorial Bursary
To be awarded annually to a law student in financial need, who has demonstrated an interest in Family Law.

The Est. Ethelind A. Bligh Scholarship
A scholarship will be awarded to the student of the first year who, having made a high scholastic average, in the opinion of the Faculty shows the most promise of achieving high standards of professional and public service.

Canadian Bar Association (NS Branch) Scholarship
Through its more than 32,000 members the Canadian Bar Association is one of the Country's most prestigious and rapidly growing national professional associations. The objectives of the Association are to promote the administration of justice, encourage a high standard of legal education and training; uphold the honour of the profession; advance the science of jurisprudence; and foster harmonious relations and co-operation among law societies, and bench, and members of the Association. An annual scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded on completion of second year to the student who has shown academic excellence by attaining a high scholastic average and who demonstrates, in the opinion of the faculty, the most promise of achieving the objects of the Association described above.

Cape Breton Barristers' Society Scholarship
Beginning in 1965 the Cape Breton Barristers' Society instituted an annual scholarship which is to be awarded, at the discretion of the Dean, to a student (or two students) from Cape Breton County, on a combined basis of academic performance and financial need.

Dugald Christie Memorial Bursary in Law
This bursary was established by colleagues and friends in memory of Dugald Christie, a graduate of the class of 1966. His life work was championing the rights of the impoverished and those without access to legal counsel. The recipient of this award will be registered (or participated) in the Dalhousie Legal Aid Program, has demonstrated financial need; has satisfactory academic standing and demonstrated a commitment to community service.

Class of ’58 Gift to the Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law (Bursary)
This bursary was established by the Class of 1958, Schulich School of Law. The recipient will be regular full-time law student of any year who demonstrates financial need.

Class of ’96 Bursary
This bursary was established by the Class of 1996, Schulich School of Law. The recipient will be regular full-time law student of any year who demonstrates financial need and has satisfactory academic standing.

The Law Class of 2000
The Law Class of 2000 committed monies to Dalhousie University to establish the above named fund at the university. The fund is to provide bursaries to law students who need financial support. This award will go to a student who is in any year of study, has demonstrated financial need and has demonstrated a commitment to the Schulich School of Law, campus, or local communities.

The Mary C. Cleyle Bursary
The family, friends, colleagues and classmates of the late Mary C. Cleyle, a graduate of the class of 1972, established in 1976 a bursary fund in her memory. The accrued annual interest of the fund is used as a bursary to assist students in their second or third year of studies who are in need of financial assistance.

The Athena Bell Colpitts Scholarship
This scholarship was established in June 2003 to provide an endowment for an annual scholarship program for worthy Indigenous Black, Aboriginal, and Inuit law students. The award will go to students in any year of study who demonstrate financial need and are either Indigenous Black; or Aboriginal; or Inuit.

The D.S. and F.L. Coombes Bursary Awards
This Bursary Fund was established in 2004 by the Estate of Douglas Coombes. Douglas Coombes graduated from Dalhousie University in 1936 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. After serving as a Flight Lieutenant in the RCAF from 1942 to 1946, he worked with the Royal Bank of Canada. Prior to his retirement, Douglas Coombes was a Vice President at the RBC. The income from the trust created is to be used to assist a deserving student or students in the final year of studies in each of the faculties of law and medicine and is to be distributed such that the award shall alternate from year to year between men and women students. Exercising the discretion given to it, the Law School has determined that: financial need is to be the basis of determining the recipients of the Coombes Bursary, more than one award will normally be made annually, and the criteria for determining financial need will be the same as that provided for in the General Bursary Application process.

The R.T. Donald Memorial Bursary
An endowment fund was established to provide bursaries (and a prize) in memory of the late Robert T. Donald, a former dean of the Law School. Bursaries are available to students in any year who have demonstrated financial need.

The J. Gordon Fogo Bursary
This bursary was established in 1979 by James G. Fogo, as a memorial to his father James Gordon Fogo. The fund will be used to provide financial assistance to one or more Law student(s) who have demonstrated financial need while pursuing his/her Law Degree (LLB/JD).

The Edward C. Foley Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is in memory of the late Edward (Ted) C. Foley, LLB 1980. While at law school, Mr. Foley was particularly interested in marine, international and environmental law and was President of the John E. Read International Society. He was also active in provincial politics and in Amnesty International. The scholarship is to be awarded, on recommendation of the Dean, to a second or third year student who has completed at least two classes in the international, marine and environmental areas, and who has achieved an overall average of more than “B”. Consideration will also be given to the personal qualities of the candidate including leadership roles assumed at law school and community involvement. This scholarship was established by donations from friends of Mr. Foley, from both inside and outside the Law School.

Professor Arthur L. Foote, QC, Memorial Bursary
This bursary honours the memory of Arthur L. Foote, QC, one of the great professors of the Law School. His commitment to academic excellence and to the interests of the socially disadvantaged was matched only by his deep concern for students and their personal or academic problems. Awarded to students who show demonstrated financial need and satisfactory academic standing, the successful candidate should exhibit, if possible, characteristics exemplified by Professor Foote, including curiosity, sensitivity, generosity, sense of humour and be hard- working, people-oriented and have high academic standards. Preference will be given to a first year student who is a resident of Pictou County.

The George O. Forsyth Bursary
Awarded to student(s) deemed by the school to be deserving in the sense of combining the qualities of scholarship, character, and economic need.

The Ellorient, Donald and Hugh Fraser Memorial Scholarship
The Fraser family has established a fund in memory of their parents, to provide an annual award to an undergraduate law student in any year of study who has been a resident anywhere in Yarmouth County for at least seven years prior to the receipt of the award. The recipient will be the student who, in the opinion of the School, is the most capable student and resident in that county.

The Constance R. Glube Bursary
The Constance R. Glube Bursary Fund will assist law students at Dalhousie. The Fund was established by the Nova Scotia Barristers Society and Schulich School of Law out of the proceeds from a symposium held in honour of Justice Constance R. Glube, former Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, to honour her distinguished career. The award will go to an Atlantic Canadian, second or third year law student who has demonstrated financial need, high academic achievement, and leadership in the advancement of women in the legal profession.

The John Wilfred Godfrey Scholarship
Established by Joan Godfrey Mackenzie in memory of her father, a former lecturer at Dalhousie Law School and member of the Nova Scotia Bar, to reward merit as well as assist need.

The Donald G. Grant Bursary Fund
This fund was established through a bequest from Donald G. Grant BA 30, LLB 32 in memory of Dr. Sidney Earle Smith, Dean of the Law School from 1929-34 to support an annual bursary for a second or third year student enrolled full time in the LL.B/JD program at Dalhousie University. Donald Gordon Grant graduated from Dalhousie with a Bachelor of Arts in 1930 and Bachelor of Laws in 1932. While at Dalhousie, he was active in student affairs, played varsity hockey and was a member of the intercollegiate debating team. He practiced law in Halifax before joining the Canadian army where he served in the Judge Advocate General Branch. He joined the Nova Scotia Trust Company becoming General Manager and later President and CEO, a position he held until his retirement in 1971.

Reg Hamm Memorial Bursary
An endowment fund was established to provide an annual bursary in memory of Reginald Hamm, the warm-hearted and dedicated custodian of the Weldon Law Building. The bursary is open to students in second and third year who have demonstrated financial need.

John L. Harris QC Scholarship in Law
Established by the estate of Norma Joan Coleman in memory of John L. Harris, QC. The scholarship will be awarded to students in second and third year who, in the opinion of faculty, has or have demonstrated financial need and academic achievement.

The David M. Jones Memorial Bursary
Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic standing, to a student who exemplifies the character of David Jones while he was at the Law School.

The Anderson & Clarence Lockerby Scholarship
This endowed award is in memory of Clarence Lockerby and his uncle, Anderson Lockerby, who perished in World War I. This award will provide funds for a first year law student who has proven academic excellence and financial need.

The James A. MacDonald Award
This endowed award is in memory of James Alexander MacDonald, a graduate of Dalhousie Law School. This award will go to a student who is in any year, has a satisfactory academic record and has demonstrated financial need.

The MacIntosh Bursaries
The fund is established by A.J. MacIntosh in memory of his parents Mr. Ross MacIntosh and Mrs. Katherine MacIntosh. It is to be used to assist students who are experiencing financial difficulty. The principal criterion for any award shall be the needs of the student, rather than the achievement of academic excellence. Preference will be given to any candidate who has demonstrated a significant interest in public affairs.

Emelyn L. MacKenzie Bursary
The University was given a generous bequest under the Will of the late Emelyn L. MacKenzie to benefit students in Arts & Science, Dentistry and Law equally. Applicants are to be bona fide residents of Victoria County, Cape Breton (as defined by the boundaries then extant in AD 1900). Financial need and character are the main criteria.

The R. Graham Murray Bursary
In commemoration of their 25th anniversary the Law Class of 1954 established an endowment in honour of Professor R. Graham Murray, QC, a distinguished teacher in the Schulich School of Law. A portion of the annual income is awarded as a prize to a deserving student and the remainder is allocated as financial assistance to students who have shown financial need.

The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
Given in honour of the Law School's 100th birthday, the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society bursary is awarded to those students in financial need.

Prince Edward Island Law Foundation Scholarship
The PEI Law Foundation in 1985 donated the sum of $20,000 to establish an endowment from which the annual income will provide a major scholarship. This scholarship is tenable by a student who is entering second or third year of study in law, who is ordinarily a resident of Prince Edward Island, is in financial need, and has achieved a good academic record in the Law School.

The Jack and Barbara Prince Bursary
This bursary fund was set up in 1977 by Jack and Barbara Prince of Halifax. The income of this fund is awarded annually by the Law School to a needy student, normally resident in the Province of Nova Scotia who has been accepted into the first year of the JD program. The bursary may be renewable, depending on the financial position of the holder of the award. Preference in awarding the bursary will be given to black students.

Frances Stanfield Robertson Bursary
This bursary is awarded to a mature female student in second or third year of Law School, who has achieved a satisfactory academic standing and engaged in extracurricular activities at Law School.

The George W.W. Ross Memorial Scholarship
This endowed scholarship, established in memory of the late George W.W. Ross by his family, is awarded annually by the Schulich School of Law to a law student entering second year who has placed in the top third of his or her class and who, in the opinion of the Faculty, is deserving of financial assistance.

Schulich Scholarships - For Students in their 2nd or 3rd year of study
In 2009 philanthropist Seymour Schulich generously donated $20 million to Dalhousie Law School in recognition of the excellence of the education offered at the institution since 1883. In recognition of Mr. Schulich's support, Dalhousie Law School was renamed the Schulich School of Law. Students are major beneficiaries of the donation. The greatest portion of the Schulich gift is dedicated to new scholarships, including 24 annual scholarships averaging $12,000 each. Students will be asked to apply annually in the fall. Each applicant will be evaluated on two of the following criteria: academic merit, financial need, and community service/entrepreneurial talent. Students must indicate in their application the two criteria for which they wish to be considered, and supply the requested documentation relevant to those criteria on the Schulich School of Law Scholarship Application Form.

The James Spurr Environmental Law Bursary
James Spurr, an alumnus of Dalhousie University, donated $25,000 to establish a bursary in his name at the Schulich School Of Law. The bursary is to provide one or more annual bursaries to undergraduate law students whose focus is in the area of environmental law. The award may go to a second or third year student who demonstrates financial need.

The Torey Family Scholarship Fund
The fund was established through a bequest from Donald C. Torey LLB '55 in recognition of the role Dalhousie University played in the lives of members of his family. Mr. Torey's half sisters Helen Wood BME '33 and Pauline Hillis BA '28, BEd '61 were also Dalhousie alum. The fund will provide one or more annual scholarships to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor (JD) program at Dalhousie University who have achieved and maintained a high level of academic achievement. First priority will be given to qualified students from Nova Scotia (or from the other Atlantic Provinces). The amount of the scholarship will be limited to the amount of the recipient's tuition.

The Gordon S. and Mary C. Walker Memorial Bursary
An endowment fund was established to provide financial assistance from the net annual income to one or more students. The fund is a gift from the Estates of Gordon S. and Mary C. Walker. The late Mr. Walker was the owner of Walker Financial Company, the last privately owned bank in Canada, situated in Port Hawkesbury, N.S.

The Grace Wambolt Scholarship
This award is open to a person born in Nova Scotia to assist one or more students in any year of law at Dalhousie. The assessment criteria consist of academic performance and financial need. A winner may be reconsidered in subsequent years of the law program. Where two students qualify equally and one is a woman, preference is to be given to the woman. The fund was established in 1978 by Grace Wambolt, the fifth woman to have graduated from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. She was the first woman to have been elected to the Council of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society and the first woman to be awarded a certificate for 50 years of active service at the Bar of Nova Scotia.

The Prudence Watson Memorial Bursary in Law
The Prudence Watson Memorial Bursary was established by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto to honour the contribution and memory of Prudence Watson, who was an exceptional lawyer and person. The award will go to a mature law student who has demonstrated financial need and academic achievement.

The William and Frances Wickwire Bursary in Law
An endowment fund was established to provide financial assistance from the net annual income to one or more students. The fund is a gift from the Estates of William and Frances Wickwire.