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Entrance Scholarships


Several entrance scholarships are available to students with superior academic qualifications. Application for the pure scholarships is not required, except for those of the Law Foundation of Nova Scotia (see entry below) the Arthur Allister MacBain Memorial Scholarship, The Schulich Entrance Scholarships (see entry below) and the Godsoe Scholarship (see entry below).

Please note that it is University policy to credit scholarships automatically to fees. If this should result in an overpayment of fees, the portion in excess will be rebated to the students. Students must enroll at Schulich School of Law in order to receive a scholarship.

For a complete list of prizes and scholarships in Law, visit the Dentistry, Law & Medicine Academic Calendar.

Pure scholarships

Entrance scholarships

The Francis Hugh Bell Entrance Scholarship in Law

The purpose of the fund is to provide an annual scholarship to a student entering the first year of the program leading to the Juris Doctor degree (JD) at Dalhousie University. The fund was established to honour the memory of Francis Hugh Bell through a bequest from his daughter, Barbara Bell.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon Entrance Scholarship

The Toronto law firm of Blake, Cassels and Graydon sponsors an annual award for a first year student (or two students) who has shown both academic proficiency and financial need.

The Alistair Fraser Scholarships in Law

A generous bequest from the Estate of the Honourable Allistair Fraser endowed a fund to provide several $1,000 scholarships to the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.

Miller Thomson LLP National Entrance Scholarship

Established in 2003, the Miller Thomson LLP National Entrance Scholarship is awarded to a first year student who has a high academic achievement, has financial need and is involved with their community as well as extra-curricular activities.

Arthur F Miller Scholarship in Law

The Arthur F Miller Scholarship in Law was established by Arthur F Miller, in memory of his mother, Jean F Miller. This entrance scholarship is awarded annually to a student entering first year at the Schulich School of Law who has demonstrated academic achievement and financial need and is a graduate from a high school in Labrador. If no students from this area are eligible, graduates from other high schools in Newfoundland, then the Atlantic Provinces, will be eligible.

The Hon John C Crosbie Weldon Tradition Scholarship in Law

The Scholarship will be presented to one or more students showing scholastic merit and selfless public service. Successful candidates will have demonstrated leadership and high levels of community involvement and will have demonstrated a measure of "selfless public service" as per the Weldon Tradition. Where funds are available and criteria met, renewable scholarships will be offered for student(s) over the course of their study. Recipient must be a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Blakes Scholar

The scholarship at Dalhousie is part of a national scholarship program which the law firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has initiated at law schools across Canada. One second year student is eligible to be a "Blakes Scholar" in an academic year. The scholarship will be awarded to a second year student who has demonstrated academic excellence in the first year of his or her law studies. To be eligible, a student has obtained an academic standing in the top 10% of the first year law school class. Financial need, membership in an historically disadvantaged group as delineated by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act, involvement in the community, extra-curricular activities at Dalhousie, and the existence of multiple responsibilities and/or limited support, may also be considered in the selection of the Blakes Scholar. The scholarship is renewable in third year, provided that the recipient has an academic standing in the top 20% of the second year class.

Frank M Covert Scholarship

Established in 1988, this scholarship is named after the late Frank M Covert. Mr. Covert practised with the firm of Stewart MacKeen and Covert (now Stewart McKelvey). Monies for the scholarship(s) have been made available by individuals and companies who had an association with Mr Covert and by his law firm and his estate. This scholarship is awarded to a student (or two students) in second year at Schulich School of Law. It is open to students who have achieved a high academic performance in first year. This is defined by the terms of the scholarship as being in the "top ten" students in the first year class. The award is to be made "largely, but not exclusively, on the basis of academic performance." Extra-curricular performance, bearing, speaking skills and such other factors deemed relevant by the committee may also be considered. The committee may deem it relevant to consider the extent to which a candidate possesses exceptional qualities exhibited or esteemed by Frank Covert. Financial need or the holding of other scholarships are not to be taken into account. The scholarship is renewable in third year provided that the recipient has maintained an "A-" average in his or her second year.

 

Scholarships requiring application

$10,000 - The J Gerald Godsoe Scholarship

The J Gerald Godsoe Scholarship

Gerry Godsoe's first love and most important contribution to Canada was in the field of public policy. In this role, he was a frequent advisor to governments. In the 1970s he advised on energy policies for the Province of Nova Scotia, chiefly in the field of offshore oil and gas, later becoming the Chair of the Maritime Provinces Coordinating Committee on Offshore Mineral Resources. In the early 1980s he was a special advisor and counsel to the government of Canada on the Constitution and offshore mineral rights. From 1983 to 1986 he served as full time Executive Director of the Royal Commission on Economic Development Project for Canada, "The Mcdonald Commission", a commission that set the agenda for years to come.

The University's aim in establishing the Godsoe Scholarship is to remember Gerry Godsoe by providing aid to bright, young Canadians, who will give as much to Canada in their time as Gerry did in his.

The J Gerald Godsoe Scholarship is awarded to scholars who have been accepted in the JD or LLM Programme at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University and who have demonstrated, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, a particular interest in work on current issues of social and public policy facing Canadian society.

Value

$10,000 - Tenable at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Conditions or qualifications of eligibility

  • Students must have completed, with a superior academic average, at least two full years after senior matriculation of a program leading to the degree of BA, BSc, or BComm, or an equivalent degree at Dalhousie or at another degree-granting college or university recognized by the Senate of Dalhousie University.
  • Be applying for the JD or LLM Programme at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
  • Be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants at the time of selection for the Godsoe Scholarship.

The J Gerald Godsoe Scholarship Committee will be responsible for selecting from among the successful applicants to Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, those who fully meet the required qualifications for the scholarships. A short list of candidates will be developed and an interview may be requested by the Scholarship Committee. Each candidate is required to make application using the Schulich School of Law Admissions Scholarship Application Form 2017-18 [PDF - 288 KB].

Deadline

November 30.

Conditions for renewal

The Godsoe Scholarships are renewable for a second and third year, provided that recipients maintain a B+ average in law school.

$13,200 - $16,500 - Schulich Entrance Scholarships

Schulich Entrance Scholarships

In 2009, philanthropist Sir 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 Sir Schulich's support, Dalhousie Law School was renamed the Schulich School of Law.

Students are the major beneficiaries of the donation. The greatest portion of the Schulich gift is dedicated to new scholarships, including 12 annual entrance scholarships valued at $13,200 - $15,000.

Value

$13,200 - $16,500 - Tenable at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Conditions or qualifications of eligibility

  • Students must apply and be accepted to the JD program at Dalhousie University.
  • The selection committee will evaluate each applicant on two of the following criteria: academic excellence, community involvement / public service, and financial need. Students must indicate in their application the two criteria that they wish to be considered, and supply the requested documentation relevant to those criteria on the Schulich School of Law Admissions Scholarship Application Form 2017-18 [PDF - 288 KB].

Deadline

November 30.

Conditions for renewal

 

$16,000 - The Law Foundation of Nova Scotia Scholarships

The Law Foundation of Nova Scotia Scholarships

The Law Foundation of Nova Scotia offers four $16,000 entrance scholarships for students entering the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, renewable at that level if conditions of continued eligibility are met at the end of first and second year. There is also the possibility of further scholarships of lesser amounts from year to year, when funds are available. The Scholarships are tenable to any student regardless of nationality, domicile, gender or religion.

Value

$16,000 - Tenable at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Conditions or qualifications of eligibility

  • Applicants must have completed, with a superior academic average, at least three full years after junior matriculation or two full years after senior matriculation of a course leading to the degree of BA, BSc, or BComm, or an equivalent degree at Dalhousie or at another degree-granting college or university recognized by the Senate of Dalhousie University.
  • Be offered and accept a place in the First Year class at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. The Scholarship is contingent upon the recipient taking up attendance in the First Year class in September.
  • Have a declared desire to study law, and
  • Possess, in the opinion of the Scholarship Committee those qualities that are needed for the attainment of distinction in the legal profession.

The Law Foundation of Nova Scotia Scholarship Committee will be responsible for selecting from among the successful applicants those who most fully meet the required qualifications for the scholarships. Each candidate for a scholarship is required to make application using
the Schulich School of Law Admissions Scholarship Application Form 2017-18 [PDF - 288 KB].

Deadline

November 30.

Conditions for renewal

  • Maintaining a B+ average in law school.
  • If the scholarship is lost for second year, it will be renewed for third year if the required conditions are met.

$20,000 - The Arthur Allister MacBain Memorial Scholarship

The Arthur Allister MacBain Memorial Scholarship

The Arthur Allister MacBain Memorial Scholarship was established by John H MacBain, in memory of his father, Arthur Allister MacBain (JD Dalhousie, 1951). This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to a student entering first year at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University who has achieved academic excellence and has demonstrated significant involvement in extracurricular and community activities.

Value

$20,000 - Tenable at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Conditions or qualifications of eligibility

  • The applicant must have completed, with a superior academic average, at least two full years after senior matriculation of a program leading to a degree at a degree-granting college or university recognized by the Senate of Dalhousie University. A "superior academic average" is determined by evaluating the applicant's performance in college or university, and the applicant's LSAT score.
  • The applicant will also be required to demonstrate to the selection committee a history of involvement in and commitment to community service and extracurricular activities.
  • The recipient of the scholarship must accept a place and take up attendance in the first year class at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.

The Arthur Allister MacBain Memorial Scholarship selection committee will select the recipient of the Scholarship based on the criteria outlined above. An interview may be requested by the committee. Decisions of the committee are final. Each candidate is required to make application using the Schulich School of Law Admissions Scholarship Application Form 2017-18 [PDF - 288 KB].

Deadline

November 30.

Conditions for renewal

The Arthur Allister MacBain Memorial Scholarship is renewable for a second and third year, provided that the recipient maintains an average of B+ or higher in law school studies. The Scholarship is renewable only at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.

$15,000 - The Al Meghji and Diana Belevsky Scholarship in Law

The Al Meghji and Diana Belevsky Scholarship in Law

The Al Meghji and Diana Belevsky Scholarship in Law was established by Al Meghji (Class of 1988) and Diana Belevsky (Class of 1990). This renewable entrance scholarship is awarded annually to a student at the Schulich School of Law who is the first generation of their family to attend university.

Value

$15,000 (per year) if recipient maintains the required standards of the JD program.

Conditions or qualifications of eligibility

  • The scholarship will be awarded to scholars accepted to the JD program at the Schulich School of Law who have demonstrated they are the first generation of their family to attend university. The student must remit a signed statement to the Office of the Dean upon application to the law school.
  • The recipient of the scholarship must accept a place and take up attendance in the first year class at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.

Each candidate is required to make application using the Schulich School of Law Admissions Scholarship Application Form 2017-18 [PDF - 288 KB].

Deadline

November 30.

Conditions for renewal

The Scholarship is renewable only at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.