Awards and Scholarships

The actual amounts of scholarships and awards may not be exactly as listed on the web site.  The amounts available each year will be dependent upon the interest earned on endowed funds.




First Year

Aird & Berlis Award in Contracts:

Awarded to the student achieving the highest standing in Contracts. 
Value: $1,500

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Scholarship:

Awarded to second-year Law students who demonstrate academic excellence in the first year of their law studies. To be eligible, a student will have obtained an academic standing in the top 10% of the law school class and demonstrated financial need. Additional selection criteria may include: membership in a historically disadvantaged group, as outlined by the Ontario Human Rights Commission; involvement in the community; participation in extracurricular activities at the University or the Law School; and whether the student has multiple responsibilities and limited support. The award will continue into third year if the recipient's second year average places him or her in the top 20% of the class for that year and he or she continues to demonstrate financial need. Candidates must complete an online financial need application through the Office of the Registrar's Web site, in addition to completing an application form through the Student Services Office of the Law School (both of which are due September 30th). The Registrar's Office will assess financial need and the Faculty of Law will make the final selection. This scholarship was established by a generous gift from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. 
Value: 2 at $5,000 (one new student and one continuing student each year) 
This scholarship is being redirected under the Ontario Trust for Student Scholarship Program and as a requirement, recipients must meet Ontario residency requirements.

Gregory Brandt Award in Constitutional Law

Awarded annually to a full time student completing first year in the Faculty of Law who has attained the highest standing in Constitutional Law.  The scholarship committee in the Faculty of Law will select the recipient each May. This award was established by a generous gift from Mr. Henry Ka-Shi Ho (JD Law ’77) in honour of Gregory Brandt, Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Law.
Value: 1 at $1,500

Cohen Highley LLP Award:

Awarded annually to a full-time student completing Year 1 in the Faculty of Law with a strong academic record, and is interested in articling in Southwestern Ontario.  Candidates must submit a one-page statement outlining their interest in articling at a firm in Southwestern Ontario, to the Dean's Office in Law by May 31. The Scholarship Committee in the Faculty of Law will select the recipient.
This award was established by Cohen Highley LLP.  Cohen Highley has offices in London, Kitchener/Waterloo, Sarnia and Chatham. 
Value: 1 at $2,000

 

Mitch and Leslie Frazer Scholarship:

Awarded annually to a full-time student entering second year in the Faculty of Law based on academic achievement (top 10% of the class) and financial need. Preference will be given to a student who has made a significant contribution to the life of the law school and his or her classmates. Applications for this scholarship can be accessed online through the office of the Registrar's web site and must be submitted, along with a letter describing the candidate's contributions to the Law School, by March 15. The Office of the Registrar will determine financial need and the Faculty of Law will select the recipient in July. This award was established by Mitch (LLB '99) and Leslie Frazer through Western. 
Value: $1000; Effective: 2012-2013 academic year

Malcolm J. McKinnon Award:

Classmates and friends of the late Malcolm J. McKinnon (first year law student September 1971 to February 1972) created an award in his memory. The award is to remind the first year class that the school offers not only a legal education, but also an opportunity to grow and develop into concerned individuals willing to give of themselves so that others may benefit from their knowledge and friendship. This award is given to the person in the first year class who best exemplifies this spirit. A plaque

Margaret H. McNulty Prize:

Awarded annually to an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Law who, in his/her first year, has shown great promise.  The Faculty of Law scholarship committee will select the recipient.  This award wa established through the generosity of staff, faculty and former faculty in Law, in honour of Margaret H. McNulty, a long-serving and loyal member of staff who enriched those who knew her by her warmth and generosity. 
Value: $300

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First or Second Year

Harold G. Fox Education Fund Awards (2):

Awarded to two students in first or second year who show exceptional promise. 
Value: 2 at $1,000

Murray Neilson QC Prize in Criminal Law

Awarded annually to the student achieving the highest standing in the Criminal Law Advocacy course.  Established through the generosity of the Criminal Lawyers' Association.
Value:  1 at $500

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Second Year

Edna Yuet-Chan Memorial Award:

Awarded to a second year student who has best displayed ingenuity, humour, enthusiasm and camaraderie. This award was established by family, friends and colleagues of Edna Yuet-Lui Chan, LLB 1985. 
Value: $800

Michael Allen Harte Award:

Awarded annually to a second year student to honour the life of the late Michael Allen Harte, LLB 1988, Western. In addition to demonstrating academic ability, the recipient will have made significant contributions to the life of the Law School, his/her classmates and the community. The student will also reflect Michael's generosity of spirit, his humour and zest for life and his wonderful capacity for unfailing and enduring friendship, shared with so many. This award was established by Michael's brother, Paul E. Harte, LLB (U.W.O.) 1992, and their parents, Norma and Graeme Haill. 
Value: 1 at $3,500

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Second or Third Year

Baker and McKenzie International Law Research Award:

Awarded to a student demonstrating excellence in research in the International Business Transactions course or in a research paper submitted for this prize that deals with any area of International Law. 
Value: $600

Bereskin & Parr Award in Industrial and Intellectual Property:

Awarded to a student exhibiting exceptional academic ability in the area of Industrial and Intellectual Property Law. 
Value: $500

Paul Bradley Prize in Real Estate Law:

Awarded to the student with the highest standing in Real Estate Transactions. Created by Sam Katz as a tribute to Paul Bradley of Lerner & Associates.  
Value: $350

Brown & Partners LLP Scholarship in Insurance Law:

Awarded annually to an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Law achieving the highest mark in courses related to Insurance Law. The recipient will be selected by the Scholarship and Awards Committee in the Faculty of Law at the end of the school year each Spring.  This award was established by Brown & Partners LLP.
Value: 1 @ $2,500

C.C.H. Canadian Limited Prize:

Awarded to the student achieving the highest standing in one or more courses selected by the Dean in the family law area.  
Value: One Year Subscription to Family Law Guide

Canvasback Publishing Prize in Administrative Law:

Awarded to a student who achieves a high standing in Administrative Law and, in the opinion of the faculty members who taught Administrative Law during that academic year, has demonstrated a keen interest in the field of Administrative Law. Book Prize of Brown and  Evans' Judicial Review of Administrative Action in Canada.

Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre & Cornish Award in Labour Law:

Awarded annually to the student or students who achieve the highest academic standing in the Introduction to Labour Law course. The Faculty of Law will select the recipient(s). 
Value: 1 at $1,000;

Mr. Donald H. Crawford Q.C. Scholarship in Law:

Awarded annually to a full-time undergradudate student in Year 2 or 3 in the Faculty of Law who achieves the highest mark in the Criminal Procedure course.  The scholarship/awards committee in the Faculty of Law will select the recipient each May.  This scholarship was established by a generous gift from Mr. Donald H. Crawford Q.C. (BA'65, LLB'68). 
Value: 1 at $1,500; Effective: 2014-15 to 2018-19 academic years inclusive.

Edward C. Elwood Q.C. Prize in Wills and Trusts:

Awarded to students in the Faculty of Law who have achieved the highest combined overall standings in the Wills and Trusts courses.  The Faculty of Law Scholarship Review Committee will select the recipients.  These prizes were established by family, partners and colleagues in memory of Edward C. Elwood Q.C. through Western. 
Value: $1000

Hayes eLaw LLP Scholarship

Awarded annually to an undergraduate student in Year 2 or 3 in the Faculty of Law, who has attained the highest academic average in the Intellectual Property course. The scholarship committee in the Faculty of Law will select the recipient. This scholarship was established by a generous donation from Hayes eLaw LLP.
Value: 1 at $1,500

C. Gordon Hynes Prize in Statutory Interpretation

Awarded to the student with the highest standing in Statutory Interpretation.  Established by Daniel Hynes ('12) in memory of his grandfather, C. Gordon Hynes.  
Value: 1 at $200

Henry Goldentuler Scholarship

Awarded annually to the full-time undergraduate student in second or third year of the Faculty of Law who achieves the highest standing in Advanced Litigation Practice.  The Faculty of Law will select the recipient.  If the student is completing third year, this scholarship will be presented at the Faculty of Law annual awards ceremony held during the week of June Convocation.  Thsi scholarship was established by Edward Goldentuler in memory of his brother, Henry Goldentuler (LLB '92). 
Value: 1 at $1800

Granger Award in Family Law:

Awarded to the student with the highest standing in Family Law. Established by the firm of Lerner & Associates in honour of Mr. Justice Thomas Granger, a long time partner of the firm and eminent Family Law practitioner. 
Value: $500

Brad Hodgson Civil Litigation Award:

Awarded to the second or third year law student who, in the opinion of the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Review Counsel, and Director of the Clinical Legal Education program, shows the greatest potential for success as a practitioner in the area of Civil Litigation. Selection will be made from those students registered in the Clinical Legal Education Program. 
Value:  $500

Insolvency Institute of Canada Bruce Leonard Prize in Insolvency

Awarded to a full-time student in the Law program who demonstrates academic excellence in Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law (Law 5325A) as determined by the Dean of the Faculty of Law in each year. This scholarship is made possible by gifts from the Insolvency Institute of Canada in honour of E. Bruce Leonard.  First awarded in May 2004. 
Value: $1,500; Effective: 2013-2014 academic year

Dr. Allison H. Johnson Prize

Awarded to the student who obtains the highest standing in Jurisprudence. Established through Western by the widow of the late Dr. Allison H. Johnson, longtime head of the Department of Philosophy.  
Value: $400

J.G. McLeod Scholarship in Family Law:

Awarded to a full-time student in second or third year who demonstrates the highest achievement in an advanced family law course. 
Value: $750

David L. Johnston Prize in Securities Regulation:

Awarded to the student with the highest standing in Securities Regulation. Made available through the generosity of the Student Legal Society of the Faculty of Law to honor David L. Johnston, Dean of the Faculty from 1974-79.  
Value: $175

MacKewn, Winder, Kirwin Award:

Awarded to the student achieving the highest standing in Debtor-Creditor Rights. 
Value: $600

Diana Majury-Cheryl Waldrum Award:

Awarded to a student enrolled in the course in "Sex Discrimination and the Legal Process", who makes a significant contribution to the class. Selection to be made by students in the class. The award will be split. Forty percent will go to the student and the balance to a community organization, chosen by the student, which promotes gender equality.This award was established through Western. 
Value: $800; Effective: 2012-2013 academic year

Margaret E. Rintoul Award in Wills:

Awarded annually to a full-time student in Year 2 or 3 of the Faculty of Law who achieves the highest standing in the Wills course. The Scholarship/Awards Committee in the Faculty of Law will select the recipient each Spring. This award is made possible by a generous gift from Margaret E. Rintoul (BA '73, LLB '76).
Value: $1,000; Effective: As long as funds permit.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt Award in Corporate Finance:

Awarded annually to the student in the Faculty of Law with the highest standing in Corporate Finance. Established from a generous donation from Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.   
Value: 1 at $3,100; Effective: 2013-2014 academic year

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt Award in Tax:

Awarded annually to the student in the Faculty of Law who has achieved the highest combined average in Income Taxation and Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders. Established through the generosity of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt. 
Value: 1 at $6,200; Effective: 2013-2014 academic year

Sherrard Kuzz LLP Labour & Employment Law Achievement Award

Awarded annually to a full-time student in the Faculty of Law, based on academic achievement in labour and employment law, who has made a significant contribution to the activities of the Labour Law Society and/or labour and employment law generally at Western Law. Candidates must submit a one-page statement by April 1st to the Office of the Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Law outlining their achievement and efforts in labour and employment law. The Scholarship and Awards Committee in the Faculty of Law will select the recipient. This award was established by Sherrard Kuzz LLP.
Value: 1 at $1,500

STEP Canada Award in Trusts

Awarded annually to an undergraduate in Year 2 or 3 in the Faculty of Law who has achieved the highest standing in Trusts.  This award was established through the generosity of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. 
Value: 1 at $1,000; Effective 2014-15 academic year

Janet Stewart Award in Immigration and Refugee Law:

Awarded to the student with the highest standing in Immigration and Refugee Law. Established by Sam Katz as a tribute to Janet Stewart of Lerner & Associates. 
Value: Number of awards will vary annually to a combined total of $550

Thorsteinssons LLP Award in International Tax:

Awarded annually to the student who achieves the highest standing in the course “International Tax”.  If International Tax is not offered, the award will go to a student who achieves the highest standing in “Taxation of Corporations & Shareholders”.  The scholarship and awards committee in the Faculty of Law will select the recipient. This award is sponsored by the Vancouver/Toronto law firm Thorsteinssons LLP.
Value 1 at $1,000; Effective:  2013-2014 to 2017-2018 academic years inclusive

Torys LLP Award in Business Law

Awarded annually to a full-time student with the highest standing in selected business law courses. The Dean's Office in the Faculty of Law will select the recipient. This award was established with Western by a generous gift from Torys LLP.
Value: 1 at $5,000; Effective: 2012-2013 academic year

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Third Year

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP Award in Labour & Employment Law:

Awarded annually to a student who has successfully completed his or her final year at the Faculty of Law and who has successfully completed a minimum of three Labour and Employment Law courses offered with the highest academic average in those courses.  This award was established by Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP.    Value: 1 @ $2,000  Effective: 2011-2012 academic year

Ailbe C. Flynn LLB '97 Memorial Scholarship:

Awarded annually to a full-time student within the Faculty of Law upon completion of his or her final year, based upon achievement of the highest standing in the Area of Concentration in Intellectual Property, Information and Technology Law.  This scholarship was established in memory of Ailbe C. Flynn, LLB '97 through generous contributions from his family and friends. 
Value: 1 at $1,300

Law Society of Upper Canada Prize:

Awarded to 15 students in the graduating class, based on academic excellence. 
Value: (One year membership to the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History).

Colin D. Leitch Award:

Awarded to the third year student who, in the opinion of the Director of the Clinical Legal program, shows the greatest potential for success as a practitioner in Criminal Law. Selection will be made from those students registered in the formal program of Clinical Legal Studies. Established in memory of Colin D. Leitch, a Western graduate in the Faculty of Law, through Western. 
Value: $1,400

Arthur T. Little Scholarship:

Awarded to the student achieving the highest marks over all three years of the LLB program. 
Value: Gold Medal and $300

Dean Ivan C. Rand Award (up to 3):

Endowed by bequest of the late Ivan C. Rand. The annual income from the bequest shall be divided in such manner as the Selection Committee sees fit, amongst those students in their graduating year in the Faculty of Law who are honored by membership in the Honor Society. The Society was formed by the undergraduate students in 1963-64 to commemorate the Honorable Ivan C. Rand, Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1959 to 1964. The Selection Committee is composed of Faculty and students representatives. The Committee may nominate not more than three students from the graduating year for membership in the Society, selection being based upon meritorious academic standing throughout the undergraduate years in law, and outstanding contributions in the service of the students of the Faculty of Law. 
Value: Up to 3 at $100 each

David C. Scott Memorial Award:

Presented annually to a third year student who has contributed to the Law School and the London community through participation in extra-curricular events and has maintained a strong academic performance. The recipient shall be selected by a joint Faculty and student committee. Established by family and friends in memory of David C. Scott, a law graduate of 1993.    Value: $600

A.B. Siskind Scholarship:

Awarded to the student achieving the highest standing in the third year of the JD program. Provided from the income of a trust fund established under the will of the late A.B. Siskind, Q.C., a former sessional lecturer at and an enthusiastic supporter of this Faculty. 
Value: 1 at $1,000

Stanley C. Tessis Memorial Award

Awarded annually to an undergraduate student completing his/her final year in the Faculty of Law, who has demonstrated outstanding advocacy skills in a broad range of appearances in court or at hearings, mediations, negotiations or settlement discussions during their Western Law school career.  The Community Legal Services Review Counsel, in the Faculty of Law, will recommend the recipient of the award to the Dean of Law who will make the final selection.  This award will be presented at the Faculty of Law convocation ceremony each June.  This award was established with a generous gift from Laxton Glass LLP, in memory of Stanley (Stan) C. Tessis (LLB '73).

Stan was a passionate and well respected lawyer and a role model and mentor to many in the legal community.  He will be remembered for the bright smile, warmth, kindness, integrity, strength, and generosity.  His positive outlook, genuine love of life, and dedication to his family were an inspiration to everyone.  Stan passed away in 2014 at age 67.

Value: 1 at $1,000; Effective: 2014-2015 academic year.

Torkin Manes LLP Award:

Awarded annually to a student in third year who has combined academic achievement with an eagerness to help people in a meaningful way. Selected by a committee of faculty and students. 
Value: Plaque plus $1,000; Effective: 2008-2009


Writing Prizes

J.S.D. Tory Writing Prize:

Awarded annually to the law student(s) who demonstrates excellence in writing and legal research in a paper for a law school course, a seminar or as an individual research paper, or which has already been accepted for publication by a legal journal. Students are required to apply to the Associate Dean (Academic), care of Tigger Jourard, by April 30th, indicating the writing and research completed. The Award recipient(s) may be expected to use the funds to do whatever additional research and writing is necessary to improve the prospect of publication in a reputable Canadian law journal. Established by the firm of Tory, Tory, DesLauriers and Binnington in memory of the late J.S.D. Tory. 
Value: Up to $2,000

WeirFoulds LLP Writing Prize:

Awarded annually to a student who demonstrates excellence in writing and legal research in the area of information or technology law and/or intellectual property. A paper written for a law school course, a seminar or as an individual research paper, or which has already been accepted for publication by a legal journal, will be considered for the prize. 
Value: $200 The winner of this prize will automatically be nominated for the ZSA Award of the Centre of Innovation Law and Policy.

General Awards

Robert and Anne Aziz Award

Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in any year of any degree program in the Faculty of Law who is making a significant contribution as a member of a Western varsity team.  As per OUA and CIS regulations, an entering student athlete must have a minimum admission average of A and a non-entering student must have an in-course average of B.  Candidates must be in compliance with current OUA and CIS regulations.  The Western Athletic Financial Awards Committee will select the recipient.  This committee will base its decision on its evaluation of academic performance/potential (20%) and the written recommendations from the Head Coach assessing athletic performance/potential and team/campus leadership (weighted as 60% and 20% respectively).  This award was established by Bob (LLB'83) and Anne (BA'83) Aziz (Mandalfino).  Value: 1 at $2,500; Effective: 2014-15 to 2020-2021 academic years inclusive.

Cherniak Cup:

Established by Lerners LLP to honor Earl A. Cherniak, QC, and awarded to the best advocate in the trial advocacy competition.

Gretta J. Grant Prize in Community Legal Service:

Awarded to the student who, in the opinion of the Director of the Clinical Legal Program, has shown exceptional ability in community legal service. This includes participation in the formal program of Clinical Legal Studies or as a volunteer. Established by The Middlesex Women's Association to honor Gretta J. Grant, Q.C., on her retirement from the Ontario Legal Aid Plan. 
Value: $175

Lerners LLP Cup:

Awarded to the best advocate in the appellate advocacy competition for second and third year students.

Cheryl Waldrum Award:

Awarded to a student or students in law who attend(s) Otago University for a term on exchange. Recipient(s) will be selected by the Dean on the basis of academic achievement. The award is named in memory of Cheryl Waldrum, a graduate in Law of, and a faculty member at, both the University of Western Ontario and Otago University. This award was established by the Faculty of Law.

Morris Kroll Memorial Award:

Awarded in odd numbered years to one or more students engaged in a project concerning the administration of law in London. The project is to be approved by the Dean and may include work in connection with Community Legal Services, the Advanced Family Law Project, Legal Aid, Consumer Complaint Bureau, the London Legal Clinic, or any other project which the Dean considers would further the administration of law in London. This award was made available by Mr. B. Franklin Shostack and Dr. Zane Cohen in memory of the late Morris Kroll. 
Value: Approximately $500

Douglas May Memorial Prize:

Awarded annually to a student, selected by faculty members, who has made a significant contribution to the quality of life in the Faculty of Law. The award is a sum from the income of a trust fund established by the classmates of Douglas May. 
Value: $275

Mr. Justice C.D. Stewart Trophy:

Awarded to the best team of advocates in the preliminary rounds of the appellate advocacy competition for second and third year students.

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Western/Laval Joint Program

Right Honourable Brian Dickson Award:

Funded by the former Chief Justice of Canada, an award given to the student from Laval with the highest average in the courses taken at Western during the fourth year of the Joint Program. A similar award is offered to the Western student with the highest average at Laval. 
Value: $500

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Scholarship

General Scholarships

Faculty Association Scholarship:

Awarded on the basis of academic excellence in the preceding year to a student recommended by the Dean. Established by The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association. 
Value: $800

William McCallum Memorial Scholarship:

The William McCallum Memorial Scholarship for the study of Law was established in 1977 in recognition of the late William McCallum. This scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate of Dawson College entering, or already studying law. The scholarship is renewable in the amount of $500 per year, for a maximum of four years. The William McCallum Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to students who show great promise of academic and professional success, and responsible citizenship. The basis for selecting winners is scholarship, character, leadership and community involvement. 
Interested students should apply to the William McCallum Scholarship Committee, c/o the Secretary General, Dawson College, 3040 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, Quebec H3Z 1A4, before May 1st. All official transcripts other than those from Dawson College must be received before an application will be considered. Proof of admission to law school must be provided by May 30th
Value: $500 per year

Law Foundation of Newfoundland Scholarships (3):

In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Law Society of Newfoundland in 1984, the Law Foundation of Newfoundland established three law school entrance scholarships. These scholarships are tenable for first year studies at a Canadian law school. The scholarships will be in the amount of $5,000, payable in two installments. Applications must be received by May 1 and the scholarships will be awarded in June. Awards will be made on the basis of academic ability. 
Conditions of Eligibility: A candidate must be a Newfoundland resident; have achieved academic excellence, and not be the recipient of any other major scholarship. For further information and an application form, please contact: 
Law Foundation of Newfoundland, P.O. Box 5907, St. John's, Newfoundland, A1C 5X4, Telephone: (709) 754-4424

Denys Holland Scholarship:

Awarded to one or more students who demonstrate financial need and would be otherwise unable, due to financial circumstances, to begin or continue their studies. Students must be enrolled or accepted to undertake a full program of study at the University College London. Candidates must demonstrate, with references, that they have broad interests and are, or will be actively involved in and contribute to, the life of the College. The qualifications of candidates are considered by a Committee of the Academic Board to include the Dean or Deputy Dean of Students. 
Completed applications and references should be sent to The Director of Student Finance, Registrars Division, UCL, Gower Street, London, England, WC1E 6BT. 
This Award was founded in 1996 in memory of Denys Holland, former Professor of Law and Dean of Students, who died in 1984. 
Value: Up to £5,000

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