Entrance Scholarships

Students are automatically considered for entrance scholarships as part of the application process. For official details of entrance scholarships, please see the Office of the Registrar.  These awards are awarded in June each year.

Strictly Merit Based

Beryl E. Theobald Entrance Scholarship:  Awarded annually to a student entering first-year Law who has achieved academic excellence in pre-law studies. The Faculty of Law scholarship committee will select the recipient. This scholarship was made possible by alumni, friends and colleagues of Beryl Theobald to honour her contributions to the Faculty of Law. Beryl was the Director of Admissions at Western Law and retired in 2012 after 33 years. Value: 1 at $1,000.

Carswell Entrance Scholarship: Awarded annually to a student entering first-year Law based on academic excellence in pre-law studies. The recipient is selected during the admissions process. No separate application is required. Established through the generosity of Carswell. Value: 1 at $600.

David Thompson Alumni Entrance Scholarship: Awarded annually to an undergraduate student entering first-year Law based on academic excellence. The recipient will be selected by the Scholarship and Awards Committee in the Faculty of Law. This scholarship was established by Western, with contributions from Western Alumni, in recognition of David Thompson for his service as President of Foundation Western from 2004 to 2006. Value: 1 at $1,000. 

Dean of Law Entrance Scholarships: Awarded to students entering first-year Law based on academic excellence in pre-law studies and other achievements. Value: $5,000 to $20,000. The number of scholarships will vary annually.

Earl Palmer, QC Entrance Scholarship: Awarded annually to a student entering first-year Law who has shown great academic achievement and promise. This scholarship is made possible by a generous gift from Harry Burkman, BA ’73, LLB ’76, in honour of Earl Palmer, Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Law. Value: 1 at $2,500.

Gowling Lafleur Henderson Entrance Scholarship: Awarded to a student entering first-year Law based on academic excellence in pre-law studies. Established through the generosity of Smith Lyons. Value: 1 at $1,200.

Harold G. Fox Entrance Scholarships: Awarded to two students entering first-year Law, based solely upon academic excellence in pre-law studies. No separate application is required. Value: 2 at $600.

Kevin J. Comeau Continuing Scholarship: Awarded annually to a student entering first-year Law based on academic achievement (minimum 80% average). This scholarship will continue in Years 2 and 3 provided the recipient maintains a full course load and achieves an average in the top 25% of his /her class. The recipient will be selected by the Dean in the Faculty of Law. This scholarship was established by a generous gift from Kevin Comeau (Law '82) through Western. Value: 1 at $2,600, continuing for up to three years.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt - Rand Entrance Scholarship: Awarded annually to a student entering first-year Law based on academic achievement (minimum 80% average). The recipient will be chosen by the Scholarship and Awards Committee within the Faculty of Law. This scholarship was established by a generous donation from Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP through Western. Value: 1 at $15,000.

The Solomon and Lent Family Entrance Scholarship: Awarded annually to a full-time law student entering Year 1 who has shown great academic achievement and promise. The Scholarship/Awards Committee in the Faculty of Law will select the recipient. This scholarship is made possible by a generous gift from Professor Robert Solomon and Dr. Barbara Lent. Value: 1 at $2,500.  Professor Robert Solomon has had a distinguished academic career at the Faculty of Law for over 40 years. Since 1994, Dr. Barbara Lent has combined her interest in family medicine with a strong focus on medical education. This donation reflects their longstanding commitment to educational initiatives, particularly those that support young adults as they pursue post-secondary education.

University of Western Ontario Law Alumni Association Entrance Scholarships: Awarded to two students entering first-year Law based on academic excellence in pre-law studies. Recipients are selected during the admission process. No separate application is required. Value: 2 at $1,700.

Western Law/Engineering Entrance Scholarship: Awarded to a full-time student entering first-year Law in the joint BESc/JD program based on proven academic excellence and/or other achievements demonstrating promise in the program. Value: 1 at $10,000.

Merit and Financial Need

Badun-Gillese Entrance Scholarship: Awarded to a student residing in Ontario entering first-year Law who demonstrates great academic promise and financial need. Established through the generosity of Eileen Gillese and Robert Badun. Value: 1 at $1,700.

Darlene and Brian Empey Law Award: Awarded to a full-time undergraduate student entering first-year Law who has achieved a minimum B+ average and has demonstrated financial need. The Scholarship Committee in the Faculty of Law will select the recipient once the Office of the Registrar has determined financial need. This award will continue into Year 2 and Year 3 Law as long as the student maintains a minimum B average and demonstrates financial need. Only one student may hold this award in any given year. If the student does not retain the scholarship, another student in the same year will be selected. This award was made possible by a gift from Darlene Melanson and Brian Empey (BA '85, LLB '88). Value: 1 at $3,000. A student in Year 1 will be selected in 2019 and 2022.

MM Entrance Award in Law: Awarded to an undergraduate student entering first-year Law based on academic achievement and demonstrated financial need. Online financial need applications are available through the Office of the Registrar's website and must be completed by September 30. The recipient will be selected by the Faculty of Law Scholarship Committee after the Office of the Registrar assesses financial need. This award was established by an alumni graduate (LLB '77) who wishes to remain anonymous. Value: 2 at $1,500. 

Myer and Sarah Solomon Entrance Scholarships: Awarded to two students residing in Ontario entering first-year Law who demonstrate academic promise and financial need. Established to honor Myer R. Solomon by his family. Value: 2 at $2,800.

Patricia McVeigh Memorial Entrance Scholarship: Awarded annually to a student entering first-year Law based on financial need and pre-law academic excellence. This award was established by students, alumni, colleagues, family, and friends to honor Patricia McVeigh's devotion to law students, the Faculty of Law, and the Law Library. It commemorates the affection and respect she inspired in law students and in her colleagues. Value: 1 at $700.

Waterloo Region Law Association - Catherine Malvern Entrance Scholarship: Awarded to a student entering first year in the Faculty of Law based on academic achievement (minimum 80% average) and financial need. Preference will be given to students with a connection to the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge region. The online financial need application can be accessed through the Office of the Registrar's Website and must be submitted by April 1st. The Office of the Registrar will determine financial need and the Faculty of Law will select the recipient. Established in 2005, this scholarship is made possible through the generosity of the Waterloo Region Law Association. Value: 1 at $2,150. 

Merit and Community or Athletic Activities

Western Law Entrance Scholarship: Awarded annually to full-time undergraduate students entering Year 1 in the Faculty of Law who have shown great academic achievement and promise. Candidates must also be actively involved in community or athletic activities as documented on their admission application. This scholarship is made possible by a generous gift from Robert Chadwick (LLB’92) and Elizabeth Pierson (LLB’93). Value: 2 at $5,000.

Merit and Extra-Curricular or Public Service

Clarke-Osborne Family Entrance Scholarship:  Awarded to a student entering first year Law based on academic achievement and demonstrated leadership ability. Preference will be given to an Indigenous student. This scholarship is made possible by a generous gift from Cindy Clarke (BA ’93, LLB ’97) National Group Head, Specialized Litigation at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and Chris Osborne (BSc ’93, MSc ’94), in loving memory of Cindy’s father, The Honourable Justice Richard N. Clarke (BA ’62, LLB ’67). Value: 1 at $1,750.

MacKewn, Winder, Kirwin Entrance Scholarship in Law: Awarded to a student entering first-year Law based on outstanding academic ability (minimum 80% average) and a demonstrated commitment to community or public service. This scholarship was made possible by a generous donation from MacKewn, Winder, Kirwin. Value: 1 at $1,600.

Newton Rowell Entrance Scholarship: Awarded to a student entering first-year Law on the basis of academic excellence and demonstrated interest and commitment to public service. Applicants should provide details and appropriate documentation in a letter to be submitted along with their application for admission to first year of the program. Established by the Honorable Henry N.R. Jackman, former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, in memory of his grandfather, Newton Wesley Rowell, a public servant, lawyer, and judge. Value: 1 at $3,200.

Student Legal Society Entrance Scholarship: Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student entering first-year Law who has achieved academic excellence and who is involved with volunteer work. The recipient will be selected by the Scholarship and Awards Committee in the Faculty of Law. This scholarship was established with Western by the 2009/10 Student Legal Society in honour of the Faculty of Law’s 50th Anniversary. Value: 1 at $1,200.

Merit, Financial Need, Leadership and Extra-Curricular

Rawal Family Entrance Scholarship: Awarded annually to an undergraduate student entering Year 1 in the Faculty of Law, based on demonstrated financial need, leadership, extra-curricular activities and academic achievement. Online financial assistance applications are available through Student Center and must be submitted by September 30th. The recipient will be selected by the Scholarship and Awards Committee in the Faculty of Law after the Office of the Registrar assesses for financial need. This scholarship was established by Mr. Prem Rawal (LLB '02). Value: 1 at $1,500.

Financial Need and Interest or Background in Enterpreneurship

Robert D. Preston Entrance Award in Law: Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student entering first year in the Faculty of Law, who has demonstrated financial need and an interest or background in entrepreneurship. Online financial assistance applications can be accessed through Student Center. The Admissions Committee in the Faculty of Law will select the recipient once the Registrar's Office has determined financial need. This award was established by a generous gift from Ricketts, Harris LLP, Barristers & Solicitors, in memory of their partner, colleague and friend Robert (Bob) D. Preston (BA '65, LLB `69). Value: 1 at $2,300.  Bob was still enjoying his work as Managing Partner at Ricketts Harris LLP in Toronto when he passed away in 2013 at age 68. Bob was a renaissance man with wide ranging interests and skills as a lawyer, a skier, squash player, golfer, and world traveller.

Interest or Background in Business and/or Insolvency

Catalyst Capital Entrance Scholarship: Awarded annually to a full-time student entering Year 1 in the Faculty of Law. Preference will be given to a student who has demonstrated an interest or background in business and/or insolvency related matters. The recipient will be selected by the scholarship and awards committee in the Faculty of Law. This scholarship was established by a generous gift from The Catalyst Capital Group Inc. Value: 2 at $10,000.

Financial Need Only

(Selected by Financial Aid Office)

Joanne Poljanowski Memorial Bursary in Law: Awarded to a full-time undergraduate student entering first-year Law with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to a female student. Online financial need applications are available through the Office of the Registrar's website and must be submitted by October 31. The Office of the Registrar will select the recipient. This bursary was established through Western in memory of Joanne Poljanowski (LLB '85) with contributions from Sophia Poljanowski, Borden Ladner & Gervais, The University Health Network, family, and friends. Value: 1 at $2,300. 

Francophone Students

Richard J. Schmeelk Canada Fellowship: Francophone students who have been admitted to Western’s JD program are eligible to apply for a prestigious Richard J. Schmeelk Canada Fellowship. Western University is the only Ontario university (among four across the country) partnered with the Schmeelk Foundation for these generous fellowships: $10,000 per academic term, up to a total of $40,000. For more information and details about how to apply please visit the Graduate Studies website. Anglophone JD students who ultimately choose to pursue our joint-degree program with Laval University in Quebec are likewise eligible to apply for a Schmeelk Fellowship for their period of study at Laval, as Laval is also one of the four universities partnered with the Schmeelk Foundation.