Awards, Fellowships and Competitions

Awards, Fellowships and Competitions

Awards:


Awards are given in recognition of a specific achievement (papers, GPAs, grades or outstanding work) and may or may not include a cash component.

Fellowships:

Fellowships are awarded to recognize demonstrated interest and/or achievement in a specific area of law. Fellowships include a service or work component for which the student receives a stipend and may include a tuition benefit. Students will be notified when applications are due.

Scholarships:

Scholarships fall into two categories-merit based and need-based awards. Merit based scholarships are awarded to students in recognition of academic excellence or demonstrated interest and/or achievement in a specific area of law. They do not include a service or work component, but may include a tuition benefit. As a general rule, merit based scholarships will not be awarded to students already receiving merit-based scholarships for the same semester. Students will be notified when applications are due.

Need-based scholarships are awarded to help supplement the cost of attending school. Students are selected based on demonstrated financial need. This need is determined by analysis that uses information from the student’s completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid.


Academic Awards

At the end of each academic year, the students in each class with the top GPA’s will be provided with the following awards: Dean’s Award (awarded to the student with the highest GPA in the class), Faculty Award (awarded to the second highest GPA in the class), College Award (awarded to the third highest GPA in the class), Barrister’s Award (awarded to the fourth highest GPA in the class) and the Quinney Award (awarded to the fifth highest GPA in the class).  In case of ties, students with the same GPA will receive the same award.

Reva Beck Bosone Scholarship
The Women’s Law Caucus sponsors this scholarship, an annual cash award given to a first- or second-year student who is a member of the Women’s Law Caucus and who is in good academic standing. A WLC selection committee considers the candidate’s contributions and potential to make a significant contribution in a field of importance to women. The WLC announces when applications will be accepted, currently early fall semester.

BioLaw Fellowship The recipient should have a strong record of academic excellence and an interest in federal regulatory law, intellectual property law, law and bioscience, or law and medical informatics.  They will recieve a cash stipend and a full year tuition benefit.
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CALI The purpose of the CALI award is to recognize academic excellence in legal education. CALI recognizes students who receive the highest grade in a course. There are no restrictions on the number of courses or the number of students within a course. The only restriction is that all courses be law-related and taught within the law school.

Clyde Natural Resources Scholarship The recipient, who must demonstrate a commitment to environmental or natural resources law and a strong desire to work in the field, receives a cash award and one semester tuition benefit.
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Dewsnup Fellowship This fellowship is awarded to a first-year student who has demonstrated an interest in natural resources law and excellence in academics. It provides a cash scholarship for the second year of law school, a tuition benefit, and a summer clerkship with the Utah Attorney General’s Office working in the area of natural resources.
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Edwin Brown Firmage Student Award in International Law and Human Rights This award honors a student who has demonstrated strong academic achievement and an ongoing commitment to international law and human rights issues through coursework, extracurricular activities, volunteer participation, and/or previous experience. The award is open to current second- or third-year students.
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Fordham Loan Forgiveness Program To assist and encourage students to pursue careers in public interest law, this loan repayment assistance program helps graduates who are employed in the public sector repay educational loans. (Note: This program is currently being re-worked.  More information will be available Spring 2014.)

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Lionel Frankel Public Interest Summer Fellowship
The college of law and the Public Interest Law Organization award summer stipends ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 for students doing public interest legal work during the summer.
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Graduation with Honors
Students may graduate with honors based on cumulative GPA at graduation as follows: Highest Honors (3.8 and above), High Honors (3.6 and above), and Honors (3.4 and above).

Reza Ali Khazeni Memorial Fellowship in Environmental Law This fellowship provides a $5,000 summer stipend to support a student’s summer work in a low- or non-paying not-for-profit environmental agency or organization. Applicants must have completed the first year of law school. See Robert Keiter for additional information.
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John Farr and Ann Clayton Larson Scholarship This scholarship honors a first- or second-year student with a cash award and one semester tuition benefit.  It is given to a student who demonstrates academic achievement and an ongoing commitment to family and juvenile law issues through course work, extracurricular activities, volunteer participation, and/or previous experience.
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Leadership Scholarships
Up to 10 second- and third-year students will be awarded a cash award and a one semester tuition benefit based on leadership success. Curricular, co-curricular, volunteer, professional and other involvement may be considered.
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William H. Leary Scholars
Leary scholars are students whose grades place them in the top 20 percent of their class. For first-year students, the Leary selection is made following the completion of first-year courses. For second- and third-year students, designations are made following each semester and are based solely on that semester’s grades. To be eligible for a given semester, a student must complete no fewer than 12 credit hours, 10 of which must be graded.

David T. Lewis Clinical Award
Awards are given each year to graduating seniors who have outstanding achievement in the Clinical Program. The clinical director, with the advice of a committee chosen by her, makes the awards. Nominations may come from faculty, clinical supervisors, or students may nominate themselves. A cash award of approximately $100 is presented to each recipient. The deadline for nominations is generally the end of spring semester.
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Steven Magleby Memorial Law Student Fellowship
This fellowship presents a monetary stipend and award to an outstanding student who demonstrates a devotion to furthering the rights of people with disabilities.
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Judge Gilbert A. Martinez Semper Fi Community Service Scholarship This scholarship will recognize a student who has an interest in and commitment to community service-inparticular service to communities of color and/or low income communities.
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Minority Law Caucus Scholarships
The Minority Law Caucus scholarships are awarded to MLC members in good academic standing. The MLC selection committee considers a variety of factors, which may include contributions to the community and financial need. Scholarships are generally awarded in the late spring.

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National Association of Women Lawyers Award
The NAWL awards a one-year honorary membership and a year’s subscription to the NAWL Law Journal to an outstanding law graduate who has demonstrated academic achievement, motivation, tenacity, and drive; who exhibits promise for future contributions to the advancement of women in society; and presents a personable and professional image. The Dean’s Office chooses the recipient.

NRLF Natural Resources Scholarship
The recipient, who must demonstrate a commitment to environmental or natural resources law and a strong desire to work in the field, receives a cash award and one semester tuition benefit.  More Info »

O’Hara Honors Program in Natural Resources Law
The O’Hara Honors Program provides cash award and full year tuition benefit for the recipient’s third year of law school, summer clerkship and a two-year attorney position practicing natural resources law with the Attorney General’s Office.
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Order of the Coif
The Order of the Coif is a national society founded to encourage legal scholarship and advance the ethical standards of the profession. Each year, the faculty confers membership on students who place in the highest 10 percent of their graduating class. To be eligible, a student must receive graded credit for at least three-quarters of the total number of hours required for graduation. (Under the current requirement of 88 hours, a minimum of 66 graded hours satisfies requirements regardless of how many hours a student may have accumulated prior to graduation.)

S.J. Quinney College of Law Outstanding Achievement Award
The Outstanding Achievement Award certificate is given in each graded course (other than seminars) with an enrollment of at least 12 students. The course professor selects the student whose work is deemed the most outstanding. In the event of a tie, the professor will attempt to select a single winner. If the selection process does not produce one winner, co-winners will be accepted (but no more than two).

Quinney Student Fellowship
The Quinney Fellowships provide a select group of students with outstanding academic, research and writing skills the opportunity to work closely with members of the faculty and others on a range of research, writing, and service projects. Students must work approximately 12 hours per week. They receive a cash stipend and a full year tuition benefit.
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Quinney Top 10 % Student Scholarship
The Quinney Top 10% Scholarship is awarded in fall semester to second and third year students who are not receiving other merit scholarship or fellowship support and are performing in the top 10% of their class. This performance is based on cumulative Quinney College of Law GPA as measured from grades posted from the previous spring semester. They receive a cash award and one semester tuition benefit.

Robert Schmid Natural Resources Writing Award
The student who writes the best paper on a natural resources-related topic is awarded $250. The faculty nominates papers, and the Faculty Awards Committee chooses the recipient.

Snell and Wilmer Diversity Fellowship Program
The Snell & Wilmer Diversity Fellowship Program provides an educational and training experience to a second-year law student during spring semester. The successful candidate for the Program will be the person who, in the opinion of Snell & Wilmer will best represent groups that traditionally have had limited exposure to professional law firm settings and whose diversity and unique perspectives and skills will provide Snell & Wilmer with an experience that may not otherwise be available to the Salt Lake City Snell & Wilmer office. The fellowship pays a $4,000 stipend. The selection process takes place during the fall semester.
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Edward D. and Carol J. Spurgeon Public Interest Fellowship
This fellowship provides $5,000 to support summer employment in a low- or non-paying position with a public service office or agency. Recipients are selected by a committee that considers the student’s choice of employment and long-term commitment to public service as demonstrated by academic, vocational, and public service activities.
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Robert W. Swenson Natural Resources Law Scholarship
The recipient, who must demonstrate a commitment to environmental or natural resources law and a strong desire to work in the field, receives a cash award and one semester tuition benefit.
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Roger and Madeleine Traynor Scholarship for Excellence in Legal Writing and Scholarship
This cash award and one semester tuition benefit is awarded annually to an advanced law student who has demonstrated distinction in legal writing and scholarship. The Faculty Awards Committee selects the recipient.
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Stephen Pierre Traynor Legal Writing Award
The Traynor Legal Writing Award annually recognizes outstanding writing by an advanced student. The recipient receives $700 and has his or her name inscribed on the Stephen Pierre Traynor plaque. The faculty nominates student, law review, or journal papers, which, after editing, remain substantially the work of the student. The Faculty Awards Committee chooses the recipient.

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Utah Civil Rights and Liberties Writing Award
The $300 Utah Civil Rights and Liberties Award is given to the student who writes the best research paper in a class or seminar on the First Amendment, or in a comparable class that requires a research paper. The faculty nominates student papers and the Faculty Awards Committee chooses the recipient.

Alonzo W. Watson, Jr. Scholarship
The Alonzo W. Watson, Jr. Scholarship is awarded to students with a demonstrated commitment to public service, a strong interest in public policy, and financial need. The scholarship includes a cash award and a one semester tuition benefit.
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