William and Mary Law School

Student Awards

The Law School recognizes outstanding student performance in specific fields of law, exemplary leadership or public service, and achievement in legal writing and legal scholarship. The recognition is typically based on academic performance in a particular area of the law but may also require selection by a committee of faculty or administrators. Many of these awards are endowed, thus may provide both a certificate and a monetary award.

These awards are given at graduation:
Based predominantly on academic performance in a particular area of law:

ABA-BNA Award for Excellence in Health Law
The American Bankruptcy Institute Award
American Bar Association State and Local Government Award
Rachel Carson Award for Excellence in Environmental Law
The William Hamilton Prize in Legal History
The Family Law Book Award
Robert R. Kaplan International Financial Law Award
The Kruchko & Fries Prize in Employment Law
Legal Skills Scholars Award
Special Education Advocacy Award
Virginia Trial Lawyers Award

Based on cumulative academic performance:

Order of the Coif
Latin Honors

Selected by application or nomination:

Drapers' Scholarship
Dean's Certificate
Ewell Award
The Lawrence W. I'Anson Award
The Herrmann Prize
Order of Barristers
The Thurgood Marshall Award
National Association of Women Lawyers
Spong Professionalism Award
The George Wythe Award

Recognizing the achievement or contribution of one journal member:

William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law: Outstanding Member
William and Mary Law Review: Best Student Note
William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal: The Thomas Jefferson Prize for the best student note
William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review Award: Excellence in Scholarship
William and Mary Business Law Review: Best Student Note; Outstanding Member

These awards are earned during Law School:

CALI Excellence for the Future Award
The Kaufman & Canoles Prizes
Wayne M. Lee Endowed Book Award
Gambrell Legal Skills Award