Awards and Scholarships for Students Continuing in the JD Program

The following awards and scholarships require application and are for continuing students in the JD program.  If you have not begun studies, please see Entrance Awards and Scholarships.  For information on bursaries available for students in the JD program, please visit Bursaries.

More specific information for most of the awards is available using an online search.  When using the search, it is recommended that you type in the Award Number and session in which the award would be provided (most awards are provided during winter sessions).

Student financial aid is critically important to ensuring that the Allard School of Law remains accessible to the best and brightest students, whatever their financial circumstances.  UBC students are fortunate to benefit from awards that have been established by generous donors. To learn more about donating to an award or bursary please see Supporting the Allard School of Law. 

For the PDF fillable application form, click here.

This list is accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change.

 

Application due date: Early August

The Premier Undergraduate Scholarships and Wesbrook Scholar designations are the University's most prestigious student awards, given to senior students (including Law students) with outstanding records in the areas of academics, participation in sports, leadership, and involvement in student and community activities. Over $80,000 in awards are available, ranging from 20 Wesbrook Scholar designations (including a $1000 scholarship) to renewable scholarships worth $15,000 over two years. Further information regarding the application process is available from the Scholarship Secretary.

Award Number:5879

 

Application due date: April 18

 

Awards totalling $34,000 have been endowed by the Law Foundation of British Columbia, the Peter A. Allard School of Law of UBC and members of the BC Bar to honour Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, a former faculty member of the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Beverley McLachlin was the first woman to be appointed Chief Justice of Canada. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law to students completing third year that have accepted articling positions in underserved and/or rural communities in British Columbia, or in the area of public interest/social justice law in British Columbia. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Award Number: 5923

Application due date: June 18

Awards totalling $5,100 are offered annually by The Advocates’ Society to Indigenous students and non-Indigenous students entering second or third year of the J.D. program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law who have demonstrated a commitment to Indigenous law and/or Indigenous communities. Financial need may be considered. Indigenous students are defined as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis people of Canada. The award is made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law in consultation with Enrolment Services.

Award Number: 5873

Application due date: June 18

An annual award of $18,000 is offered by Sonya Wall in memory of Hilda Janzen. The award is for a student in any year of the Peter A. Allard School of Law JD Program, including first year, who has achieved good academic standing, has demonstrated leadership and community involvement in feminist and/or legal issues, and faces challenges, financial or systemic, in accessing or continuing legal education.

Award Number: 5884

Application due date: June 18

An award in an amount equal to the amount of domestic tuition, the gift of Hon Justice Grant Burnyeat,Law class of 1973 is offered annually to assist with the yearly tuition fee of a domestic or international student enrolled in any year of the J.D. program who has demonstrated academic merit, who has shown significant leadership skills, and who faces financial challenges that would prevent pursuit or completion of legal education. This award is made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Award Number: 5851

Application due date: June 18

Two awards of $3,000 each (total $6,000) are offered by Borden Ladner Gervais to full-time law students completing first year who have demonstrated academic excellence together with a commitment to professional and service excellence by consistently expanding their knowledge of the law, demonstrating the highest standards of integrity, offering innovative ideas, taking a collaborative approach and contributing to the community.

Award Number: 5908

Application due date: June 18

 

 

Eight awards of $5,000 each are offered annually by the Law Foundation of British Columbia for students entering 2nd or 3rd year of the JD program with high academic achievement and who have demonstrated through volunteer or paid work, outstanding commitment to working in the broader public interest sector, particularly in the fields of legal aid, legal education and law reform. Preference will be given to students that have traditionally been underrepresented in the legal profession and/or have worked in the broader public interest in rural areas of the province of British Columbia.

Award Number: 5888

Application due date: June 18

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP offers a $5,000 renewable award for a J.D. student entering second year who demonstrated academic excellence in their first year of studies (achieving a grade in the top 10% of the class). The award is renewable provided the student maintains academic standing in the top 20% of the class during their second year. Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates involvement in community service and extra-curricular activities, and individuals from groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession.

Award Number: 2741

Application due date: June 18

A $4,300 scholarship, in memory of Peter Norman Howard (UBC-B.A., 1962 and LL.B., 1965; Harvard-LL.M., 1966), is awarded to a student deserving of financial assistance, who has demonstrated a high level of academic ability and interest in the field of law and who through personal endeavour or participation in student activities and/or athletics, has indicated a potential for excellence and leadership.

Award Number: 2858

Application due date: June 18

A scholarship of $2,500 is awarded to a full-time law student who achieves high academic performance in their first year of law and has made a significant contribution to law school and community life. This scholarship is to honour the memory of Peter Bark, who worked as a law librarian at McMillan LLP, (formerly Lang Michener LLP), and died in 1990 at the age of 35 from complications arising from HIV/AIDS.

Award Number: 5909

Application due date: June 18

A $2,000 award is offered annually by the John M. S. Lecky Foundation for students in their 2nd year who have achieved a minimum percentage of 72% and are the best qualified in terms of academic merit and financial need.

Award Number: 2613

Application due date: June 18

Awards totalling $3,300 have been endowed by the Class of Law 1967 for students in the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Selection is based on academic achievement, athletic achievement, and contributions to the university and community. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Award Number: 2749

Application due date: June 18

A scholarship of $2,500, endowed in memory of Karen Lysyk by her family, is awarded to a law student on the basis of scholarly achievement. Preference is given to a student who has demonstrated an interest in environmental law.

Award Number: 148

Application due date: June 18

Scholarships totalling $2,050, endowed by friends and colleagues of Richard Campbell, are offered to students in the Allard School of Law who hold a degree in forestry, or in another related resource discipline, or who have demonstrated an interest in the forest industry through past employment.

Award Number: 2756

Application due date: June 18

A scholarship of $1,650, endowed under the auspices of the Vancouver Bar Association from contributions by members of the bench and bar, honours the memory of Walter Kirke Smith, late Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Mr. Justice Kirke Smith was a 1949 graduate of the Allard School of Law who was noted for his scholarship, humour, and particularly his sympathetic but fair response to the problems of those who appeared before him, both litigants and counsel. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty, to a student entering second or third year in the Allard School of Law, who has demonstrated excellence in his/her application to the work and life of the Faculty.

Award Number: 2839

Application due date: June 18

A $2,550 scholarship, the gift of John K. Campbell, is awarded to a student in the Allard School of Law who holds a degree in mining, metallurgy, geology or geological engineering, or other related resource discipline or has demonstrated an interest in the mining industry through past employment. Applicants must provide a statement detailing their financial circumstances as financial need will be a consideration. 

Award Number: 5846

Application due date: June 18

Awards totalling $2,400 have been endowed in memory of Adam Albright for students with good academic standing in the LL.B. Program who actively participates in sports and student activities.

Award Number: 5890

Application due date: June 18

The law firm Alexander, Holburn, Beaudin & Lang LLP has established a $1,000 scholarship for a student completing the second year of the JD program who has demonstrated high academic standing and an involvement in community or student affairs. This scholarship has been established in honour of the memory of Ernest A. Alexander, Q.C. who passed away unexpectedly in 1983 and who, throughout his professional career and his personal life, never lost sight of the human aspect of his encounters with people.

Award Number: 2728

Application due date: June 18

A $1,000 scholarship is offered by the Kootenay Bar Association to honour members of the Association who have since passed away. The scholarship is given to a student in any year of study in the Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program, with a preference that the scholarship is granted to a law student who is from the Kootenays.

Award Number: 5894

Application due date: June 18

A $1,350 award has been endowed in honour of Kenneth Douglas Landels, a graduate of the UBC Law Class of 1973. This award will be offered to a student entering the second year of the JD program who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to community service. Students must apply for this award. The recommendation will be made by the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Award Number: 5906

Application due date: June 18

A $1,200 award has been made available through an endowment established in honor of Peter A. Allard School of Law alumnus B. Vincent Reed, QC. The award is for a student entering second year of the J.D. program who has achieved academic distinction and demonstrated commitment to the highest standards of the legal profession through involvement in community service or student leadership, thereby establishing the foundation of an exemplary legal career.

Award Number: 5833

Application due date: June 18

A $2000 award is offered by Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP to a student entering second year law who has demonstrated academic excellence together with a committment to their community and fellow students. This student will also exhibit leadership qualities and the highest standards of integrity. Chirstopher Walker (1984-2013) graduated from the law school in 2010 and was an outstanding young lawyer who practised corporate law with Farris LLP. The award is made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Award Number: 5903

Application due date: June 18

Two $1000 awards are offered annually by alumni and supporters of the Allard School of Law's rugby club. These awards are offered to students entering their second or third year of the JD program who have shown significant leadership as members of the club. Preference will be given to students who have shown outstanding academic achievement. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Award Number: 2851

Application due date: June 18

Scholarships totalling $2,250 have been endowed by family and friends in memory of Doris Curtis for women students in the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Doris Curtis took a particular interest from the beginning of the law school in 1945 in the welfare of women law students. Financial circumstances may be considered. Applicants must give a detailed outline of financial circumstances.

Award Number: 5832

Application due date: June 18

A $1,600 award has been endowed by friends and colleagues in honour of Robert (Bob) S. Reid's many years of service to the Peter A. Allard School of Law and his contributions to the legal community in Vancouver. In adjudicating the award, academic achievement, athletic involvement, and the ability to serve, work with, and lead others are considered.

Award Number: 2800

Application due date: June 18

A scholarship of $800 has been endowed by The Hon. Thomas A. Dohm, B.A., QC, LL.D., former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University of British Columbia, for a student completing first or second year of studies in the Allard School of Law who (i) has achieved high academic standing in law courses concerned with human relations; (ii) is in financial need; and (iii) has demonstrated by his or her involvement in student or community affairs a concern for others.

Award Number: 2785

Application due date: June 18

In memory of Diane Kilpatrick, LL.B. 1977, her family, friends and associates have endowed a scholarship of $1,400. It is awarded to a woman student entering second year in the Peter A. Allard School of Law, who has demonstrated good academic standing and an interest in helping others.

Award Number: 2844

Application due date: Late-February

$625 to the third year student who has ranked in the top half of his or her class the two preceding winter sessions and as a result of academic achievement, athletic involvement, moral force of character, and an ability to serve, work with, and lead others, has been determined to be the best all-round graduating student in law. The recipient is selected by a committee of representatives from LSS, LSLAP and other student organizations. Nomination/Application deadline is usually the third week in February. Check with the Scholarship Secretary.

Award Number: 2750

Application due date: June 18

A scholarship of $800 has been endowed by members of the Law Class of 1948 in affectionate memory of Professor Frederick Read, an original member of the Faculty. The award is made to a student entering second or third year, for scholarship and contributions made to the Law School.

Award Number: 2829

Application due date: June 18

A scholarship of $350 has been endowed in memory of Cyril White, QC, by his family, friends and colleagues as a tribute to his contributions to the Province of British Columbia in the legal, judicial, business and political fields. The award will be made to a student entering third year law with high academic standing in courses in commercial and business law, who has demonstrated qualities of dedication and leadership in this profession. Preference will be given to a student who graduated from a B.C. high school.

Award Number: 2724

Application due date: June 18

A $250 scholarship has been endowed by the members of the first graduating class from Allard School of Law on the occasion of the visit of Lord Denning, the Master of the Rolls, to the 20th Anniversary Reunion of the class. The scholarship is awarded to a student proceeding to second or third year Law for scholastic achievement and contribution to the activities and welfare of the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Award Number: 2840

Application due date: June 18

A $850 award has been endowed for a student completing first or second year law who has demonstrated a commitment to an involvement in the field of civil rights. Academic standing in the Allard School of Law is also a consideration. The award is donated by family and friends in memory of Ruth Pinkus, who as a student in the school and as a lawyer was deeply concerned with the rights and freedoms of society.

Award Number: 5824

Application due date: June 18

A $300 award has been endowed by the Honourable Mr. Justice Max M. Teitelbaum, Mrs. Phyllis Teitelbaum, Judy and Ben Frank, and family and friends in memory of Steven Dorfman, a student who loved the law. The award is granted to an outstanding law student completing first year, ranking academically in the top 10% of the first-year class; demonstrating leadership abilities through involvement in community, university and/or law activities; and demonstrating other personal accomplishments. 

Award Number 8027

Application due date: June 18

A $650 bursary has been endowed by friends and colleagues in memory of Professor Lee S. Paikin. The award is made to a student demonstrating financial need, and an interest in the field of civil liberties.

Award Number 2879

Application due date: June 18

Awards totalling $11,650 have been endowed by the Law Foundation of British Columbia and the Province of British Columbia. The awards are offered to First Nations students beginning and continuing studies in the Peter A. Allard School of Law and are made on the recommendation of the Faculty.

* This award is open to all Indigenous backgrounds, including First Nations (status and non-status), Métis and Inuit.

Award Number 8047

Application due date: June 18

This $1,250 award is made on the recommendation of the faculty to a native student who is beginning or continuing their studies at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Consideration is given to academic promise and involvement with native affairs, as well as financial need.

* This award is open to all Indigenous backgrounds, including First Nations (status and non-status), Métis and Inuit.

Award Number 5919

Application due date: June 18

A $1,000 award is offered annually to a student who self-identifies as Métis entering their second or third-year of the J.D. program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. The recipient must demonstrate a connection and commitment to strengthening their Indigenous community at home, where they reside during the academic year, or within the University. Preference will be given to applicants in financial need who express an interest in criminal law, social justice, Aboriginal law or law reform. The award is made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Award Number 5920

Application due date: June 18

Four awards of $5,000 each are offered annually by J. E. (Jack) Klinck, Q.C., to students in any year of the Indigenous Legal Studies Program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law who demonstrate involvement in the Indigenous community and academic promise. Preference will be given to students with financial need. This award was established in memory of the founding Dean of UBC’s law school, George F. Curtis, OB, OBC, QC. The award is made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Award Number 5896

Application due date: June 18

Up to five $1,000 award is offered by the Indigenous Law Students' Association to an Aboriginal student entering second or third year of the JD program in the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Consideration will be given to students who demonstrate financial need, academic promise and a commitment to community service. Students must apply for this award. The award is made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Award Number 5925

Awards totalling $3,300 are offered annually by Kyla Lee (J.D. 2011) to students in any year of the Indigenous Legal Studies Program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law who maintain good academic standing. Preference will be given to First Nations, Inuit, or Métis students of Canada who are sole-supporting and who do not receive Band funding. Financial need may be considered. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Please list in point form, in the box below how you meet the specific qualifications noted in the award description.

 

Additional Awards

Application due date: Deadlines Vary

Affiliation Scholarships and other awards such as the William G. Black Memorial Prize, Allan Boag Prize, Wilson Duff Memorial Scholarship and Faculty Women's Club Anne Wesbrook Scholarship, are available to all UBC students. Information on these awards and application forms are available at Student Financial Assistance and Awards.