Awards and Honors

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Semester 

Dean’s List
This honor is bestowed upon J.D. students at the end of the fall and spring semesters and is based on the semester grade point average. Students whose semester GPAs are in the top 1/3 of their J.D. Class make the Dean’s List for that semester. The honor appears on the transcript.

CALI Awards
Each student attaining the highest grade in each class offered at the Law School receives a CALI award. (This does not apply to courses graded under the modified pass/fail system or credit/no credit courses, except for Clinics, where the professor selects the recipient . Winners can be in any degree program.) The award is given by CALI, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (http://www.cali.org). Recipients receive a certificate from CALI approximately two months after the end of each semester. Students who look up the grade distribution (http://law.wustl.edu/registrar/pages.aspx?id=2243) for a course and can see that their grade was the highest (or tied for the highest) can assume that they have won the CALI and may add that to their resume. CALI awards are not posted to the transcript.

Yearly 

The Breckinridge Academic Awards - First and Second Honors
These awards are given at the end of each school year to the two students in each J.D. Class having the first and second highest academic averages for that academic year. The winners receive: certificates and the award appears on the transcripts.

Honor Scholar Awards
This honor is bestowed upon J.D. students at the end of the academic year and is based on the yearly grade point. J.D. students who rank in the top 10% of their class according to their yearly GPAs are designated as Honor Scholars. Recipients receive a letter from the Dean and the honor appears on the transcript.

Graduation 

Alumni Association Award
This honor is bestowed by the Alumni Association of the School upon the member of the J.D. graduating class who attains the highest grade point average in his or her entire School of Law career. The winner receives a certificate, and the honor appears on the transcript.

American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law, Student Excellence Award
This award  recognizes an outstanding student in the areas of land use law and/or local government law. The honoree receives a current ABA Section of State & Local Government Law publication and a certificate of recognition from the ABA Section. The honor appear on the transcript.

Breckinridge Practice Court Award
This award is based upon proficiency in the preparation of briefs, mastery of subject matter, and excellence in presentation of oral arguments in moot court competitions. It is usually given to more than one student and sometimes there is a first and second place. The winners receive: a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.

Charles Trobman Memorial Award
This award is in memory of Charles Trobman, JD'95, and is presented to the graduating J.D. student with the highest grade in Immigration Law. The winner receives a certificate and the honor appears on the transcript.

Charles Wendell Carnahan Award
This award is given to the graduating J.D. student achieving the highest final grade in Conflict of Laws. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.

Christophine G. Mutharika International Law Award
This prize was created by Professor A. Peter Mutharika and his family in memory of his late wife, Christophine. The award is given to the graduating J.D. student with the highest grade in International Law. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.

Dan Carter-Earl Tedrow Memorial Award
Established by the J.D. Class of 1958 in memory of their classmates, Dan Carter and Earl Tedrow, this award is given to the senior who, because he/she has demonstrated an agreeable and mature attitude, an active interest in law school affairs, a conscientious regard for studies, a helpful and understanding relationship with associates, and an inclination to further the ideals of the legal profession, is selected by the Senior Class as the exemplification of the aims of all those entering the profession of law. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.

Dean's Book Award
This award is presented in some school years by the Dean to a graduating J.D. student in recognition of outstanding leadership and service to the School of Law. The winner receives a book from the Dean, a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.

Don Sommers Award in Professional Responsibility
This award is presented to the J.D. graduating student who received the highest grade in Legal Profession. All ethics curriculum courses with enrollments of at least 30 qualify as “Legal Profession” for purposes of granting this award. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.

Equal Justice Works Award
[formerly the National Association of Public Interest Law Pro Bono and Public Service Award]
This award is presented to J.D. students in recognition of outstanding commitment to pro bono and public service. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.

Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution Award
This award is presented to students who have excelled in the Law School's ADR classes or the ADR competitions: Client Counseling, Negotiation, and Representation in Mediation Competitions.

F. Hodge O’Neal Corporate Law Award
This award is presented to the J.D. graduating student with the highest grade in Corporations. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.

Family Law Award
This award is presented to the graduating J.D. student receiving the highest grade in Family Law.  The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.

Gary I. Boren Memorial Award
This award was created by Michael Goldstein and the law firm of Suelthaus & Kaplan in memory of Professor Boren. This is awarded to the highest ranking student completing the LL.M. in Taxation. The winner receives a certificate and the honor appears on the transcript.

Intellectual Property & Technology Award
This is awarded to the highest ranking student completing the LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Technology Law. The winner receives a certificate and the honor appears on the transcript.

International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award
This award is made possible by the International Academy of Trial Lawyers for the encouragement of competent courtroom practice and is to be chosen from J.D. students demonstrating proficiency in advocacy and litigation skills, as demonstrated in classes or competitions. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.

International LL.M. Best Advocate Award
This award is presented to a graduating LL.M. student for excellence in analysis and advocacy demonstrated in the Introduction to U.S. Law & Methods courses.  The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.

Jack Garden Humanitarian Award
This award is presented to a graduating J.D. student who has contributed significantly to the School of Law or the broader community. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.

Joseph Kutten Awards in Bankruptcy and Insurance
These awards are presented to the J.D. graduating students who received the highest grades in Bankruptcy and Insurance. The winners each receive a certificate and the awards appear on the transcripts.

Judge Amandus Brackman Moot Court Award
This award is presented to a graduating J.D. student for proficiency in briefing and arguing cases in Moot Court competitions. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.

Judge John W. Calhoun Trial Practice Award
This award is given to the graduating J.D. student who has demonstrated exceptional talent and enthusiasm for trial practice, as demonstrated in classes or competitions. The winner receives a certificate and the honor appears on the transcript.

Judge Myron D. Mills Administrative Law Award
This award is presented to the graduating J.D. student who has written the best paper on an Administrative Law topic in a course for credit during each academic year. The Associate Dean will solicit from members of the faculty nominations of student work in the Administrative Law field; the Associate Dean shall call upon one teacher with expertise in Administrative Law to choose the best paper from among those nominated. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.

Latin Honors
Latin Honors are awarded to J.D. students based on the final cumulative GPA which is known once all grades are posted in mid to late June each year.  J.D. students graduating in the top 2% of their class earn summa cum laude honors; students in the top 10% earn magna cum laude honors, and students in the top 33 1/3% (top third) earn cum laude honors. [Latin Honors were not awarded prior to the J.D. Class of 2003.]

LL.M. Best Advocate Award
[See International LL.M. Best Advocate Award] 

Mary Collier Hitchcock Prize
This award is presented to one J.D. graduating member of each of the three Washington University publications (Law Quarterly, Journal of Law and Policy, and Global Studies Law Review) for outstanding writing. The winners receive a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.

Milton F. Napier Trial Award
This award is made possible by the Lawyers Association. It is presented to a graduating J.D. student who exhibits proficiency in trial advocacy, as demonstrated in classes or competitions. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.

National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Graduate Award
This award is presented to a J.D. graduating student for academic achievement, professional image, and commitment to the advancement of women in society. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.

Order of Barristers
The Order of Barristers is a national law school honorary organization (http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/advocacy/boa/barristers.html) founded to encourage oral advocacy and brief writing skills through effective law school appellate moot court and mock trial programs. Ten students from the senior class are selected by the clinical faculty, on the basis of excellence in and service to lawyering skills competitions. The winners become members of the Order of Barristers, receive certificates and the honor appears on each student’s transcript.

Order of the Coif
The Order of the Coif is an honorary scholastic society (http://www.orderofthecoif.org) the purpose of which is to encourage excellence in legal education by fostering a spirit of careful study, recognizing those who as law students attained a high grade of scholarship, and honoring those who as lawyers, judges and teachers attained high distinction for their scholarly or professional accomplishments. J.D. students who rank in the top ten per cent of their class are selected, barring any disciplinary or honor issues. Based on Order of the Coif rules, in order to be eligible a student must have taken 75% of his/her credits "graded." If a student plans to graduate with the 86 minimum credits required for the J.D, this means s/he must take at least 64 credits graded, and no more than 22 credits non-graded. According to the Order of the Coif, "'Graded courses' are those for which academic accomplishment is recorded on the basis of educational measurement involving four or more discriminators." WUSL's modified pass/fail courses (HP94, P, LP78, F70), such as Pretrial and Trial, count as graded courses per this definition. Credit bearing activities such as publications, competitions (participants and board members), supervised research, Judicial Clerkship, Negotiation, and Non-Law courses do not count as graded courses because there are only two grade discriminators - Credit or No Credit.  Students vying for the top 10% should keep this information in mind, especially if considering applying for a semester abroad (which would likely involve at least 12 non-graded credits) or doing an externship (the Congressional/Administrative Law externship has 8 non-graded credits, and other externships usually have 12 non-graded credits). Initiates receive certificates and the honor appears on the transcript.

Transfer Students & Coif:  Students who transfer into Wash. U. Law School after having completed one year at another school may not take more than 25% of their credits at Wash. U. pass/fail in order to be eligible for Coif. This translates to taking no more than 14 non-graded credits. 

Philip Gallop Award
This award is presented to the graduating J.D. student receiving the highest grade in Real Estate Transactions. This award given in honor of Mr. Philip Gallop by his family. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.

Public Service Law Student of the Year
This award is presented to the graduating J.D. student who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment and dedication to serving those most in need. The winner receives a certificate and the honor appears on the transcript.

William M. Pomerantz Trial Award
Established in May 1987 by the family of William M. Pomerantz, a prominent trial attorney in Hartford, Connecticut, for nearly fifty years, a graduate of Pennsylvania and Boston University Law School, and committed to excellence in the art of trial advocacy. This award is presented to a member of the J.D. graduating class for excellence in regional mock trial competition. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.