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Scholarships

Entrance scholarships

Applicants wishing to be considered for the following scholarships must complete the Special Scholarships Application in the Law Admissions Application Form:

  • Lord Beaverbrook Scholarships
  • The Honourable Charles J. A. Hughes and Edith B. Hughes Scholarships
  • Tore Grude Scholarship
  • Stephen Smith Scholarship
  • Cherrill Edwina Shea and Carl Robert Aron Law Scholarship
  • Marie la Forest Scholarship
  • Sherron Dickson Entrance Award
  • David Covert Entrance Scholarship
  • Taylor-Strain Family Scholarship
  • Gregory Bridges Scholarship
  • John Bryden Scholarship

The deadline for receipt of applications for these scholarships is January 31. If you have submitted your online application form for admission and did not apply online for the Special Application Entrance Scholarships you may contact the Admissions Office by telephone (506-453-4693) or by email (lawadmit@unb.ca) to have your name added to the Special Application Scholarship list. 

All applicants for first year are considered automatically for all other law entrance scholarships for which they are eligible. Applications for externally-administered scholarships, listed below, must be made to the relevant institution.

Special application entrance scholarships & awards

Lord Beaverbrook Scholarships

Three Lord Beaverbrook Scholarships in Law are awarded to students entering the Law Program. The Faculty’s most prestigious awards, they were established in 1955 by W. Maxwell Aitken (1st Baron Beaverbrook), who entered as a poor but ambitious law student in 1897. Beaverbrook Scholars are chosen on the basis of qualities suggesting attainment of distinction in the legal profession. Candidates are interviewed by a committee chaired by the chief justice of New Brunswick and comprising prominent members of legal and academic communities. Students at the top of their undergraduate program with solid LSAT scores are encouraged to apply. Currently, each scholarship has a maximum value of $54,000 ($18,000 per year). The scholarships are renewable for holders who obtain an overall GPA for the year’s work of 3.3 (B+) or who rank among the top 15 students in their year. In exceptional circumstances, the Lord Beaverbrook Committee may authorize the renewal of a scholarship if the holder does not meet this standard.  

Application deadline: January 31

The Honourable Charles J. A. Hughes and Edith B. Hughes Scholarships

To commemorate the life and distinguished legal career of The Honourable Justice Charles J.A. Hughes and his wife Edith B. Hughes, two $11,000 entrance scholarships are awarded annually. Chief Justice Hughes headed the New Brunswick Court of Appeal for 12 years. One scholarship is for a graduate of St. Thomas University and one is for a graduate of the University of New Brunswick. Preference is given to students with a strong connection to the Maritime Provinces, particularly New Brunswick. Criteria for selection are strong academic performance, financial need, extracurricular involvement and contributions to cultural and community life. These scholarships are awarded to students entering the first year of law who do not hold a Lord Beaverbrook Scholarship. Letters of application should specifically address the criteria noted above.

Application deadline: January 31.

Tore Grude Scholarship

This award, equal in value to first-year tuition fees, perpetuates the memory of Tore Martin Grude, a law student in 1978-79. It is open to first-year students from the Atlantic region who do not hold a Beaverbrook Scholarship. Grude scholars are students of academic ability who have participated widely in the community and extracurricular activities in ways demonstrating sensitivity to the needs of society and those less fortunate concerns important to Tore Grude. Financial need is also a consideration. 

Application deadline: January 31. Financial Need form required.

Stephen Smith Scholarship

This scholarship, commemorating the life of Stephen Ronald Smith (’86), provides $9,000 towards the cost of the recipient’s first year. Recipients should share Mr. Smith’s ability to relate to people in all walks of life, compassion in every sense, a love for animals, the outdoors and nature, and a particular interest in criminal law and advocacy. Smith scholars are well-rounded individuals with such qualities as a sense of balance between work and other aspects of life, enthusiasm and initiative in helping those in need, extensive civic and community involvement and solid academic background. Financial need and the holding of other scholarships are relevant but not determinative. A personal statement and three letters of reference should specifically address the criteria noted above. 

Application deadline: January 31. Financial Need form required.

Cherrill Edwina Shea and Carl Robert Aron Law Scholarship

Valued at $7,500, this scholarship is awarded to a New Brunswick resident, who (a) is a graduate of a high school in New Brunswick, (b) is entering the first year of law study, and (c) has demonstrated financial need and undergraduate academic achievement reflected in a grade point average of at least 3.3. This award is funded by Cherrill Edwina She and Carol Robert Aron and the New Brunswick University Opportunities Fund. Ms. Shea and Mr. Aron have had extensive legal and business experience in North America and abroad and wish to enable a promising student in need of assistance to pursue the study of the law.

Application deadline: January 31. Financial Need form required.

Marie la Forest Scholarship

To commemorate the contributions of D. Marie Warner La Forest to the Law School community over many years, a $7,000 scholarship is awarded to a New Brunswick resident entering the first year of Law study. Criteria for selection are academic excellence, financial need and substantial community and extracurricular involvement. The scholarship is funded by family, friends and the New Brunswick University Opportunities Fund. 

Application deadline: January 31. Financial Need form required.

Sherron Dickson Entrance Award

The New Brunswick Law Foundation supports a $4,000 award open to New Brunswick applicants with good academic standing and demonstrated financial need. It honours the memory of Sherron Dickson (’77), longtime chair of the Law Foundation and first woman president of the Law Society of New Brunswick.

Application deadline: January 31. Financial Need form required.

David Covert Entrance Scholarship

A $2,000 entrance scholarship commemorates the life of George David N. Covert (’63), the distinguished Halifax practitioner instrumental in establishing an endowment fund in the Faculty to mark its 100th anniversary in 1992. Criteria for selection are enthusiasm and initiative in helping those in need, extensive extracurricular and community involvement, demonstrated financial need, solid academic record, and any other factors the selection committee thinks relevant. Financial need and the holding of other awards are taken into account but are not determinative. Other considerations being equal, preference is given to a resident of Nova Scotia. 

Application Deadline: January 31. Financial Need form required.

Taylor-Strain Family Scholarship

A renewable $2,500 scholarship is awarded to a student entering the first year of the JD program with a solid academic record and demonstrated financial need. It is funded by the Hon. Paul Taylor (LLB ’72), Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice, and his wife Gale Strain, a lifelong educator, who wish to assist students in financial need in their pursuit of a legal career. Preference is given to a student of Aboriginal, Métis or Inuit descent. (SUBJECT TO SENATE APPROVAL)

Application Deadline: January 31. Financial Need form required.

Gregory Bridges Scholarship

To honour the memory of Gregory F.G. Bridges, sometime chief justice of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Law Society supports a $1,500 entrance scholarship. An academic distinction is a primary consideration but financial need is taken into account. 

Application Deadline: January 31. Financial Need form required.

John Bryden Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship commemorates the life of John Geddes Bryden (BCL ’68), a lawyer, businessman, public servant, politician and proud New Brunswicker. It is awarded to a New Brunswick resident entering the first year of the JD program with a good academic record and demonstrated financial need. The scholarship is supported by the Frank and Julie McKenna Foundation.

Application Deadline: January 31. Financial Need form required.

Entrance scholarships for which no special application is required

Joel Attis Scholarship

This scholarship, valued at $1,000, is awarded annually to a New Brunswick resident entering the first year of the JD program with a good academic record and demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to students from the Moncton region. The scholarship is supported by Joel Henry Attis (LLB ’77). (SUBJECT TO SENATE APPROVAL)

Barry Family Trust Scholarship

Established by St. John's lawyer Denis G. Barry, Q.C. (LLB '72), this $500 scholarship is awarded to a Newfoundland and Labrador resident entering the JD program who receives no other UNB award but is deserving of special recognition based on academic ability, leadership capability or extracurricular activities.

Allen Earle Scholarship

Scholarships in amounts up to full tuition are awarded on the basis of academic merit to students in any year of the Law Program. Named in honour of Allen Otty Earle, a Saint John lawyer, legal editor and this faculty’s founding dean (1892-1902), they are funded by the Law program fee. All eligible students are considered automatically.

Mabel French Scholarship 

These entrance awards, in amounts up to full tuition, commemorate Mabel Penery French Clay ('05) of Saint John, the first woman admitted to the legal profession in eastern Canada (New Brunswick, 1906) and in western Canada (British Columbia, 1912). They are funded by the University. All eligible students are considered automatically.

Hart Green Scholarship

These entrance awards, in amounts up to full tuition, commemorate Solomon Hart Green ('06) of Saint John, the first Jew admitted to the legal profession in eastern Canada (New Brunswick, 1906) and in western Canada (Manitoba, 1907). On election as an MLA for Winnipeg in 1910, he became the first Canadian Jew to hold public office. The scholarships are funded by the University. All eligible students are considered automatically.

Heritage Scholarships

At the completion of the Law Faculty's first century, in 1992, graduates and friends established a fund to enhance student financial support. From this endowment, the Faculty offers several awards to recognize and encourage talent and diversity among entering students. All eligible students are considered automatically.

Law Foundation of Newfoundland & Labrador Centennial Entrance Scholarships

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Law Faculty (1992), the Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador endowed a fund to support a $1,250 scholarship for the Newfoundland and Labrador student entering the Law Program who best demonstrates academic excellence and does not hold other UNB awards in excess of $5,000. All eligible students are considered automatically.

Law Foundation of Nova Scotia Entrance Scholarship

The Law Foundation of Nova Scotia has endowed a fund to support a $2,000 scholarship for the Nova Scotia student entering the Law Program who best demonstrates academic excellence and does not hold other UNB awards that total $5,000 or more.

New Brunswick Law Foundation Entrance Scholarship

The New Brunswick Law Foundation supports several scholarships open to students entering the Law Program from any province. Awards, ranging in value up to full tuition, are offered on the basis of academic excellence. All eligible students are considered automatically.

PEI Law Foundation Centennial Entrance Scholarship

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Law Faculty (1992), the Prince Edward Island Law Foundation endowed a fund to support a $1750 scholarship for the PEI student entering the Law Program who best demonstrates academic excellence and does not hold other UNB awards in excess of $5,000. All eligible students are considered automatically.

Stewart McKelvey Diversity Scholarship

Valued at $1,000, this scholarship is awarded to a student entering the JD program with a good academic record and demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to students who self-identify as members of a community under-represented in the legal profession.

Abraham Walker Scholarship

To promote and recognize excellence and diversity in the first-year class, the Faculty offers an entrance scholarship up to full tuition. It commemorates Saint John lawyer and writer Abraham Beverley Walker (1851-1907), the first student to enroll in this Faculty (1892) and the first Black Canadian to become a lawyer.

Externally-administered entrance scholarships

Law Foundation of Newfoundland & Labrador Scholarships

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the provincial Law Society in 1834, the Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador awards law entrance scholarships annually. They are tenable for first-year studies at Canadian law schools, including UNB. Scholarships are in the amount of $5,000. Candidates must be Newfoundland and Labrador residents and have achieved academic excellence. 

Application deadline: May 1st. Particulars are available from the Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, PO Box 5907, St. John's, A1C 5X4. 

PEI Law Society Scholarship

The Law Society of Prince Edward Island awards a scholarship for PEI students enrolled at a law school in the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded. Application particulars are available from the Secretary-Treasurer, Law Society of Prince Edward Island, PO Box 128, Charlottetown, C1A 7K2.

Upper-year scholarships & awards

Students must apply for some upper year scholarships, particularly those which are sponsored by donors who play a role in the decision-making process; an interview is part of the selection for some upper-year scholarships. The Admissions Office solicits applications for scholarships late in the summer, decisions are made early in September, and scholarships are awarded at Awards Night in October. 

Borden Ladner Gervais Professional Excellence Award

An award of $1,500 is made to a student entering their second year who best demonstrates academic excellence and a commitment to legal professionalism through contributions such as disseminating information about the law (e.g. volunteering with public legal education groups; bringing in speakers; publishing articles about the law or working on the UNB Law Journal); innovative leadership to enhance legal training in the law school and community access to legal services; and through working collaboratively with others towards these goals. 

Blake, Cassels & Graydon Scholarship

A renewable scholarship of $5,000 is awarded to a student entering the second year of Law studies who has demonstrated academic excellence and financial need. Additional selection criteria may include membership in a historically disadvantaged group as outlined by New Brunswick human rights legislation, community involvement in extra-curricular activities and whether individuals have multiple responsibilities. The scholarship may be renewed for the recipient's third year on the recommendation of the Faculty, provided that the recipient stood in the top 20% of the second-year class.

Canadian Bar Association (NB Branch) Award

This $1,000 award is made by the donor from a panel of students entering second or third year proposed by the Faculty. Criteria for selection are academic achievement, character and philanthropy. Holders of Lord Beaverbrook scholarships are ineligible.

Cape Breton Barristers' Society Scholarship

A $500 scholarship is awarded to a Nova Scotia student in an upper year of the JD program with a solid academic record and demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to students who normally reside in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. It is funded by the Cape Breton Barristers’ Society. (SUBJECT TO SENATE APPROVAL)

Case Family Scholarship in Business Law

Established through the generosity of former Saint John commercial practitioner A. David Case, QC, this $2,500 award is made to a student entering the third year of the JD program on this basis of high standing and enrollment in courses within the broad field of business law. Some preference is given to students with an evident intention to practice law in New Brunswick. 

David Covert Scholarship

A $2,000 scholarship for a student entering the third year commemorates the life of George David N. Covert (‘63), the distinguished Halifax practitioner instrumental in establishing an endowment fund to mark the Faculty's 100th anniversary, in 1992. Criteria for selection are enthusiasm and initiative in helping those in need, extensive extracurricular and community involvement, demonstrated financial need, solid academic record, and any other factors that the selection committee thinks relevant. Financial need and the holding of other awards are taken into account but are not determinative.

Frank Covert Scholarship

This renewable scholarship perpetuates the memory of Frank Manning Covert, a distinguished Halifax practitioner. Valued currently at $5,000, it is awarded to a student entering second-year who ranked among the top ten students at the end of the first year. The primary criterion for selection is academic achievement, but extracurricular performance, speaking skills, and other factors may be considered; financial need and the holding of other scholarships are not taken into account. The scholarship may be renewed for the successful applicant's third year. Unless the selectors determine otherwise the criterion for renewal is ranking among the top ten students at the end of the second year.

Allen Earle Scholarships

Scholarships in amounts up to full tuition are awarded on the basis of academic merit to students in any year of the Law Program. Named in honour of Allen Otty Earle, a Saint John lawyer, legal editor and this faculty’s founding dean (1892-1902), they are funded by the Law program fee. All eligible students are considered automatically.

Forging Our Futures Law Awards

Since 2005 graduates and friends of the Law Faculty have contributed to this fund to enhance student financial support. From this fund, the faculty makes awards to students in all years. Awards are made on the basis of academic merit. All eligible students are considered automatically.

Lawrence & Jean Fraser Scholarship

A $2,000 scholarship is awarded to a student entering the third year of the Law Program on the basis of high standing in the introductory Advocacy, Evidence and Civil Procedure courses and who does not hold a Lord Beaverbrook Scholarship. It honours the memory of Lawrence and Jean Fraser of Salt Springs (NS) and is supported by the family.

Franco & Maria Giamberardino Scholarship

A $1,500 scholarship is awarded to a student with a good academic record who is entering the second or third year of the Law Program. The recipient must have demonstrated a level of leadership through involvement in extra-curricular activities within the Faculty of Law, the University of New Brunswick and their community. Financial need or other special circumstances may be taken into consideration. The scholarship is funded by Justice Franco Giamberardino (’86) and Maria Giamberardino.

Cedric Gilbert Scholarship

The NB Law Society awards a $1,500 scholarship to commemorate the long service to the profession of Cedric T. Gilbert, a Fredericton practitioner, Law Society secretary and Provincial Court judge. Preference is given to a student entering second year. An academic distinction is a primary consideration but financial need is taken into account.

Heritage Awards

At the completion of the Law Faculty's first century, in 1992, graduates and friends established a fund to enhance student financial support. From this endowment, the faculty makes awards to students in all years.

Christopher Hicks Scholarship

Established by Christopher Hicks ('79), a prominent criminal defence lawyer based in Toronto, this $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student entering second or third year. Recipients must have a solid academic record and an evident intention to pursue a career in criminal law. 

Daniel Hurley Scholarship

To recognize the long teaching career (1960-94) and many contributions to student life of Dr. Daniel Michael Hurley (‘58), faculty, staff and graduates support a $2,500 scholarship for a student entering the third year who does not hold other awards in excess of $5,000. Criteria for selection are a demonstrated interest in Criminal and/or Family law and desire to teach or practice in those areas, strong academic ability as demonstrated in Criminal, Family and Evidence law, and strong extra-curricular activities within the school.

Terry Kelly Scholarship

This $500 scholarship commemorates the life of Terrence Vincent Kelly (BCL ’53; LL D ’94), long-time lawyer, a tireless citizen of Oshawa and proud supporter of UNB. It benefits a student entering the second or third year of the JD program with a good academic record and demonstrated leadership in extracurricular activities in the Faculty of Law, the University or the community.

Law Class Of 1963 Scholarship

Established in 2013 by members of the 1963 graduating class of the Faculty of Law to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their graduation, this $500 scholarship is awarded to a student entering the second or third year. All students with good academic performance are considered automatically.

Law Class Of 2001 Scholarship

Established by members of the 2001 graduating class of the Faculty of Law, this $1,000 award is made to a student entering the second or third year on the basis of good academic performance and significant contribution to the intellectual and social environment of the Law Faculty student body. 

Law Class Of 2010 Scholarship

Established by members of the 2010 graduating class of the Faculty of Law, this $1,000 award is made to students in second or third year. The award shall be made to a student with good academic performance who has made a positive contribution to the image and reputation of the UNB Faculty of Law on a national or international level. All eligible students are considered automatically. 

MacLellan Family Scholarship

A $3,000 scholarship is awarded to a student who is beginning the second or third year of the Law Program. The recipient must be a student in a leadership position in student organizations within the Faculty of Law such as the Law Students’ Society, Faculty Council, Business Law Society, and Speakers Hour. Students must have achieved good academic standings and made a meaningful extra-curricular contribution to the intellectual and social environment of the Faculty.

George McAllister Scholarship

To honour the contributions to legal and public life of George Alexander McAllister (‘42), a long-time law teacher (1950-74) and the Faculty's dean (1971-74), the NB Law Society awards a $1,500 scholarship, with preference to a student entering the third year. Academic distinction is the primary consideration but financial need is taken into account.

Frank McKenna Scholarship

A scholarship in the amount of $2,500 is awarded to a student entering the second year of law study. The award is based on academic excellence and all eligible students are considered automatically. It was established by the Honourable Frank McKenna, PC, OC, ONB, QC (‘74) and the firm of McInnes Cooper.

Kevin Mitchell Award

Named in honour of Kevin Mitchell ('92), this $500 award is made to a student with a good academic record who is entering the second or third year of the law program. The recipient must have demonstrated leadership through involvement in extra-curricular activities in the Faculty of Law, the University of New Brunswick or the community.

Leary Moore Memorial Scholarship

This $500 award, commemorating the life of Leary Moore (’86), is awarded to a second- or third-year student with a solid academic record who demonstrates financial need, shows promise in making a contribution to the profession and adds to the social fabric of Ludlow Hall.

The Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador Centennial Scholarship

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of UNB's law faculty (1992), the Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador endowed a fund to support a $1,250 scholarship. It is awarded to an upper-year student resident ordinarily in Newfoundland and Labrador. Criteria for selection are demonstrated academic ability in the Law Program and financial need; students holding other UNB awards in excess of $5,000 are ineligible.

Zöe Odei Scholarship

A scholarship in the amount of $5,000 commemorates the life of Samantha Zöe Akua Odei (‘98) of Saint John. A woman of generosity and spirit, she was the first African-Canadian president of the Law Students’ Society. The scholarship is awarded to a student entering the third year of Law study who is involved actively in community affairs while maintaining a good academic record. It is funded by the family, friends and the firm of McInnes Cooper. 

PEI Law Foundation Centennial Scholarship

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of UNB's law faculty (1992), the Prince Edward Island Law Foundation endowed a fund to support a $1,750 scholarship. It is awarded to an upper-year student resident ordinarily in Prince Edward Island. Criteria for selection are demonstrated academic ability in the Law Program and financial need; students holding other UNB awards in excess of $5,000 are ineligible

Evelyn Roach Memorial Scholarship

This $1,000 award, commemorating the life of Newfoundland educator Evelyn Roach, is awarded to a second- or third-year student from Newfoundland and Labrador who has a solid academic record, demonstrated financial need, and active involvement in extra-curricular activities or community affairs.

A. Frederick Richard Scholarship

This $5,000 award was established through a bequest by Constance H. Streeter in memory of her father, A. Frederick Richard, who held an honorary doctorate from UNB. It is awarded to the student entering the second year of Law study, other than the holder of a Lord Beaverbrook Scholarship, who ranked highest, on an overall basis, in the first year.

Allen M. Ruben, QC Award for Humanitarian Leadership

A plaque and an award of $500 is made to a student entering the second or third year of law study who has contributed service deserving of special recognition in the promotion of humanitarian causes, international development or human rights. It was established by Allen M. Ruben, QC (’70).

Honourable William F. Ryan Scholarship

This $3,000 award was established through the generosity of William Francis Ryan (‘46), who served the faculty as professor (1950-71), dean (1956-71) and dean emeritus (1988-94); he was also commissioner of the Law Reform Commission of Canada and a judge of the Federal Court of Appeal. The Ryan scholarship, which is supported by the Honourable William F. Ryan Scholarship Fund, is awarded to the student entering the third year, other than the holder of a Lord Beaverbrook scholarship, who ranked highest on an overall basis in the second year. The recipient is approved by Law Faculty Council.

Harry Scott Scholarship

Established in memory of Harry Kenneth Scott, a much-respected Fredericton solicitor, this $1,500 award is made to a student entering the third year. Criteria for selection are high academic achievement, an evident intention to pursue a career in corporate law and financial need. The recipient must be resident in New Brunswick. The award is made in consultation with instructors in courses with substantial finance and corporate taxation content.

Joseph Sears Alumni Scholarship

To commemorate the unique law teaching career (1928-77) of Joseph William Sears, the University's Associated Alumni created this $750 award; a bequest from the Sears estate enhanced it. It is given to a student of high academic standing and demonstrated financial need entering the third year.

Christy Shaw Scholarship

A scholarship in the amount of $1,000 commemorates the life of Christy Gayle Shaw (LLB '97) of Harvey Station. The scholarship is awarded to a student entering the second or third year of the JD program with a good academic record and a demonstrated interest in human rights in the local, national or international context. It is funded by Charles (LLB '73) and Susan Ferris, Katherine LeFeuvre (LLB `97) and Jeffrey Shaw.

Sherrard Kuzz Scholarship

A scholarship in the amount of $2,000 is awarded to a student entering the second year of law study who is enrolled in at least one course in the labour/employment law field. Criteria for selection are academic standing and financial need. It is supported by Michael Gregory Sherrard (‘90) of the Toronto employment and labour law firm of Sherrard Kuzz.

Starr House Award

Students of the Faculty during the period of its location at Starr House, Saint John (1953-59) fund a $1,500 award to an upper year student who, in the relevant year, receives no other UNB award but deserves special recognition based on one or more of academic ability, leadership capability, extracurricular activity beneficial to the law school or peer recognition.

Stewart McKelvey Scholarship

One scholarship valued at $3,500 is funded annually. The scholarship is awarded to a student entering the second year of Law study who stood among the top ten students on completion of the first year. Selection is based primarily on academic achievement but extra-curricular performance, speaking skills and other relevant factors may be taken into account. The scholarship may be renewed for the recipient’s third year. Unless the selectors determine otherwise, the criterion for renewal is continued standing among the top ten students.

Eric L. Teed Memorial Scholarship

A $2,000 scholarship is awarded to a second or third year student from New Brunswick who has a solid academic record, demonstrates financial need, and is actively involved in extra-curricular activities at the University or in the wider community. Funded by the family and friends of Eric L. Teed, OC, QC (BSc ‘47, BCL ‘49, BA ‘72).

Frederick D. Toole Memorial Scholarship

This $4,000 scholarship is awarded to a student entering the second or third year of Law study. It commemorates the life and distinguished career of Frederick D. Toole, QC (‘71) of Saint John, remembered personally and professionally for his integrity, wisdom and fairness; his generosity and compassion for others; and his ability to bring humor and wit to any situation. The recipient of this award will be a resident of New Brunswick; have a solid academic record; demonstrate financial need and not hold other UNB awards in excess of $5,000.

Externally-administered scholarships

PEI Law Society Scholarship

The Law Society of Prince Edward Island offers a scholarship for PEI students enrolled in law school in the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded. Further information is available from the Secretary-Treasurer, Law Society of Prince Edward Island, Court House, 42 Water Street, Charlottetown, C1A 1A4. G. I.

Smith Memorial Trust Bursary

A bursary of up to $1,500 is awarded annually in honour of George Isaac Smith, sometime premier of Nova Scotia and a distinguished lawyer. Applicants normally must be resident, or have had a family residence, in Colchester County for seven years prior to application, and have completed satisfactorily at least one year of study. Additional criteria include financial need, high academic competence and involvement in the political, civic or social affairs of Nova Scotia. Deadline for application is normally in May. Applicants should write to the Trust in care of the Secretary, PO Box 1100, Truro, B2N 5G9.

Bursaries & loans

University Loan Fund & Bursary Program

Law students may apply at any time to the University’s loan fund (loans up to $800, open to full-time students who have completed successfully at least one academic term at UNB). For an appointment contact the Financial Aid Office at (506) 453-4796. Law students may also apply to the University’s special bursary program (grants up to $1,000, open to students with financial need; application deadline is November 15). More application details are available on the UNB Financial Aid website

Law faculty bursaries and loans 

·       Bursaries

Students must apply for Faculty of Law bursaries, which are awarded on the basis of financial need to students who have completed at least one term of law study. The Admissions Office asks for applications in the fall term and the funds are disbursed early in the winter term. Available funding varies from year to year and applicants should not count on receiving support every year. Most bursaries are funded by New Brunswick Law Foundation, the Faculty of Law Bursary Fund and the Law Program Fee. In addition, donors have provided the Faculty with several named bursaries, open to all students in the Faculty with financial need, as set out below.

Blanche Fowler Bursary

A bursary of approximately $2,000 is awarded to a student in the Law Program. It is supported by a bequest from Bernice Nesbitt of Cleveland in memory of her mother, Blanche Botsford Fowler.

Charles Richards Bursary 

A bursary of $1,000 perpetuates the memory of Chief Justice Charles Dow Richards, a long-time UNB law lecturer. It is given to a first-year student on the basis of financial need.

Dorothy Sigman Verrill Bursary 

The Dorothy Sigman Verrill Bursary is awarded to a New Brunswick resident with financial need who, at the time of entering the Law Program, had spent at least three years away from full-time academic study. It was established in memory of Dorothy Sigman Verrill of Atlanta and is supported by her daughter Melinda Renner and by the New Brunswick University Opportunities Fund. The award is valued at $500.

·       Short-term loans

With funds provided by the NB Law Foundation, the Dean’s office administers an Emergency Fund from which it makes small, short-term loans. For an appointment contact the Dean’s administrative assistant at (506) 453-4627.

Medals & prizes

Lieutenant Governor's Silver Medal

The liberality of the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick provides the University with a medal awarded to the Law Faculty's most outstanding graduating student in terms of academic achievement. The recipient is the student who has attained the highest GPA in courses completed during second and third years. In the event of a tie, all three academic years are compared.

First-Year Prizes in Course

In awarding prizes, Faculty Council has adopted a policy of awarding prizes in each section of a sectioned course unless doing so is expressly prohibited by the terms of the prize. Where an award is made for highest standing in a course or combination of courses, it is sometimes awarded to students jointly. Faculty of Law Regulation 4(15) provides that students who have taken less than a normal course load will not be eligible for any prize, academic award or academic recognition, including Dean’s List (Regulation 2(6)), with respect to academic achievement where the student took less than a normal course load for the relevant period, or for a course taken during that period.

Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers Prize In Criminal Law

A prize of $500 is awarded to a student with high standing in the introductory Criminal law course. The prize was established by Hampton lawyer David Michael Lutz (1977).

Emond Montgomery Prize in Property

A book prize of $150, donated by the publisher Emond Montgomery, is awarded to the student standing highest in each section of the Property course.

Maurice Gautreau Prizes in Legal Writing

Prizes totalling $600 are awarded to students who best demonstrate excellence in a substantial writing exercise. They commemorate the career of J.R. Maurice Gautreau (‘56), sometime judge of the Ontario Supreme Court and legal scholar. The prizes were established by family, friends and the Ottawa firm of Burke-Robertson.

Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP Prize in Advocacy

A prize of $1,000 is awarded to the student who best demonstrates excellence in appellate advocacy, based on written and oral submissions in the moot court program. In the event of a tie, the prize is divided equally. It is funded by the firm Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP.

Law Faculty Council Prize – First Year

Awarded to the student standing highest in first year.

George McAllister Prize In Torts

A prize in honour of George A. McAllister (‘42), long-time teacher in the Faculty and its dean (1971-74), is awarded to the student standing highest in each section of the Torts course.

Timothy McLaughlin Prize in Criminal Law

A prize of $500 is awarded to the student who stood highest in the introductory Criminal Law course. It was established by Halifax Crown counsel Timothy Andrew McLaughlin (‘90). The recipient cannot also receive the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers Prize in Criminal Law.

Dawn Muzzerall Prize in Contracts

A prize of $1,000 is awarded to the student standing highest in the Contracts course. This prize perpetuates the memory of Dawn Muzzerall, a former law student who tragically passed away in her second year of law school. The prize is funded by the New Brunswick Union of Public and Private Employees and the graduating class of 2013, as well as the family and friends of Dawn Muzzerall.

Upper-Year Prizes in Course

In awarding prizes, Faculty Council has adopted a policy of awarding prizes in each section of a sectioned course unless doing so is expressly prohibited by the terms of the prize. Where an award is made for highest standing in a course or combination of courses, it is sometimes awarded to students jointly. Faculty of Law Regulation 4(15) provides that students who have taken less than a normal course load will not be eligible for any prize, academic award or academic recognition, including the Dean’s List (Regulation 2(6)), with respect to academic achievement where the student took less than a normal course load for the relevant period, or for a course taken during that period.

Law Faculty Prize

The Law Faculty Prize is awarded to the most outstanding member of the graduating class, taking account of high academic standing and extra-curricular activities.

Justice Barbara Baird Prize in Family Law

A prize of $500 is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Law Faculty Council, to the most outstanding student in the basic Family Law course. The prize is funded by Court of Appeal Justice Barbara L. Baird and is presented at Encaenia or Fall Convocation. 

Bereskin & Parr Prize In Intellectual Property

A prize of $500, funded by the Toronto firm of Bereskin & Parr, is awarded to the student standing highest in Intellectual Property.

Bryden Family Prize In Administrative Law 

A prize of $500 is awarded to the student(s) standing highest in each section of the Administrative Law course. It is established in memory of Lloyd, Winifred and Esther Bryden, and is funded by former Dean Phillip Bryden. 

Leycester D. D’arcy QC Prize In Evidence

A prize valued at $500 is awarded to the student standing highest in each section of the Evidence course. It honours the long and distinguished career, in both public and private practice, of Leycester D. D’Arcy QC. The price is funded by Steven and Susanna D’Arcy.

Horace Hanson Prize in Constitutional Law & Civil Liberties

Funded by family and friends in memory of H.A. Hanson, a distinguished Fredericton lawyer, this $2,000 prize is awarded to the student whose work best demonstrates excellence in Constitutional law, based on a combination of performance in the introductory Constitutional course and on a major paper on some aspect of civil liberties which comprises at least 50% of the final grade in a course taken in the academic year in which the prize is awarded.

Richard Hanson Prize in Constitutional Law

A $500 prize in Constitutional law perpetuates the memory of Fredericton practitioner and federal politician Richard Burpee Hanson; it is funded by a trust established by Jean Hanson, his widow. It is awarded to the student whose work best demonstrates excellence in an area of Constitutional law other than civil liberties, based on a major paper comprising at least 50% of the final grade in a course taken during that academic year.

The William Henry Harrison Moot Court Prize

This $1,000 prize commemorates the distinguished legal and military career of William Henry Harrison, dean of the Faculty (1947-55) and judge of the New Brunswick Supreme Court (1935-1958). Students who receive the top grades in the oral advocacy component of the first-year mooting program will be invited to participate in the William Henry Harrison Moot held during the fall semester of their second year. Each student participating will receive a $250 prize and the two students who demonstrate the best oral advocacy skills during the competition will be presented with the Harrison Shield. The prize is funded by William Teed QC ('78) in memory of his grandfather.

Lawson A.W. Hunter, QC Prize in Conflict of Laws

A $1,000 prize is awarded to the student standing highest in the third year Conflict of Laws course. The prize was established by Lawson Hunter ('70), renowned regulatory and government relations counsel. Mr. Hunter practices in the Ottawa office of the national law firm, Stikeman Elliot.

Law Faculty Council Prize – Second Year

Awarded to the student standing highest in second year.

Law Faculty Council Prize – Third Year

Awarded to the student in the graduating class standing highest in third year.

Blake Lynch Prize in Criminal Law & Evidence

This $500 prize was established by classmates, colleagues and friends in memory of Charles Blake Lynch ('70), sometime judge of the New Brunswick Provincial Court. It is awarded to the graduating student who has best demonstrated interest and excellence in Criminal Law and Evidence based on courses taken throughout the Law Program.

McInnes Cooper Prize in Corporate Law & Taxation

A $500 prize is awarded in consultation with McInnes Cooper to the graduating student with the highest combined average in the Business Organizations and Personal Taxation courses. In event of a tie, the award goes to the student with the higher grade point average in the third year. 

McInnes Cooper Prize in Trial Practice

A $500 prize is awarded to the student standing highest in the Trial Practice course. It honours Patrick A.A. Ryan, a member of the New Brunswick Court of Appeal, and is established by his former partners and the firm with whom they now practise, McInnes Cooper of Fredericton

Barry Morrison Prize in Legal Writing 

A $500 prize is awarded for the best research essay submitted in the directed research course. It is funded by Barry Robert Morrison (‘74) of Saint John. The winning essay is nominated to Faculty Council by the Associate Dean on the recommendation of instructor(s) designated by the Dean’s Office to evaluate the submissions. The winning essay is identified at the end of the academic year so that the recipient, if a graduating student, receives the award in May and, if a continuing student, receives it at Awards Night.

NB Trial Lawyers' Association Prize in Trial Practice

The New Brunswick Trial Lawyers' Association funds a prize for the student(s) who best demonstrates advocacy skills in oral and written exercises in the Trial Practice course.

Jean-Marc Ouellette Insurance Law Prize

A $1,000 prize is awarded to the student standing highest in the Insurance Law course. This prize commemorates the career of Jean-Marc Ouellette (LLB ’90) who practiced insurance law with his colleagues at Foster & Company in Fredericton. The prize is funded by his family and friends, as well as his former firm and co-workers.

J. Gordon Petrie, QC Prize in Labour & Employment Law

A $1,500 prize is awarded to the graduating student who best demonstrates overall excellence in Labour and Employment law, based on academic achievement in courses or major papers in that area. The prize is funded by the friends and family of the late J. Gordon Petrie QC, a distinguished Fredericton labour, employment and administrative lawyer practicing with the firm Stewart McKelvey.

Lyman Purnell Prize In Wills And Estates

To honour the memory of Lyman Frank Douglass Purnell (‘46), an esteemed member of the Saint John bar, friends established a $500 prize for the student with the highest standing in the Wills & Estate Succession course. In the event of a tie, the prize is awarded to the student with the higher grade point average for that academic year.

Stewart McKelvey Prize in Business Law 

A $1,000 prize is funded by Stewart McKelvey for the graduating student who best demonstrates overall excellence in business law, based on academic achievement in courses or major papers in that area.

Stewart McKelvey Prize in Commercial Law 

A prize of $500 is awarded in consultation with Stewart McKelvey for the highest standing in the introductory course in Commercial law. In event of a tie, the award goes to the student with the higher grade point average for that academic year.

John Teed Prize in Civil Procedure

A prize of $200 is awarded to the student standing highest in the introductory course in Civil Procedure. Funded by Muriel Teed, it honours the memory of the distinguished Saint John practitioner and Law Faculty lecturer, John Francis Hanington Teed (‘11).

John Teed Prize in Community Planning

A prize of $100 is awarded to the student standing highest in the Community Planning course, any tie to be broken by the instructor. It is endowed by Eric Teed (‘49) in memory of his father, John Francis Hanington Teed (‘11).

Townsend/Fisher Prize in Real Estate Transactions

A prize of $500 is awarded to the student(s) standing highest in Real Estate Transactions and is funded by retired long-time faculty member David Townsend and his wife Barbara Fisher-Townsend.

Christopher Young Prize in Secured Transactions

A prize of $500 is awarded to the student standing highest in Secured Transactions. It was established by James Christopher Young (‘84) of the Thorold firm Young, McNamara.