Peter A Allard School of Law

Scholarships & Awards

Every year we award numerous awards and scholarships based on academic merit, as well as other accomplishments such as leadership and community service. Awards range in value and our most prestigious award entrance award is $15,000.

Some awards automatically consider all prospective students, while some require an application — a call for application is sent out mid-May.

Browse a full list of available awards

Featured Scholarships and Awards

Catherine Chow Award in Law for IBPOC Students
Two awards of $1,500 each have been made available annually through a gift from Catherine Chow (LL.M. 2007) for second and third-year J.D. students who identify as Indigenous, Black or a Person of Colour and demonstrate financial need. This award was established to recognize and uplift those who endure racism as IPBOC law students. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

The Honourable Grant D. Burnyeat, Q.C. Award in Law
Awards valued at the cost of tuition are offered annually by The Hon. Grant D. Burnyeat, Q.C., Law Class of 1973, to students enrolled in the first year of the J.D. program. Students will have demonstrated academic merit, have shown significant leadership skills, and faced financial challenges that would prevent pursuit of their legal education. Mr. Burnyeat has long been committed to UBC and the Faculty of Law. He has served as President of the A.M.S. and the Alumni Association, as a member of the U.B.C. Senate, on a number of fundraising committees, and has contributed to the Rise Women’s Legal Centre and the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic. Mr. Burnyeat has been recognized as one of the 75 outstanding alumni of UBC’s first 75 years, received a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, the UBC Alumni Achievement Award for Volunteer Leadership in 2009, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Irene M. Stewart Memorial Award in Law
A $7,850 award has been made available through an endowment established by the Stewart Family and Fraser Litigation Group in memory of Irene M. Stewart (1948-2020) for an outstanding second or third-year domestic J.D. student who has achieved academic excellence and demonstrated an interest in corporate or commercial law through academic pursuits and volunteer involvement. Irene (B.A., LL.B. 1971) was born in Caterham, England, and moved to Canada as a child. She was called to the bar in British Columbia in 1972 and practiced for forty-eight years as a corporate and real estate lawyer before her unexpected passing. Irene was a partner at Russell DuMoulin and Gowling WLG LLP before joining Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP. Irene was highly regarded in the legal community for her outstanding legal knowledge and skills, professionalism and dedication to her clients. This academic award is made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law. 

Kevin B. Westfall Award in Law for IBPOC Students
Awards totalling $2,000 have been made available annually through a gift from Kevin B. Westell, for outstanding domestic J.D. students who identify as Indigenous, Black or as a person of colour. Preference will be given to students who have excelled in criminal justice. Kevin B. Westell (B.A., LL.B.) was admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 2009. He is a criminal lawyer and founding partner at Pender Litigation. These academic awards are made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Kim-Bautista Award in Law
Awards totalling $1,200 have been made available through an endowment established by Nicco Bautista (B.A. 2010, M.A. 2013, J.D. 2013) and Maria Kim-Bautista (B.A. 2010, J.D. 2013) for students in the J.D. program who are the first in their family to attend law school and have demonstrated academic excellence and community service. Preference will be given to students who identify as Black, or as a person of colour. Financial need may be considered. 

St. Pierre, Romilly, Nathanson Entrance Award in Law for Black Students
Entrance awards of $15,000 each have been made available annually through gifts from David St. Pierre, Selwyn Romilly (B.A. 1963, LL.B. 1966) and Matthew Nathanson (LL.B. 1997) for domestic students entering the J.D. program who identify as Black, demonstrate financial need, and have a history of community service or volunteerism. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated an interest in criminal law. David St. Pierre practiced criminal law as a partner of Cobb, St. Pierre, Lewis, Barristers and Solicitors before being appointed to the Provincial Court of British Columbia in 2009. Selwyn Romilly was appointed to the Provincial Court of British Columbia in 1974 and elevated to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1995, the first Black judge named to any court in British Columbia. Matthew Nathanson is a criminal defence lawyer practicing out of downtown Vancouver. David, Selwyn, and Matthew established this award to support Black students as they begin their legal education. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law. (First award available for the 2021/2022 winter session). 

Stikeman Elliott Entrance Scholarship in Law
Scholarships totalling $8,000 have been made available annually through a gift from Stikeman Elliott LLP for outstanding students entering first year of the J.D. program. Preference will be given to students with (1) an undergraduate or graduate degree in business, and/or (2) a background or work experience in the business field. The scholarships are made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law. 

Sylvie McClean Memorial Award in Law
A $10,000 award has been made available through an endowment established in memory of Marie-Claire Sylvie McClean (1933-2019), for domestic J.D. students with outstanding academic achievement who demonstrate financial need. Sylvie was born in Algeria. She earned a L.es L. and a D.E.S from the University of Paris Sorbonne, and received an M.A. from UBC in 1968. She taught French at UBC and in several high schools. Sylvie was an advocate for women’s rights and education. She wrote her M.A. thesis on Colette and Simone de Beauvoir, and published a biography on Evlyn Fenwick Farris in 1997. Sylvie and her husband Bertie, a former Dean of the Faculty of Law, regularly hosted tutorials in their home for Law students enrolled in Bertie’s Real Property class. This academic award is made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Wayne Robertson, Q.C. Access to Justice Award
A $2,000 award has been made available annually through a gift from the Governors of the Law Foundation of British Columbia and the benchers of the Law Society of British Columbia in honour of Wayne Robertson, Q.C. for a second or third year J.D. student in good academic standing who through coursework or volunteerism has contributed significantly to increasing access to justice. Financial need may be considered. Wayne Robertson, Q.C., served as Executive Director of the Law Foundation of British Columbia from 2002 to 2019. He has devoted many volunteer hours to various community and non-profit organizations, serving as a board member for both the Canadian Crossroads International and Community Legal Assistance Society. This award was created in recognition of Wayne’s work to increase access to justice. The award is made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law. 

Other Scholarships and Awards

Awards for students with disabilities  
20 awards (scholarships and bursaries) are available for students with disabilities. Awards range in value and eligibility criteria.

Please visit the UBC Student Services website for more information.

Awards for women in Part-time Studies
Four scholarships, ranging from $275 to $1,500, are available for women studying on a part-time basis. 

Please visit the UBC Student Services website for more information.

Awards for Aboriginal students
The UBC Student Services website maintains a list of University-wide awards for Aboriginal students

Affiliation Scholarships and Bursaries
Affiliation scholarships require you to be connected to a specific group and are based on merit such as academic achievement, community involvement, or leadership. A group could include clubs, trade unions, companies, geographic regions or demographic groups.

Please visit the UBC Student Services website for Affiliation Scholarships and Affiliation Bursaries.

Premier Undergraduate and Wesbrook Scholarships
The Premier Undergraduate Scholarships and Wesbrook Scholars are the University's most prestigious designations, given to senior students with outstanding academic performance, leadership, and involvement in student and community activities.

Awards range from 20 Wesbrook Scholar designations worth $1,000 each to renewable scholarships worth $20,000 over two years. Eligible students will be emailed with an invitation to attend an information session in September.

Please visit the UBC Student Services website for more information.

Awards for Students going on Exchange
Over $1.4 million is awarded annually through scholarships and awards to UBC students participating in Go Global international learning programs. Please visit the UBC Student Services website for a listing of available awards.

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