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JD Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

New and current law students may apply for scholarships, awards, bursaries and differential fee bursaries online. By completing one Faculty of Law Awards application form online, applicants will be considered for all scholarships, awards and bursaries listed here with the exception of those stating "no application required." The application deadline is May 1. Where no application information is listed, the award is made automatically by the Academic Status Committee based on stated criteria, without the need for an application.

See also the details of the University of Calgary undergraduate awards and financial assistance in the current Calendar.


General Policies for University-Administered Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

Unless otherwise stated, the following policies are in effect with regard to University administered awards:

  • Monetary awards, except certain cash prizes, are contingent upon the student proceeding with his or her university program in the immediate next academic session. Unless otherwise stated in the terms of reference, awards are payable only when the student is in actual full-time attendance at the University of Calgary.
  • The payment of tuition and fees is the first charge against scholarships and bursaries. If the value of an award is stated as "tuition and fees,” it is understood not to include differential fees.
  • Students who have deferred exams, incomplete term work, grades not yet received for an international exchange, etc., at the time of award selections will be deemed ineligible.
  • In order that awards may be equitably distributed, no student may normally hold more than one major award in any one year.
  • If a student is granted an award, the University of Calgary reserves the right to release pertinent information to provincial funding bodies or the donor of the award.
  • The University assumes liability for the payment of scholarships, bursaries, prizes and other awards only to the extent that gifts from donors, or returns from particular investments for these purposes will permit. As this information is published a considerable time before the opening of the session, the University reserves the right to make whatever changes circumstances may require, including cancellation or addition of particular awards.

UCalgary Law Entrance Awards of Excellence

The UCalgary Law Entrance Awards of Excellence are prestige awards offered annually by the Faculty of Law to those students who are considered by the faculty to best reflect excellence in their undergraduate achievements. There is no financial need component attached to these awards. They will be awarded no later than March 31 of the year an offer of admission is made to prospective recipients. All applicants are automatically considered for these awards. The following is a list of awards that will be offered for Fall 2017 admissions, valued at up to $260,000:

Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP $20,000 Entrance Scholarship (the “BD&P Scholarship”), valued at up to $60,000 ($20,000 in each of three years in the JD program) based on academic merit and community leadership. It is renewable in each of second and third year of the JD program based on a minimum GPA of 3.2 achieved and a minimum of 24 units in the previous fall and winter terms in the Faculty of Law. The BD&P Scholarship is our most prestigious entrance award and the largest award of its kind at a law school in Canada. See the following biographies of past recipients.

  • Hannah Hunter-Loubert of Calgary, was awarded the Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP Entrance Scholarship in 2016. Find out what drives Hannah to affect long-term change, and how this scholarship will help.  >>more
  • Stephen Armstrong of Winnipeg, MB, was awarded the Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP Entrance Scholarship in 2015. Find out why this athlete, honours students and volunteer chose UCalgary Law.  >>more
  • Robert Sevalrud of Calgary, was the inaugural winner of the Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP Entrance Scholarship in 2014, as a result of his commitment to giving back to the community.  >>more

The Faculty of Law Undergraduate Merit Scholarships, valued at up to $30,000 ($10,000 in each of three years in the JD Program) are based on academic merit and are offered to three (3) students entering the first year of their JD Program. They are renewable in each of second and third years of the JD program based on a minimum GPA of 3.2 achieved and a minimum of 24 units in the previous fall and winter terms in the Faculty of Law.

The Dean of Law Awards of Excellence valued at $15,000 each. These entrance awards are offered to two (2) students entering the first year of their JD Program. They are given on the basis of academic merit.

Faculty of Law Undergraduate Awards of Excellence valued at $10,000 each. These entrance awards are offered to four (4) students entering the first year of their JD Program. They are given on the basis of academic merit.

The Faculty of Law NREEL Entrance Scholarship valued at $10,000. This entrance award is given to one (1) student entering the first year of the JD program on the basis of past academic or professional excellence in an area related to Natural Resources, Energy & the Environment, with an interest in pursuing this area of law post-graduation.

Scholarships available for Varsity Athletes:

JD Program Entrance Scholarships in Law valued at $10,000 each. These entrance awards are given on the basis of academic merit and previous or current membership on a university intercollegiate athletic team to two (2) students entering their first year of the JD program. You must apply for scholarships and awards to be eligible for these awards.

Please see the Awards, Scholarships and Bursaries website for a full list of Faculty of Law Entrance Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries.


 Separately administered scholarships