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Entrance scholarships and bursaries

Many students in the Law Faculty at some time during their studies receive a scholarship or prize carrying financial remuneration.

Faculty scholarships are generally awarded to applicants who have previously undertaken university studies, and who are therefore ineligible for McGill University entrance scholarships. All admitted applicants are automatically considered for Faculty of Law scholarships: there is no need to apply for these.

University scholarships

Applicants undertaking University studies for the first time are eligible to apply for McGill University Entrance Scholarships. CEGEP and French Baccalaureate candidates applying to the Faculty of Law are strongly encouraged to apply for University Entrance Scholarships if they meet the academic and other relevant criteria. For more information, visit McGill Scholarships on the Scholarships & Student Aid website.

McGill offers a need-based Entrance Financial Aid program. This program is offered to students admitted to McGill who are entering the first year of full time undergraduate studies in the Fall term. This program offers financial aid to students from modest income families who require assistance to enable them to attend McGill. Since financial need is the primary criterion in the selection of award recipients, it is expected that applicants of this program will apply to the government student aid programs for which they may be eligible. Please consult McGill’s Entrance Financial Aid Program on the Scholarships & Student Aid Office website.

Scholarships from the Faculty of Law

125th Anniversary Entrance Scholarships: $1,000. For a student with a distinguished record in pre-law studies. Established by graduates of the Faculty to mark its 125th Anniversary.

125th Anniversary National Programme Scholarships and Bursaries: $2,000. For undergraduates with distinguished scholastic records. Established by graduates to mark the occasion of the Faculty's 125th Anniversary.

Blaine Baker Entrance Scholarship: Estimated value: $3,400. Established in 2013 by former students, friends, family and colleagues of Professor Blaine Baker, in honour of his 30 years of service in the Faculty of Law. Awarded by the Faculty of Law for one or more outstanding undergraduate students entering the B.C.L./LL.B. program on the basis of high academic standing. Preference will be given to students having pursued graduate studies prior to entering the Faculty of Law.

Bourse d’études Hydro-Québec en droit: $5,000, renewable twice. Awarded by the Faculty of Law to outstanding students entering any undergraduate degree program in the Faculty who are residents of Quebec. Established in 2007 by Hydro-Québec.

Yves Caron Memorial Award: $1,750. Preference to a student proceeding to the notarial profession. Established in 1978 by the family, friends, former students and colleagues of Yves-Armand Caron, BA, LLL (Montr.), LLM (Col.), DPhil (Oxon.).

Class of 1962 Professor John W. Durnford Bursary: $2,300. For meritorious entering BCL/LLB students who demonstrate financial need. Established in 1987 by the Class of ‘62 to mark the 25th anniversary of graduation.

Class of 1964 Entrance Scholarships: $800 scholarships, renewable. For students with distinguished pre-law academic records demonstrating financial need. Established by members of the Class of ‘64 on the 25th anniversary of graduation.

Chief Justice R.A.E. Greenshields Memorial Scholarships and Bursaries: $2,000 scholarships, renewable. For students with distinguished records in pre-law studies. Bequeathed by Mrs. R.A.E. Greenshields in memory of her husband.

David L. Johnston Scholarship: Estimated value: $4,500. Established in 1998 by a generous gift from a Chemical Engineering graduate (Class of 1959) in honour of David L. Johnston, CC, former Principal of McGill University and Professor in the Faculty of Law. Awarded by the Faculty to an outstanding student entering the first year of the law program.

E. Leo Kolber Scholarship: $1,800. Awarded to a meritorious student who is in financial need. Founded in 1979 by the friends and colleagues of E. Leo Kolber, BA'49, BCL'52, to mark his 50th birthday.

Fasken Martineau Scholarship for Excellence: $2,500, renewable. Established in 2009 by Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP, a leading international business law firm based in Canada. Awarded by the Faculty of Law to one or more outstanding student(s) entering the BCL/LLB program.

I. R. Hart Memorial Scholarship: $1,700. Preference to students intending to proceed to the notarial profession. Established in 1989 by the family of the late Isidor Raymond Hart, BA'32, BCL'35.

Leon Levinson Award: $6,500. For a journalist or broadcaster, preferably from Quebec, who wishes to study full or part-time. Established in 1977 by the associates and friends of Leon Levinson, Esq., to mark his 75th birthday.

L. Yves Fortier Entrance Scholarship: approx. $10,000. Established in 2008 by L. Yves Fortier, CC, 00, QC, BCL'58, LLD'05 to support the presence and vitality of bilingualism in legal education at McGill University. Awarded by the Faculty of law to an outstanding student entering a full-time undergraduate degree program at the Faculty.

The Hon. Melvin L. Rothman BA’51, BCL’54 Entrance scholarship in Law: Estimated value: $5,000, renewable. Established in 2007 by friends and family of Melvin L. Rothman, upon the initiative of Ms. Claire Rothman BA’81, BCL’84; James Robb BA’52, BCL’54; Herb Siblin Bcom’50; and the Dean of Law, Nicholas Kasirer, in honour of a great father, friend and judge, Melvin L. Rothman. Awarded by the Faculty of Law to an outstanding student entering a full time undergraduate law program.

Miller Thomson LLP/Miller Thomson Pouliot SENCRL National Entrance Scholarship in Law:  $2,500. Established in 2003 by Miller Thomson LLP and renewed in 2007 by Miller Thomson LLP/Miller Thomson SENCRL. Awarded by the Faculty of Law to a student entering the B.C.L./LL.B. programme on the basis of academic merit, community involvement and extra-curricular activities. Consideration will also be given to the student’s financial need.

National Programme Scholarships: $2,000. For students with distinguished pre-law records.

Norton Rose Scholarship: $2,000. For a student with a distinguished academic record. Established in 1980 to mark the firm's centenary in 1979. (Formerly called the Ogilvy Renault scholarship).

Samuel Haberkorn Memorial Entrance Scholarship: $1,750. To a student with a distinguished pre-law academic record and who needs financial aid. Established in 1997 by Max Haberkorn, BCL‘71, LLB‘72, in memory of his father Samuel Haberkorn, a decorated resistance fighter of the Second World War, in recognition of the sacrifices he made for his children's education.

Scott-Rappaport Family Entrance Scholarship : Estimated value: $5,000. Established by Professor Stephen Scott (BA'61, BCL'66), for many years a member of the teaching staff of the Faculty of Law, in memory of his mother, Thelma Scott Rappaport (née Vaintrub; 1915-2003), who imbued her sons from childhood with a love of learning; of his father, Irving H. Scott (1909-1965), a businessman of Montreal, a man of quiet generosity; and of his stepfather Nathaniel Leonard Rappaport, QC (1905-1995). For nearly seventy years a member of the Bar of Quebec and sometime President of the Montreal Board of Trade, he rose from modest circumstances to play a significant role in the professional and business life of the City, and in its charitable and benevolent organizations, which he supported generously. He worked actively against discrimination in public life, and declined several honours and offices in favour of others. Awarded by the Faculty of Law to a student entering a full-time undergraduate degree program in Law. The award is based on academic merit; preference will be given to a student who has demonstrated a financial need in his or her application to the program. Consideration will also be given to the student’s involvement in the community and in extra-curricular activities.

S. Frances Norych Memorial Scholarships: $3,000 scholarships, renewable. Awarded by the Faculty of Law to students entering a full-time undergraduate program in Law who have distinguished academic records. Established in 1991 by family, friends, and colleagues of Frances Norych, B.C.L.‘74, LL.B.‘75.

Steve and Rob Michelin Entrance Scholarships: $3,000 each. Established in 2002 in memory of Steve Michelin, BA'86, BCL'90, LLB'90, and re-designated in 2004 to commemorate the life of Robert Michelin, BA'86, MA'88, BCL'92, LLB'92, in recognition of both of their commitments to student life. The scholarships were established by Steve and Rob’s family and friends, and by the Classes of 1990 and 1992, the former on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of their graduation from the Faculty of Law. Awarded by the Faculty of Law to deserving students entering a full-time undergraduate degree program in Law. The awards are based on academic merit, with consideration being given to the students’ involvement in the community and in extra-curricular activities.

Toronto Law Alumni 150th Anniversary Scholarship: $1,750. Established in 1998 by Faculty of Law graduates in the Toronto area to mark the Faculty's 150th anniversary: Awarded by the Faculty to a student with a distinguished academic record entering an undergraduate programme in the Faculty of Law.

Wainwright Scholarships and Bursaries: $4,000. Awarded to undergraduates having distinguished scholastic records. Established by the estate of Arnold Wainwright, Q.C., B.A. (1899), B.C.L. ‘02, D.C.L. ‘63.

Jordan H. Waxman Entrance Scholarship: Estimated value: $4,900. Established in 2010 by Jordan H. Waxman, BA'86, LLB'91, BCL'92, Scarlet Key 1992, for outstanding students entering the undergraduate program in the Faculty of Law. Awarded by the Faculty of Law to one or more outstanding students entering a full time undergraduate law program. The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit to students who have demonstrated leadership in extracurricular and community activities.

Alex Woo Entrance Scholarship: Estimated value: $4,000. Established in 2013 by Alex Woo, BEng'80, a strong supporter of McGill University and advocate of lifelong learning, for one or more outstanding students entering the undergraduate program in the Faculty of Law. Alex Woo is passionate about legal studies and believes it touches every aspect of our lives. Awarded by the Faculty of Law on the basis of high academic standing.

Law Society Scholarships

Various provincial law societies and law foundations sponsor scholarships for residents of their respective provinces. The following scholarships are awarded directly by the organizations listed.

Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship: Up to two entrance scholarships valued at $5,000 each awarded to residents of the province of Newfoundland (and Labrador). Application should be made to the Law Foundation of Newfoundland. 49-55 Elizabeth Avenue, P.O. Box 5907, St John's, NF, A1C 5X4. Telephone: (709) 754-4424. Fax: (709) 754-4320. Website: www.atyp.com/lawfoundationnl.

Law Society of Prince Edward Island Scholarship: A scholarship awarded to a student in any year who is a resident of Prince Edward Island. Application should be made to the Law Society of Prince Edward Island at P.O. Box 128, 49 Water Street, Charlottetown, PE, C1A 7K2. Telephone: (902) 566-1666. Fax: (902) 368-7557.

Please note that the monetary value of scholarships may vary based on endowment performance .