Unless otherwise noted, the following prizes are awarded by the Faculty of Law upon the recommendation of the Prizes and Scholarships Committee. These awards are given to McGill law undergraduates to assist in their pursuit of graduate studies at faculties of law other than McGill, or of a professional training program.
David L. Johnston Gold Medal - Established on the initiative of David P. Jones, Esq., Professor and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law, to honour David Lloyd Johnston, who served as Principal from 1979-1994, the first of McGill's Principals to have a legal background. Awarded to the student who completes the McGill B.C.L./LL.B. program with highly distinguished standing and having contributed in an outstanding manner to the Faculty in areas of academic, social and community life.
Aimé Geoffrion Medal - Founded in 1977 by Mrs. H.E. Vautelet, C.B.E. in memory of her late father Aimé Geoffrion, K.C., B.C.L.(1893), D.C.L., of the Bar of the Province of Quebec. Aimé Geoffrion (1874-1946), the grandson of Sir Antoine Aimé Dorion who was Chief Justice of the Province, was awarded the Torrance Gold Medal upon his graduation from McGill with the B.C.L. degree in 1893; he served in the Faculty as a Lecturer in Obligations from 1898 to 1906 and as Professor from 1906 to 1919, at which time he was appointed Emeritus Professor. He was acknowledged early in his career at the Bar to be among the leading legal counsel in this Province and in Canada. He appeared before the Privy Council in some hundred cases involving constitutional issues, in which he was a recognized expert, and was renowned as an advocate in numerous celebrated civil and criminal cases.
The medal is awarded to the student who completes the National Program with the highest standing throughout the Program and obtains, at a spring convocation, both the B.C.L. and LL.B. degrees simultaneously, or one of these degrees, having previously obtained the other.
Elizabeth Torrance Gold Medal - Founded in 1864 by John Torrance, Esq., prominent Montreal merchant, in memory of his wife. Their son, Frederick William Torrance, of the Bar of the Province, was for many years professor of Roman Law in this Faculty and a judge of the Superior Court. It is awarded to the student who obtains, with the highest standing throughout the B.C.L. program, the B.C.L. degree as the first law degree at a spring convocation.
Maxwell Cohen O.C., Q.C. Award - Awarded to a student in the graduating class who has demonstrated overall highest academic achievement in the course in public international law and in at least one advanced course in the area of public international law. Value: $1,000.
Nathan Cotler Memorial Prize in Human Rights Law - Established in 1985 in memory of Nat Cotler, Q.C., B.A.(1926), B.C.L.(1929) by his family. Awarded annually to the graduating student who achieves the highest standing in the field of Human Rights throughout the Program. Value: $325.
Philip Meyerovitch, Q.C. Prize - Established in 1972 by the wife and children of Philip Meyerovitch, Q.C., B.C.L.(1921), to commemorate his 50 years of practice before the Bar of the Province of Quebec. Awarded to the graduating student obtaining the highest standing in Evidence. Value: $100.
Cheryl Rosa Teresa Doran Award - Established in 1989 by Cheryl Rosa's family, Teresa, Robert and John Doran, aunts and uncles, Rosa, Nino and Roberto Gualtieri, all graduates of McGill University, Margot Gualtieri and colleagues and friends in recognition of the exemplary life and accomplishments of Cheryl Rosa Teresa Doran, B.A. with distinction, Carleton (1979), LL.B., B.C.L. (National Program) (1984), and called to the Bar of Quebec in 1985. The award is given annually to a deserving graduating student on the basis of academic merit, steadfastness, and dedication to the profession of law. Value: $450.
Chief Justice Greenshields Prize in Criminal Law - Endowed by the late Mrs. Greenshields in 1943 in memory of her husband, the late Chief Justice Robert Alfred Ernest Greenshields, B.A. (1883), B.C.L.(1885), D.C.L., LL.D., for many years professor of Criminal Law and Dean of the Faculty of Law. Awarded to the member of the graduating class in Law having the highest standing in Criminal Law throughout the law program. Value: $350.
Rosa B. Gualtieri Prize - Founded in 1978 by Rosa B. Gualtieri, B.A.(1948), B.C.L.(1951). To be awarded to a graduating student deemed to be deserving because of high academic standing and exceptional personal qualities as demonstrated in the graduating year or throughout the course regardless of which undergraduate degree program the student has followed. Value: $425.
H.E. Herschorn Prize - Established By Mr. H.E. Herschorn, N.P., B.A.(1911), B.C.L.(1914). Awarded to the highest ranking graduating student who intends to enter the Notarial Profession. Value: $900.
“I.M.E.” Prize in Commercial Law - A prize to enable a student to purchase law books, established by Mr. George S. McFadden, Q.C., in memory of Irene Metcalfe Esler, awarded to the member of the graduating class having the highest standing in Commercial Law throughout the program. Value: $1,550.
William Kagan Memorial Prize - Established in 2000 by Miriam Kagan, B.C.L./LL.B.(1990), in memory of her father, William Kagan. Awarded by the Faculty of Law to a graduating undergraduate law student who has achieved distinction in the study of Real Estate Law. Value: minimum $500.
Stanley Kandestin, Q.C. Prize - Established in 2000 in memory of Stanley Kandestin, Q.C., B.C.L.(1950) by his family and friends. Stanley Kandestin, Q.C., was a well-known, respected member of Montreal's legal community during his half-century of practice, left the law firm he helped shape as a legacy to his profession, and passed on his love of practising law to his sons, Gerald, B.C.L.(1974) and Robert, B.C.L.(1977), LL.B.(1978). Awarded annually by the Faculty of Law to a graduating student who has achieved a distinguished academic record and who has made a significant contribution to the life of the Faculty. Value: minimum $500.
Elizabeth Carmichael Monk, Q.C. Property Law Prize - Established in 1979 by associates and friends of Elizabeth Carmichael Monk, Q.C., B.A.(1919), B.C.L.(1923), LL.D.(1975), a distinguished lawyer involved in the practice of law for more than 55 years. Awarded to a graduating student who achieves high standing in the law of Property throughout the program. Value: $650.
Louis H. Rohrlick Memorial Prize - Established by associates of the late Louis H. Rohrlick, Q.C., B.A.(1922), B.C.L.(1925) in his memory, to be awarded to the student in the graduating class having the highest standing in Public International Law throughout the program. Value: $375.
Thomas Alexander Rowat Scholarship - Founded by Mr. Donald McKenzie Rowart, N.P., in memory of his brother, Lieutenant Thomas Alexander Rowat, B.C.L., who was killed in action at Lens, France, on June 28, 1917. To be awarded for proficiency in French and in the Civil Law on conditions set from time to time by the Faculty. It is at present awarded to a student who has shown the most progress in the French language and proficiency in the Civil Law either by attaining a high aggregate standing in the group of courses consisting of Obligations and Property, or through the submission of a meritorious written contribution on a civil law subject in French, whether the contribution be a term essay or paper written as part of a course requirement. Value: $1,550.
Philip F. Vineberg, O.C., Q.C. Award Established by Robert and Michael Vineberg in 1984 to commemorate the 70th birthday of their father, Philip F. Vineberg, O.C., Q.C., LL.D., B.A.(1935), M.A.(1936), B.C.L.(1939), Elizabeth Torrance Gold Medal (1939). Awarded each year to a graduating student having achieved distinction in the fields of Corporate Law and Taxation. Value: $625.
Edwin Botsford Busteed Scholarship- Founded by the will of the late Mrs. Busteed in memory of her husband, Edwin Botsford Busteed, K.C., B.A., B.C.L.(1879), this scholarship will be awarded to an applicant, chosen by the Faculty, who desires to carry out graduate research on some subject connected with the law of Quebec and approved by the Faculty. The scholarship can be used to supplement funds for graduate studies already received from other sources. Candidates should make application for this scholarship through the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Value: approximately $5,400.
John W. Cook, K.C. Prize - Awarded annually to an outstanding member of the graduating class in law in memory of the late John W. Cook, K.C., B.C.L.(1897), on the basis of high academic standing throughout the program, participation in Faculty activities and possible postgraduate intentions. Candidates may indicate their eligibility for this award through the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Value: $2,500.
John E. Crankshaw Prize - Established by friends of the late John E. Crankshaw, Q.C., B.C.L.(1920), formerly lecturer in Criminal Law at McGill, the prize is to be applied to Bar fees, advocate's gown and any other needs. Awarded annually to the student who has the highest standing in Criminal Law subjects at McGill and who is then admitted to the Bar of the Province of Quebec. Value: $1,600.
Gualtieri-Doran Award - Established in 1999 by Dr. Domenico John Doran in memory of his aunt, Rosa Bianca Gualtieri, B.A. '48, B.C.L. '51, and his sister, Cheryl Rosa Teresa Doran, B.A.'79 (Carleton), LL.B./B.C.L. '84 who practised law together. The award is a testament to their contribution to the profession of law, their accomplishments, and their dedication to family and friends. Awarded by the Faculty of Law, on the basis of academic merit, to a graduating student who wishes to pursue further studies in law or a related discipline. Special consideration will be given to students who demonstrate financial need and have made a distinctive contribution to the profession of law or the wider community. Value: minimum $1,750.
Macdonald Travelling Scholarship - Founded by the will of the late Sir William Macdonald, will be awarded by the Faculty of Law to one or more members of the graduating class, or of a recent class, with a distinguished academic record in the Faculty, to enable such student or students to pursue graduate studies in law. Preference is to be given to students who wish to pursue their graduate studies in a language other than their mother tongue, and preference is also to be given to students intending to study in a francophone institution. The income generated from this fund will be used to assist one or more students, and will be divided according to need, based on the expenses related to the program in question.
Macdonald Graduate Fellowships - Two Macdonald Graduate Fellowships, founded by the will of the late Sir William Macdonald, will be awarded by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office, on the recommendation of the Faculty of Law to two meritorious students, admitted to one of the Faculty's thesis graduate programs, in order to enable such students to pursue graduate studies in law at McGill. Preference will be given to students intending to study at the doctoral level. In the case of doctoral students who receive the fellowship, it may be renewed for a second year subject to the student maintaining good standing in the program and obtaining a highly satisfactory progress report on the thesis. Value: $10,000 each.
Thomas Shearer Stewart Travelling Fellowship - Established in 1967 by the family of the late Thomas Shearer Stewart, Q.C., a graduate of the Faculty of Law class of 1908. The fellowship is to be awarded annually to a recent graduate of the Faculty of Law designated by the Dean of the Faculty, preference being given to a graduate who is a Canadian citizen intending to reside in Canada upon completion of his/her studies. The fellowship is to be used for a graduate to follow a program of studies in Law at a university approved by the Dean of the Faculty, other than at a university in Quebec. Candidates should make application for this fellowship through the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Value: not less than $12,000.
Spiegel Sohmer Taxation Scholarship - Established by the Montreal law firm of Spiegel, Sohmer to advance the study and practice of Taxation Law. Awarded to a member of the graduating class on the basis of distinction in the field of Taxation throughout the program and interest in the study of Taxation as a legal discipline, including possible postgraduate intentions. Candidates may indicate their eligibility for this award through the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Value: $1,400.