Feminist Legal Studies – New Award @ UBC (JD students) and other awards…

Hilda Janzen Memorial Award in Feminist Legal Studies

UBC Law is very pleased to announce a new donor-funded award for UBC Law students. The Hilda Janzen Memorial Award in Feminist Legal Studies will be granted annually to a male or female student in good academic standing who has demonstrated leadership in feminist issues and faces financial or systemic barriers to accessing or continuing a legal education.

Donor Sonya Wall was inspired to establish the award by the commitment shown by her aunt, the late Hilda Janzen, to the advancement of women in professional fields, and by the costs and other barriers students face in pursuing a legal education.

This award will be the largest available for an individual UBC Law J.D. student. At $18,000 annually, the award will cover the current costs of tuition and books for the recipient, as well as offset living expenses for the year. Susan Boyd, Professor of Law, Chair in Feminist Legal Studies, and Director of the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies says that

this amazing new award recognizes two important facts: first, that there is an ongoing need for lawyering inspired by a feminist ethic and, second, that many students who are committed to bringing their feminist approach to law encounter barriers in the course of obtaining a law degree. Sonya’s generosity ensures that the law school community will be enriched by the presence of feminist students and that their expertise will promote social justice in years to come.

The Faculty is grateful for this inspired gift and welcomes Ms. Wall to the group of generous alumni and friends who support the education of UBC law students.

Students interested in applying for the Hilda Janzen Memorial Award can access the application here (PDF).

Deadline: June 3rd, 2011 for continuing law students / June 27th, 2011 for incoming first year students.

UBC has other prizes and scholarships aimed at feminist legal studies listed here.  Osgoode/York have some too, for Graduate studies. I’ll put all these up again next year, with better timing…

Mary Jane Mossman Graduate Scholarship

This scholarship was established in recognition of the contribution made by Osgoode Professor Mary Jane Mossman to issues of legal scholarship and education, and particularly as they relate to concerns of women. One scholarship with a total value of $15,000 will be awarded. The main criterion for this scholarship is a demonstrated potential for excellence in feminist legal theory, supported by a strong academic background and/or other activities or projects of relevance undertaken by the applicant. This scholarship requires a separate letter of application, along with a CV, to be submitted by May 1.

Helena Orton Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honours the life and work of Helena Orton, whose tragic death in 1997 cut short a distinguished career dedicated to using law as a tool to pursue equality for women, especially for women in the workplace. The scholarship of $5,000 is available to a student undertaking either full-time or part-time thesis graduate studies, at Osgoode Hall Law School or York University School of Women’s Studies, whose graduate work will explore relationships between law and social equality. Preference will be given to students committed to studying workplace issues of benefit to women. Students will be evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, and demonstrated commitment to equality issues. This scholarship requires a separate letter of application, along with a CV, to be submitted by May 1.

Tell me about your school’s awards for feminist legal studies and I’ll post them in the category “awards/prizes/scholarships”.

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