Graduating Student Awards

Group photo fo 2018 student award recipients with their awards
2018 Graduating Student Award recipients (l-r) Elizabeth Esser-Stuart, Sarah Mae Jennings, Diego Cervantes, Marissa Latta, Reema Ali, Andrias Jones, and Luis Ortiz.

The Justice Center fosters engagement in public interest law, public service, and pro bono activities by honoring student commitment and excellence in these areas. Each spring, the Justice Center recognizes up to six graduating law students. The selection committee considers students’ work in public interest, pro bono, government, legislative, and other non-profit sectors, as well as their participation in law school clinical courses and contributions to pro bono projects and student groups. At least one award recognizes commitment to pro bono activities and at least one award recognizes commitment to government service, in addition to other service.

Application Information

Applications are due by noon, Friday, April 5. Nominations are due by noon, Friday, April 5.

In Spring 2019, the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law will honor up to six graduating law students who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment during law school to using the law to serve others.  Students may apply for the award; nominations will also be accepted.

The selection committee will consider students’ work in the public interest, pro bono, government, legislative, and other nonprofit sectors, as well as their participation in law school clinical courses, pro bono projects, and student groups.  Students’ academic records will also be considered.  All applications will be evaluated together, but at least one award will specifically recognize commitment to pro bono activities and at least one award will specifically recognize commitment to government service, in addition to other service.

The awards will be presented by Dean Farnsworth on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from noon to 1 pm, at a reception in the Atrium.  Award winners are expected to attend the reception and to participate in individual and group photographs.  Award winners will be profiled on the law school and Justice Center websites.  In addition, each award winner will receive $500.  There is no restriction on the manner in which the funds can be spent by the recipient.

Nominations are due by noon, Friday, April 5.  Nominations should be emailed to justicecenter@law.utexas.edu, and include a short statement (up to 500 words). The Justice Center will contact nominees with instructions to submit an online application form by noon, Tuesday, April 9. The selection committee will consider both the nomination and application materials for nominees.

Applications are due by noon, Friday, April 5. All application materials must be submitted via the online application form.