Student Awards


photo of graduating student award recipients
2019 Graduating Student Award winner (l-r) Seti Tesefay, Leah Rodriguez, Laura Mahler, Haley Farrell, Kiah DeBolt, Josh Brody, Kara Blomquist, and Marissa Balonon-Rosen

The Justice Center promotes equal justice at Texas Law and seeks to build the law school’s public interest community. In spring 2022, the Justice Center will honor up to three graduating students for outstanding contributions to building and supporting the culture of service and public interest community at the law school.

“Public interest” is broadly defined to include pro bono, nonprofit, government, legislative, and other not for profit sectors. The Justice Center is eager to recognize students who have provided extraordinary leadership, mentorship, or support to their fellow public-interest minded students or who have otherwise helped strengthen the law school’s commitment to service. The award recipients will each receive $500 as well as other recognitions.

Students graduating in December 2021, May 2022, or August 2022 are eligible for this award. The selection committee will consider student applications and peer nominations.

Application Information

The deadline for applications and peer nominations is March 30, 2022. The award recipients will be announced by April 15.

Applications: Students are invited to apply by submitting an online application using the link below. Applicants are asked to describe their contributions and why they should receive this award in a short essay and to provide an updated resume, an informal transcript, and the name of a student reference (who the Justice Center will contact for additional information by April 2).


Peer nominations: A student may nominate another student by submitting an online nomination using the link below. The nominator is asked to describe the nominee’s contributions and why they should receive this award in a short essay. The Justice Center will contact nominees to ask them to submit their resumes and transcripts and any additional information they would like to provide by April 2. The nominees and the selection committee will not be told the names of peer nominators.


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