Graduation Honors, Prizes and Awards
The Sturm College of Law presents numerous honors, prizes, and awards to students for outstanding accomplishments.
- Student Leadership Awards
- Special Sturm College of Law Awards
- Scholastic Excellence Award
- Clinical Practice Awards
- The Advocacy Department Awards
- Law Journal Editorial Awards
- Order of St. Ives
Student Leadership Awards
These awards are presented to students who have made significant contributions to the Sturm College of Law and the community.
Most Innovative Program Implemented Within the Law School Community
This cash award recognizes students who have implemented a new program or significantly modified an existing program which better serves the law school community.
Most Innovative Program Implemented Outside of the Sturm College of Law
This cash award recognizes students who have implemented a new program or significantly modified an existing program which better serves the community.
University of Denver Sturm College of Law Student Leadership Awards
These cash awards are given to students who have fulfilled two of the three following criteria: (1) initiated new student programs or organizations; (2) significantly improved existing programs; or (3) demonstrated leadership by contributing significant time, resources, and talents to the law school community.
Outstanding Leadership Award
This cash award is presented to a graduating student who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the law school community through consistent service to student organizations, and/or has demonstrated extraordinary community involvement on behalf of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Special Sturm College of Law Awards
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law launched a Loan Repayment Assistant Program (LRAP) in 2004 to benefit alumni who make a commitment to work in the public interest. LRAP enables students to accept and remain in public interest by helping to pay law school debt.
Clarence L. Bartholic Highest Grade in Legal Profession Award
This award was initiated by the Brewer Inn of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, which promotes professional ethics. This award honors students who achieved the highest grade in legal Profession during the previous year. Mr. Bartholic, after whom the award is named, was a 1925 alumnus of the Sturm College of Law.
Krendl Business Planning Award
This cash award is given for outstanding written work in the area of business planning.
Outstanding Natural Resources and Environmental Law Graduate
This award is presented to a graduating student in the LLM/MRLS program for outstanding academic achievement and mastery of the subject.
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Annual Prize
This award is given to the student(s) at the Sturm College of Law who achieve the highest grade in Land Use Planning each academic year.
Outstanding Master of Science in Legal Administration Graduate
This award is presented to a graduating student in the MSLA program for outstanding academic achievement and mastery of the subject.
Howard Jenkins, Jr. Award in Labor
This cash award is given to the graduating student who received the highest grade in Labor Law.
John Phillip Linn Labor Law Award
This cash award is given to a student whose interest, activities, and scholarship manifest an ability to make an outstanding contribution in the area of labor and employment law.
Outstanding Student Award in Corporate Internship Program
This award is presented to students based upon their performance on papers submitted in the program, quality of class participation, and outstanding performance during their internship.
Melanie Hardaway Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate
This award is given to a graduating student in the top 5% of the class who has made the greatest overall contribution to the law school.
Leonard v.B. Sutton Award
This award is for the best paper in international law and consists of a cash award and the opportunity to attend the Hague Academy of International Law this Summer.
Hartje Objective Writing Award
This award is given to the students who wrote the best memos in the Lawyering Process program.
Reese Persuasive Writing Award
This award is given to the students who wrote the best briefs in the Lawyering Process program.
Harry Clayton Davis Award
This award, which includes a cash prize, is given annually to a student who has made the greatest overall progress during his/her law school career.
This cash prize is awarded to the students who earned the highest grade point average during their academic tenure at the Sturm College of Law.
Irving P. Andrews Award for Outstanding Law Graduate
The late Irving P. Andrews was one of the most talented trial attorneys in Colorado. He was highly regarded for his masterful oratorical skills, keen intellect, commitment to excellence, strong dedication to under-served populations and an undying love of the law. The Sam Cary Bar Association established this award in the name of Irving P. Andrews to honor a law graduate who has demonstrated academic excellence, professionalism, integrity and respect for the rule of law.
Scholastic Excellence Awards
These awards are given in each law school course to the student receiving the highest grade each semester.
Clinical Practice Awards
Civil Rights Clinic Outstanding Student Lawyer of the Year
Environmental Law Clinic Student Attorney of the Year Award
Civil Litigation Clinic Outstanding Student Lawyer of the Year
Criminal Defense Clinic Outstanding Student Lawyer of the Year
Community Economic Development Clinic Outstanding Student Attorney Award
Roberta Steinhardt Ehrlich Mediation
This award is given to the student who has excelled in the Mediation Clinic at the Sturm College of Law by bringing mediations to amiable resolutions for both parties, submitting paperwork on time, and integrating the law school experience with clinical experience.
The Advocacy Department Awards
The Thomas Errickson Award
This $2,500 scholarship is given in honor of Thomas Errickson, a hero of the American Revolutionary War. This scholarship is awarded to a student advocating commitment to their Constitutional ideals in democratic government.
Law Journal Editorial Awards
Arnold P. Chutkow Award
This cash award is given to a student on the editorial board of the Denver University Law Review who has demonstrated academic achievement and service to the law school community.
Order of St. Ives
The Order of St. Ives is an honorary scholastic legal society formed at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law to give recognition to students who have attained a high level of scholarship. Students eligible for election must have attained a grade record ranking in the upper 10 percent of their class. St. Ives, long a patron of lawyers throughout the world, attained a high position in the courts of the church, which were considered the most advances in Europe. He was born in northern France in 1253, the son of a noble family. During his university and seminary studies, he endeared himself to fellow students by his charity. Ordained a priest in 1284, st. Ives rose to be a deputy and judge and served as Administrator of Justice. St. Ives died in 1303 and was canonized later by Pope Clement VI.
Please note that The Order of St. Ives award is not an official class ranking.