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
- Law Journal Editorial Awards
- Order of the Coif
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.
Inclusive Excellence Award
This cash award is presented to a student who models inclusivity and has demonstrated a commitment to diversity through service and programming, bringing diverse perspectives into the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wilson Hurt Award
This award is given to the students who delivered the best oral arguments in the Lawyering Process program.
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.
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 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.
Krendl Business Planning Award
This cash award is given for outstanding written work in the area of business planning.
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.
Outstanding Student Awards in the Externship Program
These awards are presented to students based upon their performance on assignments in their externship course, quality of class participation, and outstanding performance during their externship. There are three different categories: (1) private sector; (2) judicial; (3) public sector (non-profit or government).
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.
Kenneth L. Smith Award
This cash prize is awarded to the J.D. students of each program (day and evening divisions) who earned the highest grade point average during their academic tenure at the Sturm College of Law.
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.
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
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 the Coif
The Order of the Coif is an honorary scholastic society, the purpose of which is to encourage excellence in legal education by fostering a spirit of careful study, recognizing those who as law students attained a high grade of scholarship, and honoring those who as lawyers, judges, and teachers attained high distinction for their scholarly or professional accomplishments.
Students eligible for election must have attained a grade record ranking in the upper 10 percent of all students in their graduating class.
Order of the Coif recipients are notified of their admittance into Order of the Coif after final graduation rankings are released.