Charles G. Albom Prize (1987). Established by alumni and friends of Charles G. Albom, LL.B. 1934. To be awarded annually to a student who demonstrates excellence in the area of judicial and/or administrative appellate advocacy in connection with a Law School clinical program.
Thurman Arnold Appellate Competition Prize (1954). Established by alumni and friends of the School. To be awarded annually for the best student argument in advanced Moot Court competition.
John Fletcher Caskey Prize (1946). John Fletcher Caskey, LL.B. 1924. For the best presentation of a case on final trial in the Thomas Swan Barristers’ Union.
The Joseph A. Chubb Competition Prize (2003). Established by a gift from Joseph A. Chubb, B.A. 1962, LL.B. 1966. Two prizes to be awarded annually to individual students or two-person teams for legal draftsmanship, which shall be open to candidates for the J.D. degree.
The Barry S. Cohen, J.D. 1950, Prize and Financial Aid Endowment (2000) Established by Barry S. Cohen, J.D. 1950, for a prize to be awarded for the most meritorious writing on a subject related to literature and the law, reflecting either upon the law in literature, the law as literature, the law of literature, or literature in the law. The fund also provides financial assistance to Yale Law School students and graduates including scholarships, summer internships, and loan forgiveness.
Felix S. Cohen Prize (1954). Gift in honor of Felix S. Cohen, former visiting lecturer in law. For the best essay by a student or fellow on some subject relating to legal philosophy with special reference to Mr. Cohen’s main fields of professional work: human rights, jurisprudence, protection of the rights of Indians and aliens, and comparative ethical systems and legal ideals.
Edgar M. Cullen Prize (1923). William B. Davenport, B.A. 1867, in memory of Edgar M. Cullen, formerly Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals of New York. For an outstanding paper written by a member of the first-year class.
John Currier Gallagher Prize (1917). Gift from Mrs. Gallagher in memory of her husband, John Currier Gallagher, Ph.B. 1879, LL.B. 1881, and later increased by a gift from her son, J. Roswell Gallagher, B.A. 1925, M.D. 1930. For the student showing most proficiency in the presentation of a case on final trial in the Thomas Swan Barristers’ Union.
Ambrose Gherini Prize (1923). Ambrose Gherini, M.A. and LL.B. 1902. For the student writing the best paper upon a subject of international law, either public or private.
Jerome Sayles Hess Prize for International Law (2005). Established by a bequest of Harriett Peloubet Hess, widow of Jerome Sayles Hess, B.A. 1903, to be awarded annually to a student who demonstrates excellence in the area of international law.
Jewell Prize (1928). Estate of Marshall Jewell, M.A. Hon. 1873, to capitalize the prize founded by him in 1871. For a member of the second-year class who has written an outstanding contribution to a Law School journal other than The Yale Law Journal.
Quintin Johnstone Prize in Real Property Law (2006). Established by the CATIC Foundation, to be awarded at Yale Law School annually to a second- or third-year student in recognition of excellence in the area of real property law.
Florence M. Kelley ’37 Family Law Prize (2001). Established in memory of New York City judge Florence M. Kelley, a member of the Class of 1937, by her husband, David Worgan, to provide periodic awards to students who, in the judgment of the faculty, demonstrate exceptional interest or achievement in the area of family law.
William T. Ketcham, Jr. Prize (2007) Established by a bequest of William T. Ketcham, Jr., B.A. 1941, LL.B. 1948, to be used annually for a prize for such student scholarship in the field of private international law as the dean in his sole discretion shall determine.
Raphael Lemkin Prize (1989). Awarded from proceeds of the scholarship fund established in memory of the distinguished scholar and activist Raphael Lemkin, for outstanding student papers in international human rights.
Judge William E. Miller Prize (1976). Gift from Victor S. Johnson, Jr., LL.B. 1941, in memory of William E. Miller, LL.B. 1933, formerly judge of the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. For the student writing the best paper on a subject concerning the Bill of Rights.
C. LaRue Munson Prize (1921). Gift from C. LaRue Munson, LL.B. 1875. To be divided equally between two students for excellence in the investigation, preparation, and (where permitted under the Legal Internship Rule) presentation of civil, criminal, or administrative law cases, under a law school clinical program.
Joseph Parker Prize (1899). Bequest of Eliza Townsend Parker of New Haven, in memory of her father. For the best paper on a subject connected with legal history or Roman law.
Israel H. Peres Prize (1933). Hardwig Peres in memory of his brother, Israel H. Peres, B.A. 1889, LL.B. 1891, a chancellor of the Tenth Chancery Division of Tennessee. For the best student contribution to The Yale Law Journal. If no award is made, income of fund is used for purchase of books for the law library.
Clifford L. Porter Prize (1980). Cahill Gordon & Reindel in memory of Clifford L. Porter. Awarded annually for outstanding student performance in taxation.
Edward D. Robbins Memorial Prize (1932). Mrs. Robbins in memory of her husband, Edward D. Robbins, B.A. 1874, LL.B. 1879. For a member of the third-year class who has written an outstanding contribution to a Law School journal other than The Yale Law Journal.
Benjamin Scharps Prize (1935). Tessie K. Scharps in honor of her brother, Benjamin Scharps, B.A. 1884. For a member of the third-year class for the most meritorious essay or research in one course on some legal subject designated by the faculty under prescribed regulations.
Colby Townsend Memorial Prize (1942). Established by gifts from friends in memory of Colby Townsend, B.A. 1933, M.A. 1937, LL.B. 1938. For a member of the second-year class for the best individual research done for academic credit, if such work is of sufficiently high quality to justify the award.
William K. S. Wang Prize (1998). A gift from William K. S. Wang, J.D. 1971, to recognize superior performance in the introductory course in corporate law.
Francis Wayland Prize (1902). Gift from Francis Wayland, M.A. Hon. 1881, dean of the Law School from 1873 to 1903. For the student showing greatest proficiency in preparing and presenting a case in negotiation, arbitration, and litigation.
The Law School has the following non-endowed prize funds. The date of the gift and the name of the original donor are given in each instance. Some of these prizes are now supported by other Law School resources.
Burton H. Brody Prize in
Constitutional Law (1998) A gift from Burton H. Brody, B.S. 1945, J.D.
1950, for the student who, in the estimation of the Law School, shall write the
best paper on a subject to be selected by the dean on the extent of the
protection of privacy afforded by the U.S. Constitution.
Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition Prize (1938) To be awarded annually to one or two students who prepare the best paper(s) on the subject of copyright law. Benjamin N. Cardozo Prize (1947) Gift from an anonymous donor in honor of Justice Cardozo, for the best brief submitted by a student in Moot Court.
Michael Egger Prize (1973) For the best student Note or Comment on current social problems in The Yale Law Journal, on recommendation of the board of officers.
Thomas I. Emerson Prize (1978) For a distinguished paper or project on a subject related to legislation.
Margaret Gruter Prize (1988) For the student writing the best paper on how ethology, biology, and related behavioral sciences may deepen our understanding of law.
Quintin Johnstone Prize in Real Property Law (2006) Established by the CATIC Foundation, to be awarded at Yale Law School annually to a second- or third-year student in recognition of excellence in the area of real property law.
Khosla Memorial Fund for Human Dignity (1995) Established by Dinesh Khosla, LL.M. 1977, J.S.D. 1981, to provide an annual award to a student at Yale Law School who demonstrates an active engagement in advancing the values of human dignity in the international arena.
Stephen J. Massey Prize (1993) Established by gifts from classmates and friends in memory of Stephen J. Massey, J.D. 1984. To be awarded to the student who best exemplifies, in work on behalf of clients and in other community service, the values of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School.
Potter Stewart Prize (1981) Established by the friends of Justice Stewart upon his retirement. Awarded each term to the student team that presents the best overall argument in the Moot Court trial argument. The prize is designed to recognize both oralists and “on brief” students for their cooperative efforts in researching and presenting outstanding legal arguments.
Harlan Fiske Stone Prize
(1947) Gift from an anonymous donor in honor of Chief Justice Stone. For the
best oral argument by a student in Moot Court.
Announcements of competitions appear in the Yale Bulletin & Calendar.