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Durham Law School

Awards and Prizes for Students

Durham Law School selects several students each year for awards and prizes recognising outstanding achievements. These range from letters of commendation for excellent academic results to prizes for performance in modules or for the year. 

The School also awards bursaries and scholarships. Any student interested in these opportunities should read this further information to access the application forms and guidance notes.


The Lord Hughes of Ombersley Prize for Law in Van Mildert College is awarded to the top three undergraduate students of Van Mildert College in the first year of their LLB - £300 for first, £200 for second and £100 for third place. These students are also invited to visit Lord Hughes in London.

The Contract and Tort Prizes supported by Hogan Lovells is awarded annually by Hogan Lovells LLP to the students achieving the best marks in the modules ‘Contract Law’ and ‘Tort Law’ with each worth £250.

The Best Overall Performance in the First Year Prize supported by Herbert Smith Freehills is awarded annually by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP to the top three first year law students with the best overall performance - £1,200 for first, £600 for second and £200 for third place. These students are also invited to visit Herbert Smith Freehills.

The Jason Sugarman QC Prize for Law in St Chads College is awarded annually by Jason Sugarman QC to the top three undergraduate students of St Chads College attaining the highest marks - £300 for first, £200 for second and £100 for third place. These students are also invited to meet Mr Sugarman.

The Slaughter and May Prize in Introduction to English Law and Legal Method is an annual examination prize established by a generous gift from Slaughter and May. Each year, £2250 will be provided by the Firm to distribute amongst the top three undergraduate students in the first year undergraduate module of Introduction to English Law and Legal Method. Each of these three students will receive £750. In addition to the financial award, the recipients will be invited, by Slaughter and May, to visit the Slaughter and May offices at a mutually convenient time.

The Best Overall Performance in the Second Year Prize Supported by Sullivan & Cromwell is awarded annually to the top three undergraduate students in the second year of their LLB - £750 for first, £500 for second and £250 for third place.

The Hefin Rees QC Media Law Prize is awarded each year to the top three undergraduate students in the module of Media Law - £300 for first, £200 for second and £100 for third place.

The Criminal Law Prize Supported by Oxford University Press is presented to the student with the best performance in Criminal Law receiving their choice of books from OUP to the value of £150.

The Land Law Prize Supported by Forsters is awarded annually to the top three undergraduate students in Land Law - £1,200 for first, £600 for second and £200 for third place. The first place student is also invited to visit Forsters.

The Law of Family Relationships Prize Supported by Lord Justice McFarlane is awarded annually to the top three undergraduate students in Law of Family Relationships - £300 for first, £200 for second and £100 for third place. These students are also invited to marshall Lord Justice McFarlane when he is sitting in the Court of Appeal.

The 1 Hare Court Mini-Pupillage Award is awarded annually to the student obtaining the highest mark on the summative essay in Law of Family Relationships module providing a week long mini-pupillage at 1 Hare Court, a leading family law chambers.

The Commercial Law Prize Supported by Three Verulam Buildings is awarded annually to the student achieving the best mark in the Commercial Law module winning the student £250.

The Colin and Romey Warbrick Prize in Public International Law is awarded to the student achieving the best mark in Public International Law winning the student £250.

The Trusts & Equity Prize Supported by Macfarlanes is awarded to the top three second year students with the highest marks in Trusts - £500 for first, £300 for second and £200 for third place. Prize winners are also invited to visit Macfarlanes.

The Advanced Issues in Public Law Prize Supported by John Steel QC is awarded to the top three students in Advanced Issues in Public Law - £300 for first, £200 for second and £100 for third place. All three are invited to visit Gray’s Inn where John Steel QC is a member.

The Max Hunter Prize for Year Abroad Studies is £200 and awarded annually to the highest scoring student in year two about to undertake a year abroad. This prize was established in memory of Max Hunter, a former law student, who was killed in Israel on 12 August 1997.

The Employment Law Second Year Prize Supported by Clyde & Co is generously awarded to the three second year law students with the top marks of the module. Each year, £1700 will be provided by the Firm, to be split, £1000 for first, £500 for second and £200 for third highest scoring students. In addition, the top ten second year students on the module are invited to visit the Clyde & Co offices at a mutually convenient time.

The Law and Gender Prize Supported by Lady Hale Prize to the value of £100 will be awarded annually to the best undergraduate performance on a dissertation within the field of law and gender. This prize will be administered by GLAD in collaboration with Lady Hale.

The Sweet and Maxwell Law Prize, consisting of books published by Sweet and Maxwell to the value of £200 is presented to the student with the best final year performance. This prize may be awarded to one student or split between two.


Other Prizes

The Dusada Prize to the value of £500, is awarded annually to an undergraduate student of fair academic ability who is in need of financial support to further their studies. It is intended primarily for a student with a disability.

A Letter of Commendation is provided to all undergraduate students who receive a strong 2:1 or better academic performance for the year for each of study at the discretion of the Director of Undergraduate Studies