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Durham University

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 Mr Justice Goss University College Law Prize is awarded to the top 3 first year Castle law students, £300 for first, £200 for second and £100 for third place. These students are also invited to visit the judge in a legal location.

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 Hogan Lovells Prize in Tort Law is an annual examination prize established by a generous gift from Hogan Lovells. Each year, £1000 will be provided by the Firm to distribute amongst the top three undergraduate students in the first year undergraduate module of Tort Law - £500 for first, £300 for second and £200 for third place. In addition to the financial award, the recipients will be invited, by Hogan Lovells, to visit the Hogan Lovells offices at a mutually convenient time.

The Hogan Lovells Prize in Contract Law is an annual examination prize established by a generous gift from Hogan Lovells. Each year, £1000 will be provided by the Firm to distribute amongst the top three undergraduate students in the first year undergraduate module of Contract Law - £500 for first, £300 for second and £200 for third place. In addition to the financial award, the recipients will be invited, by Hogan Lovells, to visit the Hogan Lovells offices at a mutually convenient time.

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 Edna Sugarman Memorial Prize for Law in St Chad’s 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 (henceforth Slaughter and May Prize) 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 Norton Rose Fulbright Prize in UK Constitutional Law is an annual examination prize established by a generous gift from Norton Rose Fulbright. Each year, £2000 will be provided by the Firm to distribute amongst the top three undergraduate students in the first year undergraduate module of UK Constitutional Law - £1,200 for first, £600 for second and £200 for third place. In addition to the financial award, the recipients will be invited, by Norton Rose Fulbright, to visit the Norton Rose Fulbright offices at a mutually convenient time.

Aaron Baker Memorial Prize in Employment Law Sponsored by Kieran Lee Marshall, a former supervisee, colleague and friend of Aaron Baker is a £100 prize awarded annually to the top performing student in Employment Law in memory of Aaron Baker, an Associate Professor (Reader) in Law who taught Employment Law for many years.

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. In addition to the to the financial prize, the winners will all be invited to meet Hefin at an agreed location, at a mutually convenient time.

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 Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division 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 meet Sir Andrew when he is sitting in court.

THE 1 HARE COURT MINI-PUPILLAGE PRIZE will be awarded annually to the students winning the 1 Hare Court Family Law Moot. The recipients will receive a week long mini-pupillage at 1 Hare Court, a leading family law chambers, at a mutually convenient time.

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 Macfarlanes LLP Prize in Revenue Law is awarded to the top three undergraduate students in the undergraduate module of Revenue Law - £500 for first, £300 for second and £200 for third place. Prize winners are also invidted to visit Macfarlanes

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 John Steel QC Prize for Advanced Issues in Public Law is an annual examination prize established by a generous gift from John Steel QC. Each year, £600 will be provided amongst the top three students, £300 for first, £200 for second, and £100 for third place. In addition to the financial award, the recipients will be invited to meet Mr. Steel, at an agreed legal location, at a mutually convenient time.

The Clyde & Co Prize in Employment Law is a generous gift of £1700 to be split between the top three students in the Employment Law module; £1000 for first, £500 for second, and £200 for third. In addition, the students will be invited to visit the Clyde & Co offices at a mutually convenient time.

The Clyde & Co Book Fund for Employment Law has been generously established by Clyde & Co for the Employment Law module, allowing up to ten second-year students each academic year to receive the main textbook and statute book at no cost, provided they can evidence financial need.

The Allen & Overy Prize in Law, Gender and Society is an annual examination prize established by a generous gift from Allen & Overy to be distributed amongst the top three second year students in the undergraduate module of Law, Gender and Society. The student attaining the highest mark will receive £750. The students in second and third place will receive £500 and £250 respectively.

In addition to the financial award, the top ten students will be invited by Allen & Overy to visit/participate in work experience at Allen & Overy 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.

The Monckton Chambers Prize for Competition Law to the value of £500 will be awarded annually to the best undergraduate performance in Competition Law. In addition to the financial prize, the recipient will be invited, by Monckton Chambers, to attend a Mini Pupillage at Monckton Chambers.

The Association of Pension Lawyers Prize in Pensions Law is an annual examination prize established by a generous gift from The Association of Pension Lawyers. Each year, £300 will be provided to award the student achieving the highest mark in the summative essay in the undergraduate module of Pensions Law.


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