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Joseph H. Beale Prize

The Joseph H. Beale Prize was established in 1930 by John Grier Buchanan, LL.B. 1912. The prize is awarded to the student who obtains the highest grade during the year in the course on Conflict of Laws. If there is more than one class in Conflict of Laws, the recipients of the highest grade in each class will share the prize.

Morgan and Helen Chu Prize

Established by a gift from Morgan Chu ’76 and Helen W. Chu in 2018 to recognize academic achievement. Two prizes are awarded to graduating J.D. students with the highest grade point averages in their final year.

Morgan and Helen Chu 1L Prize

Established by a gift from Morgan Chu ’76 and Helen W. Chu in 2006, the prize is awarded to the one J.D. student with the highest first year grades who is a member of one of the following student organizations: Asia Law Society, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, La Alianza, Native American Law Students Association, China Law Association, First Class Law Students Association, Korean Association of Harvard Law School, Middle Eastern Law Students Association, Harvard African Law Association, and South Asian Law Students Association.

Fay Diploma

Established by an anonymous gift in 1907, the Fay Diploma is prepared and issued in memory of Jonathan Fay, A.B. 1778, and Samuel Phillips Prescott Fay, A.B. 1798, and is awarded to the graduating J.D. candidate who, by scholarship, conduct, and character, has given evidence of the greatest promise. Traditionally, the Fay Diploma is awarded to the person who graduates with the highest combined average for three years of study in residence at the Harvard Law School.

Sears Prize

Sarah C. Sears established this prize in memory of her son, Joshua Montgomery Sears, Jr., LL.B. 1904. From this fund, four prizes are awarded annually, one to each of the two students receiving the highest averages in the work of the first year, and one to each of the two students receiving the highest averages in the work of the second year. To be eligible for the Sears Prize, the student must have met the minimum registration requirements described in Section I of the Harvard Law School Handbook of Academic Policies.