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Submit your nominations for the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs’ Graduating Student Awards!

DEADLINE: Friday, April 15, 2022

Nominators: Clinical and SPO faculty and staff may submit nominations.  LLM and 3L JD students can self-nominate and nominate other students who have participated in clinical, student practice organization, and other legal pro bono projects. Nominators must have first-hand knowledge of the student’s work.

Email with your nomination as an attachment.  The nomination should include:

  • Nominator(s) name and email address
  • Nominator(s) relationship to the student including direct experience and knowledge of the student’s work
  • A minimum of 500 words, maximum of 3,000 words
  • A specific description of the student’s legal work
  • How the student meets the criteria of particular awards

While selections are based on how the student matches the specific criteria for each different award, you may submit the same nomination for multiple awards and OCP will consider all nominated students for all awards.


David Grossman Exemplary Clinical Student Award

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs recognizes a graduating student who embodies the spirit of the late Clinical Professor David Grossman and exemplifies putting theory into practice through clinical work. The student winner has demonstrated excellence in representing individual clients and/or undertaking group advocacy or policy reform projects. In addition, in keeping with the clinical teaching model, the student has been self-reflective and shown thoughtfulness and compassion in their practice and has contributed to the clinical community at HLS in a meaningful way. The award is presented at Class Day and comes with an honorarium.


Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award

The award is given to the J.D. student(s) in the graduating class who exemplifies the pro bono public spirit and an extraordinary commitment to improving and delivering high quality volunteer legal services to disadvantaged communities. Selection is based on the documented clinical, SPO, and extracurricular service to law-related public service projects or organizations; the quality of work they performed; and the impact of their work on the community. The award is presented at Class Day and comes with an honorarium.


Gants Access to Justice Award

The Gants Access to Justice Award honors the late Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants in recognizing a graduating student dedicated to advancing access to justice, racial equity and/or criminal justice reform. The recipient has performed outstanding clinical work, summer and/or other employment, and volunteer service in these areas, and has demonstrated leadership in helping to eliminate systemic barriers to justice. This award comes with an honorarium.


Clinical Legal Education (CLEA)
Outstanding Student Awards

2Ls and 3Ls can be nominated and winner is selected by Clinical faculty vote

CLEA created these awards to honor law students at each law school who have excelled in a clinical course. The award is given annually at the completion of the academic year. Beginning this year, schools have two student award nomination opportunities through CLEA. First, schools have the option to decide between the CLEA Outstanding Clinic Student or Outstanding Clinic Team Award. Second, schools can honor a student with the CLEA Outstanding Externship Student Award.

The criteria for the award are:

  1. Excellence in the field work component of the clinical course determined by the quality of the student’s or team’s performance in assisting or representing individual or organizational clients or in undertaking group advocacy or policy reform projects;
  2. Excellence in the seminar component of the clinical course determined by the quality of the student’s or team’s thoughtfulness and self-reflection in exploring the legal, ethical, strategic, and other pertinent issues raised in the particular clinic; and
  3. For the Team award, the ability of the students to engage in effective collaboration; and
  4. The nature and extent of the student’s or team’s contribution to the clinical community at the student’s law school, if relevant.