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Honors, Prizes, and Awards

HONORS

Order of the Coif
. The first New Jersey chapter of the Order of the Coif, the nationwide honor society for law students, was established at Rutgers School of Law–Newark in 1991. This prestigious society, which admits the top 10 percent of each year's graduating class, encourages excellence in legal education and honors lawyers, judges, and teachers for significant professional contributions. Chapters of the order are established at law schools whose faculty have been recognized for their contributions to legal scholarship.

Academic Honors. Honors are awarded to not more than 20 percent of the graduating class for distinguished scholastic attainment during their time at the law school. In exceptional cases, high honors and highest honors may be awarded. The awards are made by the faculty on the advice of the Committee on Scholastic Standing. Recipients are announced at the graduation convocation.


PRIZES AND AWARDS

Justice Henry E. Ackerson Jr. Prize. Awarded to the student who has most distinguished himself or herself in the area of legal skills. It was donated by Justice Ackerson and, since his death in 1970, has been continued by the Rutgers–Newark Law School Alumni Association in recognition of his unique contribution to the school.

ABA/BNA Award for Excellence — Health Law. This award is given to honor superior academic performance in the area of health law.

ABA/BNA Award for Excellence — Intellectual Property. This award is given to the full-time and part-time student demonstrating the highest academic achievement in the area of intellectual property law.

ABA/BNA Award for Excellence — Labor & Employment Law. This award will be presented to the student with the highest academic achievement in the fields of labor and employment law.

ALI-CLE Scholarship and Leadership Award. Awarded to the graduate who best represents a combination of scholarship and leadership, the qualities embodied by the American Law Institute.

Alumni Senior Prize. Awarded to the graduating senior exhibiting the greatest achievement during his or her entire law school career, and who has the greatest promise as a future member of the legal profession. This award is sponsored by the law school’s Alumni Association.

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Award. This award is sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is given to the student who has shown the most aptitude in Family Law.

American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence. Awarded to the student who most excelled in the area of bankruptcy studies.

The Frank and Marilyn Askin Award for Excellence in Clinical Studies. This prize is awarded by the law school clinical faculty to the student who, over the course of their legal education, has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the clients of the Rutgers Law School Clinics and to the principles and values of clinical legal education.

Allan Axelrod Prize. This prize was established to recognize the immense commitment by Professor Axelrod to Rutgers Law School, and is given to the student with the best grades in Commercial Law.

The Clinical Legal Education (CLEA) Award. This prize is awarded for excellence in clinical fieldwork based on the high quality of representation provided to clients and for exceptionally thoughtful, self-reflective participation in an accompanying clinical seminar.

Anthony Engelbrecht Prize. Miss Ann Angelbrecht of Union City created a prize in honor of her brother that is awarded annually to the graduating student with the highest average in his or her final year.

Morris Gann Prize in Evidence. A prize in memory of Morris Gann is offered to the member of the graduating class having the best grade in Evidence. It is donated by Gann Law Books, Newark.

Leonard Garth Advocacy Award. This award is given to the student or students showing the most promise as an appellate advocate.

Myron Harkavy Prize. The friends and relatives of the late Myron Harkavy, a graduate of the law school, have established a prize to be awarded to the member of the senior class showing the most promise as a trial lawyer.

Chief Justice Richard J. Hughes Prize. This prize is awarded to the graduating student who has achieved the best record in the New Jersey Practice course.

Eli Jarmel Memorial Prize. This prize is awarded to the student who demonstrated the greatest interest and proficiency in public interest law. This prize is sponsored by the Alumni Association.

Philip Kravitz Memorial Prize. This prize is awarded to the part-time student with the highest academic average. It was established by the Class of 1995 as a tribute to, and in memory of, their classmate.

A. Harry Moore Prize. Made possible through the generosity of former Governor A. Harry Moore (Class of 1924), this prize is awarded to the member of the graduating class receiving the highest grade for his or her entire three years.

G.A. Moore Jr. Prize. This prize is awarded to the student who has done distinguished work in the field of equal employment opportunity law. It was donated by Mr. Moore, a participant in a symposium held in 1975 at the law school to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

National Association of Women Lawyers Award. This prize is given to the student showing the greatest commitment to women’s issues.

New Jersey Bar Foundation Street Law Prize. This prize is awarded to the student who has demonstrated the greatest interest in the success of the Street Law Program.

Carol Russ Memorial Prize. Established by the Class of 1980 in honor of a classmate, this prize is awarded to the graduating student who has best demonstrated a commitment to and a record of distinction in promoting women’s rights through the law.

Rutgers Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award. This prize is awarded to the students selected for overall scholarly achievement in five areas of law, and for outstanding scholarly publication. 

H. Theodore Sorg Property Prize. This prize, established by H. Theodore Sorg (Class of 1912), is given to the graduating class member who has the highest average in Property courses.

Saul Tischler Memorial Prize. This prize is awarded to the student with the highest average over the entire three years in law school, as provided in the will of the late Saul Tischler, an alumnus, professor at the law school, and Standing Master of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Miron M. Walley Memorial Prize. This award is given to a graduating student who has excelled in course work in the area of Real Estate transactions.

Kenneth G. Wolfson Land Use Prize. This prize is awarded to the graduating student showing the greatest interest and scholarship in the field of land use law.

Judge J. Skelly Wright Prize. This award is given annually to the member of the graduating class who has contributed the most to the civil rights, civil liberties, and human affairs of his or her fellow citizens during his/her law school career. The award was created in honor of the distinguished judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, J. Skelley Wright. The purpose of this award is twofold: to recognize extraordinary achievement on the part of a Rutgers law student, and to pay tribute to the selfless and courageous defense of human freedom represented by the life of the man whose name it bears. This award was established and is supported by the Student Bar Association.