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Each year, the ABA Law Student Division recognizes the achievements of individual law students, law school organizations, and law schools on a national level through the Division’s Annual Awards program.

Award winners will be announced during the 2018 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.

>>Nomination Form<<

Award Categories

National awards are presented to ABA-approved law schools, students, and student organizations from ABA-approved law schools in the following categories:

  • Diversity Award
  • Public Interest Award
  • Student Bar Association Award
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Award (Rookie or Veteran)
  • Membership and Activity Award
  • Law School Newspaper Award

The Division reserves the right not to bestow award(s) in any given year.

Nominations must be approved by your Law School Dean or Assistant Dean and received via the electronic Nomination Form by the ABA Law Student Division on or before 11:59pm CDT on April 15, 2018.

Award Nomination Instructions and Forms

Henry J. Ramsey, Jr. Diversity Award

Recognizes contributions toward the achievement and advancement of diverse individuals.

Judy M. Weightman Memorial Public Interest Award

Recognizes outstanding contributions to underrepresented groups or public interest causes.

Student Bar Association Award

Recognizes the efforts of an SBA to create a better law school environment and positive image.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Award

Recognizes VITA sites for providing individuals in need with a means for obtaining assistance filing their income tax.

Membership and Activity Award

Recognizes law schools for outstanding ABA membership efforts, involvement, and activity in the ABA Law Student Division.

Law School Newspaper Award

Recognizes outstanding student-run law school newspapers.

 2017 Award Winners

Diversity Award
Emory University School of Law

Public Interest Award
Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law

Student Bar Association Award
The Florida State University College of Law

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Award
Southwestern Law School

Law School Newspaper Award

University of Virginia School of Law

2016 Award Winners

Diversity Award
Southwestern Law School
Black Law Students Association

Public Interest Award
University of Louisville  Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Student Bar Association Award
Georgetown University Law Center

Membership and Activity Award
University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Award
University of Virginia School of Law

Law School Newspaper Award

Harvard University Law School
The Harvard Law Record

Contact Information

American Bar Association
Law Student Division
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
1 (800) 285-2221