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Tulane law students are eligible to receive many awards and honors, most of which recognize academic accomplishment.  Awards are typically announced at the end of each academic year. 


Awards & Honors - Conferred at Graduation 

Civil Law Studies Award
Established in 1983 by the Louisiana State Bar Association, this award (consisting of a cash award and plaque) is presented to the graduating student who has the highest grade point average in civil law courses.

Dean's Medal
This award is given by the dean of the School to the graduating student who attains the highest grade point average during the third year.

Edward A. Dodd Jr. Award
In memory of Edward A. Dodd Jr., who received the LLM in Admiralty at Tulane in 1984, an award is offered each year by the Maritime Law Center at Tulane Law School to the outstanding candidate for the degree of LLM in Admiralty.

Faculty Medal
This award is presented by the Tulane Law School faculty to the graduating student who attains the highest grade point average in the entire course of three years in the School.

General Maurice Hirsch Award
Endowed by Mrs. Elise Newman Solomon to honor the life and achievement of General Hirsch, this award is presented each year to the graduating student who, in the judgment of the faculty, has contributed most distinctively and constructively to university or community needs.

Haber J. McCarthy Environmental Law Award
This award was created in memory of Haber McCarthy, a 1985 graduate of Tulane Law School. The award goes to the graduating student who has completed selected environmental law courses at Tulane with the highest grade point average.

Brian P. McSherry Community Service Award
This fund was endowed in memory of Brian McSherry, a 1981 graduate of Tulane Law School. An award is given annually to the graduating student who has demonstrated the greatest dedication to the Law School's community service program.

George Dewey Nelson Memorial Award
The student in the graduating class who attains the highest grade point average in common law subjects throughout the three years of law study is awarded a certificate in recognition. George Dewey Nelson Jr., a Tulane law alumnus, created this award in honor of his father.

Order of the Coif
The Order of the Coif is a national law school honor society. The faculty selects its members from the top 10 percent of each graduating class.

Tulane Tax Institute Award
The graduating student who has achieved the greatest distinction in the study of taxation receives an award funded by the Tulane Tax Institute, which produces a continuing education program in the field of taxation.

John Minor Wisdom Award
This award was endowed in 1987 by the former law clerks of the Honorable John Minor Wisdom. The recipient must be an outstanding JD candidate who has demonstrated excellence in academic work and in writing ability, has contributed selflessly to the law school community, and who has accepted a federal or state judicial clerkship after graduation.

James A. Wysocki Award
This award was endowed by Mrs. Christina Wysocki to honor the life of her husband, a noted trial attorney and graduate of Notre Dame, who respected and admired Tulane trial lawyers. The fund provides cash prizes to the two students who have achieved the highest grade in Trial Advocacy, one in the fall, the other in the spring.


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