The following awards are presented at commencement.
The Norman Prance Award
Given in honor of Professor Norman Prance, who taught at the School of Law from 1978 to 1985. The recipient is chosen as the student whom the faculty believe Professor Prance would have most liked to know and teach.
The Dean's Award
The Dean selects the recipient of this award, which goes to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the School of Law.
The Edward F. McBride Award
Awarded to the graduate who has made the greatest advances from the first to the last year at the School of Law. Edward McBride was a graduate of the School of Law.
The National Association of Women Lawyers Award
Awarded to a graduate who has demonstrated academic achievement, motivation, drive, and tenacity and who promises to contribute to the advancement of women in society. Selected by the women members of the faculty.
The Abraham I. Smith Award
To recognize academic excellence in probate-related classes, this award was established to honor Abraham I. Smith, a judge of the Hampden County Probate Court for more than 25 years. Judge Smith taught probate law at the School of Law for many years.
The Snyder Family Saint Joseph of Cupertino Ethics Award
This award is funded by the family of Graceanne T. Snyder, Class of 1995, to recognize excellence in legal ethics.
The James C. Faison Multicultural Leadership Award
This award recognizes a graduating student who has provided leadership to the Law School community by promoting awareness and celebration of our racial, ethnic, and religious diversity. The recipient is selected by the faculty and alumni of color.
The American Bankruptcy Institute Medal for Excellence in Bankruptcy Studies
This award is given by the American Bankruptcy Institute on behalf of its more than 5,000 members, to the student having demonstrated excellence in the study of bankruptcy law.