The University of British Columbia's Faculty of Law is committed to continuing to build a vibrant law school community that celebrates and supports diversity, equity and inclusiveness. Part of working towards this important goal means ensuring that individuals from groups that have been historically, persistently or systemically excluded from higher education are able to overcome the financial barriers to attending law school. Over the past two years, four new awards have been created to support students who identify as Indigenous, Black or as a person of colour (IBPOC).
The St. Pierre, Romilly, Nathanson Entrance Award in Law for Black Students is the law school’s newest award, announced in June 2021. This entrance award provides $15,000 for domestic students entering the J.D. program who identify as Black, demonstrate financial need, and have a history of community service or volunteerism. Preference is given to students who have demonstrated an interest in criminal law. This award, funded by David St. Pierre, Selwyn Romilly (B.A. 1963, LL.B. 1966), Matthew Nathanson (LL.B. 1997) and two anonymous donors, may be included as part of an admissions offer.
The Kim-Bautista Award in Law provides awards totalling $1,200 to incoming or current students in the J.D. program who are the first in their family to attend law school and who have demonstrated academic excellence and community service. Preference is given to students who identify as Black or as a person of colour. Financial need may be considered. This award has been made available through an endowment established by Nicco Bautista (B.A. 2010, M.A. 2013, J.D. 2013) and Maria Kim-Bautista (B.A. 2010, J.D. 2013). Incoming and current J.D. students are invited to apply for this award in the spring.
The Kevin B. Westell Award in Law for IBPOC Students provides $2,000 to outstanding domestic J.D. students who identify as Indigenous, Black or as a person of colour. Preference will be given to students who have excelled in criminal justice. This award was made possible thanks to a gift from Kevin B. Westell (B.A., LL.B.). Current J.D students who self-identify as Indigenous, Black or as a person of colour are invited to apply for this award in the spring.
The Catherine Chow Award in Law for IBPOC Students provides two awards of $1,500 each year to second- and third-year J.D. students who identify as Indigenous, Black or a person of colour and demonstrate financial need. This award has been made available annually through a gift from Catherine Chow (LL.M. 2007) to recognize and uplift those who endure racism as IPBOC law students. Current J.D students who self-identify as Indigenous, Black or as a person of colour are invited to apply for this award in the spring.
For more information of these new awards, as well as other funding opportunities available to new and continuing Allard Law students, visit: