Witkin Award for Academic Excellence
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The Witkin Legal Institute at Thomson Reuters is pleased to recognize academic excellence in California law schools by presenting the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence.

Winners: For each qualifying course at each participating school, the award will be given to the student designated by the school as attaining the highest grade in the course. In the event of a tie for the highest grade, the school should select a single winner by giving consideration to class performance, additional work, attendance, and overall grade point average. A student may receive awards for more than one course. The award is a personalized certificate suitable for framing. Winners may be selected for each term or semester of academic credit.

Qualifying courses: Qualifying courses are those offered for academic credit in a JD program. Performance must be graded by a letter or numerical grade. Courses graded pass/fail or credit/no credit do not qualify and students receiving pass/fail or credit/nocredit in graded courses do not qualify. A qualifying course must have an enrollment of at least 10 students. Courses with fewer than the requisite number of students (including seminars) do not qualify.

Participating schools: The award program is available to California law schools accredited by the ABA or by the State Bar of California. Each participating school should designate an award administrator.

Submission of names: School award administrators should use the following procedure in submitting names: Report the names of winners at the close of each term or semester. Please submit the list of winners by e-mail or on floppy disk in Word or Word Perfect format. Provide each student's full name as it will appear on the award certificate and the title of the qualifying course, as it will appear on the award certificate.

Distribution of awards: Award certificates will be mailed to the school for presentation to the students.

Communications: Lists of winners and all communications about the award program should be sent to:

John Hanft
Director, Witkin Legal Institute
Thomson Reuters
425 Market Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105


(415) 344-5178

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