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Scholarships & Awards

Ryerson Law is committed to diversity and inclusion and to building a robust scholarship and bursary program. We strongly encourage applications from a broad range of experiences.  Substantial awards are in place for students with financial need from historically underrepresented groups, or who demonstrate an aptitude for business and entrepreneurship. Current awards are listed below and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Applicants with active offers of admission must apply through Ryerson's AwardSpring site, external link in order to be considered for all awards listed below, except the Torys LLP Scholarships.  

Applications for the Torys LLP Scholarships must be submitted separately through the Indspire website, external link. Visit the Indspire site for deadlines and application details.

The information provided has no bearing on the merits of your law school application or your eligibility to enter law school. Eligible candidates must be admitted to the Juris Doctor program and satisfy any/all conditions included in an official offer of admission, including the fulfillment of academic conditions, confirmation of offer and payment of tuition deposit by all noted deadline dates. 

University-wide scholarship opportunities are also available through Ryerson's AwardSpring site, external link.

Entrance Scholarships

An entrance scholarship awarded to full-time students entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law's JD Program who demonstrate an aptitude for business or entrepreneurship. Additional election criteria may include membership in a historically disadvantaged group as outlined in the Ontario Human Rights Code. Applicants must have high academic standing, demonstrate financial need and submit a 500-word statement detailing their business or entrepreneurial activities both inside and outside of their academic studies.

A renewable entrance scholarship awarded to full-time students entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law's JD Program who self-identify as female and have a business focus. Applicants must have high academic standing and demonstrate financial need.

A renewable entrance scholarship awarded to full-time students entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law's JD Program who are members of a historically disadvantaged group as outlined in the Ontario Human Rights Code. Applicants must have high academic standing and demonstrate financial need.

A renewable entrance scholarship awarded to full-time students entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law's JD Program who have a high academic standing and demonstrate financial need.

A renewable entrance scholarship given to full-time students entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law's JD Program who have a high academic standing, demonstrate financial need and who have a demonstrated interest in environmental law.

A renewable entrance scholarship awarded to full-time students entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law's JD Program who demonstrate leadership qualities in areas such as community service, athletics or academics, and who also demonstrate financial need and high academic standing. These scholarships were established by The Larry and Judy Tanenbaum Family Foundation to honour Dale Lastman for his extraordinary leadership.

A renewable entrance scholarship awarded to full-time students entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law's JD Program who experience a disability. Applicants must have high academic standing and demonstrate financial need. This generous gift from Nadir and Shabin Mohamed in honour of Dale H. Lastman has been matched by Ryerson University's PACE program.

A renewable entrance scholarship awarded to full-time students entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law’s JD program who are the first generation in their family to attend postsecondary education. Priority will be given to those who also identify as a “newcomer.” Applicants must have a high academic standing and demonstrate financial need. This generous gift from McCarthy Tétrault LLP has been matched by Ryerson University's President's Awards to Champion Excellence (PACE) program.

A renewable entrance scholarship awarded to full-time students entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law's JD Program who self-identify as female and are from historically disadvantaged groups as outlined by the Ontario Human Rights Code. Applicants must have a high academic standing and demonstrate financial need.

A renewable entrance scholarship awarded to full-time Indigenous students entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law’s JD Program. Applicants must have high academic standing and demonstrate financial need. This generous gift from Torys LLP has been matched by Ryerson University's President's Awards to Champion Excellence (PACE) program, and is in partnership with Indspire.

Awards & Prizes

Awarded to the student who achieves the highest cumulative grade point average in the first year of the Juris Doctor program. Full-time enrolment in the first and second years of the JD program and clear academic standing are required.

Awarded to the student who achieves the highest grade in the second year Intellectual Property course. Full-time enrolment in the third year of the JD program and clear academic standing are required.

Established by the inaugural members of the BLSA, Class of 2023, the BLSA Black Excellence Award is an entrance award given to a full-time student entering their first year at Ryerson University's Faculty of Law JD Program. The Award will go to an incoming student who self-identifies as Black and demonstrates a commitment to their community, high academic standing and financial need.

An entrance award given to a full time student entering their first year at Ryerson's JD Program who demonstrates a commitment to fighting for historically disadvantaged groups, and demonstrates financial need and high academics.

An entrance award given to a full-time student entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law's JD program. Applicants must self-identify as a racialized person, have high academic standing and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students who are members of the historically most disadvantaged groups in law schools and the legal profession, as determined by the selection committee.

Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need and excels in the first year Property Law course in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 academic years. Full-time enrolment in the second year of the JD program and clear academic standing are required. As of the 2022/23 academic year the award is given to a student who demonstrates financial need and excels in the third year Real Estate Law course, with clear academic standing required.

An entrance award given to a full-time student entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law's JD Program who self-identifies as Black or Indigenous and who has demonstrated a commitment to their respective Black and Indigenous communities. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and high academic standing. Santan and Omega De Mello are firm believers in the transformative power of education. They hope this award can increase access for Black and Indigenous students that have demonstrated a commitment to building and improving their communities and are pursuing law school. Their daughter, Tanya De Mello, created this award in their name to honour their commitment to community, to increasing access to justice and also, to honour all those who donated funding to support her educational and co-curricular pursuits.

An entrance award given to a full-time student entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law's JD program who demonstrates entrepreneurial work experience, high academics and financial need. For additional information, please visit the Donich Law website, external link, opens in new window.

An entrance award given to a full-time student entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law's JD program who self-identifies as racialized and who has demonstrated a commitment to young people in marginalized communities and/or an interest in social justice and human rights law. Preference will be given to students who have experience mentoring or tutoring young people in their communities, or experience working on issues related to anti-gun violence efforts. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and high academic standing.

Adan Dubet was a young Black Muslim student at Ryerson's Ted Rogers School of Business who aspired to attend law school at Ryerson, and who worked to help racialized young people who were less fortunate than he was. He was an advocate for social justice and mentored youth in Toronto. This award was established by his family in his memory and to remind every Black youth to dream big and for each one to teach one.

An entrance award given to a full-time student entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law's JD program who self-identifies as a racialized female, and who has demonstrated a commitment to environmental justice. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and high academic standing.

Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need and who has demonstrated exceptional promise and aptitude in the area of criminal law (Criminal Law – JUR 106). Full-time enrolment in the second year of Ryerson's JD program and clear academic standing are required.

An entrance award given to a full-time student entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law's JD program who demonstrates a commitment to Social Justice in their application. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

An entrance award given to a full-time student entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law's JD program to encourage diversity and the attainment of equity in legal education and practice. Applicants must self-identify as a member of a historically disadvantaged group as outlined in the Ontario Human Rights Code, have high academic standing and demonstrate financial need. Due consideration will be given to devotion and commitment to community service.

An entrance award given to a full time student entering their first year at Ryerson's JD Program who identifies as a member of a historically disadvantaged group as defined by the Ontario Human Rights Code, and demonstrates financial need and high academics.

An entrance award given to a full-time student entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law’s JD program who are the first generation in their family to attend postsecondary education, and who has exemplified in practice a commitment to anti-discrimination prior to apply to Ryerson Law. Applicants must have a high academic standing and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to Indigenous students.

An entrance award given to a full-time student entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law's JD Program who has demonstrated their commitment to helping those less fortunate, and/or offered a voice to a person or group who required assistance, care or compassion. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and high academic standing.

This award was established by Leora Shemesh in honour of her dear friend and colleague Edward J. Sapiano. He was a fierce and passionate advocate. He was a true freedom fighter and represented all of his clients with compassion, and a deep love of the law.
Edward fought courageously and spoke out on serious issues. He shined a spotlight on police misconduct and spoke out whenever he felt that justice was not being administered fairly or justly. He equally fought his medical illness of kidney disease with the same vigor and will.

This award honours Edward’s achievements and supports an incoming Ryerson Law student who upholds Edward’s values in passionately fighting for freedom for those who are less fortunate or who have no voice.

An entrance award given to a full-time student entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law's JD Program who has experienced extreme personal adversity in life, such as homelessness, the foster care system, group homes, addiction, street life, sex trafficking, or involvement in the criminal justice system, either personally or in their immediate family. This award was created by Jordana H. Goldlist. Jordana made it to law school against all odds: she was placed in a group home at 14 years old, expelled from high school at 16, left home for the second time at 17, then spent two years on the streets of Toronto. Today, Jordana runs her own criminal defence firm, JHG Criminal Law, while mentoring university students and street kids in transition. In 2018, Jordana documented her own transition in a Tedx Talk she gave called “Who Judges The Judge?” This award was created by her as a way to help those who have been accepted into Ryerson's Faculty of Law “against all odds”.

Established by Peter Wilson and Janet Vickers Wilson in memory of Kathleen Wilson, this entrance award is given to an Indigenous student with high academic standing entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law's JD Program. Although poverty prevented Kathleen Wilson from obtaining a university education, she inspired in her children a love of learning and ambition to obtain a higher education. She also taught her children to regard and treat all people decently and equally, no matter their circumstances or who they are. Applicants must be enrolled full-time and demonstrate financial need.

An entrance award given to a full-time student entering their first year at Ryerson Faculty of Law's JD Program who is a first generation law student, with a preference for a recent immigrant or refugee. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and high academic standing. Established in honour of Lilethe and Robert Young by their children, Patty, Robert, Donna and Gord Young, on the occasion of their 61st wedding anniversary.