Mission Awards

Mission Awards

The annual Mission Award ceremony recognizes individuals or groups of students, faculty, adjuncts, staff and alumni who have excelled in one of four categories: Living the Mission, Excellence in Professional Preparation, Scholarship Engagement and Societal Reform and Service and Community.

Click here for Mission Award Nomination Form

Past winners are listed here.

Living the Mission Award

The University of St. Thomas School of Law, as a Catholic law school, is dedicated to integrating faith and reason in the search for truth through a focus on morality and social justice. One student from each class and a graduate(s) are selected to receive the “Living the Mission Award.” The award is given to the student/graduate who best exemplifies the mission by his or her activities in and/or outside the classroom. The student recipients of this honor also receive cash awards.

Excellence in Professional Preparation

As a law school, we are called to prepare students to be excellent lawyers and professionals – to be servant leaders in their communities. The Mission Award for Excellence in Professional Preparation recognizes those members of the UST Law community who have done an excellent job in preparing our students to become professionals by providing instruction in or demonstrating or fostering ethical principles, character, faith-based perspective, and/or global perspective to enhance our students’ knowledge and skill in the practice of law.

Scholarly Engagement and Societal Reform

As an academic institution focused on the law, morality and justice, we are called to engage the broader community on legal issues and policy topics that impact our society. The Mission Award for Scholarly Engagement and Societal Reform recognizes members of the UST Law community who integrate faith, law, ethics, public policy, and social justice into scholarly or advocacy projects which seek improvement in the law, legal institutions, or society.

Service and Community

We are called by our profession and our respective faiths to live our lives "in community," oriented towards serving the disadvantaged, underserved, and those without access to justice. Inspired by Catholic social teaching, the USTLawSchoolMission emphasizes our responsibility to pursue social justice by drawing upon our unique backgrounds and respective beliefs. The Mission Award for Service and Community recognizes members of the UST Law community who have shown exceptional service or leadership through living out our Mission’s commitment to improving the lives of members within our law school community and/or in our local, parish, cultural or global communities.