The Excellence in Legal Writing Award is awarded to up to three students each semester. Second- and third-year JD students and masters law students are eligible for the award. A faculty committee selects the recipients' papers based on originality and relevance of the topic; cogency, logic, and reasoning in the analysis; and clarity of grammar, organization, citation, and writing style.
The Excellence in Written Advocacy Award recognizes excellent writing produced by first-year Legal Research and Writing students at Oregon Law. The LRW faculty selects recipients based on the appellate briefs students write in the spring semester of the course; the criteria include analysis, research, persuasiveness, and clear writing.
The awards are presented during the annual student recognition ceremony in April. In 2013-14, Professor Liz Frost served as the inaugural Galen Scholar in Legal Writing and instituted two awards that celebrate excellent student writing.