CLEA Outstanding Clinic
Student or Team Award and
The University of California, Irvine School of Law’s 2021 Outstanding Externship student, Carson Capps ’21 and his supervisor, Sarah Spinuzzi, Senior Staff Attorney, Orange County Coastkeeper.
The CLEA Awards Committee is once again soliciting nominations for its student awards. Beginning this year, in addition to the CLEA Outstanding Clinic Student or Outstanding Clinic Team Award, schools can honor students with the CLEA Outstanding Externship Student Award. The addition of the externship-focused award recognizes the valuable work for justice that law students do through externships and provides schools the opportunity to nominate an outstanding and self-reflective externship student for CLEA’s recognition. The awards are given annually at the completion of the academic year.
Criteria for the CLEA Outstanding Clinic Student or Team Award (One Award Per School) and the CLEA Outstanding Externship Student Award (One Award Per School):
Each school must select one student OR one team enrolled in a law school clinic course. Schools may select one student or one team, but may not submit more than one nomination for the clinic award.
A team may be recognized if students work together as a team and it would be impossible or unfair to single out one team member for recognition.
For the externship award, each school may select one student enrolled in an externship course.
Nomination & Selection Process:
Each law school may nominate one clinic award recipient and one externship award recipient. The full-time clinical faculty at each law school with faculty who are members of CLEA are asked to nominate a single student or a team of students from their law school for the clinic award and a single student for the externship award. Recipient students must graduate during or after the academic year in which the award is given. Each school then submits the nominations to the CLEA Awards Committee.
The nomination deadline is April 28, 2023. Please send nominations to the CLEA Awards Committee via this form.In the form, the clinical faculty of each school will be asked to:
The CLEA Awards Committee will issue an electronic certificate, and the clinical faculty can print and present the award at the law school’s graduation ceremony or at some other appropriate time, including remotely, as determined by the clinical faculty. Note that, even for the clinic team award, each school will receive one electronic certificate (of which multiple copies can be printed for presentation to the students). Certificates will be issued on a rolling basis (please allow up to one week to receive the electronic certificate).
If you have photographs of the award recipients receiving the certificates, you can send pictures for posting to social media or the CLEA website to the CLEA Communications Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2021 award winners have been announced!