Sir John Monash Medal for Outstanding Achievement

The Sir John Monash Medal for Outstanding Achievement is awarded to a student who:

  • has completed the academic requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and is eligible to graduate; and
  • is judged to have an excellent academic record; and
  • has demonstrated a significant commitment to advancing the University's goals of social justice, human rights and a sustainable environment.

See the Scholarship and Prizes Policy and Medals and Commendations Procedure for further information.

Benefits and number of awards

One Sir John Monash Medal is awarded to one Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) student per year. The medal will be proclaimed at the faculty prizes ceremony and their graduation ceremony, and awarded at the graduation ceremony. The award will also be included on official University transcripts.

Eligibility criteria

The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • A recipient of the Sir John Monash Medal must have completed their course and qualified for the award of Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) no later than the end of the semester two examination period preceding the grant of the award
  • Coursework students are eligible in the final year of their degree. For the purpose of medal eligibility, students who complete their degree requirements over the summer period are considered to have qualified in the following academic year.
  • Recipients must have demonstrated a significant commitment, while at Monash, to advancing the University's goals of social justice, human rights and a sustainable environment.
  • Coursework students who have a fail grade for a unit in the awarding degree for the medal are not eligible.
  • Former winners of the Sir John Monash medal are not eligible to apply.
  • A student completing a combined degree is not eligible to receive the award of the Sir John Monash medal from two faculties. A student will be considered for the medal only by the faculty in which they are enrolled. In the case of a student enrolled in a double or combined degree, only the managing (enrolling) faculty should consider the student for an award.

Nominations and selection process

  1. A nomination can be made by the student (self nomination), a fellow student, any Monash staff member, or any member of the community by submitting:
    1. Sir John Monash Medal - Nomination form; and
    2. Sir John Monash Medal - Application form
  2. In addition to the nomination form linked above, all nominations must include a letter from the nominator explaining the reason for the nomination and a statement from the nominee addressing how he/she meets each of the eligibility criteria. Please also provide any supporting information which could be of use to the selection committee and permission from the nominee to have his or her academic records released to the selection committee.
  3. Submit the completed application and nomination forms by the due date of Friday 4 February 2022
  4. The Selection Committee comprises the LLB Director, Associate Dean (Education) and the Education Manager for the Faculty of Law.
  5. The Selection Committee will make a recommendation to the Dean of Law. Where the selection committee deems more than one application to be equal in ranking, it may be necessary to require students to be interviewed.
  6. The medal will be awarded at the student's graduation ceremony if attending, or, forwarded by mail if graduating in absentia. The award will be included on official university transcript.

Nominations for the Sir John Monash Medal are now open and will close on Friday 4 February 2022