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The call for nominations for the 2018 Compleat Lawyer Awards are now closed. Winners will be announced in early 2018, and the Compleat Lawyer Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018.


The Compleat Lawyer Awards were established in 1992 by the University of South Carolina Law School Alumni Council to recognize alumni for outstanding civic and professional accomplishments. Each year the Council recognizes up to nine outstanding alumni at the Compleat Lawyer Awards Dinner. Nominees are individuals who have made significant contributions to the legal profession and exemplify the highest standard of professional competence, ethics and integrity.

Eligibility Criteria

The only criteria is that the nominee must be an alumnus/alumna of the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Nomination Packet

The nominator is responsible for collecting and submitting all required material for the nomination. All material must be submitted under the same cover and postmarked by the deadline date of December 5, 2017. An incomplete nomination will not be considered.

Each nomination packet must include the following:

  1. Nominee Information Application: Please complete the Nomination Award Form [pdf]. (Note any additional materials will not be considered in lieu of required nomination forms.)
  2. References: The nomination packet must include three letters of recommendation. Each letter is limited to one or two pages in length. Please note that the nominator's letter of recommendation serves as one recommendation.
  3. Digital Head Shot (for publicity and program). Please provide a high resolution digital image (minimum 1000 pixels wide) in JPEG format.

Nominations are kept on file and will be included in the review process for three additional years. Updates and/or supplements to their prior application are welcome.

Material Submission

Email the completed packet as a PDF file (preferred), along with the high resolution headshot (in jpeg format), to or mail the completed packet to:

Compleat Lawyer Nominations
University of South Carolina School of Law
1525 Senate Street, Suite 253
Columbia, South Carolina 29208

NOTE: If mailing the packet, please provide the high resolution image on a disc or thumb drive. A hard-copy print-out of the image will not be accepted.

Questions? Call Carol Mitchell at the Office of Development/Alumni Relations at 803-777-3408.