Honors and AwardsAcademic Honors
Only grades in courses taken at the School of Law will be considered for determining eligibility for honors. Students who received the L.L. M. degree are not eligible for the honors listed below. Transfer students are eligible for honors if they have maintained the required minimum C.G.P.A. at the School of Law and at the law school from which the student transferred. Students who have been granted permission to visit at another law school will be considered for honors based on their C.G.P.A. for the hours of credit earned at the School of Law.
Students who complete all J.D. requirements will be awarded honors as follows:
1. Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 minimum C.G.P.A.
2. Magna Cum Laude - 3.500 minimum C.G.P.A.
3. Cum Laude - 3.300 minimum C.G.P.A.
Dean's List status is awarded to students who achieve notable academic performance in a given semester. Students who are awarded Dean's List status will be notified by letter and have the achievement officially noted on their transcripts. Qualification for Dean's List status requires the following:
1. Completion of a minimum of 9 law credit hours - graded and calculated in the G.P.A. - for the semester.
2. Achievement of a G.P.A. of 3.500 or higher for the semester.
Alpha Sigma Nu
Alpha Sigma Nu is the Jesuit Honor Society dedicated to recognizing those students who demonstrate strong scholastic ability, loyalty and service. Several upper division students are recommended by the Dean to this Society. A Mass and initiation ceremony is held in late spring for all new initiates.
Students who earn the highest grade in a particular School of Law course receive an Academic Excellence Award. A certificate recognizing this honor is presented to students in the spring semester each year at a special awards ceremony. Excellence Awards are generally limited to those courses in which a major part of the grade is based on a final exam. Courses such as Legal Research and Writing, Moot Court, Seminars or other Professional Skills courses are not included. However, students achieving the highest grade in courses not included may be eligible for recognition through other awards.
Woolsack Honor Society
Woolsack is the School of Law honor society which encourages and rewards student scholarship and promotes high professional standards at the bar and on the bench. Members of Woolsack are elected by the faculty during the first faculty meeting of the academic year following graduation or following the publication of the final rankings for that graduating class. Eligibility is limited to January, May and August graduates who have graduated in the top ten percent of their class. Students elected to Woolsack receive a certificate of membership in September following their graduation.