Juris Doctor Honors
JD students whose cumulative grade point average (GPA)
places them in certain categories graduate with honors.
Top 5%: summa cum
Top 10%: magna cum
Top 20%: cum laude
The awards are given to the
entire class that graduates in an academic year, full-time and part-time
students combined. The
awards are announced at the end of the academic year. Once the awards are announced and posted by the College of
Law and the University Student Records Office, the awards are not affected by
any subsequent grade changes.
Students who transfer to the College of Law after they
complete first-year coursework at another law school are eligible for
graduation honors. Grades earned
at a transfer student’s prior law school are included in the GPA computation
for honors eligibility. Grades earned when students visit another law school
after their first year are included in the GPA for honors eligibility if they
take 12 or more credits at another law school.
of the Coif
JD graduates who rank in
the top 10 percent of their class will be elected by the faculty to the Order
of the Coif. Coif awards are
announced in the summer at the end of the academic year. Once announced and
posted by the University Student Records Office, the awards are not affected by
any subsequent grade changes. The rules for honors awards for transfer students
also apply to election to Order of the Coif.