Honors at Graduation

Students who have received letter grades in at least 65 units (50 units for transfer students) are eligible to graduate with honors. The top 2 percent of the combined full- and part-time class is designated summa cum laude. The next 3 percent is magna cum laude and the next 5 percent, cum laude.

Order of the Coif

The School of Law is a member of the Order of the Coif, a nationally recognized legal honor society. Students receiving honors at graduation will be inducted into the Order.

Dean’s List

Students in the top 20 percent of their class as determined by their cumulative grade point average at the end of the academic year will be recognized on the Dean’s List. Third-year day and fourth-year part-time students are ranked separately for the Dean’s list, while they are ranked together when final graduating class rank is determined.

Scholastic Awards

1. CALI Excellence for the Future Award

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction presents the CALI Excellence for the Future Award to recognize academic excellence. CALI produces award certificates for students who receive the highest grade in a course. To encourage excellence in specialty, as well as general areas of study, this award is open to all courses taught at the law school. It may be awarded to students at all levels of study.

2. Dean’s Leadership Award

This award is selected by the Dean and given to the student in each graduating class who exemplifies our motto of “Lawyers Who Lead” and who has served other students, the school, and the community.

3. LARAW Award

Certificates of excellence in Legal Analysis, Research and Writing (LARAW) are awarded each year to the top five students in each LARAW section for their outstanding class work.

4. Mabie Outstanding Law Graduate Award

Through the generosity of the Inez Mabie Foundation, this award is presented every year by the Mabie Family Foundation, to the graduating student who best represents in his/her class the type of student SCU Law is most proud to graduate by reason of demonstrated qualities of scholarship, community leadership, and a sense of professional responsibility.

5. Witkin Awards

Certificates are awarded each semester by the Witkin Legal Institute at Thomson Reuters.  The awards are presented to students attaining the highest grades in qualifying courses. For more information, contact the Student Services Office.

For a complete list of scholastic awards, please refer to the section on Scholarships and Prizes.