Rule 7-6: Academic Student Honors

The following academic honors will be accorded by the law school:

A. Dean’s Honor Roll. Full-time students who achieve a grade point average of at least 3.350 any fall or spring semester are on the Dean’s Honor Roll. For the first-year fall semester GPA, provisional grades awarded in LR&W at the end of that fall semester will be treated as final grades.

B. CALI Excellence for the Future Awards. The law school, in conjunction with the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction, may award an Excellence for the Future Award each semester to the student who receives the highest grade in each class that CALI recognizes. The decision to make such an award rests entirely with the class professor. For purposes of this rule, each section of a class shall be treated as a separate class.

C. Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence. The Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence is awarded at Commencement to the graduate who has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average during her or his legal studies at the School of Law (based on all work up to but excluding the semester immediately prior to May Commencement). If one or more other students graduating at the same time has a cumulative grade point average within 0.01 of the highest cumulative grade point average, a medal shall be awarded to each student. If a graduate who did not receive the Dean’s Medal for Academic Achievement at commencement has the highest cumulative GPA at the end of the semester immediately prior to May Commencement, a medal shall be awarded to that graduate.

D. Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude. For students graduating August 2020 or prior: Students who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance are awarded the following designations based on the cumulative grade point average for all work completed for the juris doctor degree: Summa Cum Laude: 3.600 to 4.000; Magna Cum Laude: 3.350 to 3.599; and Cum Laude: 3.100 to 3.349.

E. Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude. For students graduating December 2020 or after: Students who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance are awarded the following designations based on there they stand within their class, expressed as a percentage, for all work completed for the juris doctor degree: Cum Laude–top 30%; Magna Cum Laude–top 15%; Summa Cum Laude – top 5%.