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Academic Honors

The Order of the Coif

The Order of the Coif is a national law school honor society founded to encourage legal scholarship and advance the ethical standards of the legal profession. Award of a chapter of The Order of the Coif signifies that a school of law maintains scholarship and academic standards of high quality. Each year, faculty members of the Pacific McGeorge chapter of The Order of the Coif elect students to membership from among those seniors whose academic records place them in the top 10% of the combined Full-Time and Part-Time Division graduating class. and who completed at least 75% of his or her law studies in graded courses.

The Order of Barristers

The Order of Barristers is a national honorary organization whose purpose is the encouragement of excellence in oral and written advocacy. Ten graduating seniors may be elected to the Order each year on the basis of performance in a combination of intramural and interscholastic moot court and trial advocacy competitions.

Traynor Society

Students whose grades during two academic years have qualified them for the Dean's Honor List are awarded membership in the Traynor Society. The Society is named in honor of the late Honorable Roger J. Traynor, former Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court.

Dean's Honor List

The Dean's Honor List includes those students who achieved a grade point average for the previous academic year ending with the Spring Semester of 3.10 or higher.

Graduation Honors

Students who complete the requirements for graduation with a cumulative grade point average of 3.10 and higher will be graduated "With Distinction." Students with a grade point average of 3.50 and higher are graduated "With Great Distinction."

Valedictorian Awards

Valedictorian medals are presented at Commencement each year to the graduating students with the highest grade point averages in the Full-Time and Part-Time Divisions. The Late Honorable Sherrill Halbert, Senior Judge of the United States District Court, Eastern District of California, provided for these medals.

McGeorge School of Law Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award

Upon election by the Faculty Committee on Honors and Awards, an award is presented yearly to a student in each division of the senior class in recognition of overall scholastic accomplishment.

McGeorge School of Law Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards

Nominations for this award are based on criteria which include scholastic standing, honors, and activities. Awards are made to the graduating senior from the Full-Time and the Part-Time Divisions selected by the Committee on Honors and Awards as exemplifying the highest academic and individual achievements during his or her law school career.

McGeorge School of Law Outstanding Student Achievement Awards

Outstanding Student Achievement awards are made to the senior student from the Part-Time and the Full-Time Division who has provided student leadership through student government offices and projects; McGeorge Law Review, Pacific McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal, or Community Legal Services Board; or leadership in other student activities, outside activities, or work experience combined with law school study.

Outstanding Student Service Award

An award is made to the graduating senior who has given most significant service to the Pacific McGeorge community in his or her senior year.

Outstanding Student Achievement in Trial Advocacy

Four awards for Outstanding Achievement in Trial Advocacy are provided from the Emil Gumpert Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Trial Advocacy presented to the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law by the American College of Trial Lawyers. Two additional awards are provided by the Consumer Attorneys of Sacramento.