McGeorge School of Law

Academic Honors

Dean's List

Students who earn a 3.30 or higher annual GPA at the completion of an academic year are named to the Dean's Honor List and will see a notation to that effect on their transcript.

Diversity & Inclusion Award

This award is given annually to the student in each division who demonstrated extraordinary commitment to enhancing inclusion on campus through positive communication between persons of different backgrounds, developing creative ideas for increasing and valuing diversity, promoting an environment free from bias and discrimination, and organizing or facilitating various academic or community events promoting diversity, respect, and inclusiveness.

Witkin Awards

The student who earns the highest score in an eligible course earns the Witkin Award for that course and receives a certificate from the Witkin Legal Institute. If there is a tie for the highest score, the student with the highest cumulative GPA receives the Witkin Award. The Witkin List is posted on the Registrar's bulletin board and FSO Sakai site after each term once all grades have been finalized. Certificates are mailed to the student's local address on file approximately 2-3 weeks following the posting of the results.

Graduation Honors

Valedictorian Awards: The graduating student in each Division with the highest grade point average in the Division is presented a medal that recognizes his or her achievement.

The Order of the Coif: A national law school honor society founded to encourage legal scholarship and advance the ethical standards of the legal profession. Seniors whose academic records place them in the top 10% of the combined Full-Time and Part-Time Division and who have completed at least 75% of their law studies in graded courses at McGeorge are eligible for election to membership.

With Great Distinction: Members of the graduating class whose cumulative grade point average is 3.50 or higher graduate "With Great Distinction."

With Distinction: Members of the graduating class whose cumulative grade point average is 3.10 or higher graduate "With Distinction."

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

The Order of Barristers: Ten graduating seniors may be elected to membership in recognition of performance in intramural and interscholastic appellate and trial advocacy competitions.

The Faculty Honors and Awards Committee

The Faculty Honors and Awards Committee annually selects graduating students for the awards and honors listed below. 

  • Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award — Presented by West Group: Upon election by the Committee, a student in the graduating class of each Division is recognized for overall scholastic accomplishment.
  • McGeorge School of Law Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards: Criteria for this award, made upon election by the Committee to a student in the graduating class of each Division, include scholastic standing, honors, and activities.
  • McGeorge School of Law Outstanding Student Achievement Awards: Upon election by the Committee, this award is made to a student in the graduating class of each Division in recognition of student leadership through participation in student government, advocacy boards, journals, Community Legal Services Board, or other student activities, outside activities, or work experience combined with law school study.
  • Outstanding Student Service Award: An award to the graduating senior in each division who has given the most significant service to the McGeorge community in his or her senior year.
Other Awards

Nominations for awards from various organizations are made each year according to their procedures and criteria, such as nominations for Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, based on outstanding leadership in scholastic and community activities.


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