Awards and Honors
Juris Doctor Honors Policy
Graduating seniors who are ranked in the top 25 percent of their division during their last semester will graduate with honors.
Conferring of Degrees—Loyola University Chicago School of Law JD Honors Policy
The top 25% in each division will graduate cum laude.
The top 10% in each division will graduate magna cum laude.
Up to the top two students in each annual graduating class without regard to division (subject to the Dean's approval) may graduate summa cum laude. (This does not mean that two from day and two from evening are eligible to receive summa cum laude status.)
- Spring semester class ranks will be used to determine final honors status for all spring graduates. The percentile designations will then be applied to all graduates.
- Summer graduates' honors status will be determined by their percentile rank after their final spring semester.
- Fall semester class ranks will be used to determine final honors status for all fall graduates. The percentile designations will then be applied to all graduates.
- If a percentage for honors designation results in a fraction, eligibility for honors status will be determined by rounding up the number of those eligible, if the decimal involved is .5 or greater. For instance, in a class of 50 graduates, the top 25% would include 12.5 graduates. For purposes of honors designation, 13 graduates will qualify for honors status. If there are 49 students, the top 12.25 students are within the top 25% and honors status will be awarded to only 12 students.
For the graduating class of 2020 and beyond, Juris Doctor students who attain a semester grade point average of 3.40 or above are placed on the Dean’s List at the end of each Fall and Spring semester. For earlier graduating classes, Juris Doctor students who attain a semester grade point average of 3.35 or above are placed on the Dean’s List at the end of each Fall and Spring semester. Dean’s List letters are mailed 4–6 weeks after grades are due for the semester.
CALI Awards are chosen by the faculty member and are given to the highest performing student in a course each semester. Visit the CALI website for more information.