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The McAuliffe Honor Society

The USF School of Law invites approximately 10 percent of the class each year to join the McAuliffe Honor Society. This honor offers student members an enhanced law school experience.

The society has been in existence for many years but was reinvigorated in 2012 to include additional programming and benefits to full and part-time students. 

Membership

Invitations to join the society are extended after the fall and spring semesters to the top students in the first-year class, based primarily on class rank, as well as professionalism and diversity of background and experience. Students remain in the society until their graduation, provided they maintain a 3.20 cumulative GPA and abide by the Student Handbook. Upon graduation, members of the Society receive special certificates and the recognition is noted on their law school transcripts.

Benefits

Students who are admitted to the McAuliffe Honor Society in their first year receive a renewable scholarship. Other Society benefits include: guidance from a faculty program advisor; specialized programming (e.g., workshops on obtaining a judicial clerkship and seeking article publication); opportunities to connect with alumni; and support for serving as a faculty research assistant.

History

The McAuliffe Honor Society was named after Florence M. McAuliffe, who received a bachelor of arts in liberal arts from USF in 1905, and was a founding partner of the San Francisco law firm Heller Ehrman White and McAuliffe LLP. One of Florence McAuliffe’s major contributions at Heller Ehrman included, in 1929, negotiating the financing for the construction of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. 

Questions about the McAuliffe Honor Society may be directed to Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Erin E. Dolly or the Faculty Advisor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Joshua P. Davis.