The McAuliffe Honor Society
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.