The McAuliffe Honor Society
Each year, the USF
School of Law honors to top students in the first-year class with an invitation to join the McAuliffe Honor Society. Membership in the society includes a renewable scholarship and special events.
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 Grace Hum or Associate
Dean for Academic Affairs Joshua P. Davis.