Academic Honors & Awarding of Diplomas

Dean’s List

For each fall and spring semester, the Dean’s List will include any student who completes at least 9 credit hours during the semester and who achieves a semester GPA of 3.30 or higher.   No Dean’s List is determined for Maymester.   However, the Dean’s List for the summer term will include any student who completes at least 9 combined hours of Maymester and summer courses and who achieves a GPA of 3.30 or higher for those combined courses.  For a student in this category, the designation “Dean’s List” will appear after the summer session grades on the student’s transcript.

Presidential Honors Program

The Presidential Honors Program recognizes full-time and part-time students at the Charleston School of Law for their outstanding academic performance. Students invited to join the program will be eligible for several benefits, including potential eligibility for the Presidential Honors Scholarship. To read more about the eligibility requirements and the benefits offered, please visit here.

Graduation Honors

Graduation Honors are as follows; there is no rounding:

  • Summa Cum Laude          3.70-4.00
  • Magna Cum Laude           3.50-3.69
  • Cum Laude                         3.30-3.49

Maritime Program Honors

Graduating students with 12 or more credit hours in maritime designated courses will receive the “Maritime Concentration” distinction.  Graduating students who achieve a grade point average of at least 3.3 in maritime designated courses will receive the “Maritime Concentration – Honors” distinction. Maritime designated courses can be found in the Admiralty and Maritime LL.M. Catalog. 

Awarding of Diplomas

The Charleston School  of Law awards diplomas four times each academic year: at the conclusion of the fall semester, at the conclusion of the spring semester, at the conclusion of the on-campus Maymester session, and at the conclusion of the on-campus summer session. Students who have completed the requirements for graduation may not take additional  courses unless approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

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