Student Awards

The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law recognizes students based on grades, students who have excelled by offering honor society membership, and an Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. The list of awards and honor societies is included below.

CALI Awards

CALI awards are given each semester to the student or students who receive the highest grade in a letter graded course. Once grades are received, students who will receive CALIs will be notified by the Assistant Dean for Student Life. The Assistant Dean will enter names each semester into the CALI database.  Certificates will be distributed when they are received by the Assistant Dean.

Dean's List

All full-time and part-time students who complete 8 or more graded credits in a semester at Brandeis School of Law will be awarded Dean’s List recognition for each semester his/her semester grade point average is in the top 20 percent of his/her respective class.

Dean’s List students will receive a letter from the Dean of Brandeis 4 to 6 weeks after grades are due for the semester and each semester recipient names will be posted within the Law School (unless the student has opted out of publication).

Graduation Latin Honors

The degree of J.D. will be granted summa cum laude to those who have a point standing between 3.8 and 4.0, magna cum laude to those who have a point standing between 3.5 and 3.799, and cum laude to those who have a point standing between 3.2 and 3.499.

Grade point average for graduation honors are based on the semester prior to a student’s final semester.

Brandeis Honor Society

In 1977, the faculty approved the establishment of a society to honor students with outstanding scholastic records at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. The Brandeis Society is an honorary scholastic society made up of law students who assist the Office of the Dean in encouraging legal scholarship. The Brandeis Society was created to foster a spirit of careful study at the University of Louisville School of Law and to mark in a fitting manner those who have attained a high grade of scholarship.  Members of the Society are known as Brandeis Scholars. Students are eligible for membership if they rank within the top 5 percent of the 2L class or 10 percent of the 3L class.

Brandeis Inn of Court

American Inns of Court are designed to promote professional skills and values, with a special emphasis upon ethical and responsible advocacy in state and federal courts.  Each Inn consists of distinguished members of the bench and bar, as well as a limited number of carefully selected students. This selection is based upon demonstrated interest in advocacy and student leadership or academic record.

Omicron Delta Kappa: Outstanding Graduate Award

Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) is a national leadership honor society which strives to recognize students for their achievements in scholarship, athletics, community service, civic engagement, publications, and creative and performing arts. Each spring, the Beta Epsilon Circle at the University of Louisville presents one graduating senior from each college with the ODK Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. This honor is presented to an individual or individuals who, by reason of high scholarship, prominent leadership, and service to the University, has been selected as the outstanding student in their graduating class.