Honor Societies

Order of the Coif

The Order of the Coif is a national honorary scholastic society the purpose of which is to encourage excellence in legal education by fostering a spirit of careful study, recognizing those who as law students attained a high grade of scholarship, and honoring those who as lawyers, judges, and teachers attained high distinction for their scholarly or professional accomplishments.

Membership into the Order is extended to those in the graduating class who are in the top 10% of their class at the end of the Spring semester.

Order of the Barristers

The order of Barristers is a national honorary organization whose purpose is the encouragement of oral advocacy and brief writing skills through effective law school oral advocacy programs.  The Order of Barristers originated in 1965 at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law.  The purpose was to honor graduating seniors who had demonstrated outstanding ability in the preparation and presentation of moot appellate arguments.  The Order was officially established as a national organization in 1970.

During the spring of 1971, a number of schools submitted applications for membership, and the current roll boasts over 100 law school chapters throughout the nation.  Schools having chapters in the Order include those nationally recognized for outstanding moot court programs and for successful participation in regional, national, and international interscholastic moot court competitions.

The Justinian Honor Society

Membership in the Justinian Honor Society is extended to the top 20% of the third-year class (senior members) and to the top 10% of the second-year class (junior members).  The president and secretary are appointed to their positions according to their class rank of number one and number two at the end of the fall semester of their second year.