The Society of Bar and Gavel is the made up of exceptional students who have shown commitment above and beyond what is required of any law student. Established in 1949, the Society of Bar and Gavel is the only honors society specifically dedicated to recognizing law students who demonstrate outstanding service and dedication to goodwill. Membership is reserved to students who have displayed and lived up to the ideals of EXEMPLARY CHARACTER, SERVICE TO OTHERS, POSITIVE ATTITUDE, and LEADERSHIP.

Bar and Gavel is a place for students who are actively engaged in the community and serve as examples for others to follow. Bar and Gavel is credited with bringing about the Barrister (the first school newspaper), The Moot Court Board, the Slip Opinion (a weekly newsletter like today's Hearsay), Equity Playhouse, scholarship funds, and interaction with children's homes. Today, Bar and Gavel serves to recognize and promote service to the law school, the student body, and the local community through programs and initiatives designed to foster an understanding of the importance of giving back as a critical aspect of legal education.

Being a member of the Society is both an honor and a commitment, as active participation is expected of all members. Bar and Gavel organizes a number of large events throughout the year, such as Canes Carnival, Race Judicata, and Philanthropy Week. Bar and Gavel members are also expected to set an example for future generations by serving as leaders throughout the year in various organizations and activities. Whether at HOPE Day of Service, National Gandhi Day of Service, Relay for Life, or even graduation, Bar and Gavel members can be found up front and behind the scenes to make these events great.

The Society of Bar and Gavel is not about self-praise, resume padding or elitism. Members are expected to continually represent themselves, the organization, and the school with the same HONOR, DIGNITY, and HUMILITY that got them into Bar and Gavel in the first place. Members must carry themselves with the understanding that they are looked upon as marshals of good will and ethics that represent the University and the community at all times.

It is with the greatest sincerity that I say we hope to have you join us in the near future.

Jean Phillip (J.P.) Shami
2015-2016 President
Society of Bar and Gavel
University of Miami School of Law


  • 08-31-2013: Bar & Gavel Nominations/Applications Now Open!

  • 01-18-2013: Bar & Gavel is now accepting nominations and applications for membership

  • 10-15-2012: Private Practice in the Public Interest

  • 10-15-2012: Celebrate with Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Motivational Edge

  • 10-15-2012: Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Lunch & Learn

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