tallboone wrote:The people in this thread who have said PBK doesn't matter are either ignorant or actually stupid. When you are applying for real jobs, you don't put your undergrad GPA on your resume, and nobody is ever going to ask you for your undergraduate transcript. Generally, the only way you can signal to an interviewer that you did well in undergrad is to have some sort of cum laude distinction or Phi Beta Kappa.
PBK is the only honors society that means anything, but it means a great deal on a resume because it distinguishes you. Also, to get PBK you have to be in the top X% of you class (usually top 10%) AND take fulfill the chapter's breadth requirements. In an era of grade inflation, you still can't fake latin honors or PBK. For the posters above, if you haven't heard of Phi Beta Kappa, it's because you didn't do well enough in school for the honor, or you went to a shitty undergrad that didn't have a chapter.
Under your line of reasoning OP can just put his/her cum laude distinction and be done with it, without the fees.
OP, do what you feel is best for you but it doesn't really matter. Besides law firms, I haven't seen many professions that care about your grades, period.
But as far as LS applications go, list it if you don't have many other achievements at this time, or if you've played a large role in your honor society. Don't list it if you have more/better achievements. Either way it's not that big of a deal and you can save the money by listing your "cum laude distinction."