What sounds better: cum laude, with honors, with distinction

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What sounds more impressive on resume

cum laude
4
36%
with Honors
4
36%
with Distinction
3
27%
 
Total votes: 11

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What sounds better: cum laude, with honors, with distinction

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:17 pm

I've seen all of these used to mean basically the same thing. What sounds better to you?

Just wondering.
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Re: What sounds better: cum laude, with honors, with distinction

Postby 4LTsPointingNorth » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:23 pm

This can't be a serious post, but I will give it a completely serious response.

All three are problematic and should be avoided.

"Cum Laude" to me just screams "not quite smart enough for 'Magna Cum Laude' or 'Summa Cum Laude.'"

"With honors" just screams "Without high honors" to me.

"With distinction" just seems like a made up award for effort.

I think the best bet is to just have a clean listing of the school attended in the attorney bio without any descriptors.

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Re: What sounds better: cum laude, with honors, with distinction

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:25 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I've seen all of these used to mean basically the same thing. What sounds better to you?

Just wondering.

Whichever one your school uses.

(Signed, Nony Mouse, BA cum laude.)

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Re: What sounds better: cum laude, with honors, with distinction

Postby dudders » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:25 pm

I don't think you really have any control over which type of language your school uses. Latin or not ... go with how your school lists it on your diploma. Mine says "with honors" and I'm not going to change it to "cum laude"

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Re: What sounds better: cum laude, with honors, with distinction

Postby Nebby » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:27 pm

cum lauder

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Re: What sounds better: cum laude, with honors, with distinction

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:34 pm

I agree with "Cum Laude" = "not quite smart enough for 'Magna Cum Laude' or 'Summa Cum Laude.'"

"With distinction" sounds like it could be any award, including a pro bono award. Too broad.

"With honors" sounds best, because many folks don't realize/know that "With High Honors" or "With Highest Honors" exist. And "With honors" sounds decently broad to cover all three (honors, high honors and highest honors).

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Re: What sounds better: cum laude, with honors, with distinction

Postby poptart123 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:40 pm

Keeper of the Peregrinus tbh

http://tarlton.law.utexas.edu/peregrinus/keeper

If I went to UT I would shoot for #4 just for that

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Re: What sounds better: cum laude, with honors, with distinction

Postby KissMyAxe » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:58 pm

poptart123 wrote:Keeper of the Peregrinus tbh

http://tarlton.law.utexas.edu/peregrinus/keeper

If I went to UT I would shoot for #4 just for that


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