Grades assigned in all graded courses at the School of Law are recorded according to the following system:
Any grade awarded before June 2011 is recorded according to the following system:
As of Summer, 2011 the following system applies:
GPA (Grade Point Average): Students will receive a GPA for the fall semester of the first year. In future semesters, students will receive both a GPA for that current semester and a cumulative GPA for their law school career.
The School of Law has a limited honors-pass-fail grading program.
Pass/Fail: To obtain a grade of "Pass" under this program, a student must earn a grade of "C" or higher; the grade of "C-"or below is the equivalent of a failing grade.
Honors: To receive a grade of "Honors" under this program, a student must earn a grade of "A." Students awarded honors designations will receive a 4.0 in the applicable courses for purposes of calculating their grade point averages.
How to earn an Honors-Pass-Fail credit:
How many classes can I elect to take as "Honors-Pass-Fail"?
Students may elect to take up to two courses, regardless of the number of credits the courses are worth, on an honors-pass-fail basis in graded courses.
Should I choose to use the honors-pass-fail option?
It is strongly recommended that students do not exercise the honors-pass-fail option during the last semester of study, as a failing grade ("C-" or below) may adversely affect one's graduation, the final grade-point average, or the award of honors.
Mandatory Honors-Pass-Fail for Designated Courses
Select courses at the School of Law are graded only on a system of Honors-Pass-Fail. These courses are not covered by the limitation on the number of Honors-Pass-Fail courses set out above nor are they subject to election by the student. Some classes in this category are:
Note To Students: New GPA is an estimate and may off by .001
Calculate Overall GPA:
Calculate Semester GPA:
Follow the instructions for overall GPA, but leave BOTH the cumulative credits and cumulative GPA boxes blank.
Full-time students who complete nine or more graded credits will be awarded a Dean's List certificate for any semester in which their grade-point average for the semester's work is in the top 20 percent of their class.
Class rank and honors (including Order of the Coif) will be determined by the cumulative grade-point average. The Law Registrar determines class rank after all grades are received for the Fall and Spring semesters. The first ranking of the 1L class is after the Spring semester; there is no ranking of the 1L class after the Fall Semester.
All students whose cumulative grade-point average falls within the top 20% of the class will receive an individual numerical ranking. All students whose cumulative grade-point average falls within the top 33% or top 50% will be so notified that they fall within this percentage band. The balance of the class will not be ranked.