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. For each semester, including the fall semester of the 1L year, students who are in the top 20% of their class will receive a notation on their transcript that they are on the Dean's List. In future semesters, students will receive both a GPA for that current semester and a cumulative GPA for their law school career.
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"?
Third-year students (i.e., who have earned 56 or more credits, not counting any credits with an "Incomplete") may take up to two courses on a honors-pass-fail basis in graded courses, seminars, and workshops.
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 the result may adversely affect one's graduation, the final grade-point average, or the award of honors.
Honors-Pass-Fail for Designated Skills Courses
Select skills 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. The classes in this category are:
Students who receive a grade of H for Honors will have this grade noted on their transcript, and the quality points in their grade point average will count as though they had received the grade of "A."
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.
The Dean of Students has drafted a letter to provide additional information to employers about calculation of grades, grade point averages and ranks at Miami Law. Additional details can be found in the Student Handbook. You may provide this letter to any employer with your transcript. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your advisor in the Career Development Office.