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Grade Distribution Policy

The School of Law's grading policy is as follows:

First-year day and evening division courses, excluding Legal Research and Writing course sections, and all second-year evening and part-time day division courses in Property and Criminal:

Tier 1 (A+, A, A-): Between 14 and 22% of all grades, with a target of 18%
Tier 2 (B+, B, B-): Between 36 and 54% of all grades, with a target of 45%
Tier 3 (C+, C, C-): Between 24 and 36% of all grades, with a target of 30%
Tier 4 (D+, D, D-): Between 0 and 10% of all grades, with a target of 7%

Legal Research and Writing sections of fewer students will comply with this distribution to the greatest extent feasible, with compliance monitored and reported on a program-wide level.

All other classes with enrollment of 30 or more students, whether evaluated by an exam, paper, or project:

Tier 1 (A+, A, A-): Between 14 and 23% of all grades, with a target of 19%
Tier 2 (B+, B, B-) Between 36 and 58% of all grades, with a target of 47%
Tier 3 (C+, C, C-) Between 24 and 38% of all grades, with a target of 32%
Tier 4 (D+, D, F): Between 0 and 2% of all grades, with a target of 2%

Classes and seminars with enrollment of less than 30 students are not bound by this distribution.