Grading Policies

Spring 2020 Grading Policy

Spring 2020 Grading Policy - established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A letter to employers
 about the School of Law's Spring 2020 Grading Policy.

Current Grading Scale

The grading scale for all students, effective in the Fall of 2010, is as follows:

Grade     GPA
A+           4.00
A             4.00
A-           3.67
B+          3.33
B            3.00
B-           2.67
C+          2.33
C            2.00 Passing
C-           1.67
D+          1.33
D            1.00
F             0.00 Failure

The A+ grade denotes a level of performance that is truly exceptional.

For each first-year course and all upper-level courses of 15 or more students, the Faculty suggests that 20-25% of the grades be A- or above, 50-60% of the grades be B- to B+, and 20-25% of the grades be C+ or below.

Grading Scale 2004-2005 to Summer 2010

The grading scale for students admitted to the Law School beginning with the 2004-2005 academic year and ending after the Summer 2010 term is as follows:

Grade     Grade Points
A             4.0
B+           3.5
B             3.0
C+           2.5
C             2.0 * Professional Competence
D+           1.5
D             1.0
F              0.0 Failure

*Provided approval is received from the Law Faculty

Honors
GPA               Honor
3.00 - 3.29     Cum Laude
3.30 - 3.49     Magna Cum Laude
3.50 and up   Summa Cum Laude

Grading Scale Prior to 2004-2005

The grading scale for students admitted to the Law School before the 2004-2005 academic year is as follows:

Grade     Grade Points
A+            4.0
A              3.75
A-             3.50
B+            3.25
B              3.0 *Professional Competence
C+            2.75
C              2.50
F              2.0 Failure

*The required GPA to be in good standing is 2.975 (unrounded) after the first year.

Honors
GPA               Honor
3.50 - 3.64     Cum Laude
3.65 - 3.79     Magna Cum Laude
3.80 and up   Summa Cum Laude