Grade Policy

III-C-2. Grade Policy

A.        Grading Averages

  1. In first-year courses (except Lawyering Skills): faculty should strive for an average GPA of 2.90, and in no case should the average GPA of a course be lower than 2.70 or higher than 3.10. The Dean, or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Dean’s request, may grant authorization to a faculty member to submit grades outside this range, but only in exceptional circumstances, and only if the faculty member requests authorization before submitting grades. This policy is applicable only to final grades, not to every paper or examination.
  2. In second and third-year required courses (except Lawyering Skills and Mentor Externship) and other courses in which 45 or more students are enrolled: faculty should strive for an average GPA of 3.00, and in no case should the average GPA of the course be lower than 2.80 or higher than 3.20. The Dean, or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Dean’s request, may grant authorization to a faculty member to submit grades outside of this range, but only in exceptional circumstances, and only if the faculty member requests authorization before submitting grades. This policy is applicable only to final grades, not to every paper or examination.

B.        Class Rankings

After each semester’s grades are submitted, law students will be ranked, and each student, at his or her request, will be informed of his or her ranking. Rankings will not be published. If a prospective employer seeks verification of ranking, such verification will be given if the student so authorizes.

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