Graduation List/Dean's List/Class Rank

III-C-6 Graduation List/Dean's List/Class Rank

A.        Graduation Honors

Graduation Honors will be as follows: Summa: top 2%
                                                      Magna: top 8% after Summa
                                                      Cum laude: top 15% after Magna

Graduation honors are to be noted on transcripts, and may be indicated on diplomas and in Commencement literature, with appropriate Latin terminology. They are not, however, to be announced during the conferring of diplomas at the Commencement ceremony, which is to celebrate the graduates’ common achievement of the Juris Doctor degree.

B.        Dean’s List

The Dean’s List will be the top 15 percent in each class for each semester. The Dean’s List will be compiled and students will be informed of their distinction. Students will also be invited to contact the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs if they do not wish to have their names included on the public version of the Dean’s List. After students are given a reasonable opportunity to request that their names be withheld from publication, the Dean’s List will be published.

C.        Class Rankings

After each semester's grades are submitted, students will be ranked, and students may, at the individual’s request, be informed of their own ranking. However, the Law School will not publish the rankings. Upon receiving a student’s permission to do so, the Law School will verify that student's ranking for a third party.

D.        Dean’s Award

The Dean’s Award in each course will be given to the student with the best academic performance. If two students tie – or if the best performance and the second best performance are close – the instructor may give two Dean’s Awards. No more than two Dean’s Awards may be given for any course. A list of Dean’s Awards will be compiled every semester, and students will be informed of their distinction. Students will also be invited to contact the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs if they do not wish to have their names included on the public version of the list of Dean’s Awards. After students are given a reasonable opportunity to request that their names be withheld from publication, the list of Dean’s Awards will be published.

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