Grades and Course Credits

University Policy

School of Law Policy

Excerpt from Article IX of 2013/2014 Academic Regulations

Grading scale and procedures

a. In coursework for which a letter grade is assigned, the minimum passing grade is D.

b. The Faculty has established the following scale of numerical equivalents for letter grades:

Grade Honor Points
A+ 4.3
A 4
A– 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3
B– 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2
C– 1.7
D 1
F 0

For all courses and seminars with enrollment of 26 or more students receiving grades, the following grade distribution is mandatory:

Grades Grade Distribution
A+ 0–5%
A+, A, A– 20–30% (A+ subject to 5% limitation above)
B+ and above 40–60% (subject to limitations on A range above)
B 10–50% (subject to limitations above and below)
B– and below 10–30% (subject to limitations below on ranges C+ and below)
C+ and below 0–10%
D, F 0–5%

For seminars and courses with enrollment of 25 or fewer, the above distributions are not mandatory, but a median of B+ is recommended.

c. If a graded seminar or course is taken by a student on a Credit/No Credit/Honors basis, the student must earn a C or better on the graded work in the course or seminar to pass. A student who does not satisfy that standard will not receive credit for the course, and the course will not appear on the student’s transcript except as provided under e (below).

d. The result of any course or seminar taken on a Credit/No Credit/Honors basis is not reflected in the student’s grade point average except as provided under e (below).

e. If a student receives a grade of C- or D in a course taken on a Credit/No Credit/Honors basis in the final semester before the student’s anticipated graduation and the student requires credit in the course to be eligible for graduation, the grade shall be included in the student’s grade point average and on the student’s transcript and the student shall receive credit for the course.

f. A student must make any election to take a course on a Credit/No Credit/Honors basis by the end of the add/drop period. A student, however, can elect to reverse this decision and take the course on a graded basis for an additional two-week period after the add/drop period.

g. The School of Law Registrar will release final grades to students as soon as possible after the examination period. Instructors may not release final grades directly to students.

h. Instructors may change final grades to correct clerical or mathematical error. Final grades may not otherwise be changed except by vote of the Faculty.