Mandatory Grade Policy
Type of Class
||3.25||3.30||3.35||Must substantially follow distribution as determined
by the Vice Dean
||3.25||3.30||3.35||Should follow distribution to the extent practicable|
||3.20||3.30||3.40||Should follow distribution to the extent practicable|
||3.20||n/a||3.50||Should follow distribution to the extent practicable|
Limits on Mean GPA
- Faculty shall ensure that the mean grade for each class falls between the maximum and minimum grade means described above.
- Faculty should not treat the upper (or lower) bounds as the target grade mean for their classes and should seek a target mean of 3.30 in classes enrolling 10 or more students.
Distribution of Grades
|A (including A+ if available)||10%|
|B- or below||15%|
Legal Practice Program
Grading in all first-year Lawyering Skills classes shall be on an Honors/Pass/Low Pass/Fail scale.
The Director of the Legal Practice Program shall supervise and coordinate grading in the Program and seek substantial uniformity in distribution across its sections.
Grade of A+
A single grade of A+ may (but need not) be awarded in a class with 30 or more students. No grade of A+ may be awarded in a class of fewer than 30 students.
Certain Students Not Counted
Solely for purposes of establishing compliance with the Grading Policy, faculty shall disregard the following students:
- LL.M. students
- Other non-J.D. students
- Students awarded a grade of D or F.
Example: 32 students are enrolled in Taxation of Derivatives. Of the 32 students, one is an LL.M. student and one is a non-J.D. graduate business student. The faculty member awards one J.D. student a grade of D. All other students receive grades of C- or better. In order to satisfy the Grading Policy, the grade mean of the 29 J.D. students receiving a C- or better must fall between 3.20 and 3.40 (the range for a 29-student class).
The Grading Policy does not establish standards for grading LL.M. and other non-J.D. students.
Grades may be based on the results of assigned written work wholly or may include class participation.