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Grading Policy

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate, a student must receive credit for 87 hours of course work and have a cumulative average of at least 2.2 based upon all courses taken.

Letter Grade GPA
A 4.0
A- 3.666
B+ 3.333
B 3.0
B- 2.666
C+ 2.333
C 2.0
C- 1.666
D 1.0
F 0.0
P C or higher

Grading Curve

Grades for all students must have a mean between 2.90 and 3.10 and distributed within the following percentages:


Letter Grade Distribution %
A 5%
A- 10%
B+, B, B-, C+, C 70% - 75%
C-, D, F 5% - 10%


Exceptions for 2L & 3L Students

Courses in which grades are not assigned substantially based on an anonymously graded final written examination. 

Courses with less than 15 students enrolled.


Graduation Honors

To qualify for graduation with honors, students must earn 58 credits at the College of Law.

College of Law graduation honors shall be awarded as follows:
Honor Student Body %
Summa Cum Laude Top 2%
Magna Cum Laude Top 10% (next 8%)
Cum Laude Top 25% (next 15%)

  • In calculating graduation honors, grade point averages shall be rounded to the nearest hundredth
  • The GPAs for students in the top quarter of any class will generally range from 3.11 to 4.00.  
  • Considerable bunching occurs on the grading scale, especially in the middle ranges.  As a result, a number of students are separated in rank by only a hundredth of a decimal place, and class rank is therefore only an overall comparative measure of academic achievement. 
  • Dean’s List: any student who is in the top 25% of that student’s class during a given semester shall be designated on the Dean’s list for such semester.

Note:  The Professional Development and Career Opportunities Program does not provide grade information.  Further, the College of Law prohibits the release of any information concerning a student’s record without the written consent of that student.  Employers should direct all requests for transcripts or records of academic performance directly to the student.