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Grading Systems

J.D. Grading System

Grades are assigned to Juris Doctor candidates on the basis of the instructor’s judgment of the student’s scholastic achievement using the grading system below.

 
A (4.00) Distinguished
A- (3.67) Excellent
B+ (3.33) Superior
B (3.00) Very Good
B- (2.67) Good
C+ (2.33) Satisfactory
C (2.00) Passing
D (1.00) Conditional Failure
F (0.00) Failure (No Credit)
CR   Credit
NC   No Credit

Deferred Grades (DF)

No Grade Reported (NG)

Juris Doctor candidates may earn a limited number of credits on a pass/fail basis. Successful completion of such courses is indicated by the letter P. Some courses are offered only on a credit/no-credit basis. Successful completion of such courses is indicated by the code CR. Unsuccessful completion is indicated by the code NC.
 

LL.M. Grading System

Grades are assigned solely on the basis of the instructor's judgment as to the LL.M. student's scholarly attainment.

  A Excellent (Exceptional Achievement)
  A-  
  B+  
  B Good (Substantial Achievement)
  B-  
  C+  
  C Satisfactory (Acceptable Achievement)
  D Poor (Inadequate Achievement)
  F Failure (no credit earned)

 

S.J.D. Course Grading System

The following courses are graded with an ‘R’ (Research) for successful progress or completion: SJD 902 Research Methods Seminar, SJD 903 SJD Dissertation and SJD 904 SJD Candidacy.  No GPA is calculated for these courses.  The ‘R’ (Research) grade remains on the student transcript as the final evaluation of the course. If the faculty advisor determines that the candidate is not maintaining successful progress toward degree completion, an ‘F’ (Failure) may be assigned.


Deferred Grades (DF)

No Grade Reported (NG)