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3.7 Grading in the First-Year Sectioned Courses

It is the sense of the faculty that inequity in grading in the first-year sectioned courses should be avoided. In first-year sectioned courses, faculty members should distribute grades as follows:

A+, A, A- 30 percent (plus or minus 3 percent)
B+, B, B- 65 percent (plus or minus 3 percent)
C+ and below 5 percent (plus or minus 3 percent)

No faculty member shall sign a grade report deviating from this distribution without attaching thereto a written explanation of the reason for the deviation. Faculty members grading courses that are subject to this prescribed distribution are encouraged within the prescribed parameters to distribute grades such that the mean of the grades awarded, expressed as GPA, is 3.3 plus or minus 0.05.

Effective for students entering the law school prior to Fall 2015:

3.7. Grading in First-Year Sectioned Courses

It is the sense of the faculty that inequity in grading in the first-year sectioned courses should be avoided. In first-year sectioned courses, not including legal research and writing courses, faculty members should distribute grades as follows:

A+, A, A- 20 percent (plus or minus 3 percent)
B+, B, B- 60 percent (plus or minus 3 percent)
C+ and below 20 percent (plus or minus 3 percent)

No faculty member shall sign a grade report deviating from this distribution without attaching thereto a written explanation of the reason for the deviation. Faculty members grading courses that are subject to this prescribed distribution are encouraged within the prescribed parameters to distribute grades such that the mean of the grades awarded, expressed as GPA, is 3.0 plus or minus 0.1.

For the legal research and writing courses, faculty should distribute grades as follows:

A, A- 20 percent
B+, B 55 percent
B-, C+ 20 percent
C and below 5 percent

No faculty member shall sign a grade report deviating from this distribution without attaching thereto a written explanation of the reason for the deviation. The mean of the grades awarded shall not be more than 3.3 and not less than 3.0; grades lower than a C are not factored into the mean.