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Law School ‘Recalls’ Grades, Because Apparently They Were Too Low


In all second- and third-year courses, the median grade will be 3.3 with two exceptions:

a. A deviation not exceeding 0.2 points may be made if all of the following conditions are met:

i. The course has an enrollment of fewer than ten students;

ii. The faculty member clearly demonstrates that there is a disproportionate number of excellent, or sub-par, student performances; and

iii. The Associate Dean for Faculty and Curriculum approves the deviation.

Under this exception, in a particular course, a deviation may occur occasionally, but in almost all years the median for that course will be 3.3. The fact that a course involves a paper, a project, skills training, or a heavy workload does not justify a deviation from the 3.3 median.

b. If the median GPA of the students enrolled in the course is between 3.4 and 3.499, the instructor may use a median of 3.4; if the median GPA is between 3.5 and 3.599, the instructor may use a median of 3.5; and if the median GPA of students enrolled in the course is 3.6 or above, the instructor may use a median of 3.6. The median GPA of the students in the course will be calculated as of the beginning of the semester in which the course is offered with respect to students enrolled in the course as of the end of the semester. The registrar will notify the instructor if this exception applies to the course.

The exceptions described in sections a and b may not be cumulated.

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