University implements new spring 2020 grading policy for Law School

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Law School will use a different grading policy for the spring 2020 semester.

Courses in the Law School, subject to the traditional A – F scale in the existing system, will be graded on a new temporary scale, applicable to this semester only.

Here’s what the new grading scale looks like:

  • “Pass” (P) will be the general grade for all work that would have received an award of academic credit under the existing scale.
  • “No Pass” (NP) corresponds to work that would not have received such credit under the ordinary but temporarily inapplicable system.
  • “Honors” (H) is a new temporary designation that a faculty member may make for up to 35% of students in any class.

None of these grades will carry with them any grade point used in calculating GPA. Curricular experiences already to be graded S/U will remain that way.

The Law School will not rank or calculate percentiles for first-year students at the end of this year.

This grading policy corresponds to the approach of most law schools across the country.

Additionally, the deadline to withdraw from a course with a grade of W has been extended to April 24.

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