Exam courses are graded on an anonymous basis. You may not discuss the substance of the exam with the professor or with any other student until after grades are published, and you may not identify yourself in any way to the professor as the author of an exam until the grades are published.
Faculty Grading Deadlines
|Mini-Courses Grades Due
||Monday, November 17, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.
|All Students Grades Due
||Friday, January 16, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.
|Paper Extension Grades Due (papers due Monday, February 2, 2015)
||Monday, March 2, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.
|Upperclass Week One exam courses grades due
||Thursday, February 19, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.
|Upperclass Week One paper courses grades due
||Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.
|Mini-Courses Grades Due
||Monday, April 13, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.
|Graduating Students Grades Due
||Friday, May 15, 2015 by 12:00 p.m.
|Non-Graduating Students Grades Due
||Friday, June 5, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.
|Paper Extension Grades Due (papers due Monday, June 15, 2015)
||Monday, July 6, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, grades are generally available 4 weeks after the end of an exam and will be posted to MyAccess within 48 hours of submission by the professor. Faculty members do have a 3-day grace period after the grading deadline in which to submit their grades without penalty.
You may view your grades as well as the class grade distribution through MyAccess by clicking on the Student Records link, then clicking on Final Grades and selecting the appropriate semester.
Tuesday, September 2 - Tuesday, September 16: Students may elect to take a course Pass/Fail for Fall 2014
Tuesday, September 16 (5:00 p.m.): Deadline to elect to take a Fall 2014 course Pass/Fail
Friday, October 10 (5:00 p.m.): Deadline to select a pass/fail target grade for a Fall 2014 course,
Courses NOT eligible to be taken Pass/Fail
The details of the policy were developed by the Academic Standards Committee which includes both faculty and student members. That committee considered a range of issues, including possible impact on placement of students' taking courses Pass/Fail and how to create incentives for students to continue to work hard even in courses they are taking Pass/Fail. In order to accommodate a range of concerns, the new policy has some complexities.
In addition to courses for which students exercise the Pass/Fail option, some courses are offered on a mandatory Pass/Fail basis. These mandatory pass/fail courses count towards the 7 credit maximum.
The presumption will be that all eligible upperclass JD courses will be available to be taken Pass/Fail but faculty members have the right to exclude their courses. See lists of courses that are not eligible.
To select a course pass/fail and to set a target grade, login to MyAccess. Click on the Pass/Fail courses link on the Registration menu.
The credits from the following mandatory Pass/Fail courses will not count against the limit of 7 credits that can be taken Pass/Fail:
Applying an International Skill Set (1 credit) (for Global Law Scholars)
Building an International Skill Set (1 credit) (for Global Law Scholars)
Courses taken in an approved study abroad program
Demystifying Finance: A Short Course for Law Students (2 credits)
Upperclass Week One courses taken before the Spring 2011 semester
Week One Global Teaching Fellows
Week One: Law in a Global Context (1 credit) (for all first-year students)
Information from Career Services: Employers and taking a course Pass/Fail
One issue you will want to consider before you elect to take a course Pass/Fail is whether prospective employers will be concerned about your taking a course Pass/Fail. Before making its recommendation, the Academic Standards Committee consulted with Marcia Shannon, Assistant Dean for Career Services. Ms. Shannon concluded there would probably not be much impact on large firm hiring, although students should be aware that some might view negatively a Pass/Fail grade in a core course. Similarly, government agencies and boutique law firms would be concerned if a student had a Pass/Fail grade in a course relevant to the primary focus of the firm or agency's work. Finally, Ms. Shannon thought that there might be some impact on judges who are grade conscious and who hire clerks in their 3L/4E year. Before you have to make any decision on whether to take a course Pass/Fail, you will have an opportunity to consult with Career Services so that you can make a thoughtful, informed decision.
For more information on the Pass/Fail Policy and Grading, please see the Juris Doctor Program, Academic Requirements and Policies section of the Georgetown Law Student Handbook (starting on p. 3).