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Grades

Blind Grading

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

Fall 2016

Mini-Courses Grades Due
Monday, November 14, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.
All Students Grades Due
Friday, January 13, 2017 by NOON
Paper Extension Grades Due (papers due Monday, January 30, 2017)
Monday, February 27, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.

Spring 2017

Week One exam courses
Thursday, February 16, 2017 by 5:00 PM
Week One paper courses
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by 5:00 PM
Mini-CoursesMonday, April 10, 2017 by 5:00 PM
Graduating Students Friday, May 19, 2017 by NOON
Non-Graduating Students
Friday, June 2, 2017 by NOON
Paper Extension (papers due Monday, June 12, 2017)
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by 5:00 PM

Summer 2017

 Summer 2017 Grades DueFriday, August 18, 2017 by NOON
 September 29, 2017 Graduating Student Grades DueFriday, September 22, 2017 by 3:00 p.m.
 Non-Graduating Student Grades Due (for papers with extensions until September 5, 2017)Monday, September 25, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.

Posting Grades

  • 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. 

JD Pass/Fail Policy (effective Summer 2014)

Pass/Fail Deadlines

Summer 2017

Thursday, May 25- Friday, June 9: Students may elect to take a Summer 2017 course Pass/Fail and select their target grade for the course

Friday, June 9 (3:00 p.m.): Deadline to elect to take a Summer 2017 course Pass/Fail and select a target grade for the course

Courses NOT eligible to be taken Pass/Fail

Summer 2017

Fall 2017

Spring 2018

In April 2014, the faculty revised its pass/fail policy.  The policy is intended to encourage students to be adventurous in their course selection and not be deterred from taking a course out of concern for their GPAs.  Effective beginning in summer 2014, upperclass J.D. students are permitted to take a maximum of 7 credits pass/fail in elective courses that are available on a pass/fail basis.  Mandatory pass/fail courses (e.g., upperclass Week One courses) and the pass/fail components of experiential learning offerings (field placements in practicum courses and externships) do not count against the 7-credit pass/fail limit.  In other words, the 7-credit ceiling applies only to classroom courses that students elect to take on a pass/fail basis.  Note that courses taken on a mandatory pass/fail basis in an approved study-abroad program or at another ABA-approved law school (e.g., while the student is a visiting student) also do not count against the 7-credit ceiling.

*Effective Spring 2016* - Please note the following change to the Pass/Fail policy effective Spring 2016 - The Pass/Fail committee voted to unanimously to adopt a 4/4 approach, i.e. both the election of Pass/Fail and the selection of the target grade must be made by the end of the fourth week of the semester.

Eligible Students

Upperclass J.D. students are eligible to use the pass/fail option for upperclass electives at the Law Center and at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies, and for cross-listed Law Center graduate courses that are available for pass/fail.  The pass/fail option is not available to LL.M. students.  Students sign up for the pass/fail option online and receive instructions on how to do so from the Office of the Registrar.

Non-Eligible Courses

The following courses are not eligible for the pass/fail option:

(1) courses in the required first-year program, including the first-year elective, any course that meets the Professional Responsibility requirement, upperclass legal writing requirement seminars, and Supervised Research projects;

(2) clinics;

(3) Law Center graduate courses that are not cross-listed;

(4) courses for which the faculty member has elected not to make the pass/fail option available (these are listed in the Curriculum Guide and in links to the right); and

(5) for students pursuing a J.D./LL.M. joint degree, courses counting toward the LL.M. degree.

Other Restrictions

Students may exercise the option to take an otherwise graded course on a pass/fail basis only once a semester.  This does not apply to mandatory pass/fail courses, which do not count against the 7-credit pass/fail limit (i.e., students may only elect to take one course pass/fail in a semester but may take any number of mandatory pass/fail courses in the same semester).

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.

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