Release of School of Law Grades

The School of Law registrar processes final grades as they are submitted by faculty. Upper-level grades will not be released until the exam period has ended. Posting and release of first-year grades will be deferred until the exam period has ended and at least two grades have been received for each student.

Grades will be made available to students via the Internet during the grading period. When all grades are final, a grade report is generated for each student. Transcripts are available as grades are posted.

A notation of "Highest Grade" will be posted to the transcripts of students who achieve the highest grade in any law course. These students will also receive the CALI Award during the awards ceremony held at the School of Law every spring. CALIs presented at the spring ceremony are for outstanding academic performance during the spring and summer terms of the previous academic year and fall term of the current academic year.

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Course credits or grading options

Credit Type A: Substantive, grading course (A, B, C, etc)
Credit Type B: Exceptional, Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory (no credit awarded)
Credit Type C: Credit, No Credit

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University of Dayton School of Law Academic Standing Policy

GOOD STANDING

  1. Students whose cumulative grade-point average is 2.2 or higher are in good standing.
  2. A student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.30 or higher to be eligible to participate in the Two-Year J.D. Program.
  3. Upper-level students must have at least 2.5 cumulative grade point average in order to participate in an Independent Study, Directed Reading, and to take courses away at another law school.
  4. First year students with a cumulative grade point average below a 2.5 at the end of their first semester in law school shall be required during their second semester at the law school to enroll in the course entitled, "Elements of Legal Analysis" and shall be required to defer enrollment in the Constitutional Law course until the next regularly scheduled offering of the course.

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Academic Probation

Definition

  • Any student whose cumulative GPA at the end of any regular semester is below 2.2, but who is eligible to continue studies in the School of Law (whether under terms of these academic standards or by virtue of readmission), is on academic probation.

First Year Students

  • If you are a first year student and on academic probation (less than a 2.2 grade point average) after the first semester, you will be dropped from Constitutional Law and placed in Elements of Legal Analysis.  In addition, students on academic probation at the end of their first semester in law school must meet with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for academic counseling.

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Academic Dismissal Standards

A student will be dismissed if:

  • His or her grade-point average (GPA) is less than l.80 at the end of the first semester of law school study.
  • His or her cumulative GPA is less than 2.0 at the end of the first year of law school study.
  • Failure to make progress towards a 2.2 as defined in the policy manual.
  • His or her cumulative GPA is less than 2.2 at the end of any subsequent academic year.

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Mandatory Grading Norms

In Credit Type A courses, the grades in with enrollment of 25 and over must meet the applicable mandatory mean:

  • First-Year Courses 2.80 +/-.05 (2.75 - 2.85)
  • Upper-Level Courses 3.00 +/- (2.95 - 3.05)
For a complete discussion of the mandatory mean, please refer to the Policy Manual section C.,11,b (Mandatory Grading Norms).

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Grading System

Grade              Quality Point Explanation
Course Credit Type A
 
A+ 4.3 Exceptional
A 4.0 Superior
A- 3.7 Excellent
B+ 3.3 Good
B 3.0 Good
B- 2.7 Average
C+ 2.3 Pass
C 2.0 Pass
C- 1.7 Below Average; Pass
D+ 1.3 Below Average; Pass
D 1.0 Poor; Pass
F 0.0 Failure 
Course Credit Type B
EX 0.0 Exceptional; Pass
S 0.0 Satisfactory; Pass
U 0.0 Unsatisfactory; No Credit
Course Credit Type C
CR 0.0 Credit
NC 0.0 No Credit
Miscellaneous Grading Notations
I 0.0 Incomplete
W 0.0 Withdrawn
P 0.0 Course in Progress
X 0.0 Audit (no credit)
N 0.0 No Grade Reported
K 0.0 Transfer Credit Awarded

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