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School of Law Grading System

Effective Autumn Quarter 2009-10, units earned in School of Law are quarter units. Units earned in School of Law prior to 2009-10 are semester units. The following grading system became effective in Autumn Semester 2008-09.

Grade Description
H Honors (exceptional work, significantly superior to the average performance at the school)
P Pass (successful mastery of the course material)
R Restricted Credit (work that is unsatisfactory)
F Fail (work that does not show minimally adequate mastery of the material)
MP Mandatory Pass (representing P or better work)
N Continuing Course
* No Grade Reported
L Pass, letter grade to be reported

Grade Not Reported (effective Autumn Quarter 2009-10)

Under the grading system above, in 2008-09 third-year J.D. students remained under the prior grading system (below). Under the numerical system (with letter equivalents), the range of satisfactory grades runs from 4.3 to 2.5 as outlined in the following distribution. Below the grade of 2.5 is one level of restricted credit (2.2) and one level of failure (2.1). The number grades with letter equivalents are as follows:

Numeric Value Letter Grade Equivalent
4.3, 4.2 A+
4.1, 4.0, 3.9 A
3.8, 3.7, 3.6, 3.5 A-
3.4, 3.3, 3.2 B+
3.1, 3.0, 2.9 B
2.8, 2.7, 2.6, 2.5 B-
2.2 Restricted Credit
2.1 Failure

Students may elect to take a limited number of courses on a credit/ restricted credit/no credit system (K/RK/NK). ‘K’ will be awarded for work that is comparable to numerical grades 4.3 to 2.5, ‘RK’ for Restricted Credit-level work (2.2), and ‘NK’ for Failure-level work (2.1). A limited number of courses are offered on a mandatory credit (KM)/no credit basis. ‘N’ is a temporary notation used in a continuing course; it is replaced with a final grade upon completion of the course series. An asterisk (*) notation will be placed when no grade has been reported.