Law School Grading Policies 

March 4, 2013

The purpose of the memorrandum is to explain the grading practices at the University of Richmond School of Law.  As you know, each law school has a different method of grading. Our faculty and administration have adopted guidelines for grading and have stipulated a mode grade of B (3.0) for each required course.

The following tables illustrate the overall grade point averages needed to place students in the designated percentages and ranks in their respective class at the end of Fall Semester 2012. Class rank gaps are due to grade point average ties among two or more students.


Class of 2013 (Third year students)

Class Rank

Percentage

Cumulative G.P.A. Range

1 - 13

Top 10%

3.55 - 3.84

14 - 31

Top 25%

3.43 - 3.54

36 - 41

Top 33%

3.40 - 3.42

Total number of students in Class of 2013 - 131

*5-way tie at 31


Class of 2014 (Second year students)

Class Rank

Percentage

Cumulative G.P.A. Range

1 - 14*

Top 10%

3.62 - 3.89

16 - 35

Top 25%

3.40 - 3.60

36 - 46

Top 33%

3.34 - 3.39

Total number of students in Class of 2014 - 141

*2-way tie at 14


Class of 2015 (First year students)

Class Rank Percentage Cumulative G.P.A. Range

1-15*

Top 10% 3.62 - 4.0

17-38

Top 25% 3.37 - 3.60

39-50

Top 33% 3.28 - 3.34

Total number of students in Class of 2015 - 153

*2-way tie at 15

These ranks do not include transfer students, who are not officially ranked as part of the class until graduation.  Transfer students are advised of their "equivalent class ranks," based on their cumulative grade point averages solely from graded course work completed at the School of Law, as compared with those students in their class who were originally admitted as first year law students.  "Equivalent class ranks" will be used by the law school for all purposes for which class rank and standing may be used, including being provided to prospective employers and listed on one's resume.