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Academic Policies

I. ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

G. ELIGIBLE FACULTY SUPERVISORS

See Eligible Faculty Supervisors online.

H. EMPLOYMENT

Students may not engage in employment in excess of what is compatible with a full-time commitment to the study of law. No full-time student may be employed for more than 20 hours per week or receive financial compensation or financial award for activities requiring more than 20 hours per week. When a student is self-employed, or works at or performs other compensated activity other than at an hourly wage, the assistant dean for academic services shall decide whether the work or compensated activity is excessive. Such work/activity may be deemed excessive even if the person is engaged in fewer than 20 hours per week. The test is one of compatibility with a full-time commitment to the study of law. In making this determination, the assistant dean may consider the responsibilities of the employment or compensated activity; the rate of pay; the extent to which the student has control over the obligations attached to, and the timing of, participation in his or her employment or compensated activity; and other factors relating to the burden likely to arise from the employment. Failure to observe this regulation will result in loss of residency status for the semester in which the student is in violation.

I. GRADING SYSTEM

Faculty policy requires that instructors award grades in each course to a mean that will be enforced by the vice dean of the Law School. Instructors should ensure that grades have an adequate distribution around this mean.

1) GRADES Under the current grading system, there are 10 possible grades that can be used by the faculty in evaluating performance in courses and seminars (including Independent Research and the graded portion of Externships): A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D and F. In a few select courses, the grades S (Satisfactory) and U (Unsatisfactory), or CR (Credit) and NC (No Credit) are awarded. No credit will be awarded for a course in which a student receives an F, NC, U, W (Withdrawn) or WF (Withdrawn Failing) grade. The grades U and NC are treated as F grades for all purposes.

NOTE: University and Law School policy states that any grade, once submitted, can be changed only in the event of a clerical error in calculation (adding up raw scores incorrectly) or transcription. The Law School does not entertain appeals or grievances of the faculty’s academic evaluation of students.

NUMERICAL GRADE POINT VALUES FOR LETTER GRADES

A+ = 4.3 B+ = 3.3 C+ = 2.3 F = 0.0
A = 4.0 B = 3.0 C = 2.0  
A- = 3.7 B- = 2.7 D = 1.0  


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Academic Policies (continued)