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Many, or perhaps most, law schools in the United States grade on a curve. The process generally works within each class, where the instructor grades the work, and then ranks the initial grades, adding to and subtracting from the initial grades so that the overall pattern of grades matches the school's specified curve (usually a bell curve).

Grading on a curve contributes to the notoriously competitive atmosphere within law schools. "The main source of this competition is the mandatory curve you will likely encounter once you enter law school. The curve affects the class rank, affects the chances of making law review, affects the chances of scoring that big job/externship."[1] Some law schools set their curve lower to retain scholarship funding.

The following list shows where law schools set the 50% mark.

Contents

The List

Law SchoolMedian GPA
American University Washington College of Law3.45 [2]
University of Washington School of Law3.4 [3]
Cornell Law School3.35 [4]
University of Texas School of Law3.30 [5]
Washington and Lee University School of Law3.335 [6]
Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School3.3 [7]
Duke University School of Law3.3 [8]
Emory University School of Law3.18
University of Virginia Law School3.3 [9]
Northwestern University School of Law3.26 [10]
University of Minnesota Law School3.247-3.311 [11]
University of Southern California School of Law3.3 [12]
University of Illinois College of Law3.2[13] 1st year mean
median unknown
University of Michigan Law School3.19 [14] 1st year mean
median unknown
Fordham University School of Law3.17 [15]
Georgetown University Law Center3.00 [16]
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law3.16 [17]
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law3.042 [18]
St. John's University School of Law3.3; mean between 2.95-3.05 [19]
University of Denver Sturm College of LawMedian: 3.00, Mean: 2.85-3.15 [20]
Southwestern Law School2.90 (1L mean, required at least 15% A range); 3.00 (2L, 3L mean, recommendation of 15% A range) [21]
University of San Diego School of Law
University of Oregon School of Law2.95-3.00 [23]
Rutgers School of Law - Newark2.925-3.075 [24]
Pennsylvania State University - Dickinson School of Law2.9-3.1 [25]
Syracuse University College of Law2.9-3.1 [26]
University of Wisconsin Law School2.85-3.1 [27]
George Mason University School of Law2.85-2.95 [28]
Temple University Beasley School of Law3.05 [29]
University of Kansas School of Law2.80-3.00 1st year mean[30]
University of San Francisco School of Law2.731-2.995[citation needed]
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law2.7 [31]
Oklahoma City University School of Law2.165-2.5 [32]
Gonzaga University School of Law2.6-2.9 [33]
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law2.68
University of Alabama School of Law2.67 [34]
Vermont Law School3.0
Seattle University School of Law2.89 [35]
Saint Louis University School of Law2.8 [36][37][38]
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law3.0 [39]
Southern Illinois University School of Law2.55-2.8 [40]
Appalachian School of Law2.5-2.667 [41]
Seton Hall University School of Law2.8; B- Curve [42]
University of Tulsa College of Law2.5-2.667 [43]
Widener University School of Law2.3-2.75 [44]
William Mitchell College of Law2.67 [45]
University of Wyoming College of Law2.6-3.0
University of Idaho College of Law2.7 [46]
North Carolina Central University School of Law1.67-2.33 [47]
Columbus School of Law2.67-3.20 [48]
Thomas M. Cooley Law School2.00-2.40 [49]
University of Georgia School of Law2.90 [50]
Paul M. Hebert Law Center (Louisiana State University)2.6 (1L) 2.8 (2L / 3L) [51]

Class rank and GPA not reported

Irregular grading systems

The following law schools have adopted a grading system which does not allow for the calculation of a comparable median GPA on a 4.0 scale, if any GPA is recorded at all:

Notes

  1. ^ Barbara Glesner Fines, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, "Competition and the Curve," 65 UMKC L. Rev. (1997); see also "Competition and the Mandatory Curve in Law School," Apr. 18, 2006, CALI's Pre-Law Blog ("The main source of this competition is the mandatory curve you will likely encounter once you enter law school. The curve affects the class rank, affects the chances of making law review, affects the chances of scoring that big job/externship.").
  2. ^ WCL Office of Registrar
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Cornell OCS
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ W&L Admissions
  7. ^ BYU Policies and Procedures
  8. ^ Duke OCS
  9. ^ Virginia website
  10. ^ Northwestern Academics
  11. ^ Minnesota Quartiles
  12. ^ USC Handbook
  13. ^ Illinois Academic Policy Handbook
  14. ^ Michigan Registrar
  15. ^ [3]
  16. ^ Georgetown Faculty
  17. ^ [4]
  18. ^ SMU OCS
  19. ^ St. John's Student Handbook
  20. ^ DU Law Student Handbook
  21. ^ [5]
  22. ^ Grading
  23. ^ [6]
  24. ^ [7]
  25. ^ Penn State Dickinson School of Law - www.dsl.psu.edu
  26. ^ Syracuse University College of Law Academic Rules
  27. ^ Wisconsin Students
  28. ^ George Mason Academic Regulations
  29. ^ Temple University Class Rank Report
  30. ^ [8]
  31. ^ Moritz Law 2006 rankings Moritz Law Registrar
  32. ^ [9]
  33. ^ [www.law.gonzaga.edu]
  34. ^ http://www.law.ua.edu/students/info.php?re=hb-grading
  35. ^ http://www.law.seattleu.edu/Academics/Curriculum/Grading.xml
  36. ^ SLU First Year Rankings
  37. ^ SLU Second Year Rankings
  38. ^ SLU Third Year Rankings
  39. ^ Texas Wesleyan University - Home
  40. ^ Southern Illinois University School of Law Rules
  41. ^ http://www.asl.edu/documents/standards.pdf
  42. ^ http://law.shu.edu/Students/academics/examinations/Grading-Curves.cfm
  43. ^ The University of Tulsa College of Law
  44. ^ [10]
  45. ^ [11]
  46. ^ No Grade Inflation at Idaho
  47. ^ NCCU
  48. ^ [law.cua.edu/clinics/cracow/CSL-AcademicRules.pdf CUA/CSL]
  49. ^ [12]
  50. ^ [law.uga.edu]
  51. ^ [13]
  52. ^ Columbia Law School: Grading, accessed March 22, 2007
  53. ^ HLS: GPA Cutoffs, accessed July 12, 2008
  54. ^ [Harvard Law School Handbook of Academic Policies 2009-2010]
  55. ^ New York University School of Law | Grades & Academic Standards (J.D. & LL.M.), accessed August 19, 2007
  56. ^ Rutgers University School of Law - Camden Grading System, accessed June 12, 2009
  57. ^ [14], accessed March 16, 2009
  58. ^ Notre Dame Law School Grading Policy, accessed June 2, 2008
  59. ^ [http://law.vanderbilt.edu/academics/academic-policies--procedures/index.aspx#grade
  60. ^ Grading Policy, law.berkeley.edu, accessed March 22, 2007
  61. ^ Memorandum to the faculty, September 2006, accessed March 22, 2007
  62. ^ Yale Law School | Grades, accessed March 22, 2007

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