Duquesne University School of Law

Grading Policies

Grade Distribution Policy

First-year day and evening division courses, excluding Legal Research and Writing course sections, and all second-year evening and part-time day division courses in Property and Criminal Law:

Tier 1 (A+, A, A-): Between 14 and 22% of all grades, with a target of 18% 

Tier 2 (B+, B, B-): Between 36 and 54% of all grades, with a target of 45% 

Tier 3 (C+, C, C-): Between 24 and 36% of all grades, with a target of 30% 

Tier 4 (D+, D, D-): Between 0 and 10% of all grades, with a target of 7% 

Legal Research and Writing sections of fewer students will comply with this distribution to the greatest extent feasible, with compliance monitored and reported on a program-wide level.

All other classes with enrollment of 30 or more students, whether evaluated by an exam, paper, or project:

Tier 1 (A+, A, A-): Between 14 and 23% of all grades, with a target of 19% 

Tier 2 (B+, B, B-) Between 36 and 58% of all grades, with a target of 47% 

Tier 3 (C+, C, C-) Between 24 and 38% of all grades, with a target of 32% 

Tier 4 (D+, D, F): Between 0 and 2% of all grades, with a target of 2% 

Classes and seminars with enrollment of less than 30 students are not bound by this distribution.

 

Grading Scale

The grading scale for all students is as follows:

GRADE       GPA
A+ 4.00
A 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00
C- 1.67
D+ 1.33
D 1.0
F 0.0  Failure

The A+ grade denotes a level of performance that is truly exceptional.

 

CALI Award Winners

Duquesne University School of Law participates in the CALI Excellence for the Future Awards program which recognizes law students with excellent achievement in their studies. The award is given to the student with the highest grade in the class as determined by the professor. CALI award winners receive a printed certificate and a permanent URL VirtualAward on the CALI website. Once the certificates are mailed to our office, we place them in the student folders.