Duquesne University School of Law

Employers - Our Grading Policy

Current Grading Scale

The grading scale for all students, effective in the Fall of 2010, 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 Passing
C- 1.67
D+ 1.33
D 1.00
F 0.00 Failure

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

For each first-year course and all upper-level courses of 15 or more students, the Faculty suggests that 20-25% of the grades be A- or above, 50-60% of the grades be B- to B+, and 20-25% of the grades be C+ or below.

Grading Scale 2004-2005 to Summer 2010

The grading scale for students admitted to the Law School beginning with the 2004-2005 academic year and ending after the Summer 2010 term is as follows:

Grade Grade Points
A 4.0
B+ 3.5
B 3.0
C+ 2.5
C 2.0 * Profesional Competence
D+ 1.5
D 1.0
F 0.0 Failure

*Provided approval is received from the Law Faculty

Honors
GPA Honor

3.00 - 3.29 Cum Laude
3.30 - 3.49 Magna Cum Laude
3.50 and up Summa Cum Laude

Grading Scale Prior to 2004-2005

The grading scale for students admitted to the Law School before the 2004-2005 academic year is as follows:

Grade Grade Points
A+ 4.0
A 3.75
A- 3.50
B+ 3.25
B 3.0 * Professional Competence
C+ 2.75
C 2.50
F 2.0 Failure

*The required GPA to be in good standing is 2.975 (unrounded) after the first year.

Honors

GPA Honor
3.50 - 3.64 Cum Laude
3.65 - 3.79 Magna Cum Laude
3.80 and up Summa Cum Laude