​Grading Scale

Grades can be viewed online via Campus Connection. Grades can be viewed and printed using the Unofficial Transcript in the Student Center on Campus Connection. Grades are assigned in accordance with the following definitions. A plus or minus grade represents a slight variance from the indicated definition.

Once a grade is assigned, university policy prohibits faculty from changing the grade unless the professor made a clerical error when calculating it. Removal of an incomplete grade in accordance with University policy is an exception to the grade change policy. Faculty may not assign or accept additional graded material in order to improve a student's final grade. They may not conduct a substantive reevaluation of the student's exam or coursework.

The College of Law awards the following grades:

A The instructor judged the student to have accomplished the stated objectives of the course in an EXCELLENT manner.
B The instructor judged the student to have accomplished the stated objectives of the course in a VERY GOOD manner.
C The instructor judged the student to have accomplished the stated objectives of the course in a SATISFACTORY manner.
D The instructor judged the student to have accomplished the stated objectives of the course in a POOR manner.
F The instructor judged the student NOT to have accomplished the stated objectives of the course.
FX Student stopped academic activity, was absent excessively, or failed to withdraw while registered. The FX will be factored into a student's GPA in the same way an F would be.
AU Audit status; course does not earn credit.
M Final grade not submitted by instructor.
PA Passing achievement in a pass/fail course. (Grades A through D represent passing performance).
IN Incomplete. Temporary grade indicating that, following a request by the student, the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and the instructor have given permission for the student to receive an incomplete grade. In order to qualify, the student must have (a) a satisfactory record in the work already completed for the course and (b) encourtered unusual or unforeseen circumstances, which prevent him or her from completing the course requirements before the end of the term.
W Withdrawal from the course instituted by the student after the last day to ddrop with a refund and before the final withdrawal deadline.
WA Withdrawal from the course initiated by an administrator a student's request, usually outside of established deadlines. Administrative withdrawals may be granted under extraordinary circumstances and require documentation fro support.

Grade Point Values

A 4 times the number of credit hours assigned to the course
A- 3.7 times the number of credit hours assigned to the course
B+ 3.3 times the number of credit hours assigned to the course
B 3 times the number of credit hours assigned to the course
B- 2.7 times the number of credit hours assigned to the course
C+ 2.3 times the number of credit hours assigned to the course
C 2 times the number of credit hours assigned to the course
C- 1.7 times the number of credit hours assigned to the course
D 1 times the number of credit hours assigned to the course
F, FX No quality points assigned
AU, W, WA, IN, PA Quality points not assigned.

Grade Curve

Grade Curve for First-Year and Upper-Level Classes with 50 or More Students 

The College of Law faculty adopted the following mandatory grade curve that applies to all first-year courses and upper-level classes with 50 or more students:
A 12%-17%
A- and/or B+ 20%-30%
B 20%-30%
B- and/or C+ 20%-30%
C or below 10%-15%

In addition, the mean or average for all DePaul students in any course subject to this grade curve must be between 2.95 and 3.15. All LARC sections taught by the same instructor during the semester are aggregated into one course for purposes of this curve.

Upper-Level Grade Curve: Classes with 21 - 49 Students

The mean or average for all DePaul students in any upper-level course with an enrollment between 21 and 49 students, including LARC III, must be between 2.95 and 3.15.

Upper-Level Classes with 20 or Fewer Students

No mandatory curve applies to courses with enrollments of 20 or fewer students. However, any instructor submitting grades for DePaul students more than half of which are grades of A shall provide the Associate Dean with a brief explanation of the methodology that lead to this result.

Computation of GPA

GPAs are computed by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of graded credit hours. Graded credit hours do not include courses graded WA, W, P, IN, M, R or AU, but do include courses graded F or FX.

Grade of W or WA (Withdraw)

If a student withdraws from a course before the tuition refund deadline announced in the academic calendar, no record of the withdrawal will appear on his or her transcript. However, if a student drops a class after the tuition refund deadline, the grade of W will appear on the transcript. A withdrawal has no effect on a student’s GPA. If the student requests to be withdrawn after the online deadline passes, the student will receive a grade of WA (administrative withdrawal).

Grade of FX

The College of Law requires regular and punctual class attendance and proper class preparation. Irregular class attendance or inadequate preparation may result in a student being involuntarily withdrawn from the class. Students who are involuntarily withdrawn receive a grade of FX. Students who register for a class, do not complete the coursework or exam, and do not drop the class prior to the last regularly scheduled day of class also receive a grade of FX.

Grade of IN (Incomplete)

The grade of Incomplete (IN) is assigned when a student has been excused from taking the final examination on good cause shown or, with permission, has failed to complete all of the required coursework. To receive an incomplete, a student must receive written permission from the professor and the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. All course work must be completed by the end of the following semester or the student will receive a permanent failing grade (F). 


Pass/Fail rules are described in Non-Classroom Credit Hours: 12-Credit Limit. Only designated courses may be taken pass/fail. Students may NOT elect to take graded courses pass/fail.

Repeat Policy

A student who receives a grade of F or FX may not retake a course to try to improve a grade. However, all JD students must pass Legal Profession in order to obtain their degree. Courses may not be repeated in order to obtain a higher grade.

Anonymous Grading

For most courses, the Law School uses an anonymous grading system. Students receive an anonymous number each semester.  Students Must Insure That Their E-Mail Addresses On Campus Connection Are Correct Or They Will Not Receive An Anonymous Exam Number.

Disclosure of Grades

Once the University processes final course grades, students may obtain their final grades on Campus Connection. Grades will not be disclosed over the telephone or by email. Students must give written consent for grades to be disclosed to third parties.

Official and unofficial transcripts with grades and grade point averages are available on the University Campus Connection web site or from the University Student Records Office. For further information, go to Campus Connection or to http://sr.depaul.edu.

Grades also appear on Degree Progress Reports, available on the Campus Connection web site. A degree progress report charts the student’s progress toward his or her degree.

Determination of Grades

Grades are determined solely on the basis of the academic performance of each student according to criteria established by the course instructor. During the first week of class, the instructor will advise the students of the factors that will be considered in determining the final grade (e.g., examinations, papers, class participation, attendance, etc.). The evaluation of academic performance is subject to the professional judgment and discretion of the instructor.

Once final grades are submitted to the Office of Student Affairs, they may be changed only in the event of a clerical or computational error. Grades cannot be changed because of a reassessment of an examination or course work or the submission of extra work.

Grade Challenges

For the complete grade challenge rules, go to http://www.depaul.edu > Graduate Student Handbook > Graduate Academic Policies. Students should understand that grade challenges are very rarely granted. Academic records will be locked upon degree conferral. Under no circumstances will changes be made to the academic record after degree conferral.

Deadlines to file a grade challenge:

Fall semester grade:
March 1 of the following spring semester

Summer/spring semester grade
October 1 of the following fall semester

A student may appeal a grade only in unusual circumstances and only if a student establishes the following:

  1. The methods or criteria for evaluating academic performance (provided in writing in the syllabus at the beginning of the course) were not actually applied in determining the grade; or
  2. The grade was determined or influenced by criteria other than those explained by the instructor or by criteria not relevant to academic performance; or
  3. The instructor applied predetermined criteria unfairly including, but not be limited to:
    1. The instructor’s evaluation of academic performance so exceeded the reasonable limits of the instructor’s discretion as not to be acceptable to the instructor’s peers;
    2. Predetermined criteria were not explained at the beginning of the semester;
    3. The instructor unreasonably ignored the General Policies on Grading as described in the DePaul University Student Handbook or the guidelines for dealing with plagiarism as stated in the current Faculty Handbook.

Before filing a grade challenge, a student must first meet with the professor to discuss the grade.  To initiate a challenge, the student must file five copies of a cover letter, petition and any supporting documents with the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.

Academic records are locked upon degree conferral. Under no circumstances will changes be made to the academic record after a degree is conferred. Dismissed students may not file a grade challenge.

Class Ranks

JD students who have completed at least one semester at the College of Law are ranked by cumulative GPA. LLM students are not ranked. Students who transfer to DePaul are ranked once they receive DePaul grades. Transfer credits are not used to determine class ranks but are used to determine honors at graduation. Class ranks are posted in February and July on the College of Law web site.

Ranks are listed by percentile, in five percent increments, through the 50th percentile. The lower half of the class is ranked by quartile. Full-time and part-time students are ranked separately. Once released, class ranks are not affected by any subsequent grade changes or withdrawals. Numeric class ranks are not available.

In communicating with prospective employers or otherwise, a student must report his or her class rank precisely as listed on the Law School web site. Students may not round off their grade point averages to achieve a higher rank. 

To verify a class rank, a student should order an unofficial transcript or official transcript from from Campus Connection, www.depaul.edu, or from the University Student Records Office, http://sr.depaul.edu. Students then should compare their cumulative GPA to the percentage class ranks on the Law School web site, law.depaul.edu. If an employer requests verification of class rank, the student should give the employer the unofficial or official transcript and a copy of the ranks from the Law School web site or refer the employer to the web site.

Dean's List

Students who rank in the upper 25 percent of their class based on one semester’s grades qualify for the Dean's List. Dean’s List notes appear on unofficial and official transcripts, available on Campus Connection.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, a full-time student must be registered for at least twelve graded credits. A part-time student must be registered for at least nine graded credits. Once released, the Dean’s List is not affected by any subsequent grade changes or withdrawals.

JD Classifications for Class Ranks and the Dean’s List

For purposes of determining class ranks and the Dean’s list, JD students are classified by the number of credit hours they have earned, including courses graded pass/fail:

First-Year = 28 or fewer earned credit hours
Second-Year = 29 to 59 earned credit hours
Third-Year = 60 or more earned credit hours

First-Year = 21 or fewer earned credit hours
Second-Year = 22 to 43 earned credit hours
Third-Year = 44 to 67 earned credit hours
Fourth-Year = 68 or more earned credit hours

CALI Excellence for the Future Award

An outside company, Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), provides an award to the student who receives the highest grade in each course.  The award winners receive a certificate from CALI. CALI recipients may confirm their awards on http://www2.cali.org.

Official Transcripts

Students may request an official transcript of their Law School record by submitting a Transcript Request Form to the University Student Records Office, http://sr.depaul.edu or through Campus Connection > For Students > Records & Registration. Students cannot order transcripts for pickup at the Student Records Office. Student Records is the ONLY office that can issue transcripts. The College of Law cannot issue transcripts.

Students may choose electronic or mail delivery of transcripts. Transcripts may be sent either to the student or to a third party.   Students may order up to 10 free transcripts per year. Express delivery is available for an extra fee.

Electronic Delivery: The official transcript can be sent to a third party recipient if the student specifies an email address. It is certified as official and is in PDF. If printed, it becomes unofficial.

Mail delivery: The official transcript becomes unofficial if the students makes a photocopy of the original.

Unofficial Transcripts: Unlimited copies may be made.  No fee is charged.  Most employers will accept an unofficial transcript in the initial stages of interviewing.  Before making an offer, an employer may request an official transcript.