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GPA Points
Honors-Pass-Fail
How to Calculate Your GPA
Dean's List & Class Rank

GPA Points

Grades assigned in all graded courses at the School of Law are recorded according to the following system:

Any grade awarded before June 2011 is recorded according to the following system:

A
B+
B
C+
C
C-
D
F

4.00
3.50
3.00
2.50
2.00
1.50
1.00
0.00

As of Summer, 2011 the following system applies:

A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D
F

4.00
3.70
3.30
3.00
2.70
2.30
2.00
1.70
1.00
0.00

GPA (Grade Point Average): Students will receive a GPA for the fall semester of the first year. In future semesters, students will receive both a GPA for that current semester and a cumulative GPA for their law school career.

Honors-Pass-Fail

The School of Law has a limited honors-pass-fail grading program.

Pass/Fail: To obtain a grade of "Pass" under this program, a student must earn a grade of "C" or higher; the grade of "C-"or below is the equivalent of a failing grade.

Honors: To receive a grade of "Honors" under this program, a student must earn a grade of "A." Students awarded honors designations will receive a 4.0 in the applicable courses for purposes of calculating their grade point averages.

How to earn an Honors-Pass-Fail credit:

  • Second-year and third-year students may take those courses designated by the faculty as exclusively pass-fail courses, or honors-pass-fail courses. Such courses do not count against the limit outlined below, but students should be aware that having more than 25 percent of all courses without traditional letter grades will render them ineligible for Order of the Coif.
  • With respect to all other courses, each faculty member shall designate in advance of the release of the course schedule to students whether a particular course is eligible for the elective honors-pass-fail grading program.
  • Students have until the end of the eighth week of classes to register to take a course on an honors-pass-fail basis. For summer session, students must register by the first business day following the completion of the second week of classes.
  • Registration to take a course for honors-pass-fail credits is irreversible once the periods specified in this paragraph have passed.
  • Course credits earned by students for courses taken at other law schools, (whether in summer sessions or during the year), are recorded as pass-fail credits by the University of Miami School of Law, for purposes of GPA calculations. However, the grade actually earned will appear on the University of Miami transcript. A student must have earned a grade of "C" or better, or its equivalent at the other institution, to transfer such credits.

How many classes can I elect to take as "Honors-Pass-Fail"?

Students may elect to take up to two courses, regardless of the number of credits the courses are worth, on an honors-pass-fail basis in graded courses.

Should I choose to use the honors-pass-fail option?

It is strongly recommended that students do not exercise the honors-pass-fail option during the last semester of study, as a failing grade ("C-" or below) may adversely affect one's graduation, the final grade-point average, or the award of honors.

Mandatory Honors-Pass-Fail for Designated Courses

Select courses at the School of Law are graded only on a system of Honors-Pass-Fail. These courses are not covered by the limitation on the number of Honors-Pass-Fail courses set out above nor are they subject to election by the student. Some classes in this category are:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation Skills I and II

How To Calculate Your GPA

Note To Students: New GPA is an estimate and may off by .001

Calculate Overall GPA:

  • In top row, enter the total number of "Credits Attempted" you have completed and your most recent GPA.
  • Next, enter the number of credits each for your current semester's classes (1-5).
  • Enter the letter grade you think you will receive or the grade you have received for each class.
  • Press "Enter", "Tab" or click the "Recalculate" button. Your semester credits and GPA will be calculated in the bottom row.
  • If you are enterring previously incomplete grades from a term before Summer 2011 check the "Use Old Scale" box.

Calculate Semester GPA:

Follow the instructions for overall GPA, but leave BOTH the cumulative credits and cumulative GPA boxes blank.

Cumulative

Credits

GPA

Current Semester Courses

Credits

Letter
Grade(s)

 

Use Old Scale
(Pre-Summer
2011 Grades)

 
 
 
 
 
 
   

New Credits

New GPA

     


Dean's List & Class Rank

Full-time students who complete nine or more graded credits will be awarded a Dean's List certificate for any semester in which their grade-point average for the semester's work is in the top 20 percent of their class.

Class rank and honors (including Order of the Coif) will be determined by the cumulative grade-point average. The Law Registrar determines class rank after all grades are received for the Fall and Spring semesters. The first ranking of the 1L class is after the Spring semester; there is no ranking of the 1L class after the Fall Semester.

All students whose cumulative grade-point average falls within the top 20% of the class will receive an individual numerical ranking. All students whose cumulative grade-point average falls within the top 33% or top 50% will be so notified that they fall within this percentage band. The balance of the class will not be ranked.

Fall 2013 Dean's List and Class Rank