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Students are marked on the following grading scale, using both letter grades and quality points. Letter grades are translated into numeric grades to the hundredth of a point:
|P||Pass in a pass/fail course|
Incomplete or unauthorized withdrawl;
becomes "I-F" if not corrected
Note: An A+ is awarded in an exceptional circumstance and the grade appears on the students' transcript as an A+. However, it is an honorary distinction that is not calculated into the student's grade point average. An A+ is not awarded for class participation.
Upon graduation, students may receive the following honorific designations:
summa cum laude 3.80 to 4.00
magna cum laude 3.60 to 3.79
cum laude 3.25 to 3.59
Dean's Scholars are those outstanding third-year students chosen by the Dean to work as teaching assistants. They conduct weekly academic support classes for first-year students that focus on legal analysis and exam preparation. In addition to offering weekly study sessions, Dean's Scholars hold weekly office hours. During this time, the Dean's Scholar is available for individual mentoring and study skills assistance. Dean's Scholars also administer and critique sample exam questions throughout the semester as well as one full practice exam at the end of the semester.
The Federal Judicial Honors Program places outstanding students selected by a faculty clerkship committee in the chambers of a federal jude for one semester and provides a preparatory semester of one-on-one work with a faculty mentor focusing on a written assignment. Students work closely with the judge and the law clerks in researching and writing memoranda of law on issues pending before the court, and observe courtroom proceedings. In addition to a weekly seminar, students are required to meet in tutorials several times a semester to review their independant research and wirting project with a faculty member.
Dean's List is awarded to those students who obtain a semester average of 3.33 GPA or higher.
Pace students currently publish three different law reviews. Membership is based on academic performance and demonstrated writing ability. Students are notified aof their acceptance in late July/early August after their first year as full-time students, or their second year as part-time students.
Information regarding individual law reviews, candidate selection process and publications, please visit their websites: