For courses begun after January 1, 2009, it is suggested that Faculty use a target mean grade of 3.05 in all exam courses and in Legal Research and Writing, with a range of grades such that at least 20% of grades are A- or above and at least 20% of grades are C+ or below. A mean of 3.00 to 3.10 will be considered compliant with this policy. The target mean does not apply to writing seminars and guided research projects, but Faculty are urged to use a range of grades that reflect a range of performance in such courses.
For courses that concluded prior to December 31, 2008, Faculty were to use a suggested mean grade of 2.85 in all exam courses, and less than 50% of the grades in an exam course were to be in the range from B- to B+. No suggested mean applied to writing seminars and guided research projects; however, the Faculty was urged to use a range of grades to reflect a range of performance in such courses.