Class Rank & Grading Policy

Class Rank

Temple Law School does not individually rank students by academic performance. However, each year in late summer the Registrar's Office does provide a general ranking dividing the first year and upper level students into various segments based on grade point averages. The class rank reports for recent academic years are available below:

Grading Policy

Current Policy

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.

Prior Policy

For courses that conclude prior to December 31, 2008, Faculty were to use a suggested mean grade of 2.85 in all exam courses, and that 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.

Grading Scale

A student will receive a grade only for each course in which he/she is properly registered. On April 5, 2000, the Faculty voted to extend the grade point equivalents for letter grades from one decimal place to two decimal places. Following are the old and new grading scales:

New and Old Grading Scales
Grade Previous Grade
Point Value
Grade Point Value
as of Fall 2000
A+ 4.0 4.00
A 4.0 4.00
A- 3.7 3.67
B+ 3.3 3.33
B 3.0 3.00
B- 2.7 2.67
C+ 2.3 2.33
C 2.0 2.00
C- 1.7 1.67
D+ 1.3 1.33
D 1.0 1.00
F 0.0 0.00
FA 0.0 0.00
S+/S
Satisfactory performance in an ungraded course. Not computed in grade point average, but counted toward graduation credit hours.
U
0.0 Unsatisfactory performance in an ungraded course.

The grade FA represents Failure for Absence which is given when a student has registered for a course but has irregularly attended class, failed to take the final exam or failed to turn in required work. Credit hours are based on 50-minute class hours. One credit hour is given for attending fifty minutes of class per week for one semester of the regular academic year.

The grade point credit received for a course is determined by multiplying the grade point value for the grade received by the number of credit hours assigned to the course. The cumulative grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total amount of grade point credits accumulated in all work taken by the total of the credit hours for all graded courses.

There are several notations in lieu of grades that may be entered on student transcripts. They include: EX Temporary entry indicating an excused delay in the completion of course work. AC Administrative credit is entered when, due to administrative problems not attributable to the student, the examination could not be graded. This notation is not computed in the grade point average, but is counted toward graduation credit hours. CR Indicates successful completion of an activity which receives ungraded academic credit.

Accessing Your Grades

You may access your grades, once they are recorded, by logging on to Self Service Banner through TUPortal and selecting View Final Grades under Student Records. See TUPortal for more information on TUPortal.

Questions regarding unreported grades should initially be directed to the Registrar's Office. You may reach the Registrar, Barbara Bennett Yates, by e-mail at barbara.bennett-yates@temple.edu, or send inquiries to the general office address at lawregis@temple.edu

Grade Changes

Grades that have been recorded are considered final. In general, a grade may be changed only upon proof of a clerical or mathematical error in computation or on recording of a grade. There is an Academic Grievance procedure for challenging a grade on the grounds of the fundamental unfairness of a faculty member. For more information, please see the Wise Guide.