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Class Rank and Honors

  1. Interim Class Rank

    Interim class ranks are calculated at the end of each regular (fall/spring) semester before graduation and shall not include transfer students or students in the Dual J.D. degree program who took their first-year classes at the University of Ottawa.

  2. Final Class Rank and Honors

    The calculation of final class rank upon graduation shall not include any students who have not received at least seventy (70) MSU Law graded credits from classes taken at MSU College of Law, excluding those taken on a Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit basis. In order to be eligible for class honors upon graduation, a student must have received at least fifty-three (53) MSU Law graded credits from classes taken at MSU College of Law, excluding those taken on a Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit basis.

  3. Decile Calculations

    Students who are excluded from the calculation of Interim or Final Class Rank shall have their MSU College of Law grade point averages compared to those of their classmates (based on year of graduation) for the same time period. The Registrar shall generate reports of the grades of students included in class rank calculations for the requisite time periods, indicating decile cutoffs. In lieu of a class rank, students excluded from class rank calculations shall be told into which decile their grade point average falls. The Associate Dean for Student Engagement has explanatory material available in his office if needed.

  4. Cohorts

    There are three ranking cohorts for full-time students (D1, D2, D3) and four ranking cohorts for part-time students (E1, E2, E3, and E4). There are also three cohort groupings for calculation of class rank (Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3).

    1. Description of Cohorts
      • D1: Includes all first-year full-time students, regardless of the number of credits taken.
      • D2: Includes all full-time students who are beyond their first academic year, but are not eligible to graduate in the upcoming year.
      • D3: Includes any full-time student who will be completing graduation requirements in the upcoming academic year (fall, spring or summer).
      • E1: Includes all first-year part-time students, regardless of the number of credits taken.
      • E2: Includes all part-time students in their second academic year, regardless of the number of credits.
      • E3: Includes all part-time students who are beyond their second academic year, regardless of the number of credits, and who are not eligible to graduate in the upcoming year. (Note: It is possible that a part-time student could remain in this cohort for more than one academic year.)
      • E4: Includes all part-time students who will be completing graduation requirements in the upcoming academic year (fall, spring, summer).
    2. Cohort Groupings

      Class rank will consist of three groups, in that the above cohorts will be ranked as follows:

      • Group 1: All D1, E1 and E2 will be ranked together. (Students will only remain in this category for one academic year.)
      • Group 2: All D2 and E3 will be ranked together. (It is possible for a student to remain in this category for more than one academic year, because a student will remain in this category until he or she is eligible to graduate in the upcoming academic year.)
      • Group 3: All D3 and E4 will be ranked together. (A student who was eligible to graduate, but failed to satisfy graduation requirements will remain in this group.)

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