MSU College of Law

Grading Standards - Suggested (for Faculty)

  1. First Year Courses (Excluding RWA and Advocacy)*

    A variation of five (5) percentage points either way would be within the norm. Grades should reflect upward, rather than downward movement.

    1. A, A– 25%
    2. B+, B, B– 35%
    3. C+, C, C– 35%
    4. D+, D, F 5%

    * Approved by the faculty on November 11, 2009 and effective fall 2009.

  2. Upper Level Courses (Including RWA nd Advocacy)*

    A variation of 10 percentage points either way would be within the norm. Grades should reflect upward, rather than downward movement.

    1. A, A– 30%
    2. B+, B, B– 40%
    3. C+, C, C– 30%
    4. D+, D, F 0%
  3. Seminar Courses

    A variation of 10 percentage points either way would be within the norm. Grades should reflect upward, rather than downward movement.

    1. A, A– 40%
    2. B+, B, B– 40%
    3. Discretionary 20%

    In addition to the suggested grading curve, faculty members retain discretion to adjust student grades for other factors such as class attendance or participation.