Duquesne University School of Law

2.02 Grade Distribution Policy

2.2(a)   First-Year Courses

First-year day and evening division courses, excluding Legal Research and Writing course sections, and all second-year evening and part-time day division courses in Property and Criminal Law:

Tier 1 (A+, A, A-): Between 14% and 22% of all grades, with a target of 18%

Tier 2 (B+, B, B-): Between 36% and 54% of all grades, with a target of 45%

Tier 3 (C+, C, C-): Between 24% and 36% of all grades, with a target of 30%

Tier 4 (D+, D, F): Between 0% and 10% of all grades, with a target of 7%

Legal Research and Writing sections of fewer students will comply with this distribution to the greatest extent feasible, with compliance monitored and reported on a program-wide level.

 

Suggested guidelines for grades with First-Year Tiers are as follows:

Grade                         Minimum %              Target %                    Maximum %

A+                                           0                           N/A                                4

A                                             5                              6                                  7

A-                                            7                              9                                 11

B+                                           11                            14                               17

B                                             4                              17                               20

B-                                            11                            14                               17

C+                                           10                            12                               14

C                                             8                              10                               12

C-                                            6                               8                                10

D+                                           0                               4                                 5

D                                             0                               2                                 3

F                                              0                             N/A                              2

 

2.2(b) Upper-Level Courses

All upper-level required courses and classes with enrollment of 30 or more students, whether evaluated by an exam, paper, or project:*

Tier 1 (A+, A, A-): Between 14% and 23% of all grades, with a target of 19%

Tier 2 (B+, B, B-): Between 36% and 58% of all grades, with a target of 47%

Tier 3 (C+, C, C-): Between 24% and 38% of all grades, with a target of 32%

Tier 4 (D+, D, F): Between 0% and 2% of all grades, with a target of 2%

*Classes and seminars with enrollment of less than 30 students are not bound by this distribution.