Grade Distributions

WashULaw - 2016 - Professor Epstein Class

The Registrar's Office posts distributions as quickly as possible. The grades of all students in the class are included in the grade distributions (including those of non-JDs, whose grades are not included in the mandatory mean/median). In the absence of a link below, there is currently no information available online at this time. Read below for more information on the grading scale and mandatory grading requirements.  

Spring 2016   

Explanation of Grading Requirements 

As a service to our students we provide grade distributions for each graded course. The current grading scale at WUSL is 2.50 (F) to 4.30 (A+), with 2.74 (D) being the minimum passing grade for all students [except those in the professional LL.M. programs - in Taxation - who must earn at least a 3.04 (B-) to pass]. [Ending with the J.D. Class of 2003, the scale was 65 to 100, with 70 being the minimum passing grade.] A cumulative and 2L academic year average of 3.04 (B-) (75, ending with the J.D. Class of 2003) is necessary to remain in good standing. Beginning with the J.D. Class of 2004, faculty are required to abide by the following mandatory mean restrictions for J.D. students' grades: for first year courses, the mean of the JD grades must be in the range of 86.7 (3.49, starting with the Class of 2013) - 87.5 (3.49 - 3.55, starting with the Class of 2013) For upper-level courses the mean of the JD grades must be the same as the mean of the GPAs of the JDs in the particular course. Effective with the 2007-2008 school year, the grades for J.D. students in Seminars were required to meet a mandatory median instead of a mean - that is based on the mean of the GPAs of the J.D. students in the class. [Ending with the Class of 2003, the median (middle) grade for first-year courses, was required to be an 83. The median grade for upper-level courses was required to be 82 - 84 in most cases; however, that range could be extended (either down or up) if the median GPA of the students in a particular course was lower or higher than the 82 to 84 range. For example: If the median GPA of the students in a particular course was 85.40, then the professor could use 82, 83, 84 or 85 as his/her median score when grading.]

Students in the LLM in Taxation program must receive a minimum grade of 3.04/79 (75 prior to 2001-2002) to pass a course and LLM Tax courses are not restricted by a mean or median grading requirement.

Students in the non-J.D. programs are not ranked and no percentile cut-offs are reported for these degree programs.

Grade distributions are available for the course names that are hyperlinked. If the course name is not hyperlinked it means that all of the grades for that course have not been turned in (or are still in the process of being posted to the web.)

Also posted to the web each semester - when ALL the grades for each class have been reported - are the following percentile cutoffs for each J.D. class: 1%, 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, 25%, and 33 1/3%. Only J.D. students in the top 5% are informed of their exact individual ranks. [view]

Questions? Please contact the Registrar's Office at or 314-935-4610