Summary Of Grading Policies - LL.M. Program

Summary Of Grading Policies - LL.M. Program

This is a summary of Loyola’s grading policies for LL.M. students. A full description of the grading policies can be found in the LL.M. Student Handbook. Separate rules apply to the JD program, and are fully described in the JD Student Handbook (on campus only).

The LL.M. grading system scale contains five grades: Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, and No Credit. These grades are intended to be descriptive of a student’s work. In other words, an “Excellent” should be awarded for work deemed excellent by the course professor, a “Good” for work deemed good by the course professor, and so forth. For purposes of computing grade point averages, the foregoing grades are converted to a five-point scale as follows:

Excellent = 5

Very Good = 4

Good = 3

Fair = 2

No Credit = 0

This system applies to Loyola Law School Tax LL.M. students, visiting LL.M. students and to special students in tax courses if such students have already earned their J.D. degree or foreign equivalent.

There is no mandatory mean or standard deviation. In general grades fall within the following ranges:

Excellent 0% - 15%

Excellent or Very Good 45% - 55%

Good, Fair, or No Credit 45% - 55%

Fair or No Credit 0% - 15%

These guidelines, however, are not mandatory. The professor for each course has discretion to award grades as s/he believes appropriate.

Many employers will not reimburse students for tuition costs unless such students receive a grade higher than a “C”. For this purpose ONLY, a grade of Fair equates to a “C”.

For more information, please contact the Office of the Registrar, at (213) 736-1130.