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Policies and Procedures

Below is a list of all the topics on which you can find information on policies and procedures. The Policies and Procedures page is in the process of being updated. For questions about information not contained below, contact the Dean of Students Office at lawdos@umn.edu.

Class Rank

Class Rank
See Academic Rule 12.5

w: Current Students / Forms/Class Ranks & Quartiles

Class rank is computed once each year by the Registrar’s Office at the end of the academic year after all Spring semester grades have been received. Ranks do not include Summer Session grades for the year in which they are calculated. If required, the class rank of an individual student will be given by the Registrar to Order of the Coif for qualification purposes, but will not be revealed to the student. Individual students may receive their class rank for the limited purpose of application for judicial clerkships or academic teaching positions. Class rank may not be used on a student’s resume except for the aforementioned purposes.

Students are ranked with their entering class unless they have started a joint or dual degree program, or if they otherwise fall out of sequence with their class due to a leave of absence or reduction in credit load. Any student who completes fewer than four law credits in a given academic year will not be ranked, and his or her previous year’s ranking will remain valid. See Academic Rule 12.5(a).

The Law School posts class performance via quartiles. The range of grade point averages defines each quartile for a given class. Quartiles for each class are listed at w: Current Students/Forms/Class Ranks & Quartiles. Students should report their performance by stating their cumulative grade point average, and which quartile they fall within, providing the official reported grade point average range for the applicable quartile.

Joint and dual degree student class rank calculations are adjusted depending on the number of law credits completed. In the 1L year, joint degree students are ranked with their 1L class if the student has completed or has in progress 33 or fewer law credits at the time of ranking. Joint and dual degree students will be ranked with the current 2L class if they have commenced their graduate or professional coursework and have completed or have in progress between 34 and 55 credits towards their JD degree at the time of ranking, including applicable non-law course credits from the other degree program. Joint and dual degree students are ranked with the current 3L class if they have completed or have in progress 56 or more credits towards their JD degree at the time of ranking, including applicable non-law coursework from the other degree program. If a joint or dual degree student takes fewer than 4 graded law credits in an academic year, from Summer to Spring, the previous year’s rank stands, and the student will not be included in the current year’s calculation.