• Grades and Honors

    Tracking Your Performance and Progress is Taken Seriously

    The Office of the Registrar operates with the utmost integrity and accountability – accountability to the administration, the ABA, and to you. We know that where you rank in your class, your progress toward graduation, and your overall GPA are extremely important to you. This page outlines our system for tracking those performance metrics. If you have any questions, please contact us (lawregistrar@hamline.edu).

    Graduation rank is based upon the cumulative grade point average of all students who graduated during the academic year (summer through spring term.)

    Continuing students are ranked at the end of fall and spring semesters.

    Day and weekend students are ranked together.

    2013-2014 Graduate Rankings 

    Minimum GPA of Top x Percent 

             

    Students

    5%

    10%

    15%

    20%

    25%

    30%

    40%

    50%

    192

    3.765

    3.607

    3.552

    3.506

    3.423

    3.363

    3.267

    3.142

     Spring 2014 Rankings

    MINIMUM GPA OF TOP X PERCENT

     
               

    Class

    Students

    5%

    10%

    15%

    20%

    25%

    30%

    40%

    50%

    L1

    83

    3.826

    3.740

    3.687

    3.525

    3.500

    3.387

    3.125

    3.028

    L2

    115

    3.835

    3.669

    3.556

    3.460

    3.392

    3.310

    3.173

    3.033

    L3/L4

    201

    3.765

    3.666

    3.585

    3.526

    3.433

    3.357

    3.250

    3.114

     

     

    Fall 2013 Rankings

    Minimum GPA of Top x Percent

    Class Students 5%
    10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 40% 50% 75%
    L1 85 3.892 3.750 3.642 3.613 3.535 3.321 3.160 3.000 2.613
    L2 121 3.838 3.610 3.481 3.362 3.302 3.236 3.083 2.976 2.677
    L3/L4 222 3.732 3.732 3.558 3.492 3.429 3.342 3.250 3.123 2.850


    2012-2013 Graduate Rankings

    Minimum GPA of Top x Percent

    Students 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 40% 50% 75%
    191 3.710 3.629 3.538 3.500 3.451 3.367 3.244 3.152 2.929

     

    2013 Spring Rankings

    Minimum GPA of Top x Percent

    Class Students 5%
    10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 40% 50% 75%
    L1 120 3.826 3.567 3.442 3.337 3.278 3.144 3.050 2.807 2.519
    L2 185 3.729 3.590 3.537 3.473 3.347 3.272 3.151 3.017 2.774
    L3/L4 198 3.710 3.616 3.544 3.517 3.465 3.388 3.247 3.123 2.935

     

    2012 Fall Rankings

    Minimum GPA of Top x Percent

    Class Students 5%
    10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 40% 50% 75%
    L1 123 3.785 3.553 3.428 3.339 3.204 3.068 2.964 2.714 2.446
    L2 182 3.708 3.573 3.468 3.440 3.328 3.269 3.096 2.974 2.682
    L3/L4 223 3.687 3.604 3.532 3.471 3.414 3.357 3.206 3.120 2.909

                                           

    2011-2012 Graduate Rankings

    Minimum GPA of Top x Percent   

                             

    Students 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 40% 50%
    189 3.777 3.683 3.631 3.541 3.470 3.390 3.270 3.178

     

    Spring 2012 Class Rankings

    Minimum GPA of Top x Percent

    Class Students 5%
    10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 40% 50%
    L1 195 3.714 3.553 3.446 3.375 3.267 3.187 3.020 2.875
    L2 195 3.674 3.535 3.500 3.429 3.368 3.274 3.146 3.059
    L3/L4 196 3.777 3.682 3.631 3.544 3.494 3.445 3.299 3.201

                                           

    Fall 2011 Class Rankings

    Minimum GPA of Top x Percent

    Class Students 5%
    10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 40% 50%
    L1 198 3.732 3.535 3.428 3.321 3.196 3.068 2.954 2.839
    L2 195 3.686 3.518 3.446 3.369 3.287 3.204 3.091 2.975
    L3 214 3.756 3.674 3.605 3.525 3.450 3.394 3.253 3.148

                                           

    2010-2011 Graduate Rankings

    Minimum GPA of Top x Percent

    Students 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 40% 50%
    206 3.678 3.568 3.503 3.457 3.428 3.358 3.245 3.165

                           

    Spring 2011 Class Rankings

    Minimum GPA of Top x Percent

    Class Students 5%
    10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 40% 50%
    L1 219 3.687 3.473 3.375 3.321 3.232 3.169 3.020 2.920
    L2 178 3.806 3.646 3.581 3.511 3.423 3.361 3.212 3.104
    L3/L4 220 3.746 3.603 3.532 3.463 3.433 3.352 3.227 3.138

                                                                           

    2010 Fall Rankings

    Minimum GPA of Top X Rank

    Class Students 5%
    10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 40% 50%
    L1 222 3.642 3.500 3.410 3.303 3.181 3.107 2.982 2.910
    L2 175 3.785 3.652 3.570 3.452 3.357 3.296 3.159 3.052
    L3 240 3.720 3.579 3.500 3.430 3.375 3.315 3.214 3.105

                                           

    2009-2010 Graduate Rankings

    Minimum GPA of Top x Rank

    Students 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 40% 50%
    196 3.710 3.619 3.532 3.474 3.426 3.377 3.295 3.201

                           

    2010 Spring Rankings

    Minimum GPA of Top x Rank 

    Class Students 5%
    10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 40% 50%
    L1 195 3.758 3.616 3.460 3.357 3.232 3.178 3.080 2.919
    L2 194 3.719 3.593 3.505 3.420 3.377 3.288 3.176 3.042
    L3/L4 224 3.710 3.588 3.502 3.451 3.391 3.340 3.240 3.146

                                           

    2009 Fall Rankings

    Minimum GPA of Top x Rank 

    Class Students 5%
    10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 40% 50%
    L1 201 3.785 3.625 3.428 3.303 3.267 3.214 3.035 2.909
    L2 198 3.689 3.585 3.450 3.402 3.327 3.226 3.125 3.000
    L3/L4 243 3.690 3.554 3.485 3.431 3.370 3.327 3.241 3.155

                                           

    2008-2009 Graduate Rankings 

    Minimum GPA of Top x Rank 

    Students 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 40% 50%
    230 3.645 3.559 3.482 3.420 3.359 3.318 3.232 3.169

                           

    2009 Spring Rankings 

    Minimum GPA of Top x Rank 

    Class Students 5%
    10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 40% 50%
    L1 217 3.660 3.508 3.401 3.330 3.261 3.159 3.000 2.848
    L2 209 3.675 3.574 3.483 3.414 3.340 3.283 3.207 3.127
    L3/L4 244 3.663 3.551 3.472 3.395 3.349 3.307 3.230 3.161

                                           

    2008 Fall Rankings

    Minimum GPA of Top x Rank 

    Class Students 5%
    10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 40% 50%
    L1 230 3.732 3.517 3.428 3.321 3.214 3.089 2.928 2.803
    L2 210 3.625 3.563 3.458 3.383 3.304 3.256 3.142 3.044
    L3/L4 270 3.633 3.526 3.463 3.401 3.326 3.258 3.192 3.116

                                           

    Honors 

    Dean's List: Students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.250 or higher will be awarded Dean's List Honors for that semester. Students must complete eight or more letter-graded credits and have no incomplete grades in the given semester to be eligible for Dean's List honors.

    Graduation Honors 

    Summa Cum Laude: JD Students who complete their required course work with a cumulative grade point average of 3.750 or higher will graduate Summa Cum Laude.

    Magna Cum Laude: JD Students who complete their required course work and earn a final class rank in the top ten percent of their graduating class will graduate Magna Cum Laude.

    Cum Laude: JD Students who complete their required course work and earn a final class rank in the top twenty percent of their graduating class will graduate Cum Laude.

    Final graduation honors will be awarded after the final graduation rank for the academic year (Beginning May 2009, the academic year is considered Summer-Spring terms; prior to May 2009: Fall-Summer terms.) has been calculated. Graduation honors will appear on transcripts and diplomas. Commencement Day honors will be based on honor standings in the previous fall rankings and will appear in the Commencement program.

    Prior to Fall 1998, students who completed their required course work with a cumulative grade point average in the the top twenty percent of their graduating class graduated Cum Laude. Students who finished in the top ten percent were awarded Honor Society status.

    Description of Grading System

    1972-74  MIDWESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW
    10 week quarter
    Grading prior to June 1975: 90-100=A    85-89=B+  80-84=B  75-79=C+  70-74=C  65-69=D+  60-64=D    59 or below=N

    1975-76  MIDWESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW AT HAMLINE UNIVERSITY
    15 week semester
    Grading converted to a 4.0 system—all quarter credits were converted to semester credits
    Grading June 1975- August 1976:  A=4.00  B+=3.50  B=3.00  C+=2.50  C=2.00  D+=1.50  D=1.00  N=0.00

    1976-Present  HAMLINE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
    13-15 week semester
    Grading September 1976 to August 2002: A=4.00  B+=3.50  B=3.00  C+=2.50  C=2.00  D+=1.50  D=1.00  F=0.00
    Grading September 2002 to present: A=4.000     A-=3.750    B+=3.500    B=3.000    B-=2.750    C+=2.500 C=2.000    C-=1.750    D+=1.500    D=1.000     D-=0.750    F=0.000

    The following grades are not calculated into the grade point average (GPA)
    AU=Audit    P=Pass    I=Incomplete    N=No pass    Z=Pending    T=Transfer credit    X=First half of two semester course            W=Withdrew after two weeks of class

    LAW SCHOOL ACCREDITATION
    February 25, 1975: Provisional accreditation by the American Bar Association
    August 6, 1981: Full accreditation by the American Bar Association
    January 5, 1984: Member of the Association of American Law Schools