For each fall and spring semester, the Dean’s List will include any student who completes at least nine credit hours during the semester and who achieves a semester GPA of 3.30 or higher. No Dean’s List is determined for Maymester. However, the Dean’s List for the summer session will include any student who completes at least nine combined hours of Maymester and summer courses and who achieves a GPA of 3.30 or higher for those combined courses. For a student in this category, the designation “Dean’s List” will appear after the summer session grades on the student’s transcript.
The Presidential Honors Program recognizes full-time and part-time students at the Charleston School of Law for their outstanding academic performance. Students invited to join the program will be eligible for several benefits, including potential eligibility for the Presidential Honors Scholarship. To read more about the eligibility requirements and the benefits offered, please visit the Prospective Students webpage about scholarships at www.charlestonlaw.edu.
Graduation Honors are as follows; there is no rounding
Graduating J.D. students with 12 or more credit hours in maritime designated courses (Admiralty I and II are required for this designation) will earn the Maritime Concentration designation. J.D. students graduating with a grade point average of at least 3.3 in maritime designated courses may receive an honors designation in maritime law. Please note: students are responsible for requesting to be considered for this designation before graduation.
Students may be eligible for a qualifying designation on their transcript in three practice areas: Criminal Practice, Public Policy and Service, or Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution. Information about the requirements for these designations can be found at the Curriculum Tracks and Qualifying Designations page.
The Office of the Registrar, using the grade point average calculated in the manner described in Grading Policies below, will calculate class ranks only twice each year: after all grades for the fall semester have been entered and after all grades for spring semester have been entered. Graduation Class Ranks are calculated only once a year (see below).
Students who have completed 30-69 credits and at least 24 hours of the full-time, first-year curriculum at the Charleston School of Law, will be ranked as set forth below.
Students who transfer to the Charleston School of law will not be ranked until they complete 30 credit hours at the Charleston School of Law and at least 24 hours of the full-time, first-year curriculum at the Charleston School of Law. A transfer student's grouping for purposes of class rank will include both the credit hours transferred and those completed at the Charleston School of Law.
Students who are visitors at the Charleston School of Law are not ranked.
Students will be grouped based on their number of credit hours.
Students will receive a final class rank, known as a Graduation Class Rank, upon completing all graduation requirements of the Charleston School of Law. The Graduation Class Rank will be computed only once a year: after all grades for the Summer semester have been entered. Students who graduated in the previous December and May are included in the Graduation Class Rank.
After class ranks have been calculated as described in numbers 3 and 4 above, and upon request, the Office of the Registrar may provide a student in good standing the student’s Class Rank or Graduation Class Rank.
The Charleston School of Law awards diplomas four times each academic year: at the conclusion of the fall semester, at the conclusion of the spring semester, at the conclusion of the on-campus Maymester session, and at the conclusion of the on-campus summer session. Students who have completed the requirements for graduation may not take additional courses unless approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.