CLASS RANK/ACADEMIC STANDING /DEAN’S LIST
Both a cumulative grade point average and a semester grade point average of 2.0 is required to be considered in academic good standing. In any semester in which the student’s cumulative and/or semester grade point average drops below 2.0, applicable academic standard rules will apply as pursuant to the College of Law Student Handbook.
Full-Time Day and Part-time Evening students will be ranked together based on the number of graded credits (0-30 credits; 31-60 credits; 61-90 credits). The Registrar’s Office distributes class ranks as numerical class standing (not by percentage) to indicate where the student ranks compared to his/her ranking group (e.g., 13/135). All Rankings (Class and Graduation) are determined at the end of every fall and spring semester, but not after the summer term.
DEAN’S LIST DESIGNATION
All students who have a semester grade point average of B+ (3.33) or above will have a Dean’s List designation posted on their transcript for that semester. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, Full-Time Day students must earn 12 hours for the semester with a minimum of eight (8) graded hours. Part-Time Evening students must earn eight (8) hours for the semester with a minimum of six (6) graded hours. Graded credit hours are those for which quality points are awarded.
Candidates for the Juris Doctor degree who maintain high cumulative grade point averages graduate with honors. Graduation with honors is based upon earning a minimum of 75 credit hours at the Florida A&M University College of Law. To be eligible for graduation with honors, graduates must earn the required cumulative grade point average in the following categories:
- Summa cum laude (highest honors)
- Summa cum laude shall be awarded to all students who earn a grade point average of 3.8 or higher.
- Magna cum laude (high honors)
- Magna cum laude shall be awarded to all students who earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 – 3.79 or higher in the graduating class.
- Cum laude (honors)
- Cum laude shall be awarded to all students who earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.10 – 3.49 in the graduating class.
For the purpose of the graduation and hooding ceremonies, honors will be based upon the graduate’s cumulative grade point average earned at the end of their previous semester. Adjustments will be made to the transcript upon the posting of all final grades.