Grading System

A student's performance in a course is usually expressed in terms of the following letter grades, with their numerical equivalents for computation purposes:

  • A (4.00), A- (3.67)
  • B+ (3.33), B (3.00), B- (2.67)
  • C+ (2.33), C (2.00), C- (1.67)
  • D+ (1.33), D (1.00)
  • F (0.00)


The grade "I" (incomplete) may be given to a student who is able to show good cause for failing to complete a required writing assignment, when this assignment is the principal grade determinant in a course. Such grades will be assigned only with the written approval of the instructor and the Dean's Office. The "I" grade is only an interim mark. The required writing assignment must be submitted by the end of the next semester or summer session. If it is not submitted, the result will be a failing grade (F) in the course.


A pass/fail grading system may be adopted for certain courses as determined by the faculty. A grade of "pass" does not in any way affect a student's cumulative grade point average.

Blind Grading Policy

The College of Law uses a blind grading system in most classes, where examination grades are assigned to anonymous exam numbers. Each law student is assigned a random exam number each semester by the Office of Budget & Records. Class participation credit may be added or subtracted after grades are turned in to determine the final class grade.

Notification of Grades

Grades are posted on students' MyNIU accounts at

Dean's List

Students who attain a grade point average of 3.000 or above for a semester's work shall be placed on the Dean's List for that semester.

Class Ranks

Class ranks are calculated by using a student's grade point average, which is carried out to three decimal places. Class ranks are calculated at the end of the first year of law school and at the end of every semester thereafter.