Class Ranking Policy

1. General

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).

2. Eligibility for Class Ranking

Students will not be ranked until they have completed 30 credit hours at the Charleston School of Law and the coursework required for full-time first year students.

a. Transfer Students

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 the coursework required for a full-time, first-year student. Thereafter, 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.

b. Visiting Students

Students who are visitors at the Charleston School of Law are not ranked.

3. Ranking Cohorts

Students will be grouped based on their number of credit hours.

a. At the end of Fall semester, students will be ranked within the following groups:

i. Students who have completed 30 – 69 credits and the coursework required for full-time, first-year students.

ii. Students who have completed 70+ credits and the coursework required for full-time, first-year students.

b. At the end of Spring semester, students will be ranked within the following groups:

i. Students who have completed 30 – 45 credits and the coursework required for full-time, first-year students.

ii. Students who have completed 46 – 87 credits and the coursework required for full-time, first-year students.

4. Official Class Ranks

Class Ranks for each cohort and Graduation Class Ranks will be recorded only for students in the top 45 percent of their grouping or graduation class.

5. Official Class Ranks

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 Spring semester have been entered. Students who graduated in the previous August and December, as well as students who graduated in that particular spring semester, are included in the Graduation Class Rank.

Example: The Graduation Class Rank that is calculated at the end of Spring semester 2014 includes graduates from August 2013, December 2013, and May 2014.

6. Requests for Class Ranks

Upon written request, and after class ranks have been calculated as described in number 3 above, the Office of the Registrar may provide a student in good standing the student’s Class Rank or Graduation Class Rank. Official class ranks are available only for students in the top 45 percent of their grouping or graduation class.

Updated: August 2018.