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Credit for Informed Classroom Participation

Informed Classroom Participation

Throughout the three-year period of Law School, students are expected to engage in informed classroom participation for which credit may, to a limited extent, be awarded. The manner in which such credit may be awarded will be determined by each faculty member, but it must be consistent with the anonymous grading of students.

Typical Method for Applying Credit

The following approach is required for non-elective 1L courses and is a suggested, and typical, method of approach in all other courses: A faculty member will notify the Registrar of the examination numbers of papers that approach the dividing line between two grades but that do not achieve the higher grade. The faculty member also gives to the Registrar a list of names of students in the class who have contributed exceptionally to class discussion. The Registrar then reclassifies upward the grade of any such person who almost received the higher grade on the anonymously graded examination.

Limited Number of Students in Any Course

It is not expected that more than a handful of grades in each class will be recommended for upward adjustment, and even fewer grades will be adjusted in view of the necessity that the anonymously graded papers be previously identified as falling just below the intergrade line. Upward adjustment recommendations are not to be awarded merely for “sounding off.” Students typically receive notice early in the semester of any policy to award credit for informed classroom participation. (Faculty Minutes, April 19, 1982; revisions made in April 27, 2015 faculty meeting)