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Notes from Legal Academia: On Transfers, LLMs and Letter Grades

Publication Date: 
June 04, 2008
Wall Street Journal Law Blog
Dan Slater

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog made mention of Stanford Law's recent announcement that it plans to change its grading system:

Losing Letter Grades: Stanford law has joined its Bay-area neighbor, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall law school, as well as Yale law, in scrapping letter-grades in favor of “four levels of achievement” ­ honors, pass, restricted credit and no credit, reports Inside Higher Ed and Above the Law. (Yale’s four grades are honors, pass, low pass and fail, while Berkeley uses only three levels: pass, honors and high honors.)

“No grading system is perfect,” wrote Stanford Law dean Larry Kramer in an e-mail to students and faculty, “but the consensus is that the reform will have significant pedagogical benefits, including that it encourages greater flexibility and innovation in the classroom and in designing metrics for evaluating student work.”