Massachusetts School of Law at Andover utilizes a typical four point system of grading. Therefore, an A counts four points, a B three points, a C two points, a D one point, and an F (or a failing grade) no points.
A student’s grade is increased 3 tenths of a point for a plus (e.g., a B+ represents 3.30 points) and will be diminished 3 tenths of a point for a minus (e.g., a B- represents 2.70 points).
Students may make appointments with professors to review their exams. No grades are changed unless a mathematical error has been made. To ensure academic rigor, MSLAW, when necessary, requires professors to comply with a grading curve designed to make certain that high grades at MSLAW represent significant academic accomplishment.
A student whose overall grade-point average falls below a two-point average is placed on academic probation for the next semester. Once determined to be on academic probation, a student is not eligible to take summer session classes. If the student was enrolled in such classes prior to the determination that he or she is on probation, the grades received in the class cannot be used to determine whether the student shall be removed from the probationary list.
If the student does not attain a two-point or better overall average at the end of that probationary semester, the student is not able to return to school thereafter.
Two F Rule
In addition, any student who receives a total of two or more F grades during his or her career at MSLAW is automatically dismissed from the program. Any student seeking readmission to MSLAW must submit a written petition to the school’s Registrar. Such petitions are rarely granted. Satisfactory academic progress must be maintained.
Financial Aid & GPA
Students are required to have an overall grade point average of a 2.0 to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students whose overall grade point average falls below 2.0 are placed on academic probation for the next semester and these students are ineligible to receive Federal Stafford Loans for that semester or any semester until the student becomes eligible again. A student may petition in writing to the Director of Financial Aid, Lynn Bowab, for an exception to this policy. Exceptions to this policy are granted by a case by case basis and only in extraordinary situations. You can use this GPA calculator for current-term grade approximations.