Law School Rules

Chapter 8. Scholarships, Prizes, Honors

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8.01 Procedures.

Law School scholarships and loans from Law School sources shall be made in accordance with procedures established by the Financial Aids Committee.

8.02 Awards to be Based on Need.

  1. Except as provided in 8.02(2) scholarship awards shall be based upon need for financial assistance and academic achievement. No scholarship or loan awards will be made except upon application.
  2. Grants to continuing students shall be made on the basis of need only except where the terms of the fund from which the grant is made require other criteria be considered.

8.03 Prizes.

The Financial Aids Committee is authorized to award such prizes as it deems appropriate from funds available for such purposes.

8.04 Honors.

  1. Students graduating with a weighted average of 90 or better on reported numerical grades may be recommended by the faculty for graduation, summa cum laude. Students graduating with a weighted average of 3.85 or better on reported 4.3-scale letter grades may be recommended by the faculty for graduation, summa cum laude.
  2. Students graduating with a weighted average of 87.5 or better on reported numerical grades may be recommended by the faculty for graduation, magna cum laude. Students graduating with a weighted average of 3.65 or better on reported 4.3-scale letter grades may be recommended by the faculty for graduation, magna cum laude.
  3. Students entering the UW Law School prior to the 2000-2001 academic year who graduate with a weighted average of 85 or better on reported numerical grades may be recommended by the faculty for graduation, cum laude. Students entering the UW Law School from the 2000-2001 academic year until the 2004-2005 academic year who graduate with a weighted average of 85.5 or better on reported numerical grades may be recommended by the faculty for graduation, cum laude. Students matriculating at the UW Law School as beginning law students in 2005 and thereafter and graduating with a weighted average of 3.35 or better on reported 4.3-scale letter grades may be recommended by the faculty for graduation, cum laude.

Administrative Interpretation. A student’s weighted average for purposes of determining honors does not include grades of 70 or above (on the 65-95 scale) which were earned in courses selected by the student to have the grades reported as stated in Rule 4.03.

Cross-reference. See Coif eligibility rules summarized in Appendix, p. 44.

8.05 Dean's Honor List.

  1. A student is eligible for the Dean's Honor List if the following requirements are met:
    1. Registration for and completion of at least 12 new credits in spring or fall semester.
    2. A weighted average of at least 3.3 (on the 4.3 scale) on those credits, at least 8 of which must be graded on the 4.3 scale.
    3. Completion of those credits by the due date for turning in grades at the end of the particular semester.
  2. No exception will be made to these rules for hardship or other reasons, except as provided in (3) below.
  3. Students with disabilities.
    1. In the event a student has been certified by the Associate Dean, after consultation with the appropriate professional sources, as affected by a disability defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act which precludes the student from carrying 12 credits during a semester, that certification shall indicate the number of credits which are the equivalent of a full time load for that student considering the student's disability.
    2. A student designated under (3)(a) is eligible for the Dean's Honor List if the following requirements are met:
      1. registration of and completion in the spring or fall semester of the number of credits certified under (3)(a);
      2. a weighted average of at least 3.3 (on the 4.3 scale) on those credits, of which at least 66% (the equivalent of 8 out of 12 credits) must be graded on the 4.3 scale; and
      3. completion of those credits by the due date for turning in grades at the end of the particular semester.

NOTE: Rule 8.05 is policy adopted by the Dean's Office rather than faculty legislation. Amended by Dean's Office action 28 July 2014 (14 new credit/10 graded credit requirements changed to 12 new credit/8 graded credit requirements).

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