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The grading system for J.D. Students is described briefly below. It is important to highlight that there is no published curve with respect to the distribution of grades and that there are no class rankings. For additional information about grading, please visit the grading section of the Handbook of Academic Policies for 2012-2013. Also feel free to contact Assistant Dean for Career Services, Mark Weber.
Students are invited to join the Harvard Law Review based on their grades and performance on the Law Review's writing competition. No students are invited on to Law Review without first completing the writing competition.
1. A student who completes the requirements for the J.D. degree with distinction will receive the degree cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude.
2. Latin honors at graduation will be based on the average of the three annual grade point averages (GPA). GPA will be calculated for each year of study and then averaged across the three years to determine Latin honors.
3. (a) The annual GPA for students who matriculated as of, or after, Fall Term 2008 will be calculated by assigning the following values to grades: Honors: 4; Pass: 3; Low Pass: 2; Fail: 0. Dean’s Scholar Prize awards will carry an additional point. 
(b) For all students, in calculating annual GPAs, each grade, including the Dean's Scholar Prize, is weighted in accordance with the number of credits earned in the course.
4. For students who matriculated as of, or after, Fall Term 2008, the summa cum laude will be determined by the requirement of a 4.75 GPA. The honor is exact and does not involve "rounding off"; ie., a GPA of 4.749 does not result in a degree summa cum laude. If, in a given year, no student earns a GPA of 4.75 or higher, summa cum laude will be awarded to the student (or students in the case of a tie) with the highest overall GPA.
5. The magna cum laude will be awarded to the next ten percent of the entire class.
6. The cum laude will be awarded to the next 30 percent of the entire class.
7. All students who are tied at the margin of a percentage required for Latin honors will be deemed to have achieved the required percentage for the appropriate Latin honors. Students who graduate in November or March will be granted Latin honors to the extent that students with the same GPAs received Latin honors the previous May.
8. The following are not included in Latin honors calculations for any student:
a) Credit/Fail courses.
b) Cross-registration courses.
c) Courses taken outside of Harvard Law School through a Law School joint, concurrent or coordinated degree program.
d) Grades earned in law school prior to matriculation to Harvard Law School.
e) "Withdrew after Deadline" (WD) notations.
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