Students must designate the election of the pass/fail option by submitting an electronic or paper Pass/Fail Request Form to Student Services by the dates listed on the Academic Calendar. The pass/fail option cannot be elected while registering online. Student Services will verify all pass/fail elected credit. To preserve anonymity, students must not communicate a pass/fail election to their professor.

No student may count more than eighteen credit hours earned in courses graded on a Pass/Fail basis toward the total number of hours required for graduation. No student may earn more than six Pass/Fail credit hours in any one activity (e.g., Law Review, the Journal of Property Law, part-time externship, a law clinic, etc.), except for students in the full-time Residency Externship program. Transfer credits are not included in this limit, nor are credits earned for retaking a failed course. 

A student may not elect to take any of the following courses on a pass/fail basis unless the course is offered only on a pass/fail basis:

  • a lockstep course,
  • a required course,
  • a course taken to satisfy the rigorous writing requirement,
  • a course taken to satisfy the upper-level experiential requirement, or
  • a course taken to satisfy the requirements for a concentration program.

Please review section 8.5 of the law school’s Academic Standards, found in the Student Handbook for the complete rules and regulations concerning pass/fail credits.

Pass/Fail Request Form