Reporting for Current Second and Third Year Students
Classes of 2017 and 2018
The academic transcripts for the classes of 2017 and 2018 contain letter grades. The grading system is outlined below.
Grades/ Point Ranges Grades Grade Point Ranges
||4.3 (extraordinary performance)
||4.0 - 4.29
||3.7 - 3.99
||3.3 - 3.69
||3.0 - 3.29
||2.7 - 2.99
||2.3 - 2.69
||2.0 - 2.29
||1.7 - 1.99
||1.3 - 1.69
||1.0 - 1.29
|| 0 -.99
Students may report their grade point averages on their resumes using either a letter grade or the appropriate numerical calculation.When students report their GPAs either verbally or in writing, the GPA may be rounded up only to the second numeral behind the decimal point (nearesthundredth) (i.e., 3.765 may be rounded up to 3.77, but not to 3.8 or 3.9; or 3.699 may be rounded up to a 3.70). As an alternative, students may state the entire GPA or drop one or more of the three numerals behind the decimal (i.e., 3.763 may be reported as a 3.76 or 3.7). "Rounding up" means that the third numeral behind the decimal point (nearest thousandth) is a 5, 6, 7,8 or 9 which, when "rounded" and then dropped from the GPA, makes the second numeral behind the decimal point one number higher than originally calculated. Students may not use numbers beyond the third numeral behind the decimal point of their GPA for rounding or any other purpose.
It is the policy of the School of Law not to rank its student body. The only exceptions are (1) the top 12 students in each class each year are ranked; (2) students applying for judicial clerkships and academic positions; and (3) students in the top 10 percent of each graduating class are invited to join the Order of the Coif, the national legal honorary scholastic society.* These distinctions will appear in the memorandum section of the transcripts.
*Under Coif's rules only students who have completed at least 75 percent of their UCLA Law units in letter-graded courses are eligible for consideration. Transfer students should check with the Dean of Students office to verify how many letter-graded courses they should take to qualify.
The Records Office will issue an official transcript to a student at the student's request. Prospective employers may also obtain an official transcript from the Records Office if they have secured a written waiver from the student. Official transcripts will be on tamper-proof security paper and copies will be indicated as such. To ensure that a transcript is official, prospective employers should make a photocopy of it. If the word "Void" does not appear repeatedly on the photocopy in a background pattern, the transcript is not an official copy. We suggest that prospective employers obtain an official transcript from the student or secure a written waiver to obtain an official transcript from the Records Office prior to extending an offer.