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Registration on a Pass/Fail Basis

In general, students take law courses for letter grades.  In some cases, the dean may determine that pass/fail grading is preferable for a course. Courses that will be offered only on the pass/fail basis are announced before registration.

Beginning in Fall 2014, in addition to classes offered only on a pass/fail basis, students may elect to take one otherwise graded class pass/fail in their second or third years of law school.  Courses that may not be taken pass/fail will be announced before registration.  The student should choose the pass/fail option at the time of registration and may not change the grading basis in a course after the deadline given in the University‚Äôs Academic Calendarhttp://registrar.utexas.edu/calendars/14-15.  Students may only elect to take an otherwise graded course pass/fail only once during their academic career.  Directed Research and Study and courses that are offered only on the pass/fail basis (such as clinics) are not affected by this policy. This policy does not apply to LLM or International Exchange students.

A law student who registers for a course on the pass/fail basis and earns a grade of C or better is awarded the symbol CR for the course; if the student receives a grade lower than a C, a grade of F is recorded. If the student receives the symbol CR, the course is not included in the grade point average; if the student receives a grade of F, the course is included in the grade point average.

Coursework requirements and methods of evaluation in a course will be the same for students registered on the pass/fail basis as they are for students registered on the letter-grade basis.

A non-law graduate student who enrolls in a law school course offered for a letter grade may register on the credit/no credit basis if permitted to do so by his or her graduate adviser.