Madrid Summer Law Institute Grades & Grading Practices

Grading Options

Because law professors must grade all students in a course using the same grading system, students do not have the option to take a particular course on a "Credit/No Credit" basis. At the conclusion of the program, the professor for each course will assign a letter grade for each student. Letter grades of A through F with pluses and minuses will be used. If you have any questions, you should check with your law school prior to joining the program. If your law school has any questions on how we will grade your examinations or papers, please have them contact the Director prior to the beginning of the program.

In addition, a student may register for a course as an auditor, without credit, with prior approval of the Director and the instructor. The deadline for electing online to audit a course is 2 p.m. (Madrid) on June 6, 2018. It can be done later with an additional grade change fee.

The grades awarded in all courses are indicative of the quality of work done. Their significance in most courses at the Institute is as follows:

Audit is recorded for completion of enrollment in an audited course. No credit is earned for an audit grade option.

Used for approved administrative withdrawals after June 6, 2018.  Courses given a grade of W typically are excluded in the calculation of the grade point average.

You should check with your home school regarding how it will handle grades reported by the Institute.

Grading Practices

Law professors must grade all students in a course using the same grading system. The grading systems for the Institute is a letter grade using pluses and minuses.

Submission of Grades by Faculty

Faculty shall submit grades for all courses and papers to the School of Law Registrar within 20 days of receiving finals for grading.

The grades will then be recorded on University of New Mexico transcripts. Students should order from the University of New Mexico Office of the Registrar a transcript to be sent to their school, when grades are posted.

The Director may make exceptions to the above policy for sufficient reason. (For example, large classes, sickness, research projects, or community service.)

Please note: Acceptance of credit and its use for early graduation is at the discretion of each student's law school. Because each course meets the ABA requirements, most ABA accredited law schools will accept the credits. However, it is unlikely that the credit may be used to accelerate graduation.  Applicants for whom credit is important are advised to secure a written commitment from their law schools.

Student Objection to Grade

Students with questions about a grade should maintain their anonymity.  Students should talk with the Director about grade matters in classes the Director is not teaching.  In classes the Director is teaching, students should contact the UNM SOL registrar or 505-277-3649.  The Director or Registrar will discuss the matters with the instructor. If the matter is not thereby resolved, the following procedure is to be followed:

  • The student may formally question a grade by filing a grade appeal to the UNM School of Law Faculty. The Dean of the UNM School of Law will then decide whether to refer the matter to the student’s home institution or to have the appeal reconsidered by two or more appointed faculty from UNM. The UNM School of Law will handle most grade appeals.
  • Appeals may only be filed for an alleged mathematical error in grading.
  • Students must appeal a grade within 60 days after receiving the final grade.