Grade distribution table
In order to obtain credit for their courses, candidates in the B.C.L./LL.B. program must obtain a passing grade. The following grades are awarded by the Faculty:
Passing grades: A; A-; B+; B; B-; C+; C
Failing grades: D; F
Complementary and Elective Courses
Passing grades: A; A-; B+; B; B-; C+; C; D
Failing grade: F
Dean's Honour List
Upon graduation, a maximum of the top 10% of the graduating undergraduate students in each faculty are named to the Dean's Honour List (DHL). This honourary designation is based upon the cumulative academic record in the graduating faculty and the minimum required CGPA is determined annually by each faculty. Only graduate students who have completed their program within the University's time limitation for their program are considered for the Dean's Honour List designation.
For non-graduating students, the designation is awarded on an annual basis to students in the top 10% of the entire non-graduating cohort, using the grade point average for the academic year.
Students should note that if they take less than twenty-seven (27) graded credits in any given academic year, they will not be eligible for the Dean’s Honour List for that year. Note that law courses for which a pass/fail grading method is assigned count as “graded credits”. However, courses for which a student elects the satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading option are not included in the 27-credit count. Note that the Faculty of Law's policy on the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option.
Students with renewable scholarships should also pay close attention to the minimum number of graded credits required by the terms of their scholarship.
Individual faculties should be consulted regarding any additional criteria which may be used. Law students should consult the Associate Dean (Academic).
For more information, please see McGill Law Programs and Courses: Scholarships, Prizes and Student Aid.
Access to student records
Quebec legislation respecting Privacy and Access to Information has formalized dealings with student files. Consequently, personal information, including transcripts of academic records, may only be released with the authorisation of the student.
In particular, information relating to the overall standing of an individual student is confidential and cannot be furnished to prospective employers without the consent of that student.
The Faculty does not rank undergraduate students, but we do publish a table of cumulative averages. Students requiring a letter expaining the grading policy or rankings can request one by emailing the SAO.
First-year mid-term grades
Students have access to view their mid-term grades on myCourses for a 2-week period at the end of the Fall term (January).
The Faculty does NOT release December mid-term grades for first-year full-year courses.
These grades are NOT final grades, and are intended to provide pedagogical feedback to students and instructors. The final grade for first year courses will be visible on the student's official transcript at the end of the winter term (May).
Table of cumulative averages for undergraduate students
These tables show the percentage of undergraduate students whose cumulative grade point average (CGPA) falls within each grade range. It is based on information available at the end of each academic year. It is normally updated each June. Individual student rankings are not compiled by the Faculty and the Faculty does not provide ranking letters of any kind.
Percentages have been rounded, so the total may not equal 100.
The Dean's Honour List (DHL) for non-graduating students, is determined on an annual basis (2012-2013 academic year completed) to students in the top 10% of the entire non-graduating cohort, using the grade point average for the academic year (Sessional gpa). The top 10% listed above (for both 1st years and upper years) DOES NOT reflect the final DHL GPA. The DHL for in progress students for 2012-2013 was a SGPA of 3.45. The 2012-2013 DHL for graduating students was a CGPA of 3.43.
Undergraduate table of cumulative averages (2012-2013)
** Given the large number of students with cumulative grade point averages between 3.00 and 3.29 (B range), this grade increment has been divided in two to provide additional information.
Table of cumulative averages 2013-2014 [.pdf]
Table of cumulative averages 2011-2012 [.pdf]
Table of cumulative averages 2010-2011 [.pdf]
Table of cumulative averages 2009-2010 [.pdf]
Table of cumulative averages 2008-2009 [.pdf]
Table of cumulative averages 2007-2008 [.pdf]
Table of cumulative averages 2006-2007 [.pdf]