In most courses, the final grade is based largely on the student's achievement on an examination or final paper given at the end of the semester. In the first year of law school, examinations are anonymous, and papers are identified solely by number unless the circumstances of the assessment make this inappropriate. Each student is expected to take examinations at the scheduled times. For failure to do so, a grade of F is assigned.

Grading of student work is on a 4.0 system:

A+       4.3

A         4.0

A-        3.7

B+       3.3

B         3.0

B-       2.7

C+      2.3

C        2.0

C-      1.7

D+     1.3

D       1.0

D-      0.7

F        0

Some courses are graded on a pass/fail basis.

A student receiving a grade of F in a required course must repeat and pass the course. Grades of F remain on a student's transcript and count toward a student's grade-point average even if a course for which an F is given is repeated and passed.

The temporary grade of I (incomplete) is recorded when the student has not completed the work required for the course. It may only be entered with the written permission of the professor teaching the course. If the work is not completed and a permanent grade not submitted to the school's records office by the end of the following semester, the I grade will be replaced with a grade of F.

Exam Tardiness: 

Students are expected to be in their seats five (5) minutes prior to the start of the exam.  Absent exigent circumstances, students who arrive after the exam has started must begin their exams immediately and WILL NOT receive additional time (this also applies to time used to set up examsoft). 

Final Examination Rescheduling Policy

A student may request that one or more final examinations be rescheduled under the following circumstances:

  • Two final examinations in the same calendar day.
  • An evening final examination followed by a morning final examination the next calendar day.
  • Three final examinations on three consecutive days (in the first week of examinations only).
  • Four final examinations in five days (in the first week of examinations only).
  • An emergency warrants rescheduling (request must be documented).

The policy with respect to take-home final examinations is as follows:

  • If the take-home final examination is "floating," (e.g. the student may choose when to take it within a defined timeframe) the student may not create a conflict by opting to take it during an interval conflicting with another final examination.
  • A take-home final examination does not conflict with the preceding final examination(s) under the first or third rules above (two exams in the same calendar day or three exams on three consecutive days), if it may be checked out at least four hours after the prior examination is scheduled to conclude.
  • A take-home final examination does not conflict with the preceding final examination(s) under the fourth rule above (four exams in five days), if it may be checked out on Friday, at least four hours after the prior final examination is scheduled to conclude.
  • Perceived conflicts involving take-home final examinations of greater than 48 hours in length will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Requests to reschedule a final examination should be directed to the School's Director of Student Support Services.

Once a conflict has been identified, the director will determine which final examination(s) to move, and to what day and time, in order to eliminate the conflict.

Requests to reschedule a final examination on short notice because of severe illness or an emergency must be documented, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All such requests must be presented to the Director of Student Support Services for the School of Law immediately (See Student Support Services (Law)).

The policy with respect to requests to reschedule based upon disability is as follows:

  • All disability-based requests must be approved by the Assistant Director for Student Disability Services (See http://www.umkc.edu/disability and Non-Discrimination Policy, above).
  • The Director of Student Support Services will reschedule a final examination because of disability only on request of the Assistant Director for Student Disability Services.