GPA and Class Rank Distributions
|Class Rank||1L Class GPA
(Class of 2018)
|2L Class GPA
(Class of 2017)
|3L Class GPA
(Class of 2016)
|Top 10%||3.673 - above||3.652 - above|
|Top 15%||3.583 - above||3.541 - above|
|Top 20%||3.503 - above||3.473 - above|
|Top 25%||3.427 - above||3.391 - above|
|Top 1/3||3.377 - above||3.332 - above|
|Top 1/2||3.113 - above||3.113 - above|
|Middle 1/3||2.940 - above||2.965 - above|
- Applicable Period: The class rank and grade point average information listed above includes grades through spring semester of 2015. The chart is supplied each year in response to employer inquiries.
- Summer School: The class rank and grade point average information listed above does not include grades for classes taken during the summer of 2015. The University of Kentucky College of Law only ranks students after the fall and spring semesters. The law school does not re-rank the students after summer school classes. Student may list their new GPAs which include summer school classes; however, their class ranks will remain the ranks the students obtained before summer school until after the fall semester.
- Average Grade: The average grade at UK College of Law changed beginning in the fall of 2007. The average grade for 1L, 2Ls and 3Ls is now from 2.90 to 3.10. In the past, under the former grading system, the average grade for 1Ls was 2.60 to 2.80 and for 2Ls and 3Ls the average grade was 2.70 to 3.00. The faculty voted for this change after taking various considerations into account, such as our rigorous admissions standards. Under both the former and new systems, professors may deviate from the range under certain circumstances.
Comparison with Other Law Schools: Class rank may be more relevant than GPA when comparing the academic performance of UK students with students from other law schools. Although UK has implemented a slight adjustment of its average grade, it still maintains a rigorous average grade range.
Factors other than Grades: Please keep in mind that second-year students have only taken two semesters of class work, so their GPAs are significantly affected by even one low grade or by grading differences between teachers of different sections. Many of the students have strong undergraduate credentials, prior work experience, activities, and other involvement, in addition to meeting our rigorous admissions standards.