The following frequently asked questions with answers may assist you in evaluating Capital University Law School students. You may wish to review our listing in the NALP Directory of Law Schools, a comprehensive site covering student enrollment, policies, awards, etc.
How is class rank determined?What is the Order of the Curia?What is the Order of the Barrister?What is the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) to obtain graduation honors?What awards may a graduate receive at graduation?What is the Pro Bono Recognition Program?How does the Moot Court Program work?What is Law Review?May students earn a concentration in an area of law?How does a student get listed on the Dean’s List?What are the different student organizations a student may join?What are CALI Awards for Future Excellence?Does Capital University Law School have grade inflation?
How is class rank determined?Class rank is determined at the end of the fall and spring semesters each academic year. The following class ranks and corresponding GPAs are approximate and may be used as a general guide:
What is the Order of the Curia?The Order of the Curia was a Law School honorary society. Election of its members occurred annually from graduating students who had earned a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better, in any semester, after they have completed 60 credit hours.What is the Order of the Barrister?A national honor society whose purpose is the encouragement of oral advocacy and brief writing skills through effective law school oral advocacy programs. The Order of Barristers seeks to improve these programs through interscholastic sharing of ideas, information, and resources. The Order also provides national recognition for individuals who have excelled in advocacy and service at their respective schools.What is the minimum to obtain graduation honors?
What awards may a graduate be awarded at graduation?American Law Institute-American Bar Association Scholarship and Leadership Award is given in recognition to the graduate who best represents a combination of scholarship and leadership, the qualities embodied by the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association.
What is the Pro Bono Recognition Program?The Pro Bono Recognition Program seeks to encourage public service by law students by recognizing their successful completion of at least 50 hours of approved pro bono work. Recognition is given with a transcript designation of Pro Bono Honoree and a certificate of completion. The Pro Bono Recognition Program is administered by the Assistant Dean for Professional Development.Pro bono legal services may include giving legal advice or resolving a legal problem through litigation, legislation, regulation, or alternative dispute resolution, but only to the extent consistent with the ethical constraints on the authorized practice of law. The work may involve legal services for person of limited means or participation in projects for improving the law, the legal system, or the legal profession. Students may receive neither compensation nor academic credit for pro bono work. For this program, law students may do pro bono legal work under the supervision of a licensed attorney in a variety of settings, including government agencies, courts, nonprofit organizations, and corporate and law firm pro bono programs.How does the Moot Court Program work?To participate in Moot Court, students must pass an Appellate Advocacy course and participate in competitive joint tryouts. To try out for most teams, students must submit a written brief and engage in oral arguments involving legal issues posed by a problem typically based on a case pending before the Supreme Court of the United States. Students are selected based on their ability to organize and advance arguments; ability to provide clear and logical answers to questions; courtroom tone and demeanor; intellectual and academic ability; work habits and competitive attitude; research and writing skills; and ability to work cooperatively with others on a group project. In recent years, the program has included Moot Court teams in Child & Family Law; Corporate Law; Environmental Law; International Criminal Law; Labor Law; Sports Law; and Tax Law.What is Law Review?Published four times per year, the Capital University Law Review seeks to provide accurate and timely legal scholarship to judges, scholars, and attorneys. To serve on Law Review is a great responsibility and one of the highest honors that a Capital law student can receive. Law Review members are chosen in three ways:
May students earn a concentration in an area of law?Capital students may pursue an academic concentration in nine areas:
For each concentration, students must complete 11 to 15 credits of course work and earn a minimum grade point average in the selected courses. Some concentrations also require students to write a major paper on a related topic. What are the different student organizations a student may join?Students may join over 20 unique student organizations such as legal fraternities, service organizations, and substantive practice area groups. See Student Organizations for a complete listing.How does a student get listed on the Dean’s List?The academic recognition of Dean’s List is awarded each Fall and Spring semester to any student with a grade point average of a 3.200.What are CALI Awards?The CALI Excellence for the Future Award® is given to the highest scoring student in each law school class.Does Capital University Law School have grade inflation?No. Although the norm will vary over time, below is a guideline showing how first year grades should be distributed:
While no policy exists for classes beyond the first year, the grade average in upper-division courses should be approximately 2.82.
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