This afternoon, I got the results from my Amsterdam program. To put the grades in context, I have included a cut-and-paste of Tulane Law School's grading policy. If one of you understands this, particularly the paragraph below with the percentages, please post a comment to enlighten us all. (Clearly, I am in my math-induced deer-in-the-headlights state.)
The normal grading scale and quality point system is as follows:
In any course with 21 or more J.D. students (from any school), the professor shall award no less than 60%, and not more than 65% grades of B and above, and no more than 75% grades of B- and above to those J.D. students. This distribution applies even if all or part of the grade is determined by a method other than examination. In any course with fewer than 21 J.D. students, the professor shall abide by the spirit of this rule.**
Here are my results:
Grade Report for ROXANNE XXXXXX
Title Credit Hours Official Grade
INT'L. HUMAN RIGHTS 1.00 A-
INT'L WOMEN'S RIGHTS 1.00 B+
INT'L LAW & DEATH PEN 1.00 B+
TERRORISM & INT'L LAW 1.00 B+
INTRO TO INT'L CRIM 1.00 A
TERM GPA 3.532
If I am reading it right, it appears that Tulane forces that 25% of the grades be C or below. UWLS doesn't force any grades below a B. The discrepancy in grading policies are due to the law school rankings. UW is ranked around 27 while Tulane ranks 47. Therefore, Tulane's grading policy is more stringent so that employers can distinguish top-notch students.
**If you think this is complicated, you should look at UW's law school curve at http://www.law.washington.edu/Students/Academics/Grading.aspx. It is even more confusing.