A Few Words Regarding the Pass/Fail Grading Option

Dear Pre-Law Students,

Many of you may have questions out about taking the P/F grading option for courses and how this might impact your applications to law school.  At this point in time, as of March 23, 2020, most law schools have not formally set a policy regarding courses taken P/F during Spring of 2020.  We think that the majority of law schools will be flexible, understanding the difficulties and unusual circumstances that brought about the P/F option.  We have reached out to law schools and will continue to gather information.


Keep in mind:

— We believe the decision to take a course P/F should be made thoughtfully.  Admission to law school never rests on the grade in a single class, nor is perfection expected.  We know that law schools really do look at the transcript, and the entire application, as a whole.  Be clear on your reasons for taking the P/F option and, if you are able, engage with your online classes a bit before deciding.  Certainly, consult with your instructors, academic advisors and our office as you think things through.

— Know that your pre-law advisors are here to support you.  Though you may not be on campus, you are still at Penn and we are with you.  We are available for 30min. advising appointments by phone or video, which you can schedule through Handshake. In addition, we will hold “drop-in hours” on April 1st from 12:30pm-2:30pm.  Time slots will be available to sign-up on Handshake starting at 9:15am on 4/1/2020.


By Becky Tamayo
Becky Tamayo Administrative Coordinator, Graduate School Advising Becky Tamayo