Academic Probation, Dismissal and Readmission

1. Academic Probation

A student will be placed on academic probation if the student has a cumulative grade point average below 2.00 as of the end of the immediately preceding fall or spring semester or the summer standard session for spring admit students.

  • Students with a cumulative grade point average between 2.00 and 2.40, although not officially on academic probation, are advised that they are at a statistically greater risk of either not finishing law school (2.00 – 2.20) and/or not passing the bar examination. Students in either category are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the School of Law’s Academic Success and Bar Preparations programming.[1]

[1] Students entering in August 2014 and thereafter should also consult with the Required Courses section of the Catalog.

2. Requirements for Continuing Studies on Academic Probation

a. A student placed on academic probation at any time during his or her law school career must comply with the following obligations to be allowed to continue his or her legal education at the law school:

1. The student must meet with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his or her designee for counseling. The student must review all of his or her exams from the previous semester and must identify in writing: the most common feedback the student received on his or her work, how the student studied for each class, why the student believes he or she has not performed well in law school and how the student will change his or her studying process to improve his or her grades.

2. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his or her designee will offer the student information regarding the student’s necessary grade point average to avoid academic dismissal and, working with the student, will develop an education plan designed to maximize the student’s chance of avoiding academic dismissal.

3. The student must comply with all the requirements of the Academic Success Probation Program, including meeting attendance requirements with respect to meetings with program personnel, and completing all Academic Success Probation Program assignments.

b. A student who fails to meet any of the foregoing obligations may be administratively dismissed from the law school.

c. A student placed on academic probation should also consult with the Office of Financial Aid if that student receives financial aid.

3. Academic Disqualification

a. A student on academic probation will be academically disqualified from the law school if the student does not achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better as of the end of the probationary semester, which must be a fall or spring semester, or the summer standard session for spring admit students.

b. A student will be academically disqualified at the end of the second consecutive semester in which the student’s cumulative grade point average is below 2.00.

c. A student will be academically disqualified if at any point during the student’s enrollment the student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 1.5.

4. Requests by Disqualified Students for Readmission and Permission to Continue Studies on Probation

a. A student who has received notice that he or she is to be academically disqualified may petition the Academic Standards Committee for readmission and permission to continue his or her studies on academic probation for the following semester, or such period as the Academic Standards Committee deems appropriate.

b. The petition must be submitted to the chair of the Academic Standards Committee no later than one week after the date that the notice of academic disqualification is mailed to the student by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. If the Committee denies a petition for readmission without prejudice, the disqualified student must meet whatever time deadlines for readmission set by the Committee in its ruling.

c. The petition must allege facts that meet each of the standards referred to in paragraph i. below.

d. A student may elect to stand on his or her petition alone, but, if the student requests a hearing, a hearing will be conducted by the Committee within one week of receipt of the petition unless extraordinary circumstances necessitate a later hearing.

e. The chair of the Academic Standards Committee will inform the student of the Committee’s decision within two days after the Committee makes it.

f. As a condition of readmission, the Committee may require, among other things, that the student re-take certain law school classes or otherwise address deficiencies by doing additional reading or taking classes on writing.

g. A student may be granted permission to continue his or her studies under this provision only one time during his or her studies at the law school.

h. A student who is readmitted shall be readmitted on probation. As such, the student must comply with all requirements stated in the section on Requirements for Continuing Studies on Academic Probation above.

i. The Academic Standards Committee may grant a petition if the student establishes the following:

i. Extraordinary circumstances contributed to his or her inability to meet the academic requirements of the law school;

ii. The student’s failure to meet the standards for continuing his or her studies does not indicate a lack of capacity to complete the program of study and, in fact, the student possesses that capacity; and

iii. The circumstances resulting in the student’s academic disqualification have been remedied or no longer exist.

j. A student whose petition for readmission is denied by the Academic Standards Committee may appeal the decision to the Dean. The Dean shall determine whether the Academic Standards Committee followed the appropriate procedures as defined by the readmission policy and may consider any new evidence that was not before the Committee and could not, with reasonable diligence on the student’s part, be brought to the Committee’s attention when the Committee made its decision. A student wishing to appeal to the Dean must do so within two weeks of the date the notice of denial is mailed to the student by the Academic Dean.