Student Handbook: Section VIII

Grade Point Average Requirements

§ 8.1 Definitions

(a) The First Academic Semester for students in the full-time Day Division, including transfer students admitted with fewer than six hours of credit, ends upon completion of the first semester. The First Academic Semester for students in either the part-time Day Division or the Evening Division ends upon completion of the second semester. A part-time Day Division student or an Evening Division student who transfers to the full-time Day Division at the end of the student's first semester will be considered a Day Division student for purposes of this section. A summer session is not considered a First Academic Semester, with the exception of first-year Evening Division students who defer Property to the Summer term after their first year.

(b) An Advanced Semester is any semester in which a student is enrolled for at least six credit hours after completion of the First Academic Semester. A Summer session is not considered an Advanced Semester.

(c) For purposes of GPA calculations for the probation and dismissal rules that follow, the calculation of the cumulative GPA of first-year Evening Division students who elect to defer Property to the Summer term after their first year will be made when the Property grades are received and will include the grade for Property, but will exclude grades for any electives taken in the Summer term.

(d) For purposes of GPA calculations for the probation and dismissal rules that follow, the calculation of the cumulative GPA of first-year students in the full-time Day Division at the conclusion of the Spring semester will include all grades received to that point, with the exception that grades received for Legislation or for an elective course taken in place of Legislation will not be included. For purposes of GPA calculations for probation and dismissal, the grades for Legislation or elective will be included in the cumulative GPA in semesters following the first year, starting with the cumulative GPA calculation made at the conclusion of the Fall semester of the student's second year.


§ 8.2  (Reserved)


§ 8.3  GPA Requirements

A student must attain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.300 for the First Academic Semester and at the end of each Advanced Semester to remain in good academic standing. In computing a student's cumulative GPA, a grade received to replace an Incomplete grade is counted in the cumulative GPA in the semester in which the Incomplete was given. See §8.1(c) and (d) for calculation of the cumulative GPA for probation and dismissal purposes for first-year students after the conclusion of the Spring semester.


§ 8.4  Dismissal From the Law School

A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 1.700 at the end of the First Academic Semester will be dismissed from the Law School for academic reasons. Students who fail the same required course twice shall not be permitted to reregister for that course and shall be dismissed from the Law School. See § 8.1(c) and (d) for calculation of the cumulative GPA for probation and dismissal purposes for first-year students after the conclusion of the Spring semester.


§ 8.5  Academic Probation

(a) A student will be placed on academic probation if his/her GPA is at least 1.700 but below 2.300 at the end of the First Academic Semester. If the cumulative GPA of a student falls below 2.300 at the end of any Advanced Semester, the student will be placed on academic probation. A student on academic probation will be entitled to one or more semesters of academic probation as provided in the following subsections.

See §8.1(c) and (d) for calculation of the cumulative GPA for purposes of probation and dismissal for first-year students after the conclusion of the Spring semester.

(b) Except as provided in §8.5(e), a student is permitted only one probationary semester within which to attain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.300. If the student attains that cumulative GPA, the student regains good academic standing at the end of the probationary semester. If a student regains good academic standing and his/her cumulative GPA later falls below 2.300, the student will be permanently dismissed from the Law School without further probation.

See §8.1(c) and (d) for calculation of the cumulative GPA for purposes of probation and dismissal for first-year students after the conclusion of the Spring semester.

(c) The probationary semester is the first academic semester after the effective date the student is placed on probation, which is the last day of the semester in which the GPA fell below the minimum GPA, regardless of the date of receipt of such grades. A Summer session may not serve as the probationary semester.

(d) A student may withdraw from the law school prior to the probationary semester. A student may withdraw during the probationary semester only with the approval of the Assistant Dean for Academic Administration and Student Affairs. In the event of withdrawal prior to or during the probationary semester, the student must re-enroll in the law school for the probationary semester the next academic semester, unless the student receives permission of the Assistant Dean for Academic Administration and Student Affairs to further postpone the probationary semester. Failure to enroll in either the first or second academic semester after the effective date the student is placed on academic probation, without permission of the Assistant Dean of Academic Administration and Student Affairs, will result in dismissal from the law school.

(e) A student who fails to achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.300 at the end of the probationary semester will be dismissed permanently from the Law School unless the student earned a GPA of 2.600 or higher in the probationary semester. A student who earns a GPA of at least 2.600 in the probationary semester is entitled to a second probationary semester within which to achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.300. A student who fails to achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.300 at the end of the second probationary semester will be dismissed permanently from the Law School regardless of the GPA earned in the second probationary semester.

See §8.1(c) and (d) for calculation of the cumulative GPA for probation and dismissal purposes for first-year students after the conclusion of the Spring semester.


§ 8.6  Effect of Summer Session Grades on the Probationary Semester

All students who have not been notified that they have been dismissed may enroll in the Summer session. The Summer session will not be considered a student's probationary semester.

If a student is notified that her or she has been dismissed as of the previous Spring semester, the student must immediately withdraw from the Summer session; the tuition for the Summer session will be refunded. This provision applies regardless of when the student is notified of the dismissal, even if the such notification is received after the Summer session has concluded. If the student has been dismissed as of the prior Spring semester, grades received during the Summer session are void and will not count for any purpose.

If a student will be on academic probation in the Fall semester, the student may enroll in the Summer session. The Summer session will not be considered the student's probationary semester. The grades earned during the Summer session will be averaged together with the grades earned during the fall probationary semester to determine if the student has met the 2.300 requirement of §8.5(b), but will not be averaged to determine if the student has met the 2.600 requirement of §8.5(e).


§ 8.7  Applications for Readmission

Students dismissed for failing to satisfy the minimum GPA requirements may apply for readmission to the law school as a new student after three years from the date of dismissal. Students admitted under this procedure will not receive credit for any course work previously completed and will have to complete all courses required for new students at the time of readmission. In considering applications for readmission, the applicant's prior dismissal will be considered as a negative factor. In order to be admitted under this procedure, the applicant must provide evidence to the Admissions Committee that he/she possesses the requisite ability and that the applicant's prior dismissal does not indicate a lack of capacity to complete the course of study.


§ 8.8 Repeated Courses

A student who receives the grade of E or WE in a required course must retake the course at the earliest opportunity. A student who receives the grade of E or WE in an elective course may, but is not required to, register for the course in a subsequent semester and receive credit by successfully passing the course on repeat. If a student repeats a course in which an E or WE was received, full tuition must be paid for the course the second time and the student's cumulative GPA will include both the E or WE grade and the grade received on repeat. A student may not repeat a course in which the grade of D- or higher was received.

In addition to the standards of the Law School relating to academic probation, students who fail the same required course twice shall not be permitted to reregister for that course and shall be dismissed from the Law School.