Probation and Dismissal

A law student must receive a final grade of at least D in a course to receive credit for that course. A student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 1.90 on all law courses taken to graduate from the School of Law.

Grades of F are included in the grade point average, but courses in which the student earned an F are not counted toward the number of hours required for a degree. A student who fails a required course must repeat it until the student has passed. A student who fails an elective course may, at their option, repeat it only once. When a student repeats a course, the original and all subsequent grades are included in the student’s grade point average.

A student who receives a grade of F in a law course is placed on scholastic probation. A student who receives two grades of F for law courses in any one semester is dismissed for failure. A student who receives a total of three grades of F for law courses during their law school career is dismissed for failure.

A student will be placed on scholastic probation if their cumulative GPA falls below a 1.90. A student who has received final grades for more than 20 semester hours will be dismissed from the School of Law for failure if their cumulative GPA falls below a 1.80.

Scholastic probation is lifted after one long semester in which the student has completed one or more law courses, provided that the student does not receive another F for any law course during that semester and the cumulative GPA is at or above 1.90. If the student is not able to raise the cumulative GPA at or above a 1.90 after one long semester or if they meet the maximum of three grades of F as stated above, the student will be dismissed from the School of Law for failure.

A student who has been dismissed from the School of Law for failure after receiving grades for 33 or more semester hours will not be readmitted to the School of Law, with this exception: if the student has never been on scholastic probation in the School of Law, the student may be readmitted on scholastic probation for one long-session semester. A student who has been dismissed for failure after receiving grades for fewer than 33 semester hours may be admitted as a new student after the student has remained out of the School of Law for at least 12 months. The Law School Admissions Committee may attach significance to the prior failure. No student who has been dismissed for failure from the School of Law will be permitted, prior to readmission, to visit classes.