4.15 Academic Standing
For students who matriculated prior to the 2019-2020 academic year:
A grade of 160 or above is required to receive credit in a course. A student who fails a class will be contacted by the Dean of Students. A student who receives two failing final grades in any one academic year or three failing final grades during his or her period of residence at the Law School will not have maintained satisfactory academic standing. Additionally, J.D. students must attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 168 at the conclusion of each academic year to maintain satisfactory academic standing. Maintenance of satisfactory academic standing is a prerequisite to continuing study in the Law School as well as to graduating from the Law School.
The LL.M. and M.L.S. degrees are awarded to students who have successfully completed 27 course hours over three quarters and who have earned a minimum grade point average of 170.
For students who matriculated in or after Autumn 2019:
Good Academic Standing
J.D. students must attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 173.5 at the conclusion of each academic year to maintain satisfactory academic standing.
A student who receives below at 173.5 cumulative GPA at the conclusion of an academic year will be placed on Academic Probation for the following year. A student on probation must satisfy a number of requirements:
- A student on Academic Probation must meet with the Dean of Students or Associate Director for Academic Services to discuss an academic plan prior to registration for the next quarter;
- The student may be required to meet periodically with the Dean of Students office during the quarter;
- A student in their 2L year while on probation will be required to register for at least half of their Core requirement during that year;
- The student must earn a 173.5 cumulative GPA or higher at the conclusion of the academic year during which they are on probation in order to return to good academic standing.
A student on Academic Probation will have their academic standing re-evaluated at the end of the academic year. A student who earns between a 172.5 and a 173.5 cumulative average at the conclusion of the year will remain on Academic Probation. A student who earns less than a 172.5 cumulative average while on academic probation will not be permitted to continue in the Law School.
A student on Academic Probation will receive a letter from the Dean of Students which will be placed in the student’s file.
Please note: If a student has outstanding grades at the conclusion of the academic year, then the student’s status will be reevaluated immediately following the last day of the Summer Quarter using all grades available from that academic year, regardless of whether there are still outstanding grades.
A student will not be permitted to continue in the Law School in the following three circumstances:
- A student is on Academic Probation and earns less than a 172.5 cumulative GPA at the end of the year.
- A student receives two F’s during their period of residence.
- A student receives one F and one D in any one year of residence.
A student will not be permitted to graduate who has less than a 172.5 cumulative GPA over their entire period of residence.