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Updated Sept. 5, 2012
Students who petition the Law School for readmission following academic dismissal have the following rights:
1. Readmission Procedures for students dismissed at the end of the first semester under Rule 2.a.1
a. A student dismissed at the end of the student's first semester whose grade point average for the first semester is equal to or less than 75.299 will not be permitted to attend law school for the succeeding spring semester. Such student will be permitted to enroll for the next fall semester provided the student gives notice of his or her intention to enroll by April 15 of the semester following the student’s dismissal. A student so re-enrolling will retake all the first year courses, and will be required to obtain a grade point average greater than 77.499 for the repeated semester. If the student fails to obtain this grade point average, the student will be dismissed. At its discretion, the Faculty Readmissions Committee may require readmitted students or students on probation to drop one or more of their courses.
b. A student dismissed at the end of the student's first semester whose grade point average is greater than 75.299 and equal to or less than 76.399 may apply for readmission for the spring semester. Such student may not attend classes unless he or she has filed a written petition for readmission within the time limits indicated in the letter of dismissal issued by the School of Law. To qualify for readmission, an applicant for readmission must show that the applicant's poor academic performance was the result of facts other than intellectual inability to perform satisfactory law school work and that these factors will not continue to impair the applicant's performance in the future. If the Faculty Readmissions Committee denies readmission for the spring semester, or if the student requests readmission as of the next fall semester, the student shall be readmitted for the following fall semester subject to the same conditions described in paragraph C.1.a above, or under such conditions as the Readmissions Committee may determine. If the student is readmitted for the spring semester, the student will be subject to the dismissal rules under paragraph A.2.a.2 and A.2.a.3 above, but shall not be subject to dismissal under paragraph A.2.c or A.2.d above.
2. Readmission Procedures for students dismissed at any time after the first semester
a. A student who has been dismissed may not attend classes unless the student has filed a written petition within the time limits indicated in the letter of dismissal issued by the School of Law.
b. To qualify for readmission, an applicant for readmission must show: (1) that the applicant's poor academic performance was the result of facts other than intellectual inability to perform satisfactory law school work; (2) that these factors will not continue to impair the applicant's performance in the future; and (3) that there is reasonable probability that the applicant’s grade point average can be raised to the graduation level by the time 89 credits have been accumulated.
c. A petition for readmission by a student who has been dismissed shall be heard by the Faculty Readmissions Committee. A quorum of the Faculty Readmissions Committee, for purposes of deciding petitions for readmission, shall consist of one less than all voting members. If the Committee's decision is favorable for readmission, or is unanimous against readmission, that decision shall be final and the student shall have no right of appeal to the faculty at large. If the Committee's decision is unfavorable against readmission, but not unanimous, the petition shall be referred to the faculty at large for decision.
d. A student who petitions for readmission has the right to appear personally before the Faculty Readmissions Committee and, if allowed under these rules, the Faculty at large. The student may be summoned to appear before either group by making a personal appearance or by supplying answers to written questions. (See above for a full statement of rights of petitioners.)
e. A student who has been dismissed for scholastic reasons and whose readmission is approved will be on probation and subject to such conditions as may be imposed. The conditions below will apply unless varied by the Faculty or Faculty Readmissions Committee.
f. It is the policy of the Faculty Readmissions Committee to make decisions on readmission prior to the end of the summer term for those students who are dismissed at the end of the spring semester and who may be enrolled in the summer term. Therefore, the readmission decision will not be delayed until summer grades are received.
D. Standard Conditions for Law Students Readmitted after Scholastic Dismissal, and for Law Students on Probation
1. Students who are readmitted or are on probation are subject to the following conditions as well as any specific conditions stated in the readmission action: