A first year student will be dismissed if at the end of two semesters of work that student fails to maintain a cumulative average of 2.3 in all courses undertaken and completed. No rounding up of an average below 2.3 is permitted.
A first year student will be placed on probationary status if at the end of two semesters of work that student has not been dismissed and has a cumulative average of 2.6 or below.
A student who has not been placed on probation after the first year will be dismissed if s/he accumulates an average of less than 2.3 in all work undertaken and completed during the third and fourth semesters or during the fifth and sixth semesters. The grade point average for this purpose shall be calculated without regard to the student's retroactive decision to elect to have one course graded on a P/U/NC basis (that is, the “shadow” grade actually earned will be included in the grade point average calculation). No rounding up of an average below 2.3 is permitted.
A student who was not placed on probation after the first year, but during the third and fourth semesters achieves an average of 2.3 to 2.699, will be subject to the special academic requirements set forth in paragraph V.C above for the remainder of law school. The grade point average for this purpose shall be calculated without regard to the student's retroactive decision to elect to have one course graded on a P/U/NC basis (that is, the “shadow” grade actually earned will be included in the grade point average calculation). A student who does not comply with these special requirements will be dismissed.
The following rules govern “Hybrid” students (students who are readmitted, after withdrawal or dismissal, and/or are under such circumstances that they enroll in at least one advanced course before completing all required first year courses). [Reminder: Students with reduced course loads in the first year are also subject to section XII.D.1.]:
A student dismissed for scholastic deficiency pursuant to Rule V.A. (for first year students) or Rule V.D., E. or F. (for upper division students) may be readmitted, or may be readmitted upon conditions, or if applicable, may be allowed to graduate, upon approval of a written petition to the Dean of the Law School. Such petition must affirmatively show that the prior dismissal does not indicate a lack of capacity to complete the law school’s program of legal education and be admitted to the bar. The petition must be accompanied by documentation or other evidence, where possible. A petitioning student must adequately explain why s/he did not seek to withdraw from school or to postpone an examination or examinations and also must adequately explain a failure to notify the Dean of Students about problems arising during any examination. The Dean may delegate the power to decide petitions arising under this rule (but not to the Dean of Students) and the Dean or delegate shall conduct such proceedings as seem appropriate under the circumstances including at least a personal interview with the student. No appeal from the Dean's decision is permitted and the faculty will have no jurisdiction to consider any such appeal.