a. Required Grades for Graduation
The Law School does not count toward the credits needed for graduation more than 8 hours of uncompensated D grades. In order to be counted, D grades in excess of 8 hours must be compensated for by grades of B or better. One hour of B compensates for one hour of D; one hour of B+ compensates for one-and-a-half hours of D; one hour of A- or A compensates for 2 hours of D. D grades accumulated during the student’s first semester of Law School are not included in D grades for which there must be compensation, but A, A-, B+, and B grades for the first semester can compensate for D grades earned thereafter.
b. Grades of F-Failure, Re-Registration and Substitution
A student cannot graduate without having obtained a grade of D or better in all required courses. Students who fail a required course must re-register for the course. Students who fail an elective course may re-register for the course, or substitute the lost credits by registering for another elective course. A full-time student who registers for a failed or substitute course during a following semester, and who does not exceed the cap on total credits earned while at the Law School (90 credits over six semesters), may pay the flat tuition fee for that semester, provided however, that a student who registers for a failed or substitute course during a seventh or later semester must pay tuition for the course on a per credit basis. Once a grade has been entered, it cannot be changed by the instructor unless the instructor certifies in writing that a mechanical error was made in computing the component parts of the examination into the final grade or in transcribing the grade onto the course report sheet. Under University rule grades may not be changed for any reason after the student has graduated.
c. Satisfactory Academic Progress
All students must maintain satisfactory academic progress. For JD students, satisfactory academic progress is understood to mean:
1. Completion of the required first-year curriculum during the first year of enrollment with a grade of D or better in all courses, and no more than eight (8) credit hours of “uncompensated” D grades in the Spring semester.
2. Thereafter, completion (with a grade of D or better and no more than eight hours of “uncompensated” D grades) of sufficient credits of course work in each semester to allow for accumulation of a total of at least 83 (or if applicable 82) credits including 30 accumulated in the first year by the end of the third year. A minimum of 12 credits must be completed each semester. (Completion of courses requiring papers is subject to the rules regarding the grade of “INC".
3. Leaves of absence or other exceptions to the rules regarding satisfactory progress may be granted only by a Dean or the Executive Committee. A student who takes an approved leave of absence will be considered to be making satisfactory progress, assuming that student is otherwise doing so. Letters of Concern and Warning Each semester, the Office of the Vice Dean reviews the records of students in academic difficulty. At the discretion of the Vice Dean, letters of concern may be sent to those students informing them that the Law School expects improvement in academic performance in the future semesters. Letters of warning may be sent to students whom the Vice Dean deems to be in academic difficulty of a more serious nature indicating the necessity for immediate remedial action. Receipt of a letter of concern or warning does not constitute academic probation.
d. Dismissal for Academic Reasons
A student may be dismissed for academic reasons only by the faculty members of the Executive Committee. The basic standard used by the Executive Committee in determining the question of academic dismissal is the likelihood of the student’s failing to meet the graduation requirements in the normal number of semesters. A student who has accumulated a sufficient number of F, uncompensated D, or INC grades to indicate that he or she is not reasonably able to meet the graduation requirements in six full-time semesters without exceeding the 15 credit per semester maximum will be dismissed, unless extraordinary reasons are shown for extending the time period.
e. Certification for Bar Examination
It is the student’s responsibility to complete all work and meet all graduation requirements. Unless an extension is granted by the Vice Dean’s office in consultation with the faculty member, students must complete incomplete work from prior semesters no later than May 1st of their final semester. Students must complete all work from their final semester by the last day of the exam period. All grades must be entered by the University Registrar’s Office before a student can be certified to take the Bar Examination.
It is the student’s responsibility until the date of the Bar Examination to update all contact information on Albert (e.g., address, phone number, etc.). We must be able to contact you if questions arise.
A student who, at the time of graduation, is financially obligated to the University for tuition, housing (including summer housing after the final semester), library, or other services, or who are not in compliance with University Health Center immunization requirements, will have a “HOLD” placed on their account, will not be cleared for graduation, be certified for state bar examinations, have official transcripts issued, or have a diploma issued until all arrears have been paid. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure all accounts are cleared and all Stops/Holds are removed.