Low Academic Performance

ABA Standard 309 requires that law schools “provide academic support designed to afford students a reasonable opportunity to complete the program of legal education, graduate, and become members of the legal profession.”

Students who perform at a low academic level will receive academic support consistent with this ABA policy.  These students will have the opportunity to focus on the development of skills necessary for success in the academic program through recommended or required participation in the Academic Achievement Program, as follows:

  1. After the fall semester of the first year, students performing in the lowest twenty percent of the class – based on fall semester grade point averages – will be strongly encouraged to take the spring elective Legal Profession/Reasoning & Rhetoric or its equivalent.
  2. After the fall semester of the first year, students who earned below a 2.0 grade point average will be required to take the spring elective Legal Profession/Reasoning & Rhetoric or its equivalent.
  3. After the fall semester of the first year, students who earned below a 1.5 grade point average will be placed on academic probation and will be required to meet with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Communications for academic and other counseling immediately upon receiving first semester grades.
  4. At the end of the spring semester of the first year, students performing in the lowest twenty percent – based on cumulative grade point averages – will be strongly encouraged to take Commercial Law/Reasoning & Rhetoric II or its equivalent.  In addition, a student will be required to take Commercial Law/Reasoning & Rhetoric II or its equivalent if the student: (i) was ranked in the lowest twenty percent of the class at the conclusion of the fall semester of the first year, (ii) did not take Legal Profession/Reasoning & Rhetoric or its equivalent during the spring semester of the first year, and (iii) is ranked in the lowest ten percent of the class at the conclusion of the spring semester of the first year.