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Academic Standards for Students Matriculating in or Before August 2014

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Academic Standards for Students Matriculating in or Before August 2014

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Academic Policies

Date Approved and/or Revised

April 9, 2014 (revised), February 25, 2015 (revised), August 31, 2017 (revised), April 25, 2018 (revised)

Academic Standards for Students Matriculating in or Before August 2014

Good Standing and Academic Probation.

  • Academic Requirements for Good Standing. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 and a semester average of at least 2.000 for each fall and spring semester to remain in good standing.
  • Academic Probation and Dismissal for Academic Deficiency. If a student's cumulative GPA or semester GPA or both fall below the required level (2.000), he or she will be placed on academic probation. To be removed from probation, a student must attain cumulative and semester GPAs of 2.000 or better in the next long semester. Students on academic probation will be required to take at least 14 credits and no more than 16 credits during the semester of probation, unless they lack 13 or fewer to graduate. Students on probation who do not attain the required cumulative and semester GPAs will be dismissed for academic deficiency.
  • Restrictions on Extracurricular Activities and Outside Employment for Students on Academic Probation. Students on probation are prohibited from participating in Board of Barristers activities and other advocacy competitions. They are prohibited also from serving on the staff of any publication for which students provide services and are ineligible to serve as an officer in any student organizations. Further, they may not be employed outside of the School of Law for compensation, except by permission of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Associate Dean for Student Life, and may not serve as mentors to first-year students.
  • Academic Requirement to Participate in Semester-Abroad Programs.
    • To be eligible to participate in such a program, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or higher for ABA-approved summer-law programs or 2.500 or higher for our semester-abroad exchange programs. In addition, students may not be on academic probation. Enrollment in such programs is limited, so the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may impose additional academic requirements when necessary.
    • Students whose cumulative GPAs are below 1.700 at the end of the fall semester are not allowed to register for classes in the first summer session, including any summer programs offered by the Texas Tech University School of Law, until their grades for the spring semester have been reported. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may grant exceptions only in rare circumstances. Students on academic probation are not considered to be in good standing and thus will not be given permission to be visiting students at other law schools.
  • Academic Disqualification. Any student who is on academic probation and does not meet the requirements for good standing at the end of the next long semester will be notified by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs that he or she is academically disqualified and not eligible to continue in school.
  • Summer Term and Academic Probation. A student placed on academic probation following the spring term may enroll in summer term, but removal from probation shall be determined by academic performance in the following fall semester, as though the student had not attended summer term. If probation is satisfied after considering only the grades for the spring and fall semesters, any grades and credits earned in the summer term will then be added to the cumulative GPA. If inclusion of summer grades then lowers the cumulative GPA below the prescribed minimum, the student has not satisfied probation and will be dismissed.
  • Academic Counseling. A student shall be notified when placed on academic probation and shall be referred to the Assistant Dean for Academic Success Programs.

Academic Deficiency in the Graduating Term.

  • Graduation Requirements. To graduate, a student must have a cumulative GPA for all credits taken of at least 2.000. If the student is not already on academic probation, a student whose semester GPA is less than 2.000 in the student's graduating term will be permitted to graduate if the student's cumulative GPA is at least 2.000.
  • Students Ineligible for Graduation. A student will not be permitted to graduate if the student:
    • Is on probation when entering the graduating term and fails to be removed from probation at the end of that term, or
    • Fails to earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.000 at the end of the graduating term.
  • Readmission of J.D. Students to Meet Graduation Requirements. Absent extraordinary circumstances, a J.D. student will not be readmitted to enroll in additional courses to be removed from academic probation or to achieve the 2.000 cumulative GPA needed to graduate.
    • A student who has been excluded at the end of the graduating term and seeks readmission must follow the procedures and conditions described below for "Readmission and Re-entry to the Law School." The Academic Standards Committee's decision on readmission under this section is final.
    • A student's petition for readmission may be granted only if all of the following criteria are satisfied:
      • the student's failure to maintain good academic standing was due to extraordinary circumstances ("extraordinary circumstances" do not include events for which the student had a reasonable opportunity to recover or obtain administrative relief before completing a significant portion of the work on which course grades were based);
      • those extraordinary circumstances either no longer exist or will no longer substantially interfere with the student's academic performance; and
      • the student's admission and academic record, together with any other relevant information, demonstrate a convincing likelihood that the student can successfully perform at a level to be removed from academic probation and earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.000.
    • A student who has a cumulative GPA below 1.950 may not, under any circumstances, be permitted to apply for readmission under this section.
    • No student will be readmitted for more than one additional semester, during which the student may not enroll in more than 16 law credit hours.

Readmission and Re-entry to Law School. Students who are granted readmission or re-entry to the law school return under the current academic standards and policies in effect.

  • Petitions for Readmission and Re-entry. A student who is academically disqualified may, depending on credit hours attempted and overall GPA, petition the Academic Standards Committee for readmission to the law school to continue with his/her studies or for re-entry to the law school as a 1L student. A student may be granted re-entry only once.
  • Process for Readmission and Re-entry. A student wishing to seek readmission to continue legal studies or for re-entry to the law school as a 1L student must begin the process by meeting with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, who shall inform the student that readmission or re-entry is not automatic but is discretionary with the Committee. A petition for readmission or re-entry shall include:
    • reasons why the student was not successful in meeting the requirements for good standing and
    • measures the student has taken to correct any problems that contributed to that status. In this regard, the Committee should consider the student's conduct while on probation including the extent to which the petitioning student has worked with the Assistant Dean for Academic Success Programs. A student who is readmitted must consult with the Assistant Dean for Academic Success Programs and develop a plan for addressing the student's academic problems.
  • Criteria for Readmission and Re-entry. A student's petition for readmission may be granted only if all three of the following criteria are satisfied:
    • The student's failure to maintain good academic standing was due to extraordinary circumstances ("extraordinary circumstances" will seldom include events for which there was reasonable opportunity for the student either to recover or obtain administrative relief prior to completing a significant portion of the work on which course grades were based); and
    • Those extraordinary circumstances either no longer exist or will no longer substantially interfere with academic performance; and
    • The student's admission and academic record, together with any other relevant information, demonstrate a convincing likelihood that the student can achieve and maintain academic good standing in all future semesters. No student may be readmitted by the Committee if the student's cumulative GPA is below 1.700.
  • Academic Standards Committee Considerations.
    • In evaluating the petition for readmission or re-entry, the Committee may consider, as part of its decision-making, the responsibility of the law school to ensure that its graduates meet minimum, basic standards for fitness to practice law.
    • If a student has a cumulative GPA of 1.700 or higher but lower than 1.900 at the end of the first year of law school, the student may petition for readmission or for re-entry to law school to retake all courses. If a student has a cumulative GPA below a 1.700 at the end of the first year of law school, the student may petition for re-entry to law school to retake all courses (readmission is not permitted). A petition to re-enter may be granted only if the Committee concludes that the three criteria for readmission and re-entry are satisfied. Absent compelling circumstances, a student who has attempted more than 32 credits cannot petition for re-entry. When considering a petition for readmission, the Committee, at its discretion, may transform the petition into one for re-entry.
    • If a student is readmitted or permitted to re-enter, the chair of the Academic Standards Committee shall place a statement of the considerations that led to the decision in the student's file. Readmission or re-entry may be conditional or subject to stipulations imposed by the Committee. Students who re-enter law school may be subject to conditions such as the following:
      • Prohibited from participating in Board of Barristers activities and other advocacy competitions; and
      • Prohibited from serving on the staff of any publication for which students provide services and as an officer in any student organizations.
    • The Committee's decision on any petition is final.

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