Definition of In Good Standing
To be considered in good standing, a JD student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the end of each academic year at the end of the spring semester; an LLM student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 over three semesters.
Effect of Summer Session Grades on First Academic Year
Grades received in the summer session are not included in a student’s GPA for the prior academic year.
Dismissal From the Law School
College of Law students who are not in good standing are dismissed effective at the end of the academic year. However, formal dismissal letters typically are not issued until final grades are processed in June.
Students whose grade point averages are 2.2 or below after the fall semester are advised to meet with the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs to discuss their performance. They also may not register for the following summer session.
Academic dismissals from the College of Law are typically final. However, under limited circumstances, students may seek readmission to the College of Law by filing a petition with the Readmissions Committee. The Readmissions Committee consists of five faculty members appointed by the Dean. All decisions by the Committee are final and are not subject to appeal.
Students seeking to be readmitted must submit a petition describing how they satisfy the readmissions criteria described below. Seven copies of the petition and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Office of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Students should include all documentation they feel may be of assistance to the Committee.
A student dismissed at the end of the first year may not resume classes until passage of at least one calendar year after a dismissal. Students dismissed at the end of their first academic year cannot file a petition until January 15 of the year following their dismissal. Students dismissed at the end of the first academic year must file the readmission petition by March 1 of the year following their dismissal.
JD students dismissed after the second, third or fourth year may apply for readmission after they receive a dismissal letter.
The Readmissions Committee applies the following criteria in passing on a petition for readmission:
- The applicant’s academic failure must have been caused by unforeseeable and uncontrollable circumstances with which the applicant could not reasonably cope. The applicant has the obligation to submit independent documentation verifying such circumstances.
- Unless unreasonable to do so under the circumstances, the applicant must have promptly brought such unforeseeable circumstances to the attention of the appropriate College of Law officials.
- In the Committee’s judgment, the applicant can successfully perform in the College of Law if readmitted.
- Except in extraordinary circumstances, all of the first three requirements must be satisfied. The conditions upon which readmission is predicated are individually determined.
Interviews with the Readmissions Committee
A first-time applicant for readmission may request a personal interview with the Readmissions Committee. Second-time applicants are not given an interview.
Readmissions Committee Meetings
The Readmissions Committee meets twice during the academic year. For students dismissed after their second, third or fourth year, the Committee will meet shortly before the beginning of the fall semester. For students dismissed after their first year, the Committee will meet towards the end of the spring semester of the year following dismissal to consider petitions for the following fall semester.
Limits on the Number of Readmissions Petitions
A student may not apply for readmission more than twice, irrespective of the Committee’s decision. A student must apply for readmission within two years of the dismissal date.
Students Enrolled In Summer Session Before Notice of Dismissal
A student who is dismissed at the end of the first year and who is enrolled in a summer course will be withdrawn from the summer course. Tuition will not be refunded.
An upper-level student who is dismissed while enrolled in a summer course may either withdraw from the course (without a refund) or may finish the summer class. Should the student elect to remain in the class, credit will not be given unless the student’s petition for readmission is granted.
American Bar Association Standard 505 and Readmissions
The American Bar Association Standard 505 applies to all ABA-accredited law schools, including DePaul University College of Law. The standard states:
A law school may admit or readmit a student who has been disqualified previously for academic reasons upon an affirmative showing that the student possesses the requisite ability and that the prior disqualification does not indicate a lack of capacity to complete the course of study at the admitting school. In the case of an admission to another law school, this showing shall normally be made by letters from the disqualifying school or, if two or more years have elapsed since that disqualification, by the nature of interim work, activity, or studies indicating a stronger potential for law study. For every admission or readmission of a previously disqualified individual, a statement of the considerations that led to the decision shall be placed in the admittee's file.