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 the academic year in May; a LL.M. student
must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 over three semesters.
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.
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 2.20 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
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
at least five faculty members appointed by the Dean. All decisions by the Committee are final and are not subject
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 may file a
readmissions petition no earlier than January 15 and no later than 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. Except in extraordinary circumstances, all of the
requirements must be satisfied. The conditions upon which readmission
is predicated are
- 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.
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 prior to dismissal.
- In the
Committee’s judgment, the applicant must be able to successfully perform in the
College of Law if readmitted.
with the Readmissions Committee
A first-time applicant for readmission may request a
personal interview with the Readmissions Committee. The interview is the time
to explain and amplify the written petition and to highlight any information
the applicant feels is important for the Committee members to know. The
Committee may ask applicants to return for a second interview to further
develop answers or to present and explain documents that may help the Committee
members better understand an applicant’s law school performance. Second-time
applicants are not given an interview.
The Readmissions Committee meets twice during the academic
year. For students dismissed after the 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 toward the
end of the spring semester of the year following dismissal to consider
petitions for the following fall semester.
on the Number of Readmissions Petitions
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.
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
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.
Bar Association Standard 505 and Readmissions
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 a law school other than the
disqualifying school, this showing shall be made either by a letter 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 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.