- A. Academic Standing, Probation, and Dismissal (for students matriculating fall 2016 or later)
- B. Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
Applies to students matriculating fall 2016 or later.
1. Good Academic Standing
All J.D. and LL.M. students having at least a 2.2 cumulative grade point average are in good academic standing. For all students, cumulative G.P.A. is determined for the first time at the end of a student’s first academic semester, and at the end of each fall and spring semester thereafter. A student must be in good academic standing to be eligible to be certified by the Minnesota Supreme Court for student practice.
Unless otherwise authorized by the Vice Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, a student must be in good academic standing to participate in “non-classroom credits” courses, for which credit is based substantially on time spent outside a regularly-scheduled law school class. “Non-classroom credits” courses include:
- Field placements, such as externships and residencies
- Moot court and other competitions
- Independent studies, including the Independent Long Paper and Internships with Faculty
- Dual degree (graduate school) courses
- Teaching Assistant courses, including Learning Community Leader credits
- Any courses for credit based substantially on time spent outside a regularly-scheduled class at MHSL or another ABA-accredited law school
“Non-classroom credits” courses do NOT include:
- Seminars or clinics that require a substantial classroom component
- Foreign study programs approved by MHSL or another ABA-accredited law school
- Courses conducted by MHSL or another ABA-accredited law school in accordance with ABA standards for distance education
2. Requirement for Additional Curricula and/or Academic Support Programming
Students with a cumulative grade point average under 2.8 and/or students in the bottom quartile of the class at the end of a student’s second academic semester will be required to complete curricula and/or academic support programming.
Academic Support curricula includes the following courses:
- 2318-Bar Exam Primer – This summer course covers heavily tested areas of the bar exam that students studied in their first year of law school, as well as crucial law school and bar exam skills. This course requires mandatory attendance of 12 hours of in-person sessions on campus. This course must be completed during the summer after a student’s first year.
- 2418-Bar Preparation Strategies: MPT – This course introduces students to the MPT portion of the bar exam and builds on crucial reading, writing, and analysis skills learned during the first year of law school. This course is only offered in the fall semester and can be taken any time after the first year.
- 1204-Constitutional Criminal Procedure: Investigation and Interrogation
- 4001-Bar Preparation Strategies: MBE & MEE – This course reviews crucial bar exam skills and the seven MBE subjects through lectures, essays, activities, and multiple-choice questions. This course is offered only in the spring semester and must be completed during a student’s final spring semester.
3. Probation: J.D. Students
A student whose cumulative grade point average is below 2.2 is on academic probation. A probationary student has one semester to raise his or her cumulative grade point average to at least 2.2. An academic semester does not include a summer or January term.
4. Academic Dismissal
A J.D. student will be subject to dismissal in any of the following circumstances:
- A J.D. student is dismissed with no right of appeal to the Academic Affairs Committee if the student has a cumulative G.P.A. below 1.8 after completing the probationary semester.
- A J.D. student is dismissed with a right of appeal if that student fails to achieve a cumulative 2.2 grade point average after completing the probationary semester.
A J.D. student is dismissed with a right of appeal if the student fails to complete the requirements of the J.D. law program within 84 months.
5. Right of appeal
Students with a right of appeal must submit appeals in writing to the Dean of Students. The Academic Affairs Committee will consider the appeal. The student must explain the conditions that contributed to the student’s probation and dismissal. The student must also demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Committee that the conditions contributing to the probation and dismissal have been or will be ameliorated, and that the student will be able to achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA that will keep the student in good academic standing for the remainder of law school.
A student previously dismissed from MHSL may seek readmission after two or more academic semesters have elapsed since the dismissal. The student must demonstrate that the nature of the interim work, studies, activities, or other experiences indicates a stronger potential for the study of law. Any student readmitted to MHSL after previous academic dismissal must start anew as a first-semester, first-year law student, with no credit given for any course previously taken at MHSL or at any other law school, no matter what grade the readmitted student received in such a previous course. The student’s 84-month period within which to complete the requirements of the J.D. law program begins again in the month in which the readmitted student rematriculates at MHSL. The same rules apply to any student admitted to MHSL after previous academic dismissal from any other law school: A student admitted to MHSL after previous academic dismissal from another law school must start anew as a first-semester, first-year law student, with no credit given for any course previously taken at any law school, no matter what grade the student received in such a previous course. The student’s 84-month period within which to complete the requirements of the J.D. law program begins in the month in which the admitted student matriculates at MHSL.
Federal financial aid regulations require all students who receive Title IV federal financial aid and/or Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) funds to maintain good academic standing and a satisfactory pace in the progress toward their degree. These regulations apply to all attempted coursework including coursework for which the student did not receive financial aid. A student who does not meet Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards (FA SAP) may lose federal and or state financial aid eligibility, but may regain eligibility when the standards are again met, or with an approved appeal.
For the full text of this important policy, see the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy on the Financial Aid Office website.