Course grades for first year students, Torts, Contracts, Civil Procedure, Real Property, Real Property Drafting, or Legal Methods II will all be posted at the same time. Grades posted on the bulletin board will not be associated with Exam ID numbers. Once the grades are posted, first year students can go online to learn their grades.
For all students, a cumulative GPA of 65 or better thereafter is required for advancement to each subsequent year in law school and for graduation. Each student’s cumulative GPA is calculated annually, at the end of the Spring semester, for purposes of advancement to the next year in law school. Academic disqualifications are determined at that time. Except under extraordinary circumstances, a student must complete the program wthin five (5) years of initial enrollment. See the sections on “Academic Disqualification- Probation Status” and “Juris Doctor Degree Requirements” for additional information.
Probationary Status Policies and Petition Procedures
In order to be granted probation:
- A student must timely petition the Faculty Committee in writing setting forth both the reasons for the student's inability to attain or maintain a cumulative GPA of 65 and what remedial measures the student intends to take.
- A petition for probationary status will be regarded as timely if it is received by the Faculty Committee Chair by the date announced for such petitions at the time first year grades are posted.
- Except under extraordinary circumstances, a student will not be granted probationary status more than once in his or her studies at SJCL. A second probationary period may be granted only upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the entire membership of the Faculty Committee, regardless of the actual number of members present at the time of the vote. A student who has been permitted by the Faculty Committee to repeat the first year is not eligible for probationary status at the end of the repeated year.
Petition to Repeat First Year
A student who fails to achieve a cumulative GPA of 65 or better at the end of his or her first year of study at SJCL may also timely petition the Faculty Committee in writing to repeat his or her first year of study at SJCL. Such petition should set forth the compelling reasons why the student believes he or she failed to attain a cumulative GPA of 65 and what remedial measures will allow the student to be successful if allowed to repeat the first year. Such petitions shall be granted sparingly. A student may not repeat the first year of study at SJCL more than once.
Faculty Committee Consideration of Petitions
The Faculty Committee will consider timely petitions for probation and for repetition at its meeting following the final date for the timely delivery of petitions announced with the posting of first year grades.
The decision of the Faculty Committee is final. Each petitioning student will be notified as promptly as possible of the Faculty Committee's decision.