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Academic Policies

I. ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

G. ELIGIBLE FACULTY SUPERVISORS

See Eligible Faculty Supervisors online.

H. EMPLOYMENT

Students may not engage in employment in excess of what is compatible with a full-time commitment to the study of law. No full-time student may be employed for more than 20 hours per week or receive financial compensation or financial award for activities requiring more than 20 hours per week. When a student is self-employed, or works at or performs other compensated activity other than at an hourly wage, the assistant dean for academic services shall decide whether the work or compensated activity is excessive. Such work/activity may be deemed excessive even if the person is engaged in fewer than 20 hours per week. The test is one of compatibility with a full-time commitment to the study of law. In making this determination, the assistant dean may consider the responsibilities of the employment or compensated activity; the rate of pay; the extent to which the student has control over the obligations attached to, and the timing of, participation in his or her employment or compensated activity; and other factors relating to the burden likely to arise from the employment. Failure to observe this regulation will result in loss of residency status for the semester in which the student is in violation.

I. GRADING SYSTEM

Faculty policy requires that instructors award grades in each course to a mean that will be enforced by the vice dean of the Law School. Instructors should ensure that grades have an adequate distribution around this mean.

1) GRADES Under the current grading system, there are 10 possible grades that can be used by the faculty in evaluating performance in courses and seminars: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D and F. In a few select courses, the grades S (Satisfactory) and U (Unsatisfactory), or CR (Credit) and NC (No Credit) are awarded. No credit will be awarded for a course in which a student receives an F, NC, U, W (Withdrawn) or WF (Withdrawn Failing) grade. The grades U and NC are treated as F grades for all purposes.

NUMERICAL GRADE POINT VALUES FOR LETTER GRADES

A+ = 4.3 B+ = 3.3 C+ = 2.3 F = 0.0
A = 4.0 B = 3.0 C = 2.0  
A- = 3.7 B- = 2.7 D = 1.0  

 
2) EXCLUSION FOR ACADEMIC DEFICIENCY

Degree candidates must meet two standards during each academic year (August-May) of enrollment to remain in good academic standing:

a. They must earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of C+ (2.3).

b. They must accumulate fewer than three exclusion points. D grades earn one exclusion point; F, NC and U grades earn two exclusion points. The number of credit hours for a particular course will not be considered in calculating exclusion points because the relevant consideration is the number of independent faculty judgments about a student’s performance and not the number of hours per week that a course meets.

Students are evaluated for exclusion (dismissal) as follows:

Excluded students may petition the faculty/student Academic Review Committee for readmission. However, readmission is granted only in exceptional cases.

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