Good Academic Standing

III-C-1. Good Academic Standing

A.        Basic Rule

To maintain good academic standing:

1.    a first-year student must

a.         achieve a GPA of 2.00 for the second semester or a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for the first year; and
b.         successfully complete all requirements for the first year Mentor Externship program. For a complete outline of Mentor Externship discipline protocol including the academic probation policy, see the Mentor Externship Student manual – First Year Students Requirements (available on Blackboard).

2.    a second or third year student must:

a.         achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 each semester and
b.         maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, beginning with the end of the first semester of the second year.

B.        Academic Probation

A student who is not in good academic standing is on academic probation, unless the student has been dismissed. A student on academic probation may not participate in any extracurricular activity of UST Law. A student on academic probation also will forfeit any scholarship that is contingent upon remaining in good academic standing. The first determination of continuing scholarship eligibility will take place at the end of the second semester of law school. Students will maintain scholarship eligibility if they achieve either a GPA of 2.0 for the second semester or a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for the first year. Subsequently, eligibility determinations will be made at the end of each semester based on whether the student remains in good academic standing.

C.        Dismissal

Dismissal will result if:

  1. a first-year student fails to achieve a GPA of at least 1.25 for the first semester;
  2. a first-year student fails to achieve a GPA of at least 1.75 for the second semester, unless that student’s cumulative GPA at the end of the second semester is at least 1.75;
  3. a second or third-year student fails in two consecutive semesters to achieve a semester GPA of 2.0; or
  4. a second or third-year student fails in two consecutive semesters to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0.

A student dismissed for academic reasons is not eligible for readmission during either the academic year in which the students was dismissed or the subsequent academic year.

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