Beginning in the 2012-13 academic year, student enrollment in classes is also subject to rules governing pace of study and maximum time frame for graduation. These rules are imposed by the University, not the Law School. They affect only the student’s eligibility for financial aid, not eligibility for a law degree.
- Pace. Students must successfully complete at least two-thirds of the cumulative credit hours in which they enroll.
- Maximum Time Frame. Students must complete their degree requirements by enrolling in no more than 135 total hours at the Law School.
- A student who signs up for a class, but drops that class on or before the last day to add a class, is not deemed “enrolled” in a class. A student who drops a class after that date is considered enrolled in the class for purposes of this Part.
- A student who fails to meet either the pace or the maximum time frame requirements will no longer qualify for federally-guaranteed financial aid. The Law School will report all students who fail to meet the requirements to the University Financial Aid Office. A student may be able to restore his or her eligibility for financial aid through the Financial Aid Office’s internal appeals process.
- The University also requires annual reporting of all students who fail to remain in good standing, as defined in Chapter 3, Part B. Students who are not in good standing may also lose financial aid. The Law School Reinstatement and Probation mechanism serves as the appeal mechanism for students who fail to maintain good standing. If the student is allowed to continue as a law student, he or she will not lose eligibility for financial aid.