Law Satisfactory Academic Progress

Maximum Time Frame

Law Students are eligible to receive financial aid up to 33% over and above the maximum of credit hours required to obtain his/her law degree. All periods of enrollment (including Summer), will be counted toward the maximum time frame.

Treatment of Punitive and Non-punitive Grades and Courses

All courses with a grade of F, I, IP, NG, U, W and repeated courses will be considered in the calculation of credit hours attempted and will be subject to satisfactory academic progress. Audited courses are not considered in awarding financial aid; therefore, they will not be counted in the determination of satisfactory academic progress. Incomplete (I) grades will be calculated as failing grades in regard to credit hour completion until the course has been satisfactorily completed.

Notification of Satisfactory Academic Progress

Awards are considered estimated, until the final grades are reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid. Students are allowed their first term of failing to meet satisfactory progress, due to GPA or failure to meet the required 67%, as a probationary period. Students who have not met the minimum standards of satisfactory academic progress as outlined above, beyond a their probationary period or are academically dismissed, are considered on financial aid suspension and no longer eligible for aid.

Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility

A student may regain eligibility by:

Achieving the required GPA and Credit Hour Completion as outlined. 

Apealing the financial aid decision as described below.

Financial Aid Appeal Process

A student may appeal a SAP determination that results in the loss of aid by completing and submitting to the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment an Academic Progress Appeal Form. Appeals may be granted only if the student failed to meet academic progress requirements as a result of an emergency and/or illness, and these circumstances must have occurred within the semester during which SAP requirements were not met. All appeals should be submitted no more than 30 calendar days from notice of ineligibility. All decisions made by the appeals committee are final.

Full-Time J.D. Student

Year of J.D. Full-Time Study % of Cumulative Hours Attempted Cumulative GPA Required
First Year 67% 1.900
Second Year 67% 2.000
Third Year 67% 2.000
Fourth Year 67% 2.000


Full-Time LL.M. Student

LL.M. Full-Time Study % of Cumulative Hours Attempted Cumulative GPA Required
First Year 67% 2.300
Second Year 67% 2.300

Full-Time J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree Law Student 

Year of JD Full-Time Study % of Cumulative Hrs. Att.  Cumulative GPA Required LL.M. Degree Coursework % of Cumulative Hrs. Att. Cumulative GPA Required
First Year 67% 1.900 All 67% 2.300
Second Year 67% 2.000 All 67% 2.300
Third Year 67% 2.000 All 67% 2.300
Fourth Year 67% 2.000 All 67% 2.300


Full-Time Joint Degree Student (Law and Graduate Degree)

Year of JD Full-Time Study % of Cumulative Hrs. Att.  Cumulative GPA Required Graduate Full-Time Study % of Cumulative Hrs. Att. Cumulative GPA Required
First Year 67% 1.900 First Year 67% 3.000
Second Year 67% 2.000 Second Year 67% 3.000
Third Year 67% 2.000 67% 3.000
Fourth Year 67% 2.000 67% 3.000
Fifth Year 67% 2.000 67% 3.000