Satisfactory Progress

Federal regulations stipulate that in order to be eligible for Title IV financial aid you must be making satisfactory progress toward a degree.

Full-time students at ASL do NOT make satisfactory academic progress if they exceed a maximum time frame of 84 months for earning their J.D. degree, are academically dismissed, or placed on probation in accordance with the following dismissal standards:

Students shall be academically dismissed from the school and may not be placed on probation if:

  1. After receiving a grade in between 9 and 14 credits of ASL courses graded on the PR/CP/NP/F scale, the student earns a NP or F in more than 7 of those credits.
  2. After receiving a grade in between 15 and 30 credits of ASL courses graded on the PR/CP/NP/F scale, the student earns a NP or F in more than 12 of those credits.
  3. After receiving a grade in more than 30 credits of ASL courses graded on the PR/CP/NP/F scale, the student earns a NP or F in more than 16 of those credits
  4. After receiving a grade in at least 15 credits of ASL courses graded on a numerical scale, their Academic Standards GPA is below 1.90.

Students shall be academically dismissed from the school but may petition to be placed on probation if:

  1. After receiving a grade in between 20 and 30 credits of ASL courses graded on the PR/CP/NP/F scale, the student earns a NP or F in between 8 and 12 of those credits.
  2. After receiving a grade in greater than 30 credits of ASL courses graded on the PR/CP/NP/F scale, the student earns a NP or F in between 13 and 16 of those credits.
  3. After receiving a grade in at least 15 credits of ASL courses graded on a numerical scale, their Academic Standards GPA is below 2.10, but at least 1.90.

If you fail to meet the satisfactory progress standard, you may appeal to the Dean. The appeal will be evaluated for mitigating circumstances resulting from personal illness, injury, and tragedy, etc., and your ability to improve your academic record. See Ch. 5 Section X(B)(2)(C) for additional information.

Ordinarily, a successful petition for academic probation will suffice as a request for continued financial aid. A grant of academic probation results in being placed on financial aid probation, during which you may continue your eligibility to receive federal financial aid funds. If you fail to return to good academic standing at the end of the probationary period, you will lose eligibility for federal financial aid. Generally, only one probationary period will be granted, except as provided by ASL’s Academic Standards.

Students who lose financial aid eligibility may apply to restart their legal education at ASL and, if accepted, will regain eligibility. For specific guidance on good standing and academic probation, please refer to the ASL Academic Standards (Chapter 5; Section X).