Satisfactory Academic 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:
After receiving a grade in at least 12 credits of ASL courses graded on a numerical scale their Academic Standards GPA is below 2.1 for students with 32 or less total credits or 2.3 for students with more than 32 total credits.
- B. Students shall be academically dismissed from the school by may petition to be placed on probation if:
After receiving a grade in at least 12 credits of ASL courses graded on a numerical scale their Academic Standards GPA is below 2.5, but at least 2.1, for students with 32 or less total credits or 2.3 for student with more than 32 total credits.
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 I X(B)(2)(C) of the Student Catalog 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 IX of the Student Catalog).