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Policies & Procedures: Satisfactory Academic Progress

Juris Doctor Program

A student must be making satisfactory academic progress to be a student in good standing.

  • FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS: Must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least a "C" (2.00) at the conclusion of his/her first two regular semesters (fall/spring).  Students entering in fall 2011 or later who have a grade point average of less than 2.50 at the completion of 29 credits are required to take 14 credits in additional required courses.  The total number of required credits (88) needed to satisfy graduation requirement will remain unchanged.

  • UPPER-LEVEL STUDENTS:  Must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least a "C" (2.00) at the end of each semester (fall/spring), as stated below:

Consistent with ABA Standards, it is possible that a student may begin a new semester before learning of his or her previous semester’s academic performance. Therefore, a student is deemed to be making satisfactory academic progress until grades have been posted from the previous semester and the new cumulative grade point average has been calculated.

A student who fails to achieve a 2.00 cumulative grade point average should refer to the policies on Scholastic Dismissal and Academic Probation in effect at the time they were admitted to MSU College of Law. A student placed on academic probation is eligible to receive financial aid, provided the student satisfies condition (2) above. A student who has maintained a 2.00 cumulative grade point average in the semesters described above but fails to advance a grade level must seek the approval of the Assistant or Associate Dean for Student Affairs before enrolling in a subsequent semester.


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