Duquesne University School of Law

2.10 Policies Regarding Readmission after Dismissal

2.10(a) Readmission – Senior who has been Academically Dismissed

A senior student who has been academically dismissed and who seeks readmission must timely petition the Faculty for readmission.

The action of the Faculty in any such case is final.

2.10(b) Readmission – Any Student Other Than a Senior Student who has been Academically Dismissed

Any student other than a senior student who has been academically dismissed may petition the Academic Status Committee for readmission. The decision of the Academic Status Committee concerning such petitions is final. All petitions must be typed and filed with the Office of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.  Email petitions must be sent from the student’s official .duq email account, and the student bears the burden of ensuring receipt. A student who has been academically dismissed after having been once readmitted is no longer eligible to petition for readmission.

2.10(b)(1) Readmission Procedures for Students Other Than a Senior Student Who Has Been Academically Dismissed

2.10(b)(1)(A) Petitions for Readmission

All petitions for readmission shall be made to the Academic Status Committee, c/o Office of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Duquesne University School of Law, Main Office, Hanley Hall, 900 Locust Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15282. Petitions for readmission must be received within 15 days from the date of the notice of academic dismissal, or no later than 60 days prior to the scheduled first day of classes of the academic year to which the petitioner desires to be readmitted, whichever date occurs later. The petition for readmission must set forth evidence suggesting satisfaction of the READMISSION STANDARDS FOR STUDENTS OTHER THAN A SENIOR STUDENT WHO HAS BEEN ACADEMICALLY DISMISSED.

2.10(b)(1)(B)   Readmission Standards for Students Other Than a Senior Student Who Has Been Academically Dismissed

Consistent with ABA Standard 501, in resolving the merits of a petition for readmission, the petitioner has the burden of justifying readmission by establishing each of the following criteria:

1. The petitioner must present and document specific unusual or unique circumstances, not common to a large number of students or inherent in the academic process, which reasonably could produce inferior academic performance.

a. The following are illustrative of specific unique circumstances: serious illness or injury to the petitioner or death, serious illness, or injury to a member of the petitioner’s family; unusual and unanticipated financial developments; serious personal problems such as divorce.

b. The following are typical examples of vague, non-unique circumstances which will not justify readmission: difficulty of law school work, poor or unsuccessful study habits, lack of emotional maturity, financial worries, social relationship problems, lack of total commitment to the profession.

c. Risks willingly assumed, such as part-time work that could and did disrupt the petitioner’s work and study habits, will not disqualify a petitioner for readmission, but will mitigate against readmission.

2. The petitioner must present evidence establishing that the unique circumstances did, in fact, contribute to the poor performance. Post hoc rationalizations will not justify readmission.

3. The petitioner shall present evidence that there are excellent prospects for satisfactory performance in the future and that the unique circumstance(s) which produced inferior academic performance no longer exists. Relevant evidence shall include evidence of academic accomplishment or potential not reflected in the law school record, e.g., graduate school, relevant work record, letters of recommendation, etc., and proposals to remedy past defects and improve future performance

 

2.10(b)(1)(C)  Academic Status Committee’s Procedures

The following procedures shall be followed by the Academic Status Committee concerning readmission decisions for any student other than a senior student who has been academically dismissed:

1. Petitions for Readmission shall be reviewed no later than the fourth week of July of each year.

2. Petitioners shall not be given a personal hearing.

3. The Academic Status Committee shall review and evaluate in private all petitions and any supporting documentation.

4. Readmission shall be granted only by affirmative vote of a majority of the Academic Status Committee.

5. The status and conditions under which a petitioner is to be readmitted shall be determined exclusively by the Academic Status Committee; however, the Academic Status Committee shall not readmit a student who has been disqualified previously for academic reasons without an affirmative showing that the prior disqualification does not indicate a lack of capacity to complete its program of legal education and be admitted to the bar.

6. The basis for any decision made by the Academic Status Committee is considered by the Committee to be privileged; however, for every readmission of a previously disqualified student, a statement of the considerations that led to the decision shall be placed in the student’s file.

7. All decisions of the Academic Status Committee are final and are not subject to appeal.

8. All petitioners shall be informed in writing of the Academic Status Committee’s action.

9. All decisions of the Academic Status Committee denying readmission shall contain the following language: All decisions of the Academic Status Committee involve responses to requests for discretionary action. Such decisions are final and not subject to reconsideration, review or appeal.

Any person wishing to inform the Committee of any matter relating to a decision may only do so by letter.  Emails must be sent from the student’s official .duq email account, and the student bears the burden of ensuring receipt.  

Such correspondence should be addressed to the Academic Status Committee and mailed or delivered to the School of Law’s Main Office located on the second floor of Hanley Hall, 900 Locust Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15282. Individual Committee members do not have the authority to speak for the Committee and should not be contacted concerning any Committee decision. All matters occurring during Committee deliberations are considered by the Committee to be privileged.

10. In resolution of any readmission petition, the READMISSION STANDARDS FOR ANY STUDENT OTHER THAN A SENIOR STUDENT WHO HAS BEEN ACADEMICALLY DISMISSED as described above shall be followed and consistently applied.