PACIFIC WEST COLLEGE OF LAW
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1. Readmission After Withdrawal “In Good Standing”
1. A student who withdraws during the first semester of law study shall be treated as a new admission and the petition for readmission will be referred immediately to the Admissions Office.
2. A student who has successfully completed any units at PACIFIC WEST and who has taken a leave of absence not longer than one calendar year must petition the Dean of the College (or his or her designate) to be allowed to re-enroll as a continuing student.
3. A student who has taken a leave of absence of longer than one calendar year must appear in person before the Dean of the College (or his/her designate).
4. As a condition to his/her readmission a student who has taken a leave of absence for longer than one calendar year may be required to repeat courses taken prior to his/her withdrawal.
2. Readmission After Academic Exclusion
Readmission After Academic Exclusion is governed by Guideline 5.34 of the Guidelines for Unaccredited Law School Rules in California as follows:
Guideline 5.34 of the Guidelines for Unaccredited Law School Rules
5.34 Admission of Applicants Previously Disqualified for Academic Reasons
Applicants previously disqualified for academic reasons may be granted admission when there is an affirmative showing by the applicant that he or she possesses the requisite ability for the study of law. Such a showing may be made:
(A) At any time, if the applicant presents credible evidence that the prior disqualification was not caused by the applicant's lack of capacity for the study of law, but resulted from a traumatic event or serious hardship that prohibited the applicant from performing at her or his normal level; or
(B) After at least two (2) years have elapsed since the disqualification, if the applicant demonstrates that work, study, or other experience during the interim has resulted in a stronger potential for law study than the applicant exhibited at the time he or she was previously disqualified for academic reasons.
In each case, the dean or admission officer must sign and place in the applicant's file a statement of the reasons for admitting the applicant.
Since admission criteria in existence at the time of readmission will apply, readmission is not automatically guaranteed.
3. Readmission After Academic Exclusion for not Passing the FYLSE
A.) Students who were academically disqualified for not passing the baby bar in the 3rd administration will not be re-admitted to the Juris Doctor program.
B.) Students who had been academically disqualified for not passing the FLYSE or Baby Bar within 3 consecutive administrations, Readmission after academic exclusion IS ONLY granted if and when the student passed the required Baby Bar exam. Upon readmission, the student will only be credited for the one year of legal study pursuant to the provision of Guideline 5.22 as set forth below:
Guideline 5.22 of the Guidelines for Unaccredited Law School Rules
5.22 Disqualification of Students for Failure to Pass the First-Year Law Students’ Examination.
A student who does not pass the First-Year Law Students’ Examination within three (3) administrations after first becoming eligible to take the examination must be promptly disqualified from a law school’s J.D. program. A student who passes the First-Year Law Students’ Examination within three (3) administrations after first becoming eligible to take it will receive credit for all legal studies completed to the time the examination is passed. A student who does not pass within the three (3) administrations after first becoming eligible to take it, but who subsequently passes, is eligible for re-enrollment in the law school’s J.D. program, but will receive credit for only one year of legal study.