I spoke with a dean about readmission, but they didn't have much information to give. Essentially, they accept petitions in February of each year. They usually get 12-16 and admit 4-6.
Wow, that is eye opening, as no one flunked out of my school that I know of (I'd always check the grade distributions for my classes after each semester, and for each class, there were usually one or two Cs, and a handful of C+s, but that's about as low as it went). I'm just writing because that was really surprising to me. Holy cow...they flunk out so many that there are 12-16 that apply for readmission each year? That's just shameful that a school would do that, and it really does make me wonder whether the motivation truly is an extra year of tuition money, as one poster alluded to earlier. I mean, I understand maybe dismissing 1 or 2 a year for truly bad grades, but if they're flunking out 5, 10, 15, 20 whatever it might be (I presume that all 12-16 readmission applicants each year might not necessarily be from the same class and also that not all dismissed students reapply, so who knows what the annual number really is), then that's B.S. No "academic-probation" either? Sorry, I know this post wasn't helpful to your question, I just wanted to express my indignation at your situation.
I'm past my own indignation, but appreciate your expression.
To be clear: my school has a one semester tolerance threshold and fails out approximately 30-40 students per year. In many schools, particularly the better ones, there seems to be very little if any academic dismissals. My school academically dismisses more students per year than all the other law schools in the states COMBINED.
It is, quite clearly, a money thing. They have no problem dismissing 30-40 students per year. Their excuse is bar passage rates and some nonsense about increasing said rates, but their bar passage rate seems to be fairly steady over the last decade or so. The truth is probably more business oriented than academic in nature. If you enroll 30-40 students for one year that you anticipate dropping, you make that much more tuition without putting too much of a strain on the institution. Then, of course, you end up with people like me who are determined to come back and repeat that coursework, meaning they get me to pay for my first semester twice. Not a bad deal.
Now I don't doubt that of the 15 or so students that were academically dismissed, most deserved it because after looking over some of the names there are few surprises. However, when I was dismissed, it was a shock. I remain in touch with many of my classmates and all of them were absolutely shocked to hear about my predicament. Please understand, this is a systemic issue. The school requires that Prof's give 10% of the class D's or F's.
Yet another compelling argument for my readmission is that I scored similarly on every test. I would understand if I got one bad grade, but every test result was practically identical. We have a blind grade, so each of my Prof's were besides themselves when I showed up and told them my scores/grade. Each wanted to help and each was denied that ability after meeting with academic services. All of my prof's offered to write me a letter of recommendation for readmission, which I think speaks pretty highly of their opinion regarding my abilities and knowledge.
It sucks. I agree.