I can't believe your school has such a strict policy. At my school you are on academic probation when you get less than a 2.0, but you are given another semester to try to raise it up. After that you are dismissed if it hasn't come up to 2.0, but there are procedures for reinstatement, such as you write an essay about how you are going to improve your grades, your future goals, etc...and you can submit letters from professors on your behalf, etc..., then the entire situation is reviewed by a panel of profs. and students. I believe that even if you are dismissed after this you can try one more time to get reinstated. Your school doesn't seem very student friendly; I mean, it isn't exactly uncommon for 1L first semester grades to be lower. It is probably the lowest grades a student will get in law school. If you apply to another law school in the future I would do an addendum explaining how close you were to 2.15 and that you put your best effort forward to work with the school to stay on. I would imagine a lot of schools' policies are not as strict as theirs.