ABA standard 505 states that, a student who has been academically dismissed from law school may re-apply to the same school after one year, and an affirmative showing they are capable of resuming study. However, they must wait two years to apply to a new law school. I'm doing a article on this and have been trying to find opinions of established lawyers, law students and those interested in a legal education. Thus far, no one has been bold enough to answer this question. If a student has been academically dismissed and is eligible to return to the same institution, then why forbade them from going to a different law school for another year? Frankly, my hypothesis is that the standard is punitive, acting as a restraint upon potential law students and law schools that may wish to offer them admission. An affirmative showing may be made within a year, before a year, or may it may take longer... my point is that the time period is arbitrary because everyone's abilities differ.