Getting Readmitted to Law School

I don’t need to be readmitted again. I have started my last semester of law school and will graduate in May.  This post is for those who are trying to be readmitted to law school after being dismissed for academic insufficiency.  “Kicked out of law school” or some variation is one of the most popular search terms bringing people to my blog even though I haven’t written much about law school.  For those searchers I’m posting what worked for me.  Hopefully, it will work for them as well.

Different schools have different processes but at my school when you were kicked out you had an opportunity to present your case to a committee on why you should be readmitted.  The first thing the committee wanted to see was that I was able to do the work.  Since I had finished my first year with good grades this showed that I had the ability to do law school work.  Next I needed to show a reason why I hadn’t done well the past semester and why I would do better if readmitted.  The reason I did poorly was due to depression.  After being dismissed I started counseling which helped with my depression and allowed me to do my law school work at a normal level again.  Even with being able to show why I would do better if readmitted I probably wouldn’t have been readmitted if it weren’t for the fact that I had a school administrator strongly advocating my case for me.  I can’t thank her enough for her help and I’m glad that I’ve shown with my performance since being readmitted that it was the correct decision to readmit me to law school.

Your reasons won’t likely be the same as mine but this should give you an idea of what you need to do.  If you are kicked out in the spring semester and want to be readmitted for the fall semester there are several things you can do over the summer to help your case.  You could take a non-law school law class. Or you could write a legal paper.  Or you could work in a law office, it would be very helpful if they allowed you to show some of your work.  I think the thing that would be most helpful though is to convince a member of the readmission committee to advocate for you.  The committee members are going to give much more weight to a fellow committee member’s opinion than anything you tell them.  If you can’t get a member of the readmission committee to advocate for you than an administration or faculty member would be your next best choice.

I can’t guarantee that these tips will get you readmitted but they should help your case.