Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students who fail to attain satisfactory academic progress by the end of each academic year will lose federal financial aid eligibility. If the student resumes satisfactory academic progress, the student will regain federal financial aid eligibility as long as he/she maintains satisfactory academic progress. Appeals may be granted through Academic Affairs.

To maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, a Fordham Law School student must:

  • Maintain a weighted average of 2.00 every academic year (excluding hours in a pass/fail course if that course is passed).
  • If in the day division, attempt no fewer than 12 credit hours per semester; if in the evening division, attempt no fewer than 8 credit hours per semester.
  • If in the day division, pass at least 10 credit hours per semester; if in the evening division, pass at least 8 credit hours per semester.
  • Complete the course of study for the J.D. degree no earlier than 24 months and no later than 84 months after he/she has begun law studies either at Fordham Law or at a law school from which Fordham Law has accepted transfer credit.