All grades will be given as a numerical percentage from 0 – 100%. Numerical percentages will not be converted into an alphabetical grading system. Transcripts will reflect the numerical percentage given in a course at the end of the semester.
Courses taken for credit without a grade (“Pass/Fail”) will be reflected on the transcript as either Pass or Fail and will not factor into the cumulative numerical percentage.
A total numerical percentage will be given for courses taken each semester and a cumulative numerical percentage will be given for all courses taken at Cal Northern.
Attendance: Cal Northern School of Law is for those students who want to become lawyers. Attendance is not only required but is a measure of desire and motivation. Students are required to attend eighty percent (80%) of scheduled classes. A student who fails to attend the required 80% is considered to have an unsatisfactory attendance record and may be asked to withdraw from school. A student who misses three class periods of a course in one semester without permission of the Dean is subject to automatic withdrawal from school. The policy of the school allows the Dean to approve absences in case of illness or emergency.
Examinations: Final examinations are given at the end of each semester. Mid-terms are given in all bar courses. Instructors of non-bar courses may, at their discretion, give mid-term examinations. Each instructor will announce his/her grading policy at the beginning of the semester.
Probation: A numerical percentage of 70 is required for good standing and graduation. A student who earns a semester grade point average below 70 will be placed on academic warning. A student who has a cumulative numerical percentage below 70 at the end of an academic year may be advanced to the next year of study on probation under the following circumstances:
A student who fails to maintain the average requirement will be academically disqualified. Upon approval of a timely petition to the Faculty Senate a student may be permitted to repeat coursework and continue their studies at Cal Northern.
Student Services-Tutoring Program: At the end of the Fall semester any 1st Year student in the J.D. program with a course grade of less than 70.00, and any 1st Year student in the M.L.S. program with a course grade of less than 65.00, will be required to participate in a minimum of three (3) tutoring sessions as part of Cal Northern’s Student Services-Tutoring Program.
Any student in the J.D. program with a cumulative semester grade point average of less than 2.00 and any student in the M.L.S. program with a cumulative semester grade point average of less than 1.50 will be placed on Academic Warning and will be required to participate in a minimum of three (3) tutoring sessions as part of Cal Northern’s Student Services-Tutoring Program.
The Tutoring Program is designed to best serve students’ academic needs by carefully developing individualized curriculum designed to meet students’ expectations for successful completion of law school. While required for the above referenced students the Tutoring Program is available to all students.
Eligibility to advance to the next year of study may be contingent upon a student’s participation in the tutoring program (absent extenuating circumstances which will be reviewed by the Dean on a case by case basis). These workshops are designed to help develop essay exam skills such as issue spotting, outlining, organization and factual analysis and are open to all students.
All “Special Students” are required to take the First Year Law Students Examination (FYLSX). A “Special Student” who is required to take the FYLSX shall not receive credit for any law study until the applicant has passed the examination. A “Special Student” who passes the examination within three consecutive administrations of first becoming eligible to take the examination upon completion of one year of law study, shall receive credit for all law study completed to the date of the administration of the examination passed. A “Special Student” who does not pass the examination within three consecutive administrations of first becoming eligible to take the examination but who subsequently passes the examination shall receive credit for his or her first year of law study only.
Cal Northern School of Law policy requires that all first year “Regular Students” who do not have cumulative numerical percentage of 70 or better after the Fall semester of study at Cal Northern, must register to take the FYLSX.
If the cumulative numerical percentage is less than 70 at the end of the Spring semester, the student is required to take the FYLSX. If the cumulative numerical percentage increases to 70 or better by the end of the Spring semester, the student is not required to take the FYLSX.
A “Regular Student” who is required by school policy to take the FYLSX and who does not pass on the first attempt, may be permitted to advance to the second year of study at Cal Northern on academic probation. The student is required to register and take the next scheduled FYLSX.
Any student who fails to pass on the third attempt will be academically disqualified from further attendance at Cal Northern School of Law.
The fees paid to the Committee of Bar Examiners to register for the FYLSX may not be refundable. Any student who is required by Cal Northern policy to register for the FYLSX but is not required by Cal Northern policy to take the examination, may lose the registration fee. This fee is not reimbursable by Cal Northern School of Law.
First year students must check with Admissions no later than February 1 of their first year of study to determine whether they are required under this policy to register for the FYLSX.
Students are eligible for the degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.) when they have completed a minimum of 84 semester units in accordance with the prescribed curriculum; maintained a cumulative numerical percentage average of 70 or better throughout their study at the law school and attended the Kaplan PMBR 6-Day Foundation Multistate Bar Review program prior to graduation.
All examinations given at Cal Northern School of Law shall be conducted under the Honor System. The Honor System is hereby defined as follows:
Standards have been developed which define expectations Cal Northern School of Law has of its students; other policies have been implemented which address student rights and the procedures students may use to exercise those rights.
For Student Handbook Click Here: Student Handbook 2016-2017 Rev.3
Cal Northern School of Law provided me with a unique and manageable opportunity to earn my law degree while holding down a full time job and raising a family. We’re very fortunate to have this high quality night law school in Northern California.Edward Rizzuto - Class of 2007
The professors are experienced, working legal professionals – all with a passion for the law and teaching. I worked full time and attended classes in the evenings.Margaret Buchan - Class of 2009
Receiving my legal education at Cal Northern School of Law allowed me to obtain a high quality legal education, taught by practicing attorneys, while also having the freedom to work full time.Matthew Watkins - Class of 2003