Academic Oversight

Students with a GPA below 2.5—either cumulatively or in the most recent semester—are automatically placed on Academic Oversight. Academic Oversight is not the same as Academic Probation or Satisfactory Academic Progress. If a student is on Academic Probation, the information on this page is not applicable. 

Students on Academic Oversight are in good academic standing. The purpose of Academic Oversight is to help students achieve their maximum academic potential. A student on Academic Oversight will be assigned an "Academic Advisor," either the Director or the Associate Director of the Academic Achievement Program (AAP). The AAP at Miami Law has been especially created to provide resources to students seeking to improve their academic performance. Academic Advisors have extensive experience helping students meet the challenge of maintaining their GPA above the 2.5 level.

The Academic Achievement Program sponsors numerous programs and workshops, which are open to all students. Students on Academic Oversight are expected to fully participate in this programming, and take advantage of all the resources sponsored by the AAP. If a student is on Oversight, his or her Advisor will provide details about such programs. Note also that if one’s GPA is below 2.3, special conditions may apply. For detailed information about Academic Oversight, please see the Student Handbook.

Course Registration Procedures for Students on Academic Oversight

Below are specific guidelines regarding Academic Oversight course registration. So long as course selections satisfy these guidelines, a student may enroll in the courses of his or her choice via CaneLink, without prior approval from an Advisor. However, if course selections do not meet these criteria, a student may be administratively dropped from certain courses and added to other courses deemed more appropriate. 

1) 2L students on Academic Oversight are required to complete at least one writing requirement during their 2L year. This rule applies for the entire 2L year, even if a student is only on Academic Oversight for one semester.

2) Students on Academic Oversight should not elect pass/fail status in any classes where a letter grade is normally awarded. It is to your benefit to raise your GPA by taking all graded courses. While you are not prohibited from taking classes that are mandatory pass/fail for all students (such as Litigation Skills), you should focus on graded courses where you can demonstrate your ability and improve your GPA, so as to be off academic oversight as soon as possible.

3) All students on Academic Oversight are required to register for at least 2 classes for next semester from the list below:

·Business Associations
·Civil Procedure II
·Commercial Law (any course)
·Conflict of Laws
·Constitutional Law II
·Criminal Procedure Adjudication

·Evidence
·Family Law
·Florida Criminal Procedure
·Florida Civil Procedure
·Florida Constitutional Law
·Substantive Criminal Law
·Trusts and Estates

Registration Dates and Times: The registrar will assign a registration date and time pursuant to normal procedures, based upon class year and other standard policies. However, students on oversight have a limited “open registration” period, to choose classes (including adding or dropping), and to place themselves on waitlists. When the open registration period ends, an administrative hold will be placed on a student’s CaneLink account. Advisors will provide more information about this process, including the exact dates of the open registration period.

Adding and Dropping Courses: During the open registration period, a student may add or drop courses via CaneLink, as long as his or her overall schedule remains compliant with the registration guidelines listed below. If a student wishes to add or drop a course after the open registration period, he or she must complete the following form, which is subject to approval by an Advisor: Academic Oversight Add/Drop Form.

Instructions to use this form:

  • You must use Firefox or Internet Explorer.
  • Your username is your full law school student email address (e.g., jdoe@students.law.miami.edu). Do not use your canelink username.
  • Your password is the password that you use to access your law school email account.
  • Access the form here: Academic Oversight Add/Drop Form
  • Please send an email to your academic advisor (aschimel@law.miami.edu or rrawls@law.miami.edu) immediately after submitting the form, so we can confirm that it was completed properly.
  • Forms will be reviewed during business hours and are typically resolved within 2 business days.

 

Waitlists: Students may add and remove themselves from waitlists during the open registration period. If a seat becomes available during the open registration period, a student will automatically be added to that class (including any designated course swaps). However, once the open registration period ends, it is no longer possible to add or remove oneself from waitlists and enter classes from waitlists. Students should use every effort to ensure that they are satisfied with their schedule by the end of open registration, without requiring a waitlisted seat.

Difficulty Obtaining a Seat: If a student is unable to comply with the Academic Oversight Registration guidelines listed below, because no seats are available in his or her desired course, or he or she is on a waitlist after the open registration period ends, please contact one’s Academic Advisor.

Graduation Requirements: Please remember that, in order to graduate, all students must fulfill the general graduation requirements for JDs – see the Student Handbook for details. It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that he or she is on track to fulfill these requirements before graduation.

Joint Degree Students: For joint degree students on Academic Oversight, please consult with one’s Academic Advisor and the advisor of the joint degree program before course enrollment.