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LSU LAW MERIT BASED SCHOLARSHIP RETENTION POLICY

At LSU Law, all merit based scholarships are conditional, which means that recipients must satisfy the retention requirements set forth in their scholarship notification.  LSU Law merit based scholarships may include both public and private funds.

Recipients are required to maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher to retain the full scholarship amount for the following academic year.  For purposes of scholarship renewal, a student’s cumulative GPA is determined at the end of the spring semester of each academic year. Thus all scholarships awarded to entering first year students will be maintained in full for a minimum of two semesters if the student remains enrolled.

If a student does not achieve a 2.75 cumulative GPA at the end of the first year of law school, the scholarship will be renewed at one-half (50%) of the initial award amount for the second year of law school.  Any student failing to meet the 2.75 cumulative GPA requirement at the end of the second year will have the award renewed at one-half for the third year of law school.  If a student whose scholarship has been decreased at the end of the first year of law school achieves a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher at the end of the second year of law school, the scholarship will revert to its original, full amount for the third year of law school.  It is LSU Law’s policy to reduce, not revoke, conditional scholarships for failure to meet retention requirements.  No student who remains enrolled in good standing will have his or her initial scholarship eliminated after the first year of law school. 

The following chart represents the number of students who entered with conditional scholarships in the most recent three LSU Law classes, and the number of students whose conditional scholarships were reduced or eliminated after the first year of law school:

Students Matriculating in (Year) # Students Entering with Conditional Scholarships # Students Whose Conditional Scholarships Were Reduced or Eliminated
Reduced after 1st year Restored after 2nd year Eliminated
2016 195 60 3
2015 158 42 6 1
2014 187 59 11 6

 

Scholarships are revoked when a student is academically disqualified. This revocation is not retroactive. The scholarship is revoked to prevent an automatic entitlement to the scholarship award in the event that the student applies and is readmitted in the future. Formerly academically disqualified students who are readmitted must be reevaluated for scholarships with the current incoming class.