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Law School Grades - Flunked Out, But Did Not Really Fail
Charleston Law Review (2012)

If the plaintiffs in a most interesting, recent lawsuit ultimately get their way, I will need to change the title of this article. After the Spring 2011 semester, plaintiffs Jonathan Chan and Karla Ford were dismissed from their former law school, Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law (Texas Southern) for academic deficiency, failing to maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. On February 2, 2012, in response to their dismissal, Chan and Ford filed a lawsuit against Texas Southern, along with their Contracts professor, Shelley Smith. In this article, I will look at some of the plaintiffs’ allegations against Texas Southern, specifically the claims for arbitrary and capricious grading, breach of contract, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

  • academic dismissal,
  • law school grades
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"Law School Grades - Flunked Out, But Did Not Really Fail" Charleston Law Review Vol. 7 Iss. 1 (2012)
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