Gonzaga University School of Law is an American Bar Association accredited law school. Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-988-6738.
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*Gonzaga School of Law suspended all academic action related to conditional scholarships in Spring 2020 due to the pandemic and the subsequent change to a Pass/Fail grading system.
As an ABA-accredited law school, Gonzaga University School of Law is subject to the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools. The ABA Standards may be found here.
Any student at the law school who wishes to bring a formal complaint to the administration of the law school of a significant problem that directly implicates the school’s program of legal education and its compliance with the ABA Standards should do the following:
- Submit the complaint in writing to the Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, or the Associate Dean of Students. The writing may consist of e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, U.S. mail, or fax.
- The writing should describe in detail the behavior, program, process, or other matter that is the subject of the complaint, and should explain how the matter implicates the law school’s program of legal education and its compliance with a specific, identified ABA Standard(s).
- The writing must provide the name, official law school e-mail address, and a street address of the complaining student, for further communication about the complaint.
- The administrator to whom the complaint is submitted will acknowledge the complaint within three business days of receipt of the written complaint. Acknowledgment may be made by email, U.S. mail, or by personal delivery, at the option of the administrator.
- Within two weeks of acknowledgment of the complaint, the administrator, or the administrator’s designee, shall either meet with the complaining student, or respond to the substance of the complaint in writing. In this meeting or in this writing, the student should either receive a substantive response to the complaint, or information about what steps are being taken by the law school to address the complaint or further investigate the complaint. If further investigation is needed, when the investigation is completed, the student shall be provided either a substantive response to the complaint or information about what steps are being taken by the law school to address the complaint within two weeks after completion of the investigation.
- Appeals regarding decisions on complaints may be taken to the Dean of the law school, or if the Dean has decided the merits of the complaint, to the Academic Vice President of the University. Any decision made on appeal by the Dean or the Academic Vice President shall be final.
- A copy of the complaint and a summary of the process and resolution of the complaint shall be kept in the office of the Dean for a period of ten years from the date of final resolution of the complaint.
For a detailed snapshot of the most recent entering class, visit our Admissions Class Profile.
Admission to law school does not guarantee admission to a state bar. It is the responsibility of each applicant to consult the rules and regulations of the Committee of Bar Examiners of the state in which they intend to practice to determine whether there is anything that might affect their eligibility to the Bar, and whether they are required to register with the Bar of that state when they commence the study of law.
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Enrollment & Attrition Data
For a detailed snapshot of the entering class, visit our Admissions Class Profile.
Gonzaga University School of Law Learning Outcomes
1. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of law and the legal system
2. Graduates will demonstrate analytical and problem-solving skills.
3. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively as professionals.
4. Graduates will demonstrate competency in legal practice skills.
5. Graduates will demonstrate the ability act in an ethical and professional manner.
6. Graduates will demonstrate the willingness to serve the profession and the community at large.
Scholarship Retention Data
The school does not award scholarships that may be reduced or eliminated based on law school academic performance other than failure to maintain good academic standing. Therefore, the school does not complete a conditional scholarship retention chart.
Students completely withdrawing must obtain a Complete Withdrawal form from the Law Registrar’s Office.
Financial Aid refunds will be returned in accordance with governmental and University regulations. The University reserves the right to change any costs and/or provisions without notice. It further reserves the right to withhold student information, including transcripts of record and diplomas, until said student’s account has been paid in full.
No student will be allowed to register for an ensuing semester if a balance is owed for a prior semester.
Read more: Adjustments & Withdrawals
Law school credits are eligible for transfer to Gonzaga Law School if the credit was earned at another law school fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Only law school credits for which the student received a grade of “C” or better will be available for transfer to Gonzaga Law School. Transfer credits will not be considered in computing the student’s grade point average or class rank.
Transfer credits from courses taken prior to matriculation at Gonzaga Law School
No credit will be given for any courses taken at any educational institution prior to matriculation at Gonzaga Law School unless the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs approves those credits for transfer pursuant to this rule. In no event, may the Associate Dean approve for transfer to Gonzaga Law School more than a maximum of one third (1/3) of the credits needed for awarding the J.D. degree.
Transfer credit for courses taken at another law school after matriculation at Gonzaga Law School
No credit will be given for courses taken at another law school after matriculation at Gonzaga Law School except as provided in subparagraphs (a) through (d) herein:
- Associate Dean approval.
The student must obtain written approval from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs prior to enrollment in the course, including foreign study abroad programs offered through another law school. No approval will be given for taking a course at another law school unless the student has a compelling reason for doing so. Serious health matters, family problems, or taking a course not offered at this law school but of substantial importance to a student’s career objective are examples of compelling reasons; the desire to finish law school in the locality where a student may wish to practice law is not a compelling reason.
- Final semester visit away.
If the student is visiting at another law school in the final semester of study toward the J.D. degree, the student must achieve the semester final grade point average that would place that student in good standing on the visiting away school’s grading standard.
- Maximum credits.
A student will not receive credit for more than sixteen (16) credit hours of the credits required for the J.D. degree (whether from summer school, regular sessions, or foreign study abroad) taken at or through another law school after matriculation at Gonzaga Law School. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may make an exception to this credit hour limitation for good cause.
- Study abroad programs.
A study abroad program is any program where classes are taken outside the United States. To enroll in any study abroad program (whether offered by Gonzaga Law School or through another law school), the student must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.500 or above by the end of the fall semester preceding the summer the program is offered. In applying this rule, any advisory grades received by students after the fall semester immediately preceding the summer for which the student wishes to register, will be counted as if they were terminal grades.