I heard that one of the 1L professors was giving the impression that it was a certainty that students on academic probation after their first semester of law school end up failing out of law school on completion of their first year. She also gave the impression that it was nearly as certain that those who do fail out will not be able to petition back in.
Way to support the students who need it most, bitch.
Yes, it's difficult to get off of AP and I'm sure that a good percentage of students on AP after their first semester do get kicked out. But what good comes of some blanket statement saying that by being on AP your fist semester of law school you are wasting your time by coming back for a second semester? Maybe she's just trying to save those on AP who have no real shot at making it out of AP - probably a majority of those - from spending another $15,000 and four months in law school. Or possibly, she's trying to weed out those who are not completely committed to turning things around. Or maybe she's just trying to shock them to the reality of the difficulties they face to getting out of AP.
But what about those who do have a real shot of getting out of AP and a bit of what they need to help turn things around is some sort of positive encouragement? And what if the impression that the professor made was more harmful than helpful to such people? I guess she wasn't talking to them.