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Ex-law student’s complaint: I didn’t fail, I quit

A former University of Maryland law school student who claims he withdrew more than six years ago wants his official record changed so he can attend another law school.

Gregory Michael Poteet claims he left the school, now known as the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, after the fall 2007 semester. Poteet alleges he did not know he was automatically enrolled for the spring 2008 semester, according to his lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

Poteet did not attend any classes that semester and was subsequently dismissed from the law school, the lawsuit states.

Poteet says he learned of his alleged transcript discrepancy earlier this year when he applied for admission to the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan, and requested a letter of good standing from UM Carey. The school denied his request, according to his lawsuit.

Alex Likowski, director of media relations for the University of Maryland, Baltimore, said privacy laws prevented him from commenting on Poteet’s record specifically. But in general, he said the law school’s policy has always required students to submit their intention to withdraw in writing. Poteet’s lawsuit only states he made his intention known verbally.

First-year students are assigned all of their classes because they are required courses, according to Likowski.

“Any student who completes the first semester and does not withdraw from enrollment is assigned a schedule of required classes for the second semester,” he said.

At the end of each academic year, Likowski added, any student with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 is “permanently excluded” from the school.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction ordering UM Carey “to change [Poteet’s] status to reflect good standing and to communicate that standing to whatever institutions” Poteet requests.

Poteet, who lives in Hanover and is representing himself in the case, did not respond to requests for comment.

The case is Poteet v. University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, 1:14-cv-01556-JKB.

One comment


    This story treats “admission” and “transfer” as if they were the same process, but they are not. Poteet probably can’t apply for “admission” to Cooley (as the story states) because of the ABA eight year rule. The requirement that he be a student in good standing at Maryland is relevant only to the issue of transfer. But then the story becomes funny, since Poteet may be the first person to try to transfer into Cooley. Almost everyone who goes there tries to transfer out.

    BTW – If he wants to be a lawyer, Poteet would be well advised to learn to read and comply with rules. Legal practice will make more demands of that sort, not fewer.