Trials & Litigation

Former law student sues, says he dropped out, didn't flunk out


A former University of Maryland law student who says he dropped out midway through his first year needed a letter of good standing when he decided to complete his legal education at Thomas M. Cooley Law School years later.

But Gregory Michael Poteet says he was stunned to hear that he had been dismissed for academic reasons by the University of Maryland, which automatically enrolled him for the following spring semester without his knowledge, the Daily Record reports.

He has filed suit against his former law school to resolve the dispute about whether he dropped out or flunked out.

But, in a motion to dismiss filed last week in federal court in Baltimore, the University of Maryland contends Poteet must have known he was enrolled for the spring semester after his claimed departure because its tuition bill was paid in full. He was dismissed when he failed to attend any classes that semester.

The university also requires notice in writing to withdraw, which Poteet’s complaint does not say he provided when he left law school at the end of 2007.

Hat tip: Above the Law.

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