Registration Guidelines

During the registration appointment period (beginning October 27 for veteran students, and beginning October 30 for all other students –November 10), eligible second- and third-year students can register for courses according to the following priorities. The priorities apply to all students, including veterans and joint degree students.  Veteran students and students who participate in a joint degree program do not receive course preference for registration. (priority course types are defined below):

Priority Course Types

  • Third-year students can register for limited enrollment courses (3L priority) and general enrollment courses
  • Second-year students can register for core courses (2L priority) and general enrollment courses
  • No student can register for a course that is flagged as departmental consent without receiving a permission number from the Law School Registrar’s Office.

After you have selected your courses and completed your Enrollment Worksheet you will be ready to self-enroll for classes.

Steps to Enrolling »

Open Enrollment

On Saturday, November 11, the registration appointment times have ended and all courses will be open to all second-and third-year students for the remainder of the registration period which runs through the end of the first week of classes in the spring(anytime of the day or night when the system is available), students can adjust their schedules and add any open course or drop any course. 

Credit Limits

A Law student may register for up to but no more than 18 credits.  The University’s standard 15-credit limit for graduate level students does not apply to Law students. To insure that they stay within the 18-credit limit, students should take into account those courses for which they cannot self register (i.e., Journal credits, Independent Study credits, Moot Court credits).  ABA guidelines prohibit students from enrolling in more than 18 credits of coursework per semester, and the Deans’ Office has no authority to grant exceptions. 

Credits for non-law courses that WILL count toward the JD degree WILL count towards the 18-credit limit.  Credits for non-law courses that will NOT count towards the JD degree WILL NOT count towards the limit.

In the case of joint degree students who are primary registered in the Law School during a semester, the 18-credit limit will be applied to (i) all law courses, (ii) any non-law courses that are specifically counted toward the JD degree (e.g., non-law courses taken to satisfy the requirements of a Law School certificate program), and (iii) any courses specifically required to be taken by the joint degree partner school as part of its degree program. Non-law elective courses taken to satisfy the degree requirements of the joint degree partner school will NOT count toward the 18-credit limit. For this purpose, non-law elective courses include courses taken to satisfy a joint degree partner school requirement that students take a certain number of credits or courses from among a range of different courses (as opposed to being required to take a certain, specifically identified course).

Course Types

Courses in the Law School inventory are indentified as one of the following:

Limited Enrollment: Third-Year priority

Core Courses: Second-Year priority.  Core courses include Business Organizations, Criminal Procedure, Estates & Trusts, Evidence, and Federal Income Tax.

General Enrollment: Open to ALL registering students with no priority

Departmental Consent: Courses that require special permission for enrollment; a permission number (see below) for registration must be obtained from the Law School Registrar’s Office.

Departmental Consent Courses »