The registration appointment period for fall 2020 will begin on March 20 for veteran students and on March 23 for all other students. The first two weeks of registration is the appointment period (March 20 – April 3). After that, open enrollment (add/drop) begins on April 4, and continues through the end of the first week of class which is August 28 ,2020.
The University Registrar assigns each student an appointment. Once your appointment time arrives, you can register for courses, and adjust your schedule, 24/7, anytime PeopleSoft is available. You DO NOT need to wait for the open enrollment period to adjust your schedule unless you want to add courses that are not available to students in your class during the registration appointment period. (See “Registration Guidelines,” below, for an explanation of enrollment priorities and restrictions.)
Open enrollment will begin on Saturday, April 4, 2020, and end on Friday, August 28, 2020(the end of the first week of class). During open enrollment, all courses except for those requiring departmental consent will be open to all Law students for self-enrollment for the remainder of the enrollment period. Please note that the Law School's add/drop ends at the end of the first week of class which is before the University's add/drop period ends.
With self-enrollment, you will know immediately after you submit your selections whether or not you have been placed in a course.
Below is information you will need to know in order to register for the fall term. Please check the course lists frequently for updates to the curriculum during registration and prior to the start of the term. Please review the materials and familiarize yourself with the information so you are prepared to register for courses once your appointment time has arrived. There is no formal training for self-enrollment. Therefore, you should make sure you have reviewed and fully understand all the materials and procedures discussed below before registration begins. Please read all the information on this page before you proceed to review the University documents.
All 2L and 3L students must meet with their faculty mentor once each semester and have their mentor sign the Mentoring Form. The signed form must be submitted to the Registrar's Office. Failure to submit the form will result an ADV hold being placed on a student's account until the required form is submitted. Please see the Mentoring Program tab for additional information.
Course & Class Lists
Course lists are available on both the Law school web pages and the University Registrar’s web page. The Law School’s web pages provide more detailed information, such as grading details, but the University Schedule of Classes list contains the class meeting pattern, and Class Number information you will need to register for courses. The University Schedule of Classes for the fall term is available by clicking the link below. Please note that the class meeting patterns are also displayed on the Law School course list for the fall term. However, to avoid errors in data entry, and duplication of work effort to keep data in sync, this is the last term that the class meeting patterns will be posted on the Law School course lists; because that information is already in PeopleSoft and is what students should be using to register. We will continue to post a course list for the fall and spring; however, no class meeting patterns will be included. The course lists we post are done as a courtesy to students so they can see what courses will be offered each semester, as well as the additional detail information not available in the PeopleSoft description.
University Registrar Information
Click on the University Registrar page, click on the 2211 Time Schedule of Classes (when it becomes available). Courses are listed in the University Schedule by department and then are listed in numerical order by the 4-digit Catalog Number. Please make sure you are registering for the JD (Law- begins with leading digit '5') offering of the course and not the MSL (Graduate Course- begins with leading digit '2') offering. If you do a class search in PeopleSoft, make sure to enter "Law" as the course subject and "Law" as the career. In adding both Law as the subject and the Law career, you will get the JD course offering results. If you only use Law as the course subject, you will get the first occurrence of courses in PeopleSoft which are the MSL course offerings. If you attempt to register for the MSL offering of the course, you will get an error message telling you that the course is out of your career and you will need permission to register for it. The scheduled meeting times for classes can also be found there; the University updates the schedule daily during registration. The meeting days and times are also listed in this schedule. The room assignments are also posted in the University Time Schedule as well as the Law School Schedule of Classes.
You can search for details on a specific course (including the description, and prerequisites) by using the Class Search on the University Registrar’s web page:
Log into my.pitt.edu. Search for Student Center. Click on the green "Search for Classes" box on the right side of the screen.
Law School Registration Information
The Law School course list contains more detailed information, such as course type for registration priority; exam and grading methods; and in some cases, additional information from the instructor. You can access that list here:
The Enrollment Worksheet can help you organize your class schedule prior to registration. You can print an enrollment worksheet here:
No matter what state’s bar exam you choose to take, a significant portion of the exam will test your substantive knowledge of law. While you are strongly advised to take a commercial bar exam preparation course after graduation, the two-month commercial “cram” courses are not the right venue for learning a large number of new subjects. Hence, you should strive to take as many law school courses that correspond to bar subjects as possible. See the following document for help choosing the right courses:
In the University documents regarding self-enrollment, references will be made to Advisement (ADV) Holds. The Law School has NOT placed these holds on most students’ records. The exceptions to this are:
- Joint degree students. All joint degree students will have ADV holds on their records. Before joint degree students can register for classes, they must come to the Law School Registrar’s Office to have the ADV hold lifted before their scheduled appointment time begins.
- Undergraduate transcripts. First-year students who have not submitted their official undergraduate transcript(with the degree posted on it) to the Law School as required by the ABA, will have ADV holds placed on their account until we receive the document.
- Mandatory bar exam preparation session. Students who fail to attend the mandatory bar exam preparation session will have ADV holds placed on their account until such time as they meet with Rob Wible to receive the information conveyed at that session.
- Mentoring Form. Students who fail to meet with their faculty mentor and submit the signed form to the Registrar's Office will have ADV holds placed on their account until we receive the signed Mentoring Form.
In order to register for those classes that are: (1) flagged as departmental consent, (2) list requisites that have not been met, or (3) are full, you must request permission from the Law School Registrar’s Office. If permission is granted, you will be issued a Permission Number via return email, which you will enter when you add the course.
Transfer students who need to register for a First-Year course must obtain a Permission Number from the Law School Registrar's Office.
If you wish to register for a non-law course, you must obtain a Permission Number from the department offering the course. You will also need to obtain permission from the Associate Dean of the Law School using this form “Permission to Register for Non-Law Elective” which you will need to download, complete, and submit to the Law School Registrar’s Office.
Students should request a permission number by emailing the Registrar's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests for permission numbers are issued in the order the requests are received. Students should never contact faculty directly requesting permission numbers.
Students who seek to enroll in courses outside the University of Pittsburgh must come to the Law School Registrar’s Office.
MSL, LL.M. & SJD students
These students will not participate in self-enrollment. MSL students should contact Beth Ann Pischke in room 519 for course registration. LL.M. and SJD students should contact Emilie Schlauch in room 318 for course registration.
Students who experience difficulty self-enrolling online should come to the Law School Registrar’s Office during business hours. You also can email the Law Registrar’s Office at email@example.com. or refer to the interactive demonstration (iDemo) video posted in my.pitt. To access that, Click Learn More just below the Student Center link on your portal home page. You can obtain technical assistance anytime by calling the University Technology Help Desk at (412)624-HELP.