Cross-Registration Information for Law Students
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To cross-register for a non-Law course at Columbia University, you must petition for it by completing a Petition Form and submitting it to Registration Services.
- Students must explain on the petition why the non-Law course is necessary to their legal career.
- Only graduate-level courses are approved for degree credit, except for language courses.
- Degree credit will not be awarded for conversational language courses, music performance classes, studio classes, and similar offerings.
- A petition is required even if you are not requesting Law credit for the course.
Registration as an Auditor is not permitted for any course. Each student is responsible for any fees associated with non-Law classes.
There are limitations on the number of non-Law credits that can be applied toward the Law degree
- 12 credits for J.D. students.
- 6 credits for LL.M. students.
- University courses may not carry full point credit toward the Law degree. Each academic point earned for non-Law courses must represent at minimum a 50-minute classroom meeting each week throughout the term, as is similarly required of Law offerings.
- Such study must be evaluated by written examination or term paper.
- Courses with grades lower than C will not be accepted for credit toward the Law degree, nor will they count toward term residence credit.
- All courses taken outside the Law School, whether for Law credit or not, must be graded on the A-B-C scale. Pass/Fail or other non-evaluative grades are not permitted.
- Grades earned in other divisions of the University, as part of the NYU Exchange Program, or at other schools, will not be factored into Law School honors calculations.
- Grades earned in other divisions of Columbia University will be reflected in LawNet and on the official Columbia University transcript, but grades earned for courses taken at any school outside Columbia will not.
If you decide to drop a non-Law class, you must notify Registration Services so that the course can be removed from your Law School records.
Language Instruction Courses
Priority for enrollment in language courses is given to undergraduate students and graduate students (School of International and Public Affairs and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences) who need these courses to fulfill degree requirements.
If seats are available, Law students must complete the following procedures:
- Take a placement test
- Save a screen capture of your results and submit them to your instructor on the first day of class.
- Keep perfect attendance (no absences) during the Change of Program period.
- Download the University’s Registration Adjustment Form
- Bring a copy of the Registration Adjustment Form to the instructor to obtain her/his approval.
- Submit the signed Registration Adjustment form and a Petition Form to Registration Services
NOTE: LL.M. students cannot take language courses for Law School credit.
School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
The SIPA Cross-Registration site lists courses that are open for registration to non-SIPA students. Additional courses will be added to this list throughout the change of program period, beginning January 16, 2018.
- Note that some courses have pre-requisites.
- All other SIPA courses are closed to cross-registrants.
- SIPA core courses are never available for cross-registration.
The application process is described below for applying for a Business School course.
I. Law School Priority Phase The Business School has reserved a limited number of guaranteed seats for Law School students. (These courses will be posted on the Business School's cross-registration site on January 10 at 5pm.)
January 11 at 10am to January 12 at 4pm
Notifications made no later than January 12 at 5pm.
II. Regular Phase You may also apply to take Business School classes through the regular Business School cross-registration process.
January 18 at 10am to January 19 at 4pm
Notifications made no later than January 22 at 5pm.
To increase your chances of getting into the course you want, you should apply for both priority and regular phases.
Instructions for applying for seats may be found on the Business School cross-registration website.
Detailed information about Business School classes, including the class schedule, may be found on the Business School Courses website
Information about taking a course at NYU can be found on the Columbia/NYU Exchange page.