To cross-register for a non-Law course at Columbia University, you must petition for it by completing a cross-registration form. Forms for Fall 2022 will open during the Fall 2022 Add/Drop period. Submission of these forms does not guarantee admittance to the course or approval that the points can be counted toward your degree. If you wish to cross-register for courses at other Columbia schools, fill out this petition as soon as you receive faculty/departmental approval. *Please note these two exceptions. If you are applying to cross-register for a School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) or Columbia Business School course you should NOT fill out the law school petition, you only need to fill out the home school's form. Refer to the SIPA and Business School accordions below for more information about each school's process.
- 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.
- Maximum of 16 credits can count toward the law degree each semester.
- Per the law school tuition structure, students can take up to 19 credits per semester without incurring tuition fees, but only 16 of them will count towards the degree. If students enroll in a cross-registered course with plans for credits to go toward their degree requirements, they must have space within that 16-credit allowance. Enrollment in over 19 credits per semester after the change of program deadline will incur tuition charges.
- According to ABA Standard 310, 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.
- Law School credit cannot exceed the number of scheduled class hours per week or the point value assigned by the offering faculty. (For example, a 3-point class that meets for two hours will be worth 2 law points; a 4-point class that meets for 5 hours will be worth 4 law points).
- While law students may not be getting the full amount of credits offered by the home school for a cross-registered course, registration in SSOL will reflect the full credit weight of that course.
- Dance and Music courses will not be approved for point credit toward the degree. Students may register for these courses for zero (Ø) law points.
- 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.
- Many Columbia University school's deadlines for add/drop and withdrawals likely differ from those of the Law School. Students need to make registration changes within the school's change of program period to avoid fees. They must consult the following schools for their dates: Medical Center, Business School, School of Journalism, and School of Social Work. Registration dates for all other schools on campus can be found here. If a student withdraws from a class after the change of program period for that school, but within the Law School's withdrawal period, they must notify Registration Services about it so we can reverse the charge.
Forms for Fall 2022 will open during the Fall 2022 Add/Drop period.
** Cross-registration is not guaranteed, and submission of the request does not guarantee points will count towards your degree.
- JD Cross-Registration Request Form
- LLM Cross-Registration Request Form
- Language Cross-Registration Request Form
Priority for enrollment in language courses is given to undergraduate students and graduate students (e.g. 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:
- Contact the language department.
- Follow their guidelines for applying and taking the placement test.
- Download the University’s Registration Adjustment Form.
- Bring a copy of the Registration Adjustment Form to the instructor to obtain approval.
- Upload the signed Registration Adjustment form along with the online Cross-Registration Request Form: Language Courses (available during Add/Drop).
NOTE: LL.M. students cannot take language courses for Law School credit.
The SIPA Cross-registration website lists the courses that are never open to non-SIPA students. Courses will be added and/or removed to this list throughout the change of program period, beginning in January 2022. Please continue to check the site for newly added courses.
- SIPA’s registration request form opens on Tuesday, January 11.
- Students will be notified of their registration from Monday, January 24 - Friday, January 28.
Student must have a full time course load registered with the Law School. Please do not count on registering for a course at another school to bring you to full time status.
Students will not be permitted to add or drop courses after Monday, January 24 pursuant to Law School rules.
- 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.
To increase your chances of getting into the course you want, you should apply for both priority and regular phases.
Detailed information about Business School classes, including the class schedule, may be found on the Business School Courses website.
There is a different process for cross-registering for courses at NYU. For more information about this process, please review this website.
While there are no joint degrees at the LL.M. degree level, LL.M. students are permitted to register for up to six points of graduate level courses in other departments of the University when such work is deemed appropriate and relevant to their academic programs, and subject to the following limitations:
- Credits earned in foreign language courses, even if offered by the Law School or listed on the law school’s curriculum schedule, do not count toward the 24 points required to earn the LL.M. degree.
- The LL.M. Writing Project requirement cannot be fulfilled in courses taken outside of the Law School.
- All courses taken outside the Law School must be graded on the A-B-C-F scale. Grades lower than C will not be accepted for credit toward the LL.M.
- The number of academic credits awarded for courses taken at another school or division of Columbia is limited to the actual number of hours a class meets per week, irrespective of the number of credits listed in that school’s catalogue (e.g., a three-credit course which meets for two hours each week yields two credits, not three). An exception to this rule occurs when the other school assigns fewer credits than the number of hours the course meets each week; in that case, the student will earn the number of credits assigned to that course by the school (e.g., a two-credit course which meets for three hours each week yields two credits, not three).
- Grades earned in courses taken outside Columbia Law School,either in another division of Columbia University or as part of the CLS/NYU Law Exchange, will not be factored into honors GPA calculations.
If a student chooses to take a course at a school outside Columbia University in the absence of an agreement between that school and Columbia, the student does so with the understanding that payment for such a course will not be deducted from any tuition owed to Columbia University, nor will any credits earned at the other institution supplant any of the credits required for the Columbia University degree.