Cross-Registration for Non-Law Students

Instructions for Non-Law Students Wishing to Register for a Law Course

The Law School’s Office of Registration Services will accept requests for cross-registration only during the application periods. You will be sent an email notifying you whether or not you can be registered for a Law course during the Decision Notification period. 

Application for cross-registering for Law courses will open on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. EST and close at 3:00 p.m. EST. You can request cross-registration at the Law School here.

All applications require the instructor’s approval, but the approval does not guarantee a seat in the course.

  • Acceptance into a law course is based on seat availability and eligibility criteria, and priority will be given to Law students.
  • Decisions and processing of all cross-registration applications will be made on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • Final approval is at the discretion of the law school.

Note that enrollment in Law School seminars is capped at 18 or fewer students.

The following law courses have open seats as of January 20, 2022:

Course Term Course Name Instructors
L6931-1 Spring 2022 Advanced Corporate Law Goshen, Zohar
L6202-1 Spring 2022 Advanced Corporate Law: Mergers and Acquisitions Gordon, Jeffrey N.
L6293-1 Spring 2022 Antitrust and Trade Regulation McCrary, Justin
L6341-1 Spring 2022 Copyright Law Ginsburg, Jane C.
L6232-1 Spring 2022 Corporate Finance Morrison, Edward R.
L6233-1 Spring 2022 Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy Glenn, Martin; Gerber, Michael A.
L6230-1 Spring 2022 Corporate Taxation D'Avino, Rick
L6109-1 Spring 2022 Criminal Investigations Livingston, Debra A.
L6252-1 Spring 2022 Family Law Godsoe, Cynthia
L6256-1 Spring 2022 Federal Income Taxation Raskolnikov, Alex
L6205-1 Spring 2022 Financial Statement Analysis and Interpretation Bartczak, Norman
L6412-1 Spring 2022 Foreign Affairs Law Hakimi, Monica
L6506-1 Spring 2022 Gender Justice Franke, Katherine M.
L6250-1 Spring 2022 Immigration Law Harbeck, Dorothy
L6212-1 Spring 2022 International Business Transactions Garro, Alejandro
L8876-LEC-1 Spring 2022 International Criminal Investigations Davis, Frederick
L6269-1 Spring 2022 International Law Damrosch, Lori Fisler
L6273-1 Spring 2022 Japanese Law, Society and Economy Ishizuka, Nobuhisa
L6473-1 Spring 2022 Labor Law Andrias, Kate
L6071-1 Spring 2022 Law and Development Pistor, Katharina
L6271-1 Spring 2022 Law and Legal Institutions in China Liebman, Benjamin L.
L6474-1 Spring 2022 Law of the Political Process Greene, Jamal
L8206-LEC-1 Spring 2022 Non-Profit Law, Taxation, and Policy Schizer, David M.
L6416-1 Spring 2022 Partnership Taxation Gordon, Stephen
L6362-1 Spring 2002 Professional Responsibility Davis, Anthony
L6333-1 Spring 2022 Refugee Law and Policy Gupta, Anjum
L6391-1 Spring 2022 Regulation of Financial Institutions Judge, Kathryn
L8513-1 Spring 2022 S. Estate Planning – Estate and Gift Taxation Wilfert, David
L8127-1 Spring 2022 S. International Arbitration in Latin America Garro, Alejandro
L8670-1 Spring 2022 S. Jewish Law and Business Ethics Berman, Saul
L8416-1 Spring 2022 S. The Law, Politics & History of U.S. Trade Policy Reif, Timothy; Thornton, Jennifer; Shaw, Kelly A.
L6538-1 Spring 2022 Secured Transactions Kettering, Kenneth
L6423-1 Spring 2022 Securities Regulation Mitts, Joshua
L6292-1 Spring 2022 State and Local Government Law Briffault, Richard
L6912-1 Spring 2022 Transnational Litigation Smit, Robert
L9246-LEC-1 Spring 2022 US International Tax Law Oosterhuis, Paul
  1. Select Law courses from the Columbia Law School Course Guide or the Columbia University Directory of Classes.
  2. Fill out the online Cross-Registration Application for Non-Law Students 
    • Each student will only be able to submit one application for a maximum of two courses.
    • The online application will require you to attach email approval from the instructor. Applications without approval will not be processed.
  3. Registration Services will email you during the Decision Notification period with the result of your application.
  4. Approved applicants will be registered for the course at the Law School and will receive proof of their registration. This proof must be submitted to the student's home school to complete the final registration process with the University.

Students who cross-register for Law courses will be given access to LawNet and to the course web page, usually within two (2) business days of their registration.

Who can take a Columbia Law School Course?

Students enrolled as full-time Columbia University Graduate degree candidates.

How many courses can Non-Law students take?

Up to two Law courses per term and not more than four Law courses during their entire Columbia course of study.

What courses can Non-Law students take?

Most Lecture and Seminar courses are available for Cross-Registration, pending instructor approval.

  • Non-Law students CANNOT TAKE the following:
    • J.D. foundation courses (Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, Torts)
    • LL.M. foundation courses (Introduction to American Law, American Constitutional Law, American Contract Law)
    • Clinics and Externships
    • Legal writing
    • Research


NOTE: The policies of the host school apply for all cross-registrations, so if you are considering taking a Law course, please check carefully the Law School’s policies, including registration (adding and dropping courses), exams, and submission of written work. 

Dropping a Law School course: Students wishing to drop a Law class must notify the Law School’s Office of Registration Services and their home division in order to complete the drop. Drops initiated at the student’s home division or in the University’s Student Services Office will not be honored by the Law School, and in such cases students risk receiving the grade of F (failure) for the Law course. 

Exam Courses: All students are expected to take Law exams as scheduled, and failure to complete an exam will result in an automatic grade of F.

Grades in Law Offerings: Only letter grades are available for Law courses:  A, B, (both with plus and minus) C, and F; there is no Pass/Fail grading option.