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 towards the end of Add/Drop. There are four class blocks over the course of the summer. If you apply for a course, ensure it works in your schedule before applying.

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. 

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

  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  (opens at the end of Add/Drop)
    • 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.