LLM Summer 2021 Pre-Registration

Please review the Pre-Registration Handbook and the presentation slides from the Office of Graduate Degree Programs’ webinar to learn more about Pre-Registration.

Pre-Registration Timeline

Please take note of the full timeline for Pre-Registration, wait list choices, add/drop period and the start of Summer 2021 classes. All Pre-Registration times are in Eastern Time (ET).

Date Action
Monday, March 15 at 12 noon  – Friday, March 26 at 12 noon  Pre-Registration opens for LL.M (spring), LL.M. (March), and ELL.M. students
Monday, March 15 at 12 noon  – Monday, March 22 at 12 noon  Professional Responsibility Direct Registration 
Friday, March 26 at 12 noon Pre-Registration ends
Week of April 1 Registration Services runs the Lottery
Week of April 5 Pre-Registration Lottery results are released to students via LawNet
Monday, April 26 at 12 noon Voluntary Add/Drop begins. Students will be able to view their schedule in LawNetStudents should remove themselves from unnecessary waitlists.
Monday, May 3 First day of Summer 2021 classes
Monday, May 3 at 11:59 p.m. Add/Drop closes
Friday, May 14 at 11:59 p.m. Supervised Research, Independent Externships, and LL.M. Writing Project Forms Due


    The Curriculum Guide now reflects the course schedule for Summer 2021. 

    A tentative exam schedule will be published by the end of Add/Drop in May 2021.

    For those looking to that the New York Bar, you will be able to directly register in one of the two Summer PR offerings (Monday, March 15 at 12 noon  – Monday, March 22 at 12 noon). 

    • ACTION: Log into LawNet and select ‘Register for PR Course’ under the ‘Registration Services’ menu.
    • ACTION: Follow the instructions to select the PR course of your choice.


    • ACTION: Review the handbook.
    • ACTION: Select courses from the Summer 2021 Curriculum Guide that you wish to include in the course lottery.
    • ACTION: Log into LawNet, select “Preregistration” under the “Registration Services” menu.
    • ACTION: Follow the instructions to identify your preferred courses, and their alternatives, and to rank them in order of priority.

    In order to clear wait lists efficiently, please note the following:

    1. After your schedules have been released, you will know which courses you have been registered for and on which wait lists you have been placed. Beginning on April 26 students should remove themselves from wait lists of courses they do not wish to enroll in, thus allowing other students to move more rapidly through the queue.
    2. Students will be limited to a maximum of eight wait lists in total. This is pertinent to the add/drop period (April 26 to May 3), during which you can add your name to additional wait lists. During this period you are also able to add your name to the roster of any classes that have space and do not require an application or instructor permission.
    1. Registering for clinics, externships, and other courses requiring instructor permission:

      You will not be able to include permission courses, clinics, externships, first-year foundation courses, or non-CLS courses during the Pre-Registration process.

      • Permission courses: Information on applying for permission courses usually is listed in the “Limitations” field of a course’s online description and frequently in the body of the course description.
      • Clinics and Externships: The application period for clinics and externships closed in April and admitted students have been notified. Students accepted into clinics and externships will be registered by Registration Services prior to the start of pre-registration.
    2. Writing Credit (Minor and Major), Supervised Research, Supervised Experiential Project, Teaching Fellow and Research Assistant, and LL.M. Writing Project

      Submit your registration form which will be available on LawNet to the Office of Registration Services for any of the following between January 7 and January 29:

      • Supervised Research Paper (L6683)
      • Supervised Research Paper: Course Related (L6689)
      • Supervised LL.M. Experiential Project: Course Related (L6698)
      • LL.M. Writing Project (L6694) Note: available on LawNet.
    3. Courses in other divisions of Columbia University and at NYU Law School
      • Columbia University: Cross-registration forms will be released in mid-April. The cross-registration request forms should be used only for the following courses: Graduate Level courses at other divisions of Columbia University, language courses and Teacher’s College courses.
      • Review the rules pertaining to CU non-Law credit that may be counted toward the LL.M. degree. Note different schools have their own cross-registration rules and timelines. Read more information on cross-registration.
      • NYU Law School: Cross-registration for NYU Law classes will be not be offered for summer 2021.  
      • Business School: The Business School has reserved a limited number of seats for Law School students. Instructions for applying for seats may be found on the Business School cross-registration website

    LL.M.s and E.LL.M.s contact the Office of Graduate Degree Programs to meet with an academic adviser.

    You should not hesitate to contact the Office of Registration Services if you have any questions about the process for pre-registering for courses. You can:



    • Please note: Our in-person service has been suspended and our staff is working remotely due to the COVID-19 situation. Please email us at [email protected] for assistance.

    How does the lottery work?
    Please review the handbook and The Faculty Resolution on the Allocation of Scarce Instructional Resources for detailed information on how the lottery works.

    How do I pre-register for my externship/clinic?
    Students cannot pre-register for externships or clinics. If you were accepted into an externship or clinic, Registration Services will register you prior to the start of Pre-Registration.  

    Can I pre-register for non-law course?
    No, students must complete and submit the online Cross-Registration Request Form to apply to take a non-law course. The cross-registration request form should be used only for Language courses, Graduate Level courses at other divisions of Columbia University, and Teacher’s College courses. Read more information about cross-registration. Please note that cross-registration for NYU Law classes will be not be offered for Summer 2021. 

    If I want to take 16 points, can I petition to do so before the lottery is run?
    The lottery will register you for no more than 15 points. You can petition to take 16 points in LawNet and your request will be considered after the lottery results are published.

    I have a hold on my account. What should I do?
    You can view your hold information by logging on to SSOL. Only the office that places the hold can remove it. Therefore, you should contact the following offices depending on your particular hold.

    • Financial Hold: contact Financial Services at 212-854-4400
    • Dean’s Hold: email Registration Services at [email protected]
    • Immunization Hold: contact Health Services at 212-854-7210

    Does it matter when I complete my Pre-Registration?
    Pre-registration is not time sensitive, so students can enter their choices at any point during the pre-registration period and not be disadvantaged.

    Is Professional Responsibility (PR) Direct Registration on a first come/first served basis?
    Yes. Students can only Direct Register for available seats; the earlier you register, the more likely it is that there will be an available seat for you.

    Can I take a pre-requisite for a course as a co-requisite instead? How do I arrange this?
    Only our instructors can provide permission for this waiver and students must make the request directly to them. The professor can write to [email protected] and we can place the course that requires the pre-requisite on your Pre-Registration list.​

    I want to pre-register for a course with a co-requisite, but the system won’t let me. How do I add it?
    You will need to contact our office via email at [email protected] and we will add it on your behalf.

    How do I pre-register for Minor Writing, Supervised Research, Unpaid Faculty Assistant, Teaching Fellow?
    Research and writing registrations cannot be entered on your pre-registration ranking. You will need to complete a Registration Form which will be available on LawNet and submit it to our office no later than Wednesday, May 14.

    I don’t see an answer to my particular question, what do I do?
    If you have a question not covered here, please feel free to email us at [email protected].