Browse our frequently asked questions below. 

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


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.  


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 due to the change in semester start dates, cross-registration for NYU Law classes will be not be offered for Spring 2021. 


Please submit a digital Points Petition Form through LawNet requesting 16 points. Digital forms will be available in LawNet beginning January 7. Your form will be processed as soon as possible. Please note that you cannot petition for more than 16 points according to ABA rules.

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.


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

Pre-registration is not time-sensitive, so students can enter their choices at any point during the pre-registration period and not be disadvantaged.


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.


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.​


You will need to contact our office via email at [email protected] and we will add it on your behalf.


Only Negotiation Workshop, section 1 is available to list among your pre-registration selections. Once you have added section 1, another window listing all the sections will appear and you can rank each section according to your preference. Please note that you must rank the sections in order to be placed in any Negotiation Workshop section. More information about Negotiation Workshop registration can be found in the handbook.


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 on January 7th and submit it to our office no later than Friday, January 29.


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This means you are being offered a seat in a course off the wait list. You will need to first resolve any conflicts, then accept the seat in the course.


The wait list is an automated process and you will have 12 hours to make a decision if you are offered a seat. For reasons of fairness to your classmates who are also on the wait list, it is not possible to extend this window.


Yes, you would need to submit two separate signed J.D. Research Registration Forms available on LawNet that are clearly marked with the semester for which they should be registered. We will hold the spring form for registration before the start of the spring semester.


If you needed instructor permission to register, you will need instructor permission to drop the course. Our office will need an email confirmation and will manually remove the course from your record.

All upper-year J.D. and LL.M. students are allowed to take non-law courses during their Law School career. Please see the rules for your particular program regarding how many points of non-law courses may count towards your degree. You can find more information on the cross-registration website.


No, you may only apply for those business courses listed on the cross-registration page. 


Yes, you may petition for a SIPA course that is not listed on the cross-registration site. There is no guarantee that we will be able to register you because SIPA determines which courses are open to Law students.


If we are able to register you in the non-law course, you will receive an email from our office requesting that you adjust your schedule by either dropping a course or petitioning and/or petitioning for 16 points using the digital points petition form which will be available on LawNet beginning January 7. Please monitor your Columbia email closely and let us know once you have adjusted your schedule so that we can register you in the non-law course.


One law point is equal to 50 minutes of classroom meeting time per week throughout the term. For example, a three-point class that meets for two hours will be worth two law points; a four-point class that meets for five hours will be worth four law points.


Our office begins reviewing petitions for non-law courses during the start of the add/drop period. We will notify students as soon as possible of whether we are able to register them for the non-law course.


Non-law students can apply to take a law course. Registration Services makes the final enrollment decision (not the instructor) and law students receive priority.


Our office begins reviewing cross-registration requests from non-law students during the start of the add/drop period. We will notify students as soon as possible if we were able to register them for the law school course. Please note that priority is given to law students. 


If you have a question not covered here, please feel free to email our office at [email protected]