Please take note of the full timeline for Pre-Registration, wait list choices, add/drop period and the start of Fall 2020 classes.
|Monday, July 27 at 12 noon – Monday, August 10 at 12 noon||Pre-Registration opens for 2Ls, 3Ls, visiting, and exchange students|
|Monday, July 27 at 12 noon – Thursday, July 30 at 12 noon||3L Professional Responsibility Pre-Registration Lottery|
|Monday, July 27 at 12 noon – Thursday, July 30 at 12 noon||2L Legislation and Regulation Pre-Registration Lottery|
|Tuesday, July 28 at 12 pm – Thursday, July 30 at 12 noon||LL.M. Professional Responsibility Pre-Registration Lottery|
|Friday, July 31 at 12 noon||Release of Professional Responsibility and Legislation Regulation lottery results|
|Friday, July 31 at 12 noon – Monday, August 10 at 12 noon||Pre-Registration opens for LL.M. students|
|Monday, August 10 at 12 noon||Pre-Registration ends|
|Tuesday, August 25 at 12 noon||Release of student schedules, based on pre-registration and lotteries. Students will be able to view their schedule in LawNet. Students should remove themselves from unnecessary waitlists.|
|Friday, September 4 at 12 noon||Add/Drop opens – students can add and drop classes in LawNet.|
|Friday, September 11||Add/Drop continues – students can add and drop classes and will be required to take action on wait list notifications, in LawNet|
|Monday, September 14||First First day of full-semester classes for upper-year J.D. and LL.M. students|
|Friday, September 18 at 11:59 p.m.||Add/Drop ends and students may not make additional changes to their regularly scheduled academic programs for the fall semester|
|Monday, September 21 at
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
|Friday, September 25||Last day to submit research and writing credit registration forms|
All Pre-Registration times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).
The Curriculum Guide now reflects the course schedule for Fall 2020.
Read the list of high-demand courses for fall 2020. If you are interested in one of these courses, you should consider ranking it as your first or second choice.
The Degree Requirement Status (DRS) Report enables you to review your progress toward the degree and can help you identify fall 2020 courses of interest.
This report allows you to see:
- number of points you have taken and those outstanding for completion of the J.D.
- requirements that have been completed
- requirements that are in progress or outstanding
- clinics and externships
- faculty-directed reading groups
You can also use this report to discuss your fall 2020 course selection with your academic adviser.
NOTE: This feature is not currently available for dual degree or LL.M. students.
A tentative exam schedule will be published by the end of Add/Drop.
3Ls and LLMs will be able to participate in a separate pre-registration process for Professional Responsibility (PR) courses.
- This will be done in a separate module in LawNet under "PR Lottery".
- Both fall and spring Professional Responsibility courses are included in the lottery.
- All Professional Responsibility courses must be ranked in order of preference.
- Professional Responsibility lottery results will be released to students on Friday, July 31st.
2Ls will be able to add PR to their Pre-Registration for any of the fall 2020 PR classes course selections.
2Ls will be able to participate in a special pre-registration process for Legislation and Regulation (LegReg) courses.
- This will be done in a separate module in LawNet under "Legislation and Regulation Lottery".
- Both fall and spring Legislation and Regulation courses are included in the lottery.
- All Legislation and Regulation courses must be ranked in order of preference.
- Legislation and Regulation lottery results will be released to students on Friday, July 31st.
Pre-Registration for Leg Reg is NOT time sensitive: you can change your selections at any time during the Legislation and Regulation Pre-registration period.
J.D. students requirement to successfully complete 6 points of Experiential Credit. Courses offered during the coming academic year which count toward this requirement can be found by searching the Curriculum Guide.
By Pre-Registering for courses you are entering an enrollment lottery for courses that do not require an application or instructor permission, in accordance with the Faculty Resolution on the Allocation of Scarce Instructional Resources.
- ACTION: Review the handbook.
- ACTION: Select courses from the fall 2020 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:
- 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 August 25 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.
- Students will be limited to a maximum of eight wait lists in total. This is pertinent to the add/drop period (September 4 to September 18), 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.
- 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.
- Negotiation Workshop
Only Section 1, which is not associated with an instructor, will be available for pre-registration, and you should rank this section along with all your other course selections. If you add Negotiation Workshop to your list of choices, an additional window will appear, providing you the opportunity to prioritize the different sections which are associated with a particular professor. Additional information can be found in the handbook.
- Journals and Moot Court
If you are a member of a journal or plan to participate in an upper-year moot court, your editor-in-chief or moot court director will inform Registration Services of your participation and you will be registered.
- 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 on August 25th, to the Office of Registration Services for any of the following between now and September 25:
- J.D. Major Writing Credit (L6675)
- J.D. Minor Writing Credit (L6672)
- J.D. Teaching Fellow (L6822)
- Supervised Research Paper (L6683)
- Supervised Research Paper: Course Related (L6689)
- Supervised J.D. Experiential Study (L6695)
- Supervised J.D. Experiential Study (L6696)
- Supervised LL.M. Experiential Project: Course Related (L6698)
- J.D. Unpaid Faculty Assistant (L6685)
- Independent Internships: Students may not receive academic credit for independent internships, but may conduct related supervised research for which they receive academic credit.
- LL.M. Writing Project (L6694) Note: available on LawNet.
- Courses in other divisions of Columbia University and at NYU Law School
- Columbia University: To cross-register for a fall 2020 non-Law course you must complete and submit the online J.D. Cross-Registration, LL.M. Cross-Registration and/or the Cross-Registration Request Form: Language Courses by no later than 3 pm on Thursday, September 17th. 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. Students wishing to cross-register for a language course must submit the Cross-Registration Request Form: Language Courses.
- Review the rules pertaining to CU non-Law credit that may be counted toward the J.D. degree and the LL.M. degree. Note different schools have their own cross-registration rules and timelines. Read more information on cross-registration.
- NYU Law School: Due to the change in semester start dates, cross-registration for NYU Law classes will be not be offered for fall 2020.
- 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.
J.D.s: To ensure that you develop an academic program that best reflects your intellectual interests and professional goals, be sure to review advising information provided by Student Services and make an appointment to meet with an academic advisor by emailing [email protected].
LL.M.s: Contact Graduate Legal Studies to meet with an academic advisor.
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:
- Drop-in Hours: Join us during our Pre-Registration zoom drop in hours available starting Monday, July 27 from 12 pm to 2 pm EST. These sessions will be held daily Monday to Thursday and will continue throughout the Pre-Registration period. Please see page 25 of the Registration Services Chapter One: Pre-Registration Handbook for full details.
- Email us at: [email protected].
- 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 due to the change in semester start dates, cross-registration for NYU Law classes will be not be offered for fall 2020.
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) registration on a first come/first served basis?
No, 3Ls and LLMs can now participate in a separate PR pre-registration lottery (July 27 to July 30).
Do I have to rank all Professional Responsibility (PR) choices for the PR Pre-Registration lottery?
Yes, all PR courses must be ranked in the order of your preference.
Can I pre-register for Professional Responsibility (PR) as a 2L?
Yes, 2Ls can add PR to their general Pre-registration selection of courses.
Is Legislation and Regulation (Leg Reg) registration on a first come/first served basis?
No, 2Ls can now participate in a separate LegReg lottery (July 27 to July 30).
Do I have to rank all Legislation and Regulation (LegReg) choices for the LegReg Pre-Registration lottery?
Yes, all Leg Reg courses must be ranked in the order of your preference.
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 Negotiation Workshop?
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.
How do I pre-register for Major/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 on August 25th and submit it to our office no later than Monday, September 28.
When will I find out the results of the PR and Leg Reg lotteries?
Lottery results will be released in LawNet on Friday, July 31.
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].