Spring 2021 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 Spring 2021 classes. All Pre-Registration times are in Eastern Time (ET).

Date Action
Monday, November 2 at 12 noon  – Monday, November 9 at 12 noon  Pre-Registration opens for 2Ls, 3Ls, LL.Ms, visiting, and exchange students
Monday, November 2 at 12 noon  – Thursday, November 5 at 12 noon  3L Professional Responsibility Direct Registration 
Monday, November 2 at 12 noon  – Monday, November 9 at 12 noon  LL.M. Summer 2021 Term (open to spring 2021 starters only) Professional Responsibility Direct Registration 
Thursday, November 5 at 12 noon - Saturday, November 7 at 12 noon LL.M. (open to fall 2020 starters only) Professional Responsibility Direct Registration 
Saturday, November 7 at Noon - Monday, November 9 at 12 noon LL.M. (open to spring 2021 starters only) Professional Responsibility Direct Registration 
Monday, November 9 at 12 noon Pre-Registration ends
Friday, November 20 at 12 noon Release of student schedules, based on pre-registration and lotteries. Students will be able to view their schedule in LawNetStudents should remove themselves from unnecessary waitlists.
Thursday, January 7 at 12 noon Add/Drop opens – students can add and drop classes in LawNet.
Thursday, January 14  Add/Drop continues – students can add and drop classes and will be required to take action on wait list notifications, in LawNet
Thursday, January 14 First Day of Spring 2021 classes in term-long Law School courses.
Thursday, January 14 Administrative Monday; Monday classes will be held
Thursday, January 21 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
Friday, January 29 Last day to submit research and writing credit registration forms


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

    The Degree Requirement Status (DRS) Report enables you to review your progress toward the degree and can help you identify spring 2021 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 spring 2021 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 in January 2021.

    3Ls and LLMs who have not yet satisfied their professional responsibility (PR) requirement for the JD degree will be able to directly register in one of the Spring PR offerings (November 2  - November 9). 

    • 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.

    Please note the specific PR Direct Registration Dates:

    • 3Ls can register for PR courses during the PR Direct Registration period (November 2 - November 5). 
    • LLMs (spring 2021 starters) can register for Summer 2021 PR courses during the PR Direct Registration period (November 2 - November 9)
    • LLMs (fall 2020 starters) can register for PR courses during the PR Direct Registration period (November 5 - November 7). 
    • LLMs (spring 2021 starters) can register for PR courses during the PR Direct Registration period (November 7 - November 9). 


    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 Spring 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 November 20 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 (January 7 to January 21), 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. 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.

    3. 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. 

    4. 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:

      • 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 LL.M. Experiential Project: Course Related (L6698)
      • J.D. Unpaid Faculty Assistant (L6685)
      • LL.M. Writing Project (L6694) Note: available on LawNet.
    5. Courses in other divisions of Columbia University and at NYU Law School

    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:



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

    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].