Cross Registration for Law Classes
Instructions for Non-Law Students Wishing to Register for a Law Course
Law School courses are open only to students enrolled as FULL-TIME Columbia University graduate degree candidates. Full-time graduate degree candidates may take up to 2 (two) Law courses per term but not more than 4 (four) Law courses during their entire Columbia course of study. JD and LLM foundation courses, legal writing, research, clinical, and externship offerings are NOT open to non-Law students.
REGISTRATION AS AN AUDITOR IS NOT PERMITTED FOR ANY LAW COURSE and INFORMAL AUDITING FOR MORE THAN ONE OR TWO CLASS SESSIONS IS NOT ALLOWED.
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.
The Law School's Office of Registration Services will accept requests for cross-registration beginning in July and up to Wednesday, September 12th. Requests will be processed during the Law School Change of Program period (September 4 – 12) and you will be sent an email notifying you whether or not you are registered for a Law course. No Law course can be added after September 12th. The notation of W (withdrawal) will be recorded for withdrawals between September 13th and October 15, and the grade of F (failure) will be recorded for withdrawals after October 15.
All applications require the Instructor’s approval, but the approval does not guarantee a seat in the course since admission is based on seat availability and eligibility criteria, and priority for admission to a Law course will be given to Law students. Note that enrollment in Law School seminars is capped at 18 or fewer students. Decisions and processing of all cross-registration applications will be made on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Process for Cross-registering
Cross-Registrants can register for a maximum of two (2) Law courses per term and no more than four (4) Law courses during their entire Columbia course of study.
- Select Law courses from the Columbia Law School Course Guide or the Columbia University Directory of Classes.
- Fill out the online Cross-Registration Application for Non-Law students.
- If you have more than one course you wish to apply for, please submit a separate form for each course.
- The online application will require you to attach email approval from the instructor. Applications without approval will not be processed.
Approved applications: Approved applicants will be registered for the course at the Law School and will receive proof of their registration in the Law class. This proof must be submitted to the student’s degree-granting division and/or official to complete the final registration process with the University (i.e., in the SIS database). 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.
Dropping a Law 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. . The notation of W (withdrawal) will be recorded for withdrawals between September 12 and October 14, and the grade of F (failure) will be recorded for withdrawals after October 14.
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.