Spring 2018 Change of Program (Add/Drop)
REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2018 UPPERYEAR COURSES
THE CHANGE OF PROGRAM (ADD/DROP) PERIOD WILL BE OPEN from 12 Noon EST on Monday, January 8, until 11:59 pm EST on Monday, January 22
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Please take note of the full timeline for Change of Program (Add/Drop) period and the start of Spring 2018 classes:
Thursday, December 21- Monday, January 8
Students should remove unnecessary waitlists from their schedules
Monday, January 8, 12 Noon
Voluntary Change of Program Period (Add/Drop) opens – students can add and drop classes in LawNet
Friday, January 12 -Monday, January 22
Change of Program Period (Add/Drop) continues – students can add and drop classes but will be required to take action on wait-list notifications, in LawNet
Tuesday, January 16
First Day of Classes
Monday, January 22, 11:59 pm
Change of program period ends and students may not make additional changes to their academic programs for the fall semester
Course Schedule Information
The latest Spring 2018 course scheduling and room information can be found in the online Curriculum Guide.
Starting Friday, January 12, you will be notified by email (to your CLS email account) if you become eligible to enroll in a class for which you were wait listed.
Notifications sent on Friday, January 12, will have an expiration time of 2 pm on Tuesday, January 16 (the first day of classes). Thereafter, notification emails will be sent twice each school day, at 2 am and at 2 pm, and you will have 12 hours to act on the offer of a seat in a wait listed class. You must resolve any time, section, and/or points conflict(s) (e.g., drop a class with a conflicting schedule before adding the wait listed class) as well as any pre- or co-requisite issues. If you wish to take more than the maximum number of points allowed per semester, you must petition to do so before adding the class (see “Petitions for an Exception to the Registration Rules,” below). It is your responsibility to check your emails and to respond within the specified period.
All actions in response to the wait list notification MUST be made within the 12-hour window you are allotted (either before 2 pm or before 2 am). Although notifications will be sent on Fridays, no action will be needed until the following school day (before 2 pm on Tuesday, January 16, or before 2 pm on Monday, January 22). If no action is taken by the specified hour, you will automatically lose your place and will be removed entirely from the wait list, and your seat will be offered to the next student on the wait list. If you continue to be interested in the class, you will have to add your name to the bottom of the wait list. You are urged to monitor your place on wait lists, and to check your email frequently during the Add/Drop period or you may miss an opportunity to register for a class.
If you have been wait listed for a class, use your wait list position on your schedule to assess your chances of getting into the class and to plan accordingly. The Conflict(s) column on your schedule indicates the reason(s) you have been wait listed for a class.
Adding and Dropping Courses
ADDING COURSES: If the class you wish to add is full, you can add your name to the wait list. Please make sure you have fulfilled all pre-requisite or co-requisite requirements before adding a class. If you believe that you have satisfied the pre-requisites but LawNet does not allow you to register, and/or if a course lists a co-requisite and you wish to take both courses during the same term, contact Registration Services during regular business hours. No course may be added after the close of the official Law School Add/Drop period (11:59 pm on Monday, January 22) without the approval of the Rules Committee (see "Petitions for an Exception to the Registration Rules,” below). You cannot use LawNet to add a course that requires an application or instructor permission (e.g., clinics, externships, other permission courses, etc.). You must contact the instructor directly and secure admission. The instructor will send a list of accepted students to Registration Services to complete your registration.
DROPPING COURSES: You can drop a lottery course using LawNet, but you must be careful not to jeopardize your full-time term status by doing so. You also can elect to drop from a wait list. In consideration of your fellow students, please remove your name from the registration roster or wait list of any course you know you will not be taking. To drop an offering that requires an application or instructor permission, you need to obtain the permission of the professor and have the instructor notify Registration Services by email so that the course can be dropped from your schedule.
Dropping after the close of Add/Drop and through February15: You are not required to seek permission from the Rules Committee to drop a course between the close of the official Add/Drop period and February 15 in the Spring term. However, instructor permission is required for these late withdrawals from a course, and a grade of “W” (indicating withdrew) will be entered into your official transcript. Students will not be allowed to drop a course if the drop results in a loss of full-time status.
Dropping a Spring term class after February 15: If you drop a course after this date, or fail to complete it, the grade of F (fail) will be recorded into your official transcript. If you have compelling extenuating circumstances (e.g., serious illness), you may petition the Rules Committee to drop a course after this date with the notation of W (withdraw) instead of F (fail). If your petition is not granted the grade of F (fail) will remain on your permanent record.
The rules regarding late withdrawals from a course apply to all degree candidates.
No course may be dropped from a student’s schedule after the last meeting of the class for the term.
Petitions for an Exception to the Registration Rules
To adjust your Law School program for the reasons stated below, you need to petition the Rules Committee. You are advised to submit your petition form as early as possible, especially if you are petitioning to take more than the maximum number of credits or to register for a non-Law class. We will review petitions as they are received and will notify you by e-mail whether or not your petition has been approved. LLM students must obtain the signature approval of Dean Polo, Ms. Casal, or Ms. Zalk before submitting their petition form to Registration Services.
permission to cross-register for a non-Law class or to register for a First-Year Foundation Law course:complete the Law School Petition Form.
permission to exceed the maximum number of points allowed per term (note that 16 points is the term maximum allowed for JD students):complete the Law School Petition Form.
permission to take fewer than the minimum number of points allowed per term (12 points for JD candidates or 11 points for LLM candidates):complete the Law School Petition Form.
permission to ADD a course after the end of the official Law School Add/Drop period (January 22 for Spring 2018 courses).After January 22 students may be allowed to add a course to their academic program only with the permission of the instructor and upon petition to the Rules Committee, and only in exceptional circumstances and where the student can demonstrate compliance with the ABA attendance rules (see Rule 22.214.171.124). Secure the approval of the course instructor, address your letter of petition to the Rules Committee, and submit it to Registration Services by email ([email protected]).
permission to DROP a course after February 15 in the Spring term must be requested by petition to the Rules Committee, and will be considered only for exceptional and compelling reasons (e.g., serious illness).See Rule 126.96.36.199. Secure the approval of the course instructor, address your letter of petition to the Rules Committee, and submit it to Registration Services by email ([email protected]). The rules regarding late withdrawals from a course apply to all degree candidates. No course may be dropped from a student’s schedule after the last meeting of the class for the term.
Registration Activities Unavailable Online:
Registering for Clinics, Externships, and other courses requiring instructor permission
You will not be able to register for permission courses, clinics, externships, first-year foundation courses, or non-CLS courses during the Change of Program (Add/Drop) period.
- Clinics and Externships - The application period for clinics and externships closed in October and admitted students have been notified.
- 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.
- First-year foundation courses – To be considered for a seat in a First-Year Foundation course you must submit a petition to the Office of Registration Services.
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.
JD Writing Credit (Minor and Major) , Supervised Research, Teaching Fellow and Research Assistant
Submit your registration form to the Office of Registration Services for any of the following between now and the end of the Law School’s Spring 2018 Change of Program (“Add/Drop”) period on Monday, January 29:
- Major Writing Credit (L6675)
- Minor Writing Credit (L6672)
- Teaching Fellow (L6822)
- Supervised Research Paper (L6683)
- Supervised Research Paper: Course Related (L6689)
- Supervised Experiential Project (L6695/L6696)
- Service as Unpaid Faculty Assistant (L6685)
- Independent Internships – students may either conduct related supervised research or complete a supervised experiential project for which they receive academic credit.
LLM Research and Writing Credit
LLM Writing Project
- LL.M. candidates must register their “LL.M. Writing Project” (L6694) by completing the LLM Writing Project Registration Form. Candidates must obtain the signature of both the professor and either the dean or director of Graduate Legal Studies, and include on the form a full description of the type of paper to be written. The form is due Oct. 15 for writing projects to be completed during the fall term and Feb. 1 for writing projects to be completed during the spring term.
Research for the LLM Degree
Courses in other divisions of Columbia University and at NYU Law School
- Columbia University - To cross-register for a Spring 2018 non-Law course you must submit a petition to Registration Services by no later than Monday, January 22 (close of Law School Add/Drop). Review the rules pertaining to CU non-Law credit that may be counted toward the JD degree here and toward the LLM degree here. Note different schools have their own cross-registration rules. More information about cross-registration can be found here.
- NYU Law School - To take classes at NYU Law School you must complete a separate application process for a specific list of classes. More information can be found here.
YOU MUST CONTACT THE LAW SCHOOL REGISTRATION SERVICES OFFICE TO ADD or DROP AN OFFERING TAKEN OUTSIDE COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL (OTHER CU DIVISION OR NYU LAW)
Spring 2018 Exam Schedule
A preliminary schedule can be found here.
Seating Charts and CourseWorks
Be alert to emails from your instructors, who may ask you to sign up for class seating charts, and/or to refer you to their CourseWorks page for first week assignments and other important information.
Validating Your Columbia ID
Please remember to stop by the Registration Services desk on the 5th floor of William and June Warren Hall beginning on August 28 to validate your CUID for the Fall 2017 term.
Holds are placed on the accounts of students who did not submit required immunization documentation or who have prior term balances. You can check your hold status at Student Services On-Line.
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 either Yadira Ramos-Herbert or Joel Kosman by emailing [email protected].
Office of Registration Services
You should not hesitate to contact the Office of Registration Services if you have any questions about the process for registering for Spring 2018 courses. You can:
What does “Seat Reserved” mean in LawNet?
This means you are being offered a seat in a course off the waitlist. You will need to take action to claim this seat and resolve any conflicts.
I’m being offered a seat in a course off the waitlist but I want to wait until I can attend the course. Can I extend my waitlist decision period?
The waitlist 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 waitlist, it is not possible to extend this window.
I have a hold on my account. What should I do?
You can view your hold information by logging into SSOL. Only the office that places the hold can remove it. Therefore, if you have an account balance, you should contact Student Financial Services.
Can I split the points for my Supervised Research Paper between the Fall and Spring semesters?
Yes, you would need to submit two separate signed JD Research Registration Forms 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.
I would like to take a Business School course that is not listed on the Business School cross-registration site. Is this possible?
No, you may only apply for those Business courses listed on the cross-registration page.
I am currently at 15 points and am applying/petitioning for a non-law course. Will this prevent me from getting into the course?
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. Please monitor your email closely and let us know once you have adjusted your schedule so that we can register you in the non-law course.
I want to take more than 15 points this term. How can I do that?
Please submit a Petition Form requesting 16 points. Your form will be processed as soon as possible. Please note that you cannot petition for more than 16 points according to ABA rules.
Am I allowed to take a non-law course? How many can I take?
All upper-year JD and LLM 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 about cross-registration in non-law courses here.
Can I apply for a SIPA course that is not listed on the cross-registration site?
Yes, you may petition for a SIPA course that is not listed on the cross-registration site, although, there is no guarantee that we will be able to register you.
How many law credits will I receive for my non-law course?
1 law point is equal to 50 minutes of classroom meeting time per week throughout the term. For example, a 3-point class that meets for two hours will be worth 2 Law points; a 4-point class that meets for 5 hours will be worth 4 Law points.
When we I find out about the decision of my petition for a non-law course?
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.
I’m not a law student. How do I take a law course?
Non-law students can apply to take a law course by completing this form and submitting it to Registration Services. Registration Services makes the final enrollment decision (not the instructor) and law students receive priority.
I am a non-law student and submitted the Cross-registration form to the Registration Services office. When will I find out if I got into the law school course?
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.
I want to drop an externship/clinic/course that required instructor permission but LawNet will not allow me. How do I drop it?
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.
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 contact our office either via email at [email protected] or phone at 212-854-2668.