Course Registration Information
SELECTING YOUR FALL 2017 COURSES: Columbia Law School upper-year students pre-register for classes each term. Pre-registration is an online process for students to select courses and prioritize them for the course lottery. Once all upper-year students have entered their selections, Registration Services runs a computerized scheduling lottery and the results are distributed before each term.
The Pre-Registration process is explained below. Please contact Registration Services if you have any questions.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Course Schedule Information
Experiential Credit Requirement
How to Pre-Register for courses
Exceptions to the standard online Pre-Registration process:
Clinics, Externships, and other Permission courses
Journals and Moot Court
Writing Credit (Minor and Major),Supervised Research, Teaching Fellow, and Research Assistant
Courses in other divisions of Columbia and at NYU Law School
Office of Registration Services
Please take note of the full timeline for Pre-Registration, waitlist choices, Change of Program (Add/Drop) period and the start of Fall 2017 classes:
Thursday, July 27, 12 noon-Monday, July 31, 12 noon
Thursday, August 10
Detailed instructions for waitlist rules, as well as adding and dropping classes will be sent to all students.
Tuesday, August 15
- Release of student schedules, based on Pre-Registration and Lottery. Students will be able to view their schedule in LawNet
- Students will be required to confirm their waitlist choices
Monday, August 21, 10:00 am- Wednesday, August 30, 4:00 pm
Voluntary Change of Program Period (Add/Drop) – students can add and drop classes in LawNet
Friday, September 1, 10:00 am-Monday, September 11, 9:00 pm
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, September 5
First Day of Classes
Monday, September 11, 9:00 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 Curriculum Guide reflects the course schedule for Fall 2017 and you will find the tentative schedule for Spring 2018 here. In addition, a list of courses that were in high demand last year can be found here. If you are interested in any of these classes, you might consider listing them as your first or second choice and assigning lower priority to other courses.
Experiential Credit Requirement
You should take into consideration the degree requirement to successfully complete 6 points of Experiential Credit, which begins with the Class of 2019. The list of classes offered during the coming academic year which count toward this requirement can be found here
How to pre-register for courses
By Pre-Registering for courses you are entering an enrollment lottery for courses that do not require an application or instructor permission. The rules for the lottery can be reviewed here.
a. Transfer students admitted prior to Monday, July 31
- ACTION: Select courses from the Fall 2017 Curriculum Schedule 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.
b. Transfer students admitted on or after Monday, July 31
Please note the following:
- You cannot list any course twice – if you list a course as a primary course, it cannot be listed as an alternative choice for any other primary course choice nor can it be listed again as a lower priority primary course
- You can identify 8 primary courses, and their alternatives;
- Your alternative choice will be assigned to you if your primary choice is full, but you will be placed on the wait list for your primary choice;
- The course lottery cannot assign you to, or place you on a wait list for, a class that has a time conflict with a higher-ranked course to which you were admitted;
- Take note of Co- and Pre-Requisites, as the lottery cannot assign courses if you do not have the necessary requisites.
In order to clear waitlists efficiently, please note the following procedures:
After your schedules have been released you will know which courses you have been registered for and on which waitlists you have been placed. On August 15 you will be asked to confirm in LawNet on which waitlists you wish to remain, thus allowing other students to move more rapidly through the queue. Additional detailed instructions will be sent nearer the date;
Students will be limited to a maximum of 8 waitlists in total. This is pertinent to the Change of Program (Add/Drop) period (August 21-September 11), during which you can add your name to additional waitlists. During this period you are also able to add your name to the roster of any classes that have space and do not require and application or instructor permission.
Exceptions to the standard online Pre-Registration process
a. 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.
- Clinics and Externships - The application period for clinics and externships closed in April but you can contact the clinic or externship instructor to inquire if a late application can be considered.
- 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.
b. 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 course description.
c. 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. You therefore do not need to include these curricular offerings in your Pre-Registration selection.
d. Writing Credit (Minor and Major) and 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 Fall 2017 Change of Program (“Add/Drop”) period on Monday, September 11:
- Major Writing Credit (L6675)
- Minor Writing Credit (L6672)
- Teaching Fellow (L6822)
- Supervised Research Paper (L6683)
- Supervised Research Paper: Course Related (L6689)
- Service as Unpaid Faculty Research 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.
e. Courses in other divisions of Columbia University and at NYU Law School
- Columbia University - To cross-register for a Fall 2017 non-Law course you must submit a petition to Registration Services by no later than Monday, September 11 (close of Law School Add/Drop). Review the rules pertaining to CU non-Law credit that may be counted toward the JD degree here. Note different schools have their own cross-registration rules – contact the Office of Registration Services for more information.
- NYU Law School - To take classes at NYU Law School you must complete a separate application process for a specific list of classes which is published during the summer. Please refer to the Columbia/NYU Law Exchange Program for additional information.
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 Student Services.
Office of Registration Services
You should not hesitate to contact the Office of Registration Services if you have any questions about the process for pre-registering for Fall 2017 courses. You can:
Review Pre-Registration Frequently Asked Questions
Call us at 212-854-2668
Email us at [email protected]
Visit us during business hours at 500 W. J. Warren Hall
How does the lottery work?
The General Plan: All students are first assigned a random position within their category (LL.M., 3L, 2L). Based on the position in their group, student selections are considered in the following order.
a. Each LL.M. student obtains two choices (limited only by the competition of other LL.M. students and by a percentage limit, described below).
b. Each 3L student obtains two choices (limited only by the competition of other 3L students and the preceding LL.M. preference).
c. Each 2L student obtains one choice (in competition with other 2L students).
d. Each LL.M. obtains a third choice.
e. Each 3L obtains a third choice.
f. Each LL.M. obtains a fourth choice.
g. Each 3L obtains a fourth choice.
h. Each 2L obtains second, third and fourth choices.
How do I pre-register for my externship/clinic?
Students cannot pre-register for externships or clinics. If you were accepted into an externship, Social Justice Initiatives will confirm your enrollment with our office during the Add/Drop period (August 21 – September 11). If you were accepted into a clinic, the Clinics Office will confirm your enrollment with our office during the Add/Drop period (August 21 – September 11).
Can I pre-register for non-law course?
Non-law courses are not part of the pre-registration process. Students need to submit a Petition Form to apply to take a non-law course.
If I want to take 16 points, can I petition to do so before the lottery is run?
The lottery will not register you for more than 15 points. Petition Forms for 16 points will not be processed by our office until the start of the Add/Drop period.
I have pre-registered in the past, is the process the same?
There are 3 changes:
You cannot list any course twice, either as primary or alternate choice.
a) 3Ls and LLMs can choose 6 primary and alternate choices
b) 2Ls can choose 8 primary and alternate choices.
There will also be a second chance to make changes to your pre-registration after the initial window (June 5 to June 19) closes. This second window is July 27 to July 31.
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.
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.
Does it matter when I complete Professional Responsibility (PR )registration?
Registration for Professional Responsibility (PR) courses IS time sensitive, as spaces will be on a first come/ first served basis. Registration for PR is only available for 3Ls and LLMs. 2Ls can pre-register for PR courses.
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.
Can I take a pre-requisite for a course as a co-requisite instead? How do I arrange this?
This is possible but you must contact the professor directly for permission. The professor can write to [email protected] and we can place the course that requires the pre-requisite on your Pre-Registration list.
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 here in the course description in the Curriculum guide.
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 JD Research and Writing Registration Form and submit to our office no later than the end of the Add/Drop period.
When will I find out the results of the lottery?
Student schedules will be released in LawNet on Tuesday, August 15th.
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’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 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.