Autumn 2014 Registration Information
If you are a second- or third-year J.D., dual or joint J.D./Other Degree, LL.M., J.S.D., or visiting J.D. student, please read the following instructions prior to registering. If you are a first-year student, please see the First Year Classes sections below.
If you are not in one of the aforementioned categories, please submit the Non-Law School Student Registration Request available at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/academics/petitions.
Please note: All times listed below reflect Chicago Time.
The registration process comprises six main stages:
- Bidding/Initial Registration
- Online Registration
- Add/Drop Period
- Withdrawal Period
- After Classes End
Please read the Student Handbook sections on planning your Law School education and graduation requirements.
Please review all available information concerning Autumn 2014 offerings. Some of the many resources available to you include:
- Faculty pages: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/people/faculty
- Course descriptions: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/courses
- Meeting times charts: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/registrar/courseschedules
- Exams information: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/academics/examinfo
- Clinical and experiential programs pages: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/clinics
- Taking classes “across the Midway:” http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/acrossthemidway
- The academic calendar: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/academiccalendar
- The Class Schedules and Registration interface: https://classes.uchicago.edu
To access information concerning past quarters, including offerings, caps, actual enrollment numbers, etc., after you login to https://classes.uchicago.edu, simply change the Selected Term to the desired past quarter using the drop-down box located on the upper right of the screen. This information is also available via the traditional http://timeschedules.uchicago.edu pages.
You may contact the Associate Director of Student Affairs and the Dean of Students for additional individual assistance in planning your schedule.
Please read the instructions below, carefully.
During this period, you may bid for limited enrollment classes and/or register for non-limited enrollment classes.
The maximum number of credits, including credits from preregistrations (see Preregistrations below), non-limited enrollment classes into which you register during this period, and successful bids which result in an enrollment at the conclusion of the bidding process is 14. The number of successful bids will decrease in inverse proportion to the number of non-limited enrollment classes into which you register. For example, if you are preregistered in a two-credit clinic in which you are continuing from Spring 2014 and register for two three-credit non-limited enrollment Autumn classes, the total number of credits from successful bids will not exceed six (which would typically mean two successful bids).
It is up to you to balance these two aspects of the initial bidding/registration period. While offerings that are not part of the bidding process aren’t expected to run out of seats (hence they are not part of the bidding process) and you may be able to register into them during the Online Registration period (see below), there are no guarantees that will be the case for all such offerings.
You may bid for up to five offerings, including experiential programs (such as a clinic).
During this period, you may register in non-limited classes (see Initial Registration below).
You do not have to bid for classes/clinics in which you are continuing from Spring 2014. Students are preregistered into all such continuing classes/clinics prior to the start of the bidding period.
You place your bids online via an easy to use interface. Bidding will open at noon, Monday, August 25, and will remain open for 72 hours, until noon, Thursday, August 28. There is no alternate procedure to place your bids: do not email/fax/mail your bids, as such submissions cannot be accepted.
We urge you to place your bids early. While there is no intrinsic advantage in doing so, were you to run into technical difficulties while attempting to place your bids, you will have ample time to resolve the underlying issue before the bidding period ends. Late bids cannot be accepted because bids are processed within minutes of the closing of the bidding period.
If you cannot access the interface due to a registration hold, please contact the administrative unit that placed the hold. The Law School Office of the Registrar does not place holds, nor does it have the ability to remove holds placed by other units. However, if you have any questions about the process, the interface, or run into any technical difficulties when placing your bids, we will be glad to assist. Please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see http://www.law.uchicago.edu/bidding for a list of offerings included in the bidding process. Carefully review the number of available seats, and all restrictions and preferences listed therein.
To place your bids:
- Have your CNetID and CNet password ready.
- Access the University Class Schedules and Registration interface via the link at the bottom of this page.
- Ensure that the Autumn 2014 term is selected. If not, switch terms using the drop-down box at the top right of the screen.
- Scroll down to the Law School Bidding section and click on the Autumn 2014 link.
- Place your bids in descending order of preference by selecting from the respective dropdown lists.
- You may place up to five bids, but you may place fewer bids as well. You may not bid more than once for any given class. If you skip a line (e.g., rank bids 1, 3 and 4 only), you may be disadvantaged by the processing algorithm. You do not receive an advantage if you don’t use all five bids.
- Click the Next button.
- You may then further adjust your bids at any time prior to the closing of the bidding period by clicking the Re-Rank Offerings button.
- Once you are satisfied with your bids, please click the Done button. At this juncture, you may continue to review your enrollments, review class lists, view course evaluations, and use any of the many other features offered by the interface. Once you have concluded your session, please click the Log Out link at the top right of the screen and follow the instructions in the ensuing page concerning proper additional logoff procedures to safely exit. You may return to this page to further adjust your bids at any time during the bidding period.
After the Bidding period closes, bids are generally processed as follows:
Your highest bid will be processed first, with all other students’ highest bids.
If your bid is successful, you will be registered for the class/clinic. Your bid will succeed if:
- There are more available seats than other bids for the class/clinic; or,
- If there were fewer seats than bids and your bid was randomly selected.
If your bid does not result in an enrollment, you will be placed on a waitlist and your next bid will be weighted, allowing for a better chance of success.
Your second bid will be processed next, and so on, until all your bids have been processed.
Additional factors the algorithm considers include:
- Year of study (e.g., for classes that preference 3L students over 2Ls);
- Set-asides (e.g., in a few classes, some seats might be reserved for LL.M. students);
- Preferences (e.g., a student who has not yet had a clinical opportunity shall receive preference with respect to a student who has already participated in one clinic and bids for a different one); and,
- Disqualifying factors (e.g., 3L students who have completed nine Corporate Lab Transactional Clinic credits may not register for additional Corporate Lab Transactional Clinic sections).
Faculty may choose to alter the priority system for their class based on the particular nature of the class.
Some offerings will still have seats at the conclusion of the bidding process. Seats that remain vacant and unallotted will be available on a first-come, first-served basis during the Online Registration period.
Successful bids will translate into enrollments. You will be able to see which bids were successful online no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 29. If an offering for which you bid doesn’t appear online, it means you have been waitlisted (or your request was ignored; this happens if a successful bid would put you over 14 credits overall). Please see the section on Waitlists below for additional details.
During this period you may register for non-limited enrollment classes for up to 14 credits. Please keep in mind the advice given under Bidding/Initial Registration about striking the right balance between bids and registration into non-limited enrollment classes.
This process runs contemporaneously with the Bidding period (see above), from noon, Monday, August 25, until noon, Thursday, August 28; registration then closes while bids are processed, reopening for the Online Registration period (see below). There is no alternate procedure to register: do not email/fax/mail requests to be registered, as such submissions cannot be accepted.
To register for non-limited enrollment classes:
- Have your CNetID and CNet password ready.
- Access the University Class Schedules and Registration interface via the link at the bottom of this page. Click the Sign in with your CNET ID link on the upper left corner of the screen to log in (this is very important, as you won’t be able to add/drop unless you login in).
- Ensure that the Autumn 2014 term is selected. If not, switch terms using the drop-down box at the top right of the screen.
- Scroll down to the Initial Registration section and click on the Autumn 2014 link.
- To search for a particular offering, type the offering’s number (LAWS XXXXX), title, or faculty name in the search box and click the SEARCH button. To view all LAWS offerings, use LAWS as your search value.
- To add a class from the resulting list of offerings, click anywhere on the offering’s information row and then click the Add button. In the ensuing pop-up window click the Ok button, or, if this is a variable credit class, select the number of credits and then click the Ok button.
- To review your current schedule, click on the My Courses link at the top of the page. From the ensuing page you may drop enrollments by clicking on the Drop button next to the enrollment or you may swap the enrollment with another yet to be selected offering by clicking the Swap Out button (this comes in handy if you are afraid of dropping an offering before securing a seat in another).
- To end your session and safely exit, please click the Log Out link at the top right of the screen and follow the instructions in the ensuing page concerning proper additional logoff procedures.
During Online Registration (and the subsequent online portion of the Add/Drop Period) you may register for offerings that didn’t close during the Bidding period, non-limited enrollment offerings, cross-listed classes, Independent Research projects, classes from other campus units, and otherwise adjust your schedule via the University Class Schedules and Registration interface. You will need your CNetID and CNet password to login to the system. You may access the registration interface via the link at the bottom of this page starting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2 and ending at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 12.
To access the Online Registration functionality, follow the registration instructions listed under the Initial Registration section above (the Online Registration section will appear instead of the Initial Registration section).
You must enroll for at least nine credit hours each quarter in order to fulfill your degree requirements, be eligible for certain types of financial aid/loans/scholarships/etc., meet particular visa requirements, comply with specific VA guidelines, etc. LL.M. students may not count non-law school classes towards this total. Law school classes have a subject code of “LAWS” (e.g., LAWS 40101). If an offering is cross-listed, you must register in the LAWS-prefixed section.
During the Online Registration period you may continue to be registered for a maximum of 14 credits. However, if you wish to remain registered for more than 13 credits beyond the conclusion of the Add/Drop Period, you are required to submit a Petition to Take 14 Credits, before the end of the Add/Drop Period.
You may not take more than 14 credits per quarter, under any circumstances.
Once you have completed your registration, we recommend that you print or otherwise electronically save a copy of the registration page for your records.
Joint-degree students not in residence at the Law School during this quarter: Your online registration will be through the division in which you are in residence, and in accordance with their registration schedule; the Law School does not require you to petition to take LAWS-prefixed offerings.
You must obtain faculty permission to register for any offering designated as “Consent Required.” If you don’t obtain permission and register, you will be dropped.
Offerings that have a waitlist do not appear in the list of available options, even if seats appear to be available via the University timeschedules pages or elsewhere. During this stage, access to these offerings is strictly via the established waitlist. Please see the section on Waitlists below for additional information.
As a courtesy to your fellow students, you should promptly drop offerings in which you are no longer interested.
The Add/Drop period has two stages:
The Online Add/Drop period extends from 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 17 until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3.
During this period, you may use the Add/Drop function of the University Class Schedules and Registration interface to make changes to your enrollments. To access the Add/Drop functionality, follow the registration instructions listed under the Initial Registration section above (the Add/Drop section will appear instead of the Initial Registration section).
You are strongly encouraged to finalize your schedule by the end of the first week of classes (Friday, October 3), if not earlier.
You may drop but not add closed classes. To add a closed class after the quarter begins you must attend the first class meeting, obtain faculty permission, and contact the Office of the Registrar via email. If there remains a waitlist for the class, the faculty may choose to offer available seats according to the order in which students appear on the waitlist.
If you wish to drop a limited enrollment class (any offering included in the Bidding process) you must do so online by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3. Afterwards, you may only withdraw from such an offering, and you will receive a W mark on your transcript (please see the Withdrawal and After Classes End sections below for further details on the last possible day to withdraw with a W). The deadline to drop abbreviated classes that conclude prior to the end of the Online Add/Drop Period or start after the end of the Online Add/Drop Period is the end of the first day the class meets.
The email-based Instructor Approved Add/Drop period extends from 9:00 a.m., Monday, October 6, until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 17.
During this period, faculty consent is required to add any class. In light of ABA requirements concerning class attendance, faculty generally do not allow students to add a class after the first week. Consent should be delivered to the Office of the Registrar. If you are forwarding an email from your professor granting you permission to register, be sure to include your full name, student number, class number, and title. Emails lacking this information will be returned. Please use your uchicago.edu email account when emailing us.
You may also drop non-limited enrollment classes with faculty consent. If you are forwarding an email from your professor granting you permission to drop, be sure to include your full name, student ID, class number, and title. Emails lacking this information will be returned.
You may not drop limited enrollment classes during this period. You may only withdraw with a grade of W.
You may not remain registered past the end of the Add/Drop Period (or the first day of an abbreviated class) in two classes if there is a time conflict with any portion of the classes meetings (including pre-scheduled make-up times) or if travel time between classes would make you late for the second class.
If you sit for an exam or submit work for an offering in which you were not duly registered, you will receive neither a grade nor credit. Please be sure to register for all the offerings you will undertake this Autumn quarter.
After 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 17, you may not ordinarily add or drop any enrollments. Permission to drop without a mark of W will only be granted under extraordinary and compelling circumstances (e.g., death in the immediate family).
You may withdraw with a mark of W by permission from the faculty and the Dean of Students. If permission is denied, a grade of 155 (or F for P/F classes) will be recorded on your transcript. Please see the Student Handbook for further details.
After Classes End
You may neither drop nor withdraw from an offering after 5:00 p.m. on the last day of regularly scheduled classes (or the last day of class meetings for an abbreviated class, whichever comes earlier). Students who fail to complete their coursework in a timely manner as outlined in the syllabus will receive a failing grade of 155 (or F for P/F classes).
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As you progress through the previously outlined registration cycles, please keep in mind the following pertinent information.
Students are often preregistered for certain classes, clinics, and activities. If the class or clinic is part of the bidding/initial registration process, preregistered students needn’t bid/register. Students should review their registrations before starting the bidding/initial registration process. Some examples are:
Clinics: Students continuing participation from Spring and/or Summer quarters (as identified by the supervising faculty; if you are preregistered and shouldn’t be, simply drop the clinic and notify the faculty; if you aren’t preregistered and should be, please notify the faculty).
Instructor Consent Required Classes/Activities: Intensive Trial Practice, Canonical Ideas in Legal Thought, various Workshops, 499s, and the like.
Journals: All journal staff are preregistered contemporaneously with their tenure in the journal/law review, for one credit each quarter. Please see the Student Handbook for additional details.
Kapnick Initiative: All students registered in the Spring offering of the Kapnick Initiative Leadership Effectiveness and Development Lab I: Development course are automatically registered for the Kapnick Initiative Leadership Effectiveness and Development Lab II: Implementation course in Autumn.
1L Classes: See First-Year Required Classes below.
LAWS 70000: All JSD students are preregistered in this class.
Reserved Seats: e.g., Olin Fellows are guaranteed seats in the Law and Economics workshop.
Certain classes and clinics offer variable credit, where credits earned will depend on the nature and amount of coursework/type of assessment. For example, some classes will award two credits if you take the final exam but three credits if you write a research paper instead, clinics award credits commensurate with the amount of work performed (see the Clinical and Experiential Programs section), Independent Research credits may range from one to three credits, etc.
By default, initially, you will be typically registered for the minimum credits available. If you intend to earn a higher (or lower, if not registered for the minimum) number of credits, make certain that you are aware of the requirements for the additional credit(s), and inform both the instructor and the Office of the Registrar of your intentions via email, prior to the end of the Add/Drop Period.
Please see the Clinical and Experiential Programs section for details on adjusting credits for clinical and experiential programs.
Please see the Independent Research section for details on credits for independent research projects.
If a class fills, a waitlist is established. You may verify your position on a waitlist via the University Student Portal (my.uchicago.edu, Academics tab, My Courses and Grades, Additional Information). The current number of students on any given waitlist is available via the summary of meeting times chart at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/registrar/courseschedules; this information is updated daily during the waitlist activation period. Available seats are offered to student(s) on the waitlist according to ranking on the waitlist. If you are eligible to enroll from a waitlist, you will be notified via email. You will have a short period of time to reply (typically 24 hours), confirming your continued interest in the class. If you don't reply within the stipulated period, the seat will be offered to the student who is next on the waitlist.
Waitlists are provided to faculty prior to the first class meeting. You should always attend the first meeting of a class in which you are waitlisted, as faculty often admit students from the waitlist at that time.
Doctoroff Business Leadership Program
In the 2014-2015 academic year, the Law School will continue to phase-in the Doctoroff Business Leadership Program. It combines fundamental and advanced business and law courses with co-curricular experiential opportunities in business, business law and entrepreneurship. The program prepares law students to develop business enterprises, analyze complicated business transactions, think creatively about alternative capital structures, and acquire key business leadership skills.
The courses offered as part of the program will vary and will typically be taught by noted experts in the field from either the Law School or the Booth School of Business faculties. Courses offered for the 2014-2015 academic year include:
Strategies and Processes of Negotiation
Accounting and Financial Analysis
Complex Financial Institutions—the conundrum of "too big to fail?"
Dhammika Dharmapala and Eric Posner
Corporate and Entrepreneurial Finance
Seminars and Simulation Classes
Students are permitted to enroll in up to four seminars and/or simulation classes per academic year, no more than three of which may be taught by individuals who are neither tenured professors, tenure track professors, clinical professors and full-time clinical lecturers, visiting professors, emeritus professors, tenured University of Chicago professors who have permanent offices at the Law School, nor senior lecturers. In some instances, preferences are granted to second- or third-year students. While many seminars and simulation classes can accommodate all of the registering students, on occasion, certain seminars and simulation classes will be oversubscribed; enrollment into seminars and simulation classes is typically via the bidding process (see Bidding below). Generally, seminars are capped at 20 students. In some seminars, enrollment is limited to a smaller number. Regardless of whether a seminar or simulation class has a waitlist, all seminars and simulation classes are considered “limited enrollment classes.” Students are required to drop all seminars and simulation classes in excess of the four seminar rule before the end of the third week of the quarter. Multi-quarter seminars count as one seminar. With the exception of Greenberg Seminars, all multi-quarter workshops (e.g., the Law and Economics Workshop, the Legal Scholarship Workshop, etc.) and seminars are considered seminars under this rule.
Greenberg Seminars, open only to Law School students, are designed to afford students the opportunity to engage in informal discussions with Law School faculty members on a range of topics. The groups, normally limited to 12 students, meet in a faculty member’s home five or more times over one or more quarters. Topics and participating faculty are announced prior to the Autumn quarter registration period. Participating students earn one credit. Attendance at all sessions is required to earn the credit. Priority is given to those who are both third-year students and have not yet participated/registered in another Greenberg Seminar. Greenberg Seminars are graded Pass/Fail. The credit can be allocated to any quarter in which the seminar meets.
Clinical and Experiential Programs
Second- and third-year students may obtain practical training through the Law School’s clinical and experiential programs, in which students represent clients and engage in other lawyering roles under the supervision of full-time clinical teachers, faculty, and practicing attorneys. The Law School’s clinical and experiential programs give students an opportunity to learn litigation, legislative advocacy, and transactional skills. Students learn through classroom instruction, simulation, and representation of clients under the close supervision of the clinical teachers and attorneys. These programs are intended to join the academic study of law with experience in interviewing clients, investigating facts, developing strategies, conducting negotiations, dealing with adverse parties, drafting legislation and lobbying legislators, drafting contracts, and participating in court proceedings.
Second- and third-year J.D. students are eligible to participate in clinical and experiential programs. Clinical and experiential programs are not available to first-year students. All available seats in all clinics are included in the quarterly registration process managed by the Office of the Registrar.
The following clinical offerings are currently scheduled for the 2014-15 academic year, and may be amended from time to time to reflect changes or additions of new clinics:
Abrams Environmental Law Clinic
Civil Rights Clinic: Police Accountability
Corporate Lab Transactional Clinic (two sections)
Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project Clinic
Employment Law Clinic
Exoneration Project Clinic
Federal Criminal Justice Clinic
Gendered Violence and the Law Clinic (*)
Housing Initiative Clinic
Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship
International Human Rights Clinic
Mental Health Advocacy Clinic
Poverty and Housing Law Clinic (*)
Prosecution and Defense Clinic(*)
Young Center Immigrant Child Advocacy Clinic
(*) Winter and Spring only
The following rules apply to the clinical offerings listed above:
- No more than sixteen credits shall be awarded for clinical work.
- The maximum number of credits students may earn for a given clinic shall be nine, except for clinics that only run for two quarters, in which students may earn up to seven credits. (Currently, these are the Poverty and Housing Law Clinic, the Gendered Violence and the Law Clinic, and the Prosecution and Defense Clinic.) An Independent Research project (499) may not be used to evade applicable maximums or other rules regarding clinic participation.
- Students may enroll in a clinic for no more than three credits in any one quarter, with the following exception: a clinic that mandates two quarters of enrollment, and does not permit more than two quarters of enrollment, may offer one three-credit quarter and one four-credit quarter. Currently, these are the Poverty and Housing Law Clinic, the Gendered Violence and the Law Clinic, and the Prosecution and Defense Clinic.
- Students are awarded one credit for work averaging four hours per week per quarter, subject to the applicable maximums set forth above. Students are expected to keep a record of the time they spend in practical work done in conjunction with the clinic. For the Corporate Lab Transactional Clinic, timekeeping requirements and the award of credits based on hours worked will commence with the 2015-16 academic year. Prior to the 2015-16 academic year, students in the Corporate Lab Transactional Clinic earn three credits per quarter.
- Students may enroll in two clinics simultaneously with written permission of the relevant clinical supervisors. Students may enroll in more than one clinic during their time at the Law School. If there is more demand for a clinic than supply in any given year, a student who has not yet had a clinical opportunity shall receive preference over a student who has already participated in one clinic and seeks to enroll in a different one.
- The authority to confirm enrollment in a clinic is vested in the respective clinical supervisor(s) who ensure(s) that students have completed all the necessary pre-requisites, met all relevant enrollment criteria (such as language skills), and are otherwise qualified to participate in the program. Expectations regarding the duration of the student's involvement with the clinic and total credits per quarter must be arranged with the clinical supervisor prior to enrollment.
- Students must bid or register for clinics in which they wish to participate only once. The registration system allocates to each enrollment the default minimum credits for the quarter; adjustments based on actual work performed are reported by the clinical supervisors at the conclusion of each quarter to the Office of the Registrar. Students continuing participation in a clinic (as indicated by the clinical supervisor at the conclusion of each quarter of participation) are automatically registered for the next quarter by the Office of the Registrar.
- With the exception of the Corporate Lab Transactional Clinic, grades for clinical work are posted once, for all quarters of involvement, at the conclusion of the student's involvement with the clinic, and students receive the same grade for all quarters. For the Corporate Lab Transactional Clinic, grades are posted each quarter, and students may receive different grades for each quarter.
- Most clinics have a seminar component that students may be required to take during their participation in the clinic. Please check the schedule for meeting days/times, as students may not register for other offerings that meet contemporaneously.
- Students who work in a clinic over the summer are treated as returning clinic students in the Autumn quarter and may continue with their clinic work during the following academic year. These students are automatically pre-registered by the Office of the Registrar (as indicated by the respective clinical supervisor) and therefore do not need to bid nor register themselves for the same clinic for the following Autumn quarter.
Students should keep in mind that they need to be enrolled in and earn at least nine credit hours per quarter to be considered full-time, and students must earn at least 105 credits to graduate. If a student is counting on a clinic to meet these minimums, the student must be sure to earn enough hours in the clinic, or the student may face serious consequences. Any student intending to earn clinical credits in a given quarter above the default minimum credits for a clinic—whether to meet the nine credit hour full-time requirement or the 105 credits to graduate requirement—should provide the Registrar with written confirmation from their clinical supervisor that sufficient clinical work will be available to that student to meet the necessary hours requirement.
Please see https://classes.uchicago.edu for the latest information concerning specific quarters, days, times, credits, and other relevant information. Additional information for specific clinical and/or experiential learning programs is available online at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/clinics.
Limit on Enrollment in Corporate Lab Transactional Clinic and Courses Taught by Corporate Lab Transactional Clinic Faculty
Students may enroll in no more than 14 total credits with the Director of Corporate Lab Programs and any other instructor who teaches in the Corporate Lab Transactional Clinic, including no more than 9 credits in the Corporate Lab Transactional Clinic itself. All credits taken during the 2L and 3L years with any instructor who teaches in Corporate Lab Transactional Clinic count toward this 14 credit limit. The Corporate Lab Transactional Clinic instructors for the 2013-14 school year are expected to be Sean Kramer, David Finkelstein, Ellis Rogenbogen, and David Zarfes.
Independent Research Projects
Independent Research (commonly called a “499” after the old registration number) gives students the opportunity to work closely with a professor on a topic of mutual interest, usually with the goal of the student producing a major or substantial research paper. Independent Research may be supervised by a member of the faculty (including Emeriti, Visiting Faculty, and Senior Lecturers at the Law School, as well as tenured University faculty who maintain permanent offices in the Law School, but excluding Bigelow and other Fellows and Lecturers in Law) who is in full-time residence at the Law School. Visiting faculty may supervise independent research if they are willing to do so and if they are available to work with students until the independent research is completed, which in many cases will be after their visit has ended. Lecturers may not supervise independent research without advance approval. Students who would like to work with a Lecturer on an independent research project must submit a request to the Rules and Petitions Committee (via the Dean of Students) for advance permission to do so.
Please follow these steps to register for a 499:
- Discuss the project with the faculty member;
- Obtain the faculty member’s written consent to supervise the project via his or her signature on a properly completed Independent Research Petition (available at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/petitions/independentresearch); and
- Submit the form to the Office of the Registrar no later than the last day of the Add/Drop Period.
Some students use the 499 as an opportunity to attempt to “write-on” to a journal. A student may receive academic credit for a journal submission only if it meets these criteria:
- The work must be entirely original.
- If the student has submitted a Topic Proposal to the journal to determine whether the journal is interested in the topic, the student may not receive any research or editorial assistance from journal staff members while the project is in process without prior approval of the faculty member who will be evaluating the paper. For more details see section 1.18.
- Students may work only with the faculty member during the research and writing stage.
- The paper may be submitted to the journal only after it has been accepted for credit by a faculty member.
Please refer to Section 1.18 of the Student Handbook for a more detailed description of the process of writing onto a journal and the pros and cons of using a 499 to “write on.”
First-Year Required Classes
First-year students are automatically registered for first-year required classes.
If you are not a first-year student and need/want to take a first-year required class, please note the following:
You may take a first year class if:
- You need to repeat a class.
- You transferred into the J.D. program and need to take a first-year required class you didn’t take at your prior school.
- You are an LL.M. student.
- Not all professors allow non first-year students into first-year required classes. Those who do typically set a cap.
- You may not register online. Please send an email to the Office of the Registrar (email@example.com) requesting the class.
- You may not register in only one quarter of a two-quarter class. You must register in all quarters.
- Available seats are assigned in the following order:
J.D. Students repeating a class
Transfer J.D. Students
- J.D. students repeating a first-year required class are assigned to one of the available sections randomly, all others are assigned as per their choice, provided there are available seats. After seating repeating students, if there are more requests than seats for a given section, seats will be allocated randomly as well. LL.M. students should refer to the pertinent email(s) from Dean Badger concerning additional enrollment procedures/rules for each quarter/class.
Taking Classes in Other Academic Units
Please see the following section for classes at the Chicago Booth School of Business (Booth).
For details on registering for other classes “across the Midway,” please see http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/acrossthemidway.
If you are interested in taking a class at the Chicago Booth School of Business (Booth), please follow the Booth instructions at http://departments.chicagobooth.edu/srs/nonmbastudent/Law.asp and then complete the petition for Booth classes available from http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/academics/petitions.
Booth will process law students’ requests in batch, after the first week of classes. As soon as Booth finishes processing the requests, you will receive an email confirmation of your registration status. If you decide not to take the Booth class for which you registered, you must immediately notify Booth and the Law School Office of the Registrar, but no later than the end of the third week of classes. Booth registration, course attendance, and grading are governed by all applicable Booth rules.
Additional Booth registration information for non-Booth students, including links to course information, syllabi, exam schedules, and deadlines, is available at http://departments.chicagobooth.edu/srs/nonmbastudent/index.asp.
Information about courses is at http://boothportal.chicagobooth.edu/portal/server.pt/community/courses/205 and about seat availability at http://departments.chicagobooth.edu/srs/nonmbastudent/seat%20availability.asp.
Students taking a Booth course who would like to elect Pass/Fail grading are required to complete the Pass/Fail Request form and return it to Linnea Battles by Friday, week 4 of the quarter. After this deadline no changes can be made to a Pass/Fail request. Some Booth faculty members do not allow Pass/Fail grading. Reference the No Pass/Fail List for restrictions; no exceptions are granted.
Information concerning books for each Autumn 2014 class is available via the University Class Schedules and Registration interface (see link at the bottom of this page) and the University time schedules pages.
Attending the First Class
Regular class attendance is required as a condition for receiving credit. It is particularly important that you attend the first meeting of a class to confirm enrollment. Many faculty will drop you from the roster if you don’t attend the first meeting; you may not, however, rely on this process as the mechanism to drop classes. You are responsible for dropping classes in which you no longer intend to be enrolled, or risk receiving a W or 155 (or F for P/F classes) mark on your transcript.
Certain pairs of offerings will cover substantially similar material. Accordingly, students may not receive credit for both. Examples of such overlapping offerings include the following (this is not meant to be an exhaustive listing):
- Constitutional Law II or V, and Constitutional Law IV
- International Law and Public International Law
- Medicine, Law and Ethics, and Theories of Medical Ethics
- Trial Advocacy and Intensive Trial Practice Workshop
- The same course taught by different professors (or the same professor), e.g., Corporate Finance at the Law School and at Booth.
It is impossible to list all of the similar classes either inside or outside the Law School. If you note similarities in the descriptions, you should contact the Registrar or the Dean of Students to determine whether both classes may be taken.
Petitions are required to do the following:
- Take 14 Credits
- Take a Non-Law School Course for Credit
- Reschedule an Exam
- Register for an Independent Research
- Register as a Non-Law Student
- Reallocate Journal Credits
Petitions are available online at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/academics/petitions. Some petitions require that you login using CNetID and password.
You may not register for classes if you:
- Have registration restrictions placed by any office of the University (such as the Bursar’s Office, the Student Loan Administration Office, etc.);
- Have not satisfied your immunization requirements;
- Have not submitted to the Office of the Registrar an official transcript of undergraduate and/or prior law school work; or
- Fail to confirm your contact information by the University-stipulated deadline.
Law School Credit Hours to University Units Conversion Table
Confirmation of all enrollments is vested in the faculty. If you do not meet a class or clinic prerequisite(s) you will be disenrolled. If you are found to have registered for duplicative coursework (arising from any prior class, at the University of Chicago, or any other institution), you will be disenrolled also.
By clicking on the link below you certify that you have read and understand all the registration instructions contained herein. You further attest that you will fully comply with the following provision of ABA Standard 304(f) “A student may not be employed in more than 20 hours per week.”