1.13 Registering for Classes
First-year students are assigned to sections and registered by the Office of the Registrar for all classes except their spring quarter elective.
Second-and third-year students and LL.M. students register themselves for classes using a web-based registration system. Non-first-year students seeking to register for first-year required classes must contact the Office of the Registrar.
Students cannot take more than 14 credits per quarter, with no exception.
The Law School class registration process is fully described and governed by the online registration instructions, which are updated quarterly. Please see http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/registration for the most up-to-date registration instructions. All registration deadlines are outlined in the Academic Calendar on the Law School website, and students are responsible for reviewing and abiding by the registration deadlines for each quarter.
Initial registration takes place several weeks prior to the start of each academic quarter. Students are notified of the availability of online class schedules and registration procedures via email. The registration process for each quarter consists of several periods: (1) initial bidding for limited enrollment offerings and registration for non-limited enrollment offerings; (2) continuing registration; (3) online add/drop; (4) late add/drop (a paper-based process); and (5) the withdrawal-only period (students abandoning a class after the last day to drop receive a grade of “W” if they drop the class up to the last day of classes or a failing grade if after the last day of classes). Students must refer to the online academic calendar for specific dates for each quarter (http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/academiccalendar). Deadlines are strictly enforced.
Limit on Enrollment in Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab Clinic & Courses Taught by Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab Clinic Faculty
Students may enroll in no more than 14 total credits with the Director of Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab Clinic Programs and any other instructor who teaches in the Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab Clinic, including no more than nine credits in the Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab Clinic itself. All credits taken during the second and third years with any instructor who teaches in the Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab Clinic count toward the 14 credit limit.
The Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab instructors for the 2017-18 school year will be Professors Zarfes, Kramer, and Avratin.
During the initial bidding and registration period of each quarter, students bid online for “limited enrollment classes.” Limited enrollment (“biddable”) seminars and courses will be designated by the Office of the Registrar each quarter. Generally, seminars are capped at 20 students. In some seminars, enrollment is limited to a smaller number. All seminars are considered “limited enrollment classes.” The deadline to drop limited enrollment classes without a “W” is typically the Friday of the first week of classes. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for the exact deadlines each quarter.
Students may bid for up to five offerings per quarter and must rank them in order of preference. The maximum number of credits in which a student can be registered via the bidding process is 14; the actual number is typically lower due to pre-registration into continuing classes, clinics, independent research projects, etc. Generally, 2Ls, 3Ls, and LL.M.s are on equal footing for purposes of registration. Please note, however, that faculty may choose to alter the priority system for their particular class based on the nature of the class. Please see each quarter’s registration materials for additional information.
Students must attend the first meeting of a seminar or a course with a waitlist in order to stay enrolled in the class. A student who is on the waitlist and wishes to register for the class must attend the first class as well. In many cases, the professor is able to accommodate the students on the waitlist who attend the first class. A student who wishes to drop a limited enrollment class (whether a seminar or a course that was included in the bidding process) must do so by the date and time specified by the Office of the Registrar. (See the Academic Calendar for each quarter’s deadline at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/academiccalendar.) Please note that many faculty will drop students who do not attend the first class, regardless of whether or not the class has a waitlist.
It is the student’s responsibility to make sure classes are dropped by the appropriate deadline. Students should not rely on faculty to drop them from classes, nor should they assume that by not attending the first meeting they have been dropped from a class. Students can view their class schedule at my.uchicago.edu.
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 twelve students, meet in a faculty member’s home five or more times over one or more quarters, and students must write and submit a short paper consistent with the faculty member’s requirements. Topics and participating faculty are announced prior to the autumn quarter registration period. Participating students earn one credit, which is by default allocated to the first quarter in which the seminar meets. Students may reallocate the credit to any other quarter in which the specific Greenberg seminar meets. To do so they must contact the Office of the Registrar within the applicable add/drop period. Attendance at all sessions is required to earn the credit. Second-year students may only take one Greenberg Seminar during their second year, and priority is given to third-year students who have not previously participated in a Greenberg Seminar and who are not currently registered in another Greenberg Seminar. In certain instances, faculty will determine enrollment for their section. Students may bid for more than one Greenberg but will initially only be enrolled in one. Greenberg Seminars are graded Pass/Fail and do not count towards the 40 core credit requirement.
Auditing Law Classes
Permission to audit a Law class gives an auditor the opportunity to sit through a Law School class, but auditors may not hand in papers or participate in evaluations of the instructor or class. An auditor does not receive Law School or University credit for the class, nor is the class recorded on a transcript. Instructors may deny any request to audit a class.
Students enrolled at the University of Chicago may audit law classes with permission of the instructor. Students are required to obtain the signature of the instructor on the auditing petition available online at: https://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/academics/petitions. Students are not permitted to audit more than one Law class per quarter.
Individuals not currently enrolled at the University of Chicago are prohibited from auditing law classes unless they have been invited by the instructor and have submitted a completed auditing petition.
Please note that all petitions to audit Law School classes are subject to review by the Deputy Dean and/or the Dean of Students.
Classes Outside of the Law School
During their second and third years, J.D. students may take up to four classes (for a total of 12 credits, not more than six credits per quarter) outside the Law School for credit toward their J.D. degree and quarterly residency requirement, subject to the following conditions: (1) the classes must bear a relation to their future legal practice or to the study of law in general; (2) the class must be graduate level, although exceptions are made for undergraduate foreign languages that students have not previously studied or that students test into; (3) with the exception of Booth School of Business classes, students must petition through the Office of the Registrar (see http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/petitions/nonlawcourse) and receive permission before enrolling in any class outside the Law School; (4) students may take no more than six credits outside the Law School during any given quarter; (5) students taking classes outside the Law School during their final quarter of study must explain the Law School’s grading deadlines to the faculty member and the faculty member must agree, in writing, to provide a final grade or a provisional pass (if taking a class at Booth) by the University deadline for submission of grades for graduating students; (6) the class may not have substantial overlap with any class taken at the Law School; and (7) classes at other law schools or universities may not be substituted. Satisfaction of these seven conditions is determined by the Dean of Students and the Office of the Registrar.
Classes offered by other units/departments within the University that are cross-listed with the Law School do not count against the 12-credit limit, and law students do not need to petition to register in those classes. Law students registered in cross-listed classes must register for such classes using the LAWS-prefixed course number and also must receive a numerical grade (e.g., law students may not register to take cross-listed classes for a letter grade nor Pass/Fail).
Determinations about the appropriateness of a particular class for a particular student’s course of study should not be interpreted as universal approval of the class for all students in a given year or in subsequent years.
Students may take classes in other departments on either a graded or pass/fail basis. Students and the instructor in the class will establish the conditions of the grade. If the graded option is selected, a letter grade will be recorded on the Law School transcript but will not be included in the calculation of grade point averages.
LL.M. students may take non-Law School classes with an approved petition, but the credits for courses taken outside of the Law School will not count towards the 27 credits required to graduate with the LL.M. degree. LL.M. students must take and pass no fewer than six Law School credit hours per quarter. Please note, however, that LL.M. students applying to the New York bar must complete 30 credits. In addition to the 27 credit hours LL.M. students must earn at the Law School, the New York bar permits LL.M. students to take up to three additional credits in “other courses related to legal training” in another school at the University of Chicago. For further information regarding New York bar requirements for LL.M. students, please consult with the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.
Please follow these steps to register for a class outside of the Law School in any unit/department of the University but Booth:
(1) Go to my.uchicago.edu and click on the Class Search link.
(2) Choose a department from the list and set the course career to “Graduate.”
(3) Review the list of classes offered by the department and select a graduate level class that you would like to take.
(4) Email the instructor of the class in which you seek to enroll. You will need the professor’s approval to register, and you should establish with the professor whether you will be taking the class Pass/Fail or for a letter grade.
(5) Complete the online petition to take a non-Law School class for credit. The petition is available on the Law School website at: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/petitions/nonlawcourse.
(6) Petitions may be submitted through the end of the first week of class. Petitions submitted thereafter will not be considered.
(7) After your petition is submitted, you will receive either an approval or denial from the Office of the Registrar via email.
(8) If the petition is approved, the Office of the Registrar will enroll you and notify you once that process is complete.
The process and procedures for Law School students to take a class at Booth are established and implemented by Booth. Students interested in taking a class at Booth must follow the instructions detailed on the Law School website at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/petitions/nonlawcourse/booth. Please also review the Booth website at https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/taking-courses-at-booth. Credits for Booth classes count toward the 12 credit limit and the maximum of six credits of non-Law School classes per quarter.
As soon as the Booth registration is completed (during the first week of Booth classes), students will receive an email confirmation of their registration status. If students decide not to take the Booth class for which they registered, students must immediately notify Booth and the Law School Office of the Registrar (in no case later than the end of the third week of classes). Booth registration, course attendance, and grading are governed by all applicable Booth rules.
Booth registration information for non-Booth students, including links to course information, syllabi, exam schedules, and deadlines, is available online at:
Booth requires that students taking a Booth course who would like to elect Pass/Fail grading complete the Pass/Fail Request form in the Booth Dean of Students’ Office (typically by the Friday of the fourth week of the quarter). After this deadline, no changes can be made to a Pass/Fail request. Students intending to take a Booth course Pass/Fail must make certain that it is permitted, as some professors do not allow the Pass/Fail option.
For additional information on taking classes across the Midway, please visit http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/acrossthemidway.
 Please see below, for information on how to register for a Booth course.
For classes not governed by the rules applicable to limited enrollment classes, students must complete all adds or drops to their class schedule by the end of the Instructor Approval Add/Drop period for each quarter specified in the Academic Calendar. The deadline is strictly enforced. After the Instructor Approval Add/Drop Period ends, there can be no changes in a student’s enrollment except in extraordinary circumstances. A student who drops a class after the deadline will receive a “W” (up to the last day of classes) or a failing grade (after the last day of classes) on his/her transcript for that course. Failure to complete a class without dropping it, will result in a failing grade. Permission to drop a class after the deadline will not be granted (even with a W) if (1) the class was included in the bidding process and oversubscribed at the time of registration; (2) the student has received 50% or more of the final grade; (3) the instructor objects to the drop; (4) the student will have less than nine credits for the quarter; (5) the student has begun the final exam; or (6) the request fails to meet the aforementioned “extraordinary circumstances” condition. Failure to read and follow the directions for adding or dropping a course or to take note of the applicable deadline is not considered an extraordinary circumstance.
Additions after the first week require the permission of the instructor. In light of ABA requirements concerning class attendance, faculty generally do not allow students to add a course after the first week.
These rules also apply to mini-classes and multi-quarter classes, unless explicitly contravened in the course description.
Conflicts Between Classes
Pursuant to ABA requirements, students may not register for two classes if there is a time conflict with any portion of any of the time slots (including pre-scheduled make-up time slots) or if travel time between classes would make the student late for the second class. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Certain courses will cover substantially similar material. In such instances, students may not receive credit for both classes. Examples of overlapping classes for which students may not receive credit for both include the following (this is not meant to be an exhaustive listing of such classes):
- Constitutional Law I and Constitutional Law for LL.M.s
- International Law and Public International Law
- 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 potentially similar classes in other divisions or departments of the University. Students who note similarities in the course descriptions should contact the Office of the Registrar to determine whether both classes may be taken. These requests will be reviewed by the Dean of Students. Students ultimately bear responsibility for avoiding overlapping classes.
For actions outside the usual procedures, petitions are available online at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/academics/petitions.
Petitions are required to do the following:
- Audit a Law Class
- Reallocate Journal Credits
- Register for an Independent Research
- Register for a Law School Class as a Non-Law Student
- Reschedule an Exam
- Take a Non-Law School Course for Credit
- Writing Requirement Petition
Students may not register for classes beyond their first quarter if they:
- Have registration restrictions placed by any office of the University (such as the Bursar’s Office, the Financial Aid Office, etc.);
- Have not satisfied the State of Illinois immunization requirements; or
- Have not furnished the Office of the Registrar with an official transcript of their undergraduate work or of graduate work done before matriculation at the Law School. The transcript(s) must be sent directly from the other institution(s) to the Law School and must bear the degree earned.
Students should check my.uchicago.edu prior to registration each quarter to ensure they do not have holds on their record that will impact their ability to register for classes.
Additional restrictions pertaining to specific quarters/classes/students are listed online at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/registration.