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3.14 Non-Law Students


Non-Law School students wishing to register in a LAWS-prefixed offering must complete the Non-Law School Student Registration request form. This form must be completed even if the course offering does not require instructor consent.

Students should refer to classes.uchicago.edu and email the instructor(s) prior to submitting this request to fully ascertain prerequisites, course requirements, available grading modalities, and to request consent to register. If the course will be completed during the student's last quarter prior to graduation, the student should also inquire whether a grade will be available by the University’s graduating students grade submission deadline.

Students are expected to follow the same rules regarding courses, seminars, examinations, and papers that apply to law students. This includes all add/drop/withdraw/exam deadlines. 


Law School courses must be taken for a letter grade or pass/fail. Professor approval must be obtained for pass/fail. Grade declarations are final after the end of the fifth week. If no declaration is made, a letter grade will be entered. Students may not register to audit law school courses.

The Law School uses a numeric grading scale, and Law classes are graded on a curve: https://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/handbook/academicmatters/grading. Once a numeric grade has been entered for a non-law student, that grade will convert to a grade on the University’s 4 point scale which includes plus/minus letter grades. To view the grades on this scale, please see the Common Grade Policy page at: https://registrar.uchicago.edu/records/grading/


Students must take exams on their own laptop computers. Students are assigned an exam number each quarter. Students are expected to take examinations as scheduled, though exceptions to this rule are made on a case-by-case basis (see http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/petitions/moveexam). Examinations may never be taken prior to the regularly scheduled exam administration.

Please Note: Class information is sent to students using their @uchicago.edu email accounts; this includes Canvas. If you are using an email address other than your @uchicago.edu one, you must set up forwarding from your @uchicago.edu account.

Non-Law students should be aware of the number of course units that are equal to the Law School’s credits. If a course is listed as 2 credits you will be registered for 75 units. Please check to see if your program allows you to register in a 75 unit course. The conversion of course units to Law School credits is below.

  • 50 units = 1 credit
  • 75 units = 2 credits
  • 100 units = 3 credits

If you are a Graduate Student-at-Large or Returning Scholar student, please follow this link: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/petitions/gsalorreturning