Fall 2016 Pre-Registration
REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2016 UPPERYEAR COURSES
ALL UPPERYEAR STUDENTS MUST SELECT THEIR FALL 2016 LOTTERY COURSES between 12 noon EST on Wednesday, June 15, and 5 pm EST on Wednesday, June 29
Beginning at 12 noon EST on Wednesday, June 15, rising 2Ls and 3Ls will be able to use LAWNET to make their selections for Fall 2016 lottery courses. Also, during this time rising 3Ls who did not satisfy in their 2L year the professional responsibility (PR) requirement for the JD degree will be able to register (not pre-register) for one of the 2016-17 PR offerings (see Step 1, below).
Online registration for the 2016-17 professional responsibility courses (rising 3Ls only), and rising 2L and 3L pre-registration for Fall 2016 lottery courses will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until 5 pm EST on Wednesday, June 29, except for periods when the IT Department needs to bring down the system for upgrades or servicing. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR COURSE SELECTION FOR THE LAST DAY. Extensions cannot be granted if you are unable to finalize your course selection because of last-minute technical or other difficulties. Also, make sure to print a copy of your final pre-registration selections for your records since you will not be able to access this information in LAWNET after 5 pm EST on June 29.
Course selection will be at least a 2-step process for rising 3Ls who need to satisfy the JD professional responsibility requirement. All rising 2Ls and 3Ls must follow Step 2.
STEP 1 ALL 3Ls WHO HAVE NOT COMPLETED A PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY COURSE AT COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL: From 12 noon EST on June 15 until 5 pm EST on June 29, use LAWNET to REGISTER (i.e., enroll) in one (and only one) of the 2016-17 professional responsibility (PR) offerings: one of the Fall 2016 PR offerings, or one of the Spring 2017 PR offerings. REGISTRATION IS TIME SENSITIVE for 3Ls who need to select a PR course and is on a FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED BASIS. Seats are limited, so make sure to register early. Registration for the PR courses will close when all seats are taken or at 5 pm EST on Wednesday, June 29, whichever comes first. You will be able to view your enrollment in LAWNET immediately, and you can add or drop a 2016-17 PR course anytime during the June 15-June 29 enrollment period.
Log on to LAWNET and select “Register for a PR Course” under the "My Services" pull down tab. You will be able to REGISTER (i.e., enroll) for one of the 2016-17 PR offerings if you have not already fulfilled this requirement at Columbia Law School. If you already fulfilled the CLS PR requirement, you will not be able to register for any of the 2016-17 PR courses, but you can pre-register for a Fall 2016 PR offering so that it might be included in the course lottery. Note that you cannot earn degree credit for more than one PR course, so check the online course descriptions for limitations and make sure you intend to pre-register for a PR course even though you will not receive degree credit.
STEP 2 ALL UPPERYEAR STUDENTS (rising 2Ls and 3Ls): From 12 noon EST on June 15 until 5 pm EST on June 29, use LAWNET to make your selections (i.e., pre-register) for Fall 2016 courses that will be part of the course lottery. Lottery courses are Fall 2016 courses that begin on/after Tuesday, September 6, and that do not require an application or instructor permission. Pre-registration for lottery courses is not time-sensitive within the June 15-June 29 period, and you can adjust your selections at any time before 5 pm EST on Wednesday, June 29. See “Online Pre-Registration Using LAWNET,” below, for details.
See Addenda for information on registering for the following offerings: clinics, externships, courses requiring instructor permission, first year foundation courses, research, writing, moot court, journals, courses at other divisions of Columbia University, and courses at NYU Law School offered as part of the Columbia-NYU Exchange.
COURSE LOTTERY: The course lottery will be run toward the beginning of August and results will be released by the week of August 15. An e-mail notification will be sent once the lottery results are available in LAWNET. See Addendum B for an explanation of the course lottery system.
FAILING TO MAKE YOUR COURSE LOTTERY SELECTIONS (PRE-REGISTER): Students who for any reason do not pre-register during the designated period will have to register for Fall 2016 classes during the Law School’s Add/Drop period (August 29-September 13) and will need to select from classes that remain available at that time.
CHANGE OF PROGRAM (“ADD/DROP”) PERIOD: The Law School’s Fall 2016 Change of Program period (Add/Drop) will open on Monday, August 29, and will close promptly at 5 pm on Tuesday, September 13. See Addendum F for details. During this period you can make changes to the courses that were assigned to you by the course lottery, add new courses to your schedule if seats are available, and add your name to course wait lists.
FIRST DAY OF FALL 2016 LAW CLASSES: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Please review the materials in the Registering for Fall 2016 Courses PDF (linked below), including the information in the addenda starting on page 4.
A. Courses/Seminars with Anticipated High Demand; Year-Long Courses
B. Faculty Resolution on the Allocation of Scarce Resources (how the lottery works)
C. Registering for First-Year Foundation Courses, Clinics, Externships, Permission Courses, Journals, and Moot Court
D. Registering for Research and Writing Credits and for Independent Internships
E. Registering for Courses at other Columbia University Divisions and at NYU Law School
F. Fall 2016 Law School Change of Program Period (August 29-September 13)
G. Petitions for Exception to the Registration Rules
H. Reminders (Academic Integrity; Auditing Courses; Class Attendance & Preparation; Grade Submission dates; Extensions on Written Work & Academic Year Honors; Holds; Degree Application; Bar Exam)
I. Important Fall 2016 dates
Visit the following sites for more information, and make certain to check your graduation requirements:
web.law.columbia.edu/courses/search (Course Guide) for course descriptions and the latest course schedule.
web.law.columbia.edu/academic-rules for the rules that apply to your degree program
web.law.columbia.edu/registration/forms for the forms mentioned in the attached memorandum (they also are available in the Law School’s Registration Services Office).
Registering for Fall 2016 Courses
2016-2017 Curriculum Schedule