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Registration

First year students, in-coming visiting and transfer students, and LL.M and Exchange students are all registered for classes through the Law School Registrar's Office. 2L and 3L students register for Fall and Spring semester courses through Lottery Registration, an automated process that randomly assigns students to available classes based on prioritized lottery bids. 3L students have priority in the lottery course-assignment process. Lottery registration for Fall semester generally takes place in mid-April; registration for Spring semester generally takes place in mid-November. Summer school course and registration information is made available in March. Detailed registration information is provided to students via University email and on-line in advance of the registration period. Students are expected to regularly check their University email for registration information.

If you have questions about the registration process, please contact the Law School Registrar's Office in Room 285 or by email lawreg@umn.edu.

Automatic Enrollment

The Registrar's Office automatically enrolls students in certain credited exercises. Whenever possible, automatic enrollment is completed before the start of the lottery registration process. Automatically enrolled courses include all first year classes and legal writing, 2L journal or moot court positions, journal editorial positions, student director positions with moot courts or clinics, and other exercises as appropriate. Students are advised NOT to independently drop enrollment in these exercises through the One Stop site. Instead, should questions arise regarding an automatically-enrolled course, please contact the Registrar's Office for assistance at lawreg@umn.edu.

Cancel/Add Courses

To cancel or add courses, go to http://www.onestop.umn.edu/onestop/
registration.html
and click on "Web Registration System."

To view the Cancel/Add deadlines for a given semester, go to http://www.law.umn.edu/current/deadlines.html . Courses dropped after the posted drop/add and tuition refund deadlines may result in a "W" (withdrawal) placed on a student's transcript, and may not be refundable.

Students are required to maintain a minimum of 12 credits each semester. Permission to take fewer than 12 or more than 17 credits must be obtained from the Assistant Dean of Students. 

Merely attending a class does NOT constitute being registered for it, nor does attendance justify subsequent enrollment. Professors cannot admit a student into a closed course, nor can they override administrative policy on registration.

Non-attendance of a course does not automatically result in the course being dropped from a student's registration. Failure to drop a course by posted deadlines may result in extra tuition charges, even if the enrolled student never attends the course. Late drops will not be granted without permission from the Assistant Dean of Students.

  • First-year cancellations (See Academic Rule 10.21)
    All first-year courses are required (see Academic Rule 5.1). You may not cancel first-year courses without permission of the Assistant Dean of Students.
  • Second- and third-year cancellations
    See Academic Rule 10.22.
  • Additions
    See Academic Rule 10.3.

Clinic Registration

Initial registration in clinical exercises takes place through the lottery registration system. However, special policies apply for clinic enrollment that may impact whether a student remains enrolled even after a successful lottery bid. For more information, see Law Clinics - Special Registration Policies.

Concurrent Enrollment

Students may not be registered for two courses that meet at the same time. Concurrent registration in two courses or seminars where there is a time conflict is limited to an overlap of no more than 5 minutes, one day per week.

Independent Research & Field Placement

Independent Study projects require manual registration through the Registrar's Office. Students must first confer with a faculty member about the project, review the registration instructions and complete the appropriate form located here. The Independent Research registration form and accompanying summary may be submitted to the Registrar's Office.  The Field Placement registration forms require the approval of the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and should be submitted to the Dean's faculty assistant in room N216.

Non-Law Courses

In addition to registering for Law courses, students may also enroll in undergraduate, graduate, and language classes through the University of Minnesota. Pursuant to Academic Rule 3.3(c), students may apply up to 6 credits of graduate-level (5000-8000 level) or language coursework towards their JD degree requirements. Additional non-law credits may be taken, but will not count towards JD degree requirements. Non-law coursework is covered by standard Law tuition rates so long as a student's total number of credits falls between 12 and 17 credits. 

All non-law coursework through the University of Minnesota will appear on a student's law transcript with the grade assigned by the non-law instructor. Students may take and transfer non-law courses on either an A/F basis, or on a pass/fail grade basis, if available. Regardless of the grade-basis for the non-law course, the grade will NOT factor into the Law GPA. The preferred grade basis must be selected at the time of registration for the non-law course. The Law School Registrar's Office does not adjust the grade-basis for a non-law course after the student's initial registration.

Registration procedures for non-law courses vary by department, and information about registration is provided prior to the Law School's lottery registration period. Questions about non-law enrollment should be directed to the Registrar's Office at lawreg@umn.edu

To see Drop/Add Deadlines, click here.

Registrar's Office

The Registrar's Office is located in Room 285, behind the 2nd floor Information Desk. This office handles registration, cancel/adds, grades, unofficial or special transcripts, letters of good standing, Student Practice certifications, and bar certification.

Please email the Registrar's Office at lawreg@umn.edu.