Registration Information

Important Dates


  • Clinic Lottery bidding open: Friday, March 23, 8:00 a.m. - Monday, March 26, 5:00 p.m.
  • Lottery bidding: Friday, April 6, 12:01 a.m. - Monday, April 9, 11:59 p.m.
  • Results of lottery: Week of April 16th
  • Cancel/Add and Waitlisting period begins: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.

Last Week of Class

  • Tuesday, April 24: Friday classes meet
  • Wednesday, April 25: Monday classes meet (last day of classes)
  • Thursday & Friday, April 26-27: Study Days

Lottery Registration

Fall 2018 registration information will be coming soon

Registration bidding for Spring 2018 classes will take place using the web-based Lottery Registration System from November 10 at 12:01 a.m. through November 13 at 11:59 p.m. This memorandum contains important information about registration rules and processes, and should answer many questions you may have about the lottery process. Please read it carefully, and inquire with Student Services staff if you have questions.

Preparing for the Lottery

  • Review available courses and times by reviewing the Class Schedule grid on the Law School Academic Resources web page, and by reviewing the on-line course catalog on MyU at: (Select the Academics tab, then Class Search, and enter “Twin Cities/Rochester” for Institution and Spring 2018 for Term, and “Law” for Subject). Go to the Law School Course Guide for course descriptions.
  • Clear any holds on your record. A hold will prevent access to the lottery. Access will automatically be granted once the hold has been removed. Check your holds now on MyU if you have not already done so.
  • If you are a rising 3L, be sure to register for Professional Responsibility and a course that satisfies the Upper Division Constitutional Law Requirement if you have not already taken the course(s) as well as a qualifying 3L writing requirement exercise. It is your responsibility to prioritize your lottery bids to ensure that required coursework is listed first, as these courses do fill.

How the Lottery Works

The Lottery is a fair, automated registration process that assigns students to open classes according to students’ ranked course bids. The Lottery first randomly cycles through students’ top bids, awarding one class to each student per cycle. The course assigned on each cycle is the highest-ranked open course on a student’s bid list that does not conflict with courses previously assigned to that student. The cycle stops when each student’s total semester enrollment is between 12 and 15 credits. This total semester enrollment includes any pre-enrolled courses such as clinics, journals, remedial coursework, etc.

3L students (56 or more earned and in-progress credits), and LL.M. students for spring semester registration, receive priority in the Lottery registration process. This means that the Lottery program cycles through all 3L (and LL.M.) bids before moving on to 2L bids (2L = 30 to 55 earned and in-progress credits).

Generally, students should list course choices in order of preference. The most desired course should be listed first, and so on. Students should also prioritize the following:

  • Courses or exercises likely to fill quickly due to high demand and/or small class size (such as seminars);
  • Courses that are JD program requirements (such as Professional Responsibility, Upper Division Constitutional Law Requirement courses, or 3L writing requirement seminars for 3Ls);
  • Courses or exercises necessary to complete requirements for a concentration or joint/dual degree program;
  • Courses that are foundational prerequisites for upper division classes;
  • In Spring 2018 there is an artificially low number of seats in the 1L electives for upper division students to ensure 1L students get their first selection. Students who do not get their preferred elective should add themselves to the waitlist following the lottery as there will be waitlist movement after 1L registration is complete;
  • If there are two sections of Legislation and Regulation offered, it is strongly recommended that students bid on both sections to maximize their chances of being awarded the class.

Student course bids are NOT accepted by the Lottery when:

  • The course is full.
  • The course meets at the same time as a previously-awarded course. Courses that abut or meet within one minute of each other are considered to be in conflict.
  • The student’s enrollment has already reached 12 credits - including lottery-awarded and pre-enrolled credits - and the additional course would push the student over 15 credits.

When a course is offered in more than one section, both sections can be included in the Lottery bid list, with the preferred section placed higher in the ranking. The Lottery will not place students in two sections of the same course, nor will it automatically place a student in a second course section if that section has not also been included on the bid list.

Students may rank classes that meet at common times, but as soon as the system selects one course, all subsequent conflicting courses will be rejected. This is another reason to think carefully about prioritization of courses.

All lottery bids must be entered by 11:59 p.m. on November 13, 2017. While there is no advantage to those students who enter their bids earlier in the Lottery period, it is best to attempt to access the lottery early to provide sufficient time for reflection and changes before the bidding period closes.

Students will be able to make changes to their schedules beginning Tuesday, November 21st at 8:00 a.m. using MyU. This includes adding open courses, dropping courses, and changing the number of credits for courses which allow it, e.g., Judicial Externship. Students may also use the MyU online registration system to add their names to the waitlist of closed classes. 

Lottery Registration Instructions

  • Enter the Lottery through the Current Students > Registration Services page of the Law School’s web site (not through MyU).
  • Click on the maroon Lottery Registration button on the lower left side of the page.
  • Log in by entering your University of Minnesota Internet ID (x.500 username) and password. For log in problems, call (612) 301-4357.
  • If prompted, make selections regarding your hospitalization insurance coverage.
  • On the “Select Law Lottery Choices” page, you will see a list of available classes on the left and your “Law Lottery Choices” list on the right. To move an available course to your “Law Lottery Choices” list, click on the course to select it and then use the (>) arrow to move the course to the list. To remove a course from your list, simply click on the course to highlight it and use the (<) arrow.
  • To change the priority order of the courses on your “Law Lottery Choices” list, click on a course and use the “Up” or “Down” buttons to re-order your list.

3L’s only: If you are selected for a journal editor, moot court director, or clinic director position for Fall semester, you will be enrolled prior to the beginning of the semester. For spring semester, you will be enrolled prior to the lottery bidding process.

2L’s only: You will be pre-enrolled for Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Moot Court for the Fall semester lottery which occurs in spring. The Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Moot Court registration is a place-holder until journal and specialty moot court selections have been made. You do not need to bid on the course. Once journal and moot court participants have been identified, students will be pre-enrolled for the journal or moot court writing course in the Fall and Spring term.

  • When you are satisfied with the rank order of your course choices, click Submit (note: you may later enter the Lottery page and change your choices until the Lottery period closes).
  • The next page in the Lottery system displays the selections you have made. This page also gives you the option to:
    • Edit your choices as many times as you wish until the lottery closes at 11:59 p.m. on November 13, 2017
    • Print your choices for future reference by using your browser’s “Print” button
    • Email your choices to yourself
  • You may re-enter the Lottery system and re-order, remove, or otherwise change your Law Lottery Choices list at any time during the bidding period, but all bids must be placed by the time the lottery closes. Students who do not enter course bids will register for available classes starting on Tuesday, November 21 at 8:00 a.m.

Law Clinics - Special Registration Process

The Clinic Lottery for Spring 2018 is separate from the main registration lottery. It opens on November 3, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. and closes on November 5, 2017 at 8:00 p.m., before the main lottery bidding opens on November 10th. Students must use the Clinic Lottery process to enter the pool for selection into a clinic for Spring 2018. (Clinic courses will not be listed in the main lottery).

The Clinic Office manages the initial lottery selection and waitlist offers for clinic enrollments. Students bidding for clinics must comply with the rules and limitations prescribed by the clinic administration, which are described in detail in the clinic registration policies. Questions about clinic registration should be directed to the Clinic Coordinator, Nicole Smiley,

Degree Requirements & Transfer Student Information

Each student is responsible for planning enrollment to ensure degree requirements are completed prior to the anticipated date of graduation. Students are also expected to regularly review their academic progress and enrollment details via MyU.

For a summary of J.D. degree requirements, see Curriculum & Requirements.

Transfer Students

Transfer students should plan accordingly for required 1L courses that they may need and enroll for upper division courses around the 1L course(s). You are strongly encouraged to enroll for both Professional Responsibility and an Upper Division Constitutional Law Requirement in your second year. Professional Responsibility is a helpful course to complete before taking the MPRE, and the Constitutional Law courses are foundational courses for several other upper division offerings.

To optimize your enrollment in a required course, we recommend that a) you rank the course high on your lottery bid list; and b) that you bid on both sections of a required course if more than one section is offered. If the lottery assigns you to your first choice section, it will disregard the second section.

Additional degree requirements—including the residency requirement and the in-class instruction requirement—are listed in the PDF iconAcademic Rules (Rules 3-5).

Second Year and Upper Division Writing Requirement

The second year writing requirement is satisfied either by completing a moot court or by serving as a member of the staff of a journal. If you are a rising 2L, you will be enrolled in Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Moot Court prior to the Fall semester lottery, which occurs in spring. After journal and specialty moot court selections are made later in the spring and summer, your enrollment in Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Moot Court  will be swapped for an enrollment in a journal or specialty moot court if applicable.

The upper division requirement is satisfied by taking a seminar or other course that satisfies the requirement, completing an independent research paper that is certified by the instructor as meeting the requirement, or by serving as a journal editor. See PDF iconAcademic Rules (Rules 5.3 and 5.4). Consult the Upper Division Writing Requirement list for courses that may meet the requirement next term.

Clinic Registration Policies

NOTE: The Clinic Lottery for Spring 2018 is separate from the main registration lottery. It opens on November 3 at 8:00 a.m. and closes on November 5 at 8:00 p.m., before the main lottery bidding opens on November 10th. Students must use the Clinic Lottery process to have a chance to be enrolled in a clinic for Spring 2018.

Clinic Course Registration and Add/Drop Policy

This memorandum contains important information about registration rules and processes, and should answer many questions you have regarding clinic registration. 

Student Eligibility for a Clinic Course

  1. Only students in good academic standing are eligible to participate in a clinic course. This is a requirement of Student Practice Rule 2 and each clinic student is certified under this rule.
  2. Students must have passed Law in Practice and the Legal Writing course. (Transfer students contact the Clinic Administrator, Nicole Smiley at, if you do not meet this requirement)
  3. Additionally, certain categories of students are not eligible to register or audit any clinic courses:  LL.M., Humphrey Fellows, exchange and visiting students.
  4. Students may only be enrolled in one clinical course per semester. Students may take more than one clinical course during their law school career, just not concurrently.

The Law Clinic Lottery

Registration bidding for Spring 2018 Clinic courses starts at 8:00 am Friday, November 3rd and will go through 8:00 pm Sunday, November 5th.  The Clinic lottery is separate and earlier than the general Law School lottery.

The Law Clinic lottery is a fair, randomized process that assigns students to open Clinic courses according to students’ ranked course bids. Students will be emailed a link to the Clinic Lottery Survey (Google form) before the lottery starts. Students will be able to rank up to four clinical courses. After the survey closes, the lottery randomization will run and students will be enrolled into a course based on their ranked course bids and the following:

  • During the Clinic lottery courses with student directors will reserve slots for 2L students to ensure a mix of both 3L and 2L students.
  • Law clinic course seats will be awarded based on the random lottery order and the following criteria, keeping in mind the mix of 3L and 2L students in each clinic:
    • 3L student with no prior clinic enrollment;
    • 2L student with no prior clinic enrollment;
    • 3L student who has completed a one-semester clinic;
    • 2L student who has completed a one-semester clinic;
    • 3L student who has completed a two-semester clinic; and
    • 2L student who has completed a two-semester clinic.

Please think carefully about how you choose and rank your Clinic choices:

  • Students who receive a clinic course in the clinic lottery will not be able to remove themselves until open registration. This means if you receive a clinic course in the clinic lottery you will not be removed from it before the general Law School lottery.
  • A student may only take one clinic course at a time and will be enrolled into a clinic course based on that ranking.

To Prepare for the Lottery

Review the materials emailed to you by the clinic office. Materials include this memorandum and the Clinic Course Guide. You can also go to the Law School Clinic website to see a description of each clinic course.

Clinic Waiting Lists

Students will be able to add themselves to any clinic course waiting list at the start of open enrollment. The waiting lists are first come, first served. We encourage students to set up swaps so that they do not miss out on a clinic opportunity due to a time conflict or a credit limit. No waiting lists will be created from the lottery results.

Attendance for the first class session of any clinical course is mandatory. If any student misses the first class session without pre-approval, the clinics will consider that student no longer enrolled in the course and offer the open slot to the next student on the waiting list. To get pre-approval, a student must contact the professor teaching the clinic or Nicole Smiley, Law Clinic Administrator, at, to let one of them know why s/he will be absent and to request to remain on the class list.

Limited Drop—Dropping of clinic courses is allowed ONLY during the first week of the first semester. Students enrolled in a clinic course will only have the first week of the semester to drop the course. It allows you to attend the clinic course once. You will find the law school cancel/add & refund deadlines along this path:

For Current Clinic Students:

Registration for the 2nd semester of 2-semester clinic courses occurs AUTOMATICALLY. Students currently registered in the 1st semester of their 2-semester clinic do not need to use a lottery slot for the continuation of the course. The registrar will automatically add the course to the student’s schedule before the lottery opens.

  • Failure to complete both semesters of a 2-semester clinic. Students who choose to drop or are unable to complete both semesters of any 2-semester clinic, for any reason, will receive from their Clinical Professor/Supervising Attorney either an “F” or a “W” for the first semester.
  • Any student who voluntarily removes themselves from the 2nd semester of a 2-semester clinic will not be re-enrolled. At the discretion of the Clinical Professor/ Supervising Attorney, s/he will receive either an “F” or a “W” for the first semester of the clinic.

Independent Research & Field Placement

For information about registering for Independent Research and Writing (IR), click here.

For information about registering for an Independent Field Placement (IFP), click here.


Class & Exam Schedules


All class and exam schedules can be found here.

Refund and Drop/Add Deadlines

The tuition refund and drop/add deadlines can be found here.

Lottery Tutorial

PDF iconClick here for a pdf of the lottery registration tutorialThe Lottery Tutorial is being updated and a new version will be posted prior to the lottery opening.


Use MyU to make the following registration changes:

  • drop/add a course after the lottery
  • make a grade base/credit change (if allowed)
  • waitlist, or set up a future swap, for a closed course

Wait List Information

Beginning on the first day of the Cancel/Add and Waitlist Registration period, students may add their names to a closed course waitlist using the MyU online registration system. Students may add their names to the waitlist by following these steps:

  • Click the MyU Academics tab, then the Registration sub-tab;
  • Click on the “Register (Shopping Cart)” link;
  • Select the appropriate term and click “Continue”;
  • Add the class(es) you would like to your Shopping Cart; a closed course with a wait list will be indicated by an orange triangle;
  • Check the “Waitlist if class is full” box to add yourself to the waitlist; NOTE: by adding yourself to the waitlist, you may be automatically enrolled if a space becomes available for you;
  • Click “OK” and “Proceed to Step 2 of 3”;
  • To complete the wait list process, click “Finish Enrolling”;

IMPORTANT: If you would like to enroll in a closed course that has a time conflict with a course you are currently enrolled in, you must use the “future swap” function AT THE TIME you add yourself to the wait list.

See the section on Clinic Registration Policies for special rules regarding clinic waitlists.

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