Registration Information

Important Dates

  • Lottery bidding: Friday, November 6, 12:01 a.m. - Monday, November 9, 11:59 p.m.
  • Results of lottery:  Week of November 16th
  • Open Enrollment, Cancel/Add and Waitlisting period begins: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.


Lottery Registration

Registration bidding for the upcoming semester will take place using the web-based Lottery Registration System from November 6 at 12:01 a.m. through November 9 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 Affairs staff if you have questions.

Preparing for the Lottery

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 receive priority in the Lottery registration process. This means that the Lottery program cycles through all 3L bids before moving on to 2L bids.

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: Popular courses, smaller sized classes (seminars), required courses, and watch for time conflicts (including with pre-enrolled courses such as clinics and moot courts).

Student course bids are NOT successful when: Class is already full, time conflict with another successful class bid (or with pre-enrolled courses such as clinics and moot courts), and too many credits (if at least 12 credits have already been assigned, by either pre-enrollment or lottery-awarded, the lottery will not add any additional credits that would put student beyond 15 total 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 9, 2020. 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.

2L and 3L students will be able to make changes to their schedules beginning Tuesday, November 17 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 Field Placement. Students may also use the MyU online registration system to add their names to the waitlist of closed classes. 

Tuesday, November 17 at 8:00 a.m. is the first day that LL.M. and exchange students may register for classes.

Lottery Registration Instructions

3Ls 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 and for some positions, prior to the lottery. For spring semester, you will be enrolled prior to the lottery bidding process.

2Ls only: For fall semester, you should plan to enroll for a moot court of your choosing during the open enrollment period, or for National Moot Court and the competition teams, follow the application process. The journal petitioning process remains the same. Once journal and moot court participants have been identified in the fall, students will be pre-enrolled for the second semester of the journal or moot court writing course prior to the lottery for spring term.

Law Clinics - Special Registration Process

The Clinic Lottery is separate from the main registration lottery and occurs prior to the opening of the main lottery bidding period. Students are sent Clinic Lottery dates and information via their UMN email address. Students must use the Clinic Lottery process to enter the pool for selection into a clinic. (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.

It is your responsibility to fulfill your second-year writing requirement through either a law journal or a moot court. If there is no space available in any of the moot courts, we will add a section of Civil Rights/Civil Liberties moot court.

2L students may participate on both a law journal and Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Moot Court.

2L students may participate on both a law journal and National Moot Court upon demonstrating to the National Moot Court Instructors and the Legal Writing Director that the student can manage the workload.

If you have questions about the moot court options, contact Professor Randall Ryder at

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 is separate from the main registration lottery and takes place prior to the main lottery bidding period. Students must use the Clinic Lottery process to have a chance to be enrolled in a clinic.

To prepare for the clinic lottery, read the information about PDF iconClinic Course Registration and review the PDF iconClinic Course Guide.

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.

Summer Session Information

Course offerings and schedule, final exam information, and tuition costs can be found on the Summer Session page.

Lottery Tutorial

Lottery Registration Tutorial (mp4) requires University log-in (recorded in 2019). For the visual-only presentation:  PDF iconLottery Registration Tutorial slides


Use MyU to make the following registration changes:

  • cancel a class
  • add an open class
  • waitlist for a closed class and if applicable, set up a future swap

The University’s One Stop web page has How-to Guides with step-by-step instructions on enrollment processes.

Non-Law Course Approval

Pursuant to Academic Rule 3.3(c), students who wish to apply non-Law coursework toward their JD degree must submit the Non-Law Course Approval Form (UMN.EDU login required) documenting that the coursework is “substantially law-related.” 

Also note that pursuant to Academic Rule 12.3, non-law coursework DOES NOT factor into calculation of a student’s official Minnesota Law grade point average (GPA), even if such courses are approved for JD credit under Rule 3.3. Grades earned in non-law coursework through the University of Minnesota will appear on the student record, but the grade points will not be included in the cumulative Law School GPA calculation.

Note that if you are a combined degree student seeking to transfer six credits from your partner program under Rule 3.3(d), then you should instead complete the “Credit Transfer Request” available on the Student Forms web page.


Wait List Information

Beginning on the first day of the Open Enrollment, Cancel/Add and Waitlist Registration period, students may add their names to a closed course waitlist using the MyU online registration system. Instructions on how to waitlist for a class can be found in the University’s How-to Guide.

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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