Registration bidding for the upcoming semester is expected to take place using the web-based Lottery Registration System from April 2 at 12:01 a.m. through April 5 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 April 5, 2021. 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, April 13 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, April 13 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.
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 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 Academic Rules (Rules 3-5).
Second Year and Upper Division Writing Requirement
Second Year Writing Requirement
Two important notices:
(1) A comprehensive guide on the moot court courses and competition teams is available on the Moot Court web page. The guide is also posted on the Legal Writing Canvas page and the Law Journals page.
(2) Moot court courses are NOT part of the lottery - all courses are open enrollment with the exception of National Moot Court (application only).
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.
You are required to participate in a faculty-supervised writing experience in your second year of law school. One option is a law journal. The other option is a moot court, in which you develop written and oral advocacy skills—two skills essential to the practice of law.
The Law School’s moot court courses are taught by experienced practitioners and student instructors. Many of them have considerable advocacy experience, or substantive experience, or both. In every moot court course, you draft and revise a complete appellate brief. You will also have oral arguments with your instructors, local attorneys, and potentially sitting judges from both the state and federal bench.
We offer four moot court courses (Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Environmental, I.P, and National Moot Court), along with a number of moot court competition teams. Registration for all of the moot court courses occurs during the Open Enrollment period, except for National, which is application-only. All of the competition teams are application only.
It is important to understand that while the moot court courses are generally composed of 2L students, the competition teams are mostly 3L students. Each year, there may be a small number of 2L students on a competition team. It is also important to understand that competition teams, as noted in the course guide, do not satisfy the second year writing requirement.
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 Director of Appellate Advocacy that the student can manage the workload.
2L Students may participate in both a law journal and a competition team upon demonstrating that the student can manage the workload.
2L Students may participate in both a moot court and a competition team upon demonstrating that the student can manage the workload.
If you have questions about the moot court options, contact Professor Randall Ryder at email@example.com.
Upper Division Writing Requirement
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 Academic 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
The Law School offers students the opportunity for experiential coursework in the form of the Law Clinics.
The clinics have policies specific to their program. Before registering for a clinic, review the Clinic Course Guide.
Clinic registration will occur through Open Enrollment beginning on Tuesday, April 13 at 8:00 a.m. The enrollment process is first come, first served.
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
Fall 2021 dates will be updated over the summer.
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.
The Lottery Registration Tutorial slides provide information about how the lottery works, best practices for bidding, and other related information.
Registration through MyU
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.