Records and Registration


The results of the bidding cycles will be available on ABRA for you to make changes to your schedule during the add/drop period. You must use ABRA to participate in add/drop. Add/drop is processed on a daily basis and provides the ability to be placed on a waitlist. Your place on the waitlist is determined by the number of points bid on the course. For details and instructions on how to participate in add/drop registration, please refer to the ABRA Training Guide section of this website. Students who did not participate in the bidding cycles may register for classes at this time.

NOTE:  It is recommended that you complete your drop/add transactions well before midnight on the last day of the add/drop period to avoid problems connecting to or being disconnected from ABRA. No special accommodation can be made if you miss the deadline.


1. Registering for More Than the Maximum Number of Credits: Please see the Increase Maximum Credits section of this website.

2. Adding a law school course or seminar after add/drop ends:  STUDENTS MAY NOT ADD COURSES OR SEMINARS AFTER THE CLOSE OF THE ADD/DROP PERIOD.  In fall 2012, the last time on which students may add a law school class is September 6 at 9:30 a.m. For spring 2013,the last time on which students may add a law school is January 30 at 9:30 a.m.. In rare cases when there are compelling personal circumstances (e.g. grave illness, family emergency) a student may submit a petition to the Assistant Dean of Academic Services and Registration for review by the Vice Dean to late add. For seminars, both approval of the instructor and the Vice Dean is required.

3. Permission of Instructor: Please see the Waivers section of this website.

4. Pre- or Co- requisites, and Mutually Exclusive Courses: Please see the Waivers section of this website.

5. Prioritizing Writing Requirements for 3L Students: Please see the Writing Credit section of this website.

6. Seminars/Colloquia: All students are limited to two seminars/colloquia each semester unless prior approval is obtained from the appropriate program office and the Vice Dean. The limit does not apply to the seminar portion of a clinic. If you do not obtain approval, ABRA will not permit you to register for more than 2 seminars/colloquia. Many seminars/colloquia offer an additional credit for those students who intend to write a substantial research paper. Writing Credit courses are listed in the Schedules of Classes for you to add during add/drop.  Do not include Writing Credit courses in the bidding cycles. If you wish to take the seminar for the additional credit you will need to register for the Writing Credit component of that seminar no later than October 1 for fall 2012 and February 11 for spring 2013. For example, if you are registered for International Environmental Law (LAW-LW.10065.001) for two credits, you should register for Writing Credit (LAW-LW. 11639.001) for the additional credit. It is suggested that you add the Writing Credit on ABRA during the add/drop period, however, you may do so in person at the appropriate program office with an add/drop form until the above stated deadlines. WRITING CREDIT MAY NOT BE ADDED AFTER THE DEADLINE regardless of the circumstances. No exceptions will be made. 

7. Add/Drop CLOSES via ABRA on September 6 at 9:30 a.m. for fall and spring classes. Please Note: ABRA add/drop will resume November 1 - January 30 at 9:30 a.m. for spring classes.

8. Dropping a Course: After 9:30 a.m. on September 6, you must complete and submit a drop form. Students should go to the appropriate program office to complete and submit the drop form.  It cannot be completed online via ABRA.  You will also be required to visit the Office of Financial Services to learn how your drop may affect your financial aid package or loans. The following are guidelines about dropping a course:

a. AFTER add/drop ends:  Except as provided below, a course may be dropped through 5:00 p.m. on the (general) last day of classes for that semester without a notation of WD. NOTE: Full-Time students must remain registered for the required number of credits for full-time status.

b. If any work has been evaluated or if any exam is given: You may not drop a course even if a final grade has not been received.

c. Seven Week Classes: Please carefully note that if you are taking a seven-week course, the last day of the course is the deadline to drop it.

9. Dropping a seminar, colloquium or writing credit AFTER add/drop ends: You must obtain the signature of the professor and an advisor of the appropriate office using a add/drop form as ABRA will be closed for add/drop at that time.  If permission has been granted on a add/drop form, a seminar, colloquium or writing credit may be dropped through 5:00 p.m. on the last day of classes for that semester (or for a seven-week course, on the last day of that class) without a notation of WD provided that no work has been evaluated. No drops will be permitted once the reading/exam period has begun.

10. If a faculty member requires you to drop a course, seminar or colloquium for failure to attend classes, you will be withdrawn with the notation of “WD.” Please note that these rules supersede the policy that a student may drop a course up until the last day of class without receiving a W/D on his or her transcript.

11. Year-Long Course: You must complete the FULL YEAR in order to receive credit for EITHER semester, and you must be registered for both the fall and the spring semesters to have a space in the class. Registering for only one semester alone is  not sufficient.  NOTE: If you bid for the fall portion of the course you do not have to list the spring portion of the course as a high priority in your spring bid selections. You may either list the spring portion as low priority in your spring bidding selections or simply add the spring section via add/drop. Please do not register for other spring classes that conflict with  the spring section of your year-long course.

Late Adds - New Deadlines

For Fall, students may not add courses or seminars after 9:30 a.m. on September 6, which is the end of the add/drop period, and for the Spring after 9:30 a.m. on January 30. In rare cases, when there are compelling personal circumstances (grave illness, family emergency, e.g.) a student may submit a petition to the Office of Academic Services for review by the Vice Dean to late add. For seminars, both approval of the instructor and the Vice Dean is required.


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