Records and Registration

Credit/Fail and Auditing Option for JD Students

Second- and third-year students may elect to register for a total of two non-required courses on a Credit/Fail basis during their final four semesters, provided the faculty member teaching the course has listed the course as being open to such registration. Un-graded credits for student journals, Moot Court, and Teaching Assistants are not counted toward this limit.

Required courses, which include Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, and courses taken to satisfy the Substantial Writing requirement, may not be taken on a Credit/Fail basis. Directed Research may not be taken on a Credit/Fail basis.

Course descriptions specify whether or not a particular course may be taken on a Credit/Fail basis. Students can exercise the Credit/Fail option by using Albert during the Credit/Fail Option period designated in the academic calendar of the Law School. Students can access Albert via the Academics tab on NYU Home.

Students may not, under any circumstances, change an election to take or not to take a course Credit/Fail after the time for making such an election has expired.

(Visiting students will only be allowed to register for the Credit/Fail grading option provided prior approval of their home school is submitted to the Office of Academic Services.)

September 4 to December 4, 2015: Credit/Fail registration period for Fall 2015 classes.

Fall 2015 Classes Available for Credit/Fail

January 28 to May 3, 2016: Credit/Fail registration period for Spring 2016 classes.

Spring 2016 Classes Available for Credit/Fail


Auditing With the permission of the instructor and subject to such conditions as the instructor may impose, a matriculated law student may audit a course. Courses that have closed (filled) may not be audited. Auditing courses is considered “unofficial” and students 1) do not enroll in those courses, 2) do not take examinations in those courses, and 3) do not write papers for those courses. Audited courses do not appear on the student’s transcript.