Records and Registration

Registration Procedures for Courses in Other Divisions at the University

With permission of the Office of Academic Services, FH 474, and subject to supervision of the Vice Dean, J.D. students may register for courses (up to 10 credits) offered in other graduate schools of the University by submitting a request form to the Office of Academic Services. By faculty and court rule, however, the courses must be directly related to the study of law in order for credit to be applied toward the law degree. Few courses in other disciplines can meet this standard. Grades for these courses are not computed in the GPA, and they may not be taken credit/fail.  Students may take no more than 6 credits of non-law courses in any one semester. However, please note that LL.M. students can only enroll in a total of 6 credits of non-law courses which may be counted towards the LL.M. degree. For J.D. students, a total of up to 10 credits of non-law courses may be counted towards to the J.D. degree and up to 12 credits for Joint-degree students. The Law School does not calculate credit for these courses in the same way as the other school (please see below). Students who wish to take non law-related courses excepting language courses, must pay tuition for those courses. No credit is awarded toward the degree for non-law, unapproved courses.

For graduate students, the request form must already be signed by the Faculty Director before submitting it to the Office of Graduate Affairs. In some cases, permission of the professor may also be required.


Calculating non-law course credit:

Beginning fall 2007, for courses taken elsewhere in the University toward a Law degree, Law students will earn credits equal to the scheduled class meeting minutes of the course in the semester, divided by 700 (rounded down to the nearest quarter credit).


LL.M. students must comply with requirements of the particular program in which they are enrolled and should be aware of requirements for bar examinations in U.S. jurisdictions. For example, New York requires as one route to qualification for taking the bar examination “a minimum of 20 semester hours of credit…in professional law subjects…in an approved law school in the U.S.” Section 520.6 (b) (1) (ii), Rules of the New York Court of Appeals. Please note that non-law graduate courses, including Stern Business classes, do not qualify within the 20 credits.


Courses at Other Law Schools (Excluding

Columbia Law School



Outside of approved joint-degree or exchange programs, law courses at other accredited law schools may on exceedingly rare occasion be taken during the academic year or summer, but credit may be obtained only with the advance permission of the Office of Academic Services, FH 474. Only NYU School of Law courses are used in computing grade point averages.


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