Records and Registration

Credit/Fail Option


The Law School faculty has voted, in order to afford students more flexibility in Spring 2021, to permit students to elect the Credit/Fail option for courses currently listed as offering that option at any time up until 24 hours prior to the date of their exam, as originally scheduled (i.e., without taking into account any postponements that may have been granted). 


The Law School faculty has voted, in order to provide students experiencing a personal hardship (including contracting COVID-19 or experiencing a COVID-related disruption in their family) in Spring 2021 with additional support, to permit affected students to petition for Credit/Fail grading for classes not previously offering that option.  Petitions should be submitted in writing to Dean of Students Lindsay Kendrick at


Credit/Fail Requirements

  • 2L and 3L 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 Assistantships are not counted toward this limit.
  • The class must be listed open to such registration.
  • 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.


  • Courses required for graduation which include Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, Property, courses taken to satisfy the Substantial Writing requirement, and Bill of Rights courses for transfer students may not be taken on a Credit/Fail basis.
  • Directed Research may not be taken on a Credit/Fail basis.

Credit/Fail on COURSES

  • Course descriptions specify whether 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.
  • Instructions on how to elect the Credit/Fail option in Albert are as follows:
    1.    Log in to Albert through NYUHome.
    2.    Scroll down until you see your class schedule.
    3.    Click on the Edit tab found under your class schedule.
    4.    Click continue.
    5.    Choose the available course you want to be graded on a Credit/Fail basis from the dropdown menu.