Records and Registration

Credit/Fail Option

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.

Courses Available for JD Credit/Fail Option

Fall 2024 Classes Available for Credit/Fail

  • Credit/Fail registration period for Fall 2024 classes: September 6 to December 2, 2024

Spring 2025 Classes Available for Credit/Fail

  • Credit/Fail registration period for Spring 2025 classes: January 31 to  April 29, 2025