Records and Registration

Start of Classes - First Class Attendance

The first week of classes can be important for enrollment. Here are some issues to consider for upper-class students. Not applicable to 1Ls:

Discretionary Admit to Closed Seminars/Colloquia/Simulations: The law school rules permit faculty to admit up to two students to a closed seminar/colloquium/simulation during the first class meeting outside the regular registration procedures. (There is NO discretion to admit a student to a closed course.) 

If you wish to be considered for discretionary admission into an eligible class, please:

  • Contact the faculty, noting that you are seeking a discretionary admit and why.
  • Review the Early Course Syllabi and First Assignment page to prepare for class.
  • Attend the first session of the course.
  • If approved, complete an add/drop form and attach the faculty approval email.
  • Submit the form and approval email to the Law Registrar's Service Desk (access via the bottom right button on the COURSES page). 
  • If students are NOT admitted by discretion, students may continue to bid on the class via COURSES for the duration of daily add/drop.
  • For Spring 2023, you must complete the discretionary add process by January 26 at noon [New York time].

Please remember that the limit is two students, regardless of the number of instructors. The instructors should not admit any students until after the first meeting. The add/drop deadline remains the same. See the Registration Calendar for details. You may only enroll in OPEN classes by using the COURSES site.

Required First Class Attendance: You should check the course descriptions of your classes regarding attendance. Some professors state that they will drop students if they miss the first class. If you wish to obtain a seat from a class requiring first-class attendance, please:

  • Bid on the class by 9:30 am in the add/drop cycle that occurs the business day before the class meets. (For a Monday class, you must bid by 9:30 am on Friday. If Monday is a holiday, and you want to be considered for a Tuesday class, you must still bid by 9:30 am on Friday morning. Always bid the BUSINESS DAY before the class meeting. The registration algorithm is only processed on business days.)
  • COURSES bidding will be closed for this class for the rest of the daily add/drop cycles.
  • Students who do not win a seat when results are published at 1:30 pm will be on a waitlist.
  • The names of waitlist students will be sent to the faculty member.
  • Review the Early Course Syllabi and First Assignment page to prepare for class.
  • Only students who attend the class in-person may be considered for admission.
  • The faculty may pick students from the waitlist as referenced above to fill any open seats.