Step 1: Familiarize Yourself with Academic Policies & Degree/Certificate Requirements

Review Academic Requirements & Degree Auditing.  Note the remaining requirements for your degree, program, and/or certificate.

See the Registration Guidelines for quick summaries of system restrictions and regulations.

Step 2: Review the Course Offerings and Create a Schedule (with options!)

Use the Curriculum Guide to search for courses and narrow down courses of interest.

  • The Curriculum Essays contain overviews of many popular fields of study, identifying associated courses, seminars, and faculty, and recommending a sequence of courses in many areas.  See J.D. Clusters to view J.D. course offerings that are divided into general topical categories.  See Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs to view required courses for the Graduate Programs.
  • Be sure to check Course Schedule Updates for changes to course descriptions, requirements, meeting times, etc.  Academic Services also posts new and cancelled courses here.
  • Make note of any prerequisite or mutual exclusivity restrictions.  If a course requires professor permission to enroll, follow the instructions in the course description.

TIP: If you find an interesting course and/or section, jot down the 5-digit Course Reference Number (CRN) for easy-entry in MyAccess.  Scroll down to “All Sections” for the CRN and note if this section has a different exam/paper, professor, or meeting time.

Review the J.D. Pass/Fail Policy (for J.D. students only).  If the pass/fail option is not available for a course, this will be indicated under its “Course Requirements” section on the Curriculum Guide.

Login to the Past Exams database to retrieve exams from past Law Center courses that were made available through the Law Library. Course/Faculty Evaluations are also available for the last three (3) academic years.

Step 3: Chat with an Advisor

Academic Advisors are available to discuss your curricular interests, including how to draw connections between your academic interests and your career goals.  Students have access to all J.D. advisors and LL.M./S.J.D advisors.  These faculty and administrators offer a wide range of experience and professional credentials to help students navigate the many aspects of their law school experience – from the academic to the professional to the co-curricular.

Academic Advisors in the Office of J.D. Academic Services and the Office of Graduate Programs are available to discuss academic planning, course selection, and general pre-registration advice.