The registration priority system is designed to provide predictability and minimizes conflict between course offerings. Prior to each semester, a complete list of classes and their priority assignments are published under Course Information. Courses fall into priority registration categories as follows:
Seat-Assigned: A number of course offerings are not open to online registration in Banner Self-Service. These include clinics, competition classes, journals as well as other courses designated in the registration materials each semester. Seats in these courses are assigned by a faculty member, and registration is done by the Registrar's Office.
Second-Year Priority: Classes designated as second-year priority classes are open first to those students who will be second-year students during the semester in which the class is offered. Remaining seats, if any, are available to other students on a first come, first serve basis during the open registration period.
Third-Year Priority: Classes designated as third-year priority classes are open first to students who will be in their last one or two semesters of law school in the semester in which the class is offered. Remaining seats, if any, are available to other students on a first come, first serve basis during the open registration period.
Evening Priority: Courses offered beginning at 6:00 p.m. or after are open first to students in the part-time program. Seats are reserved pro-rata for part-time students in courses which begin between 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Students in the part-time program are welcome to register for any daytime class with remaining seats during the open registration period.
Seminars: All students are required to take at least one seminar as part of their J.D. curriculum requirements. There is a special registration time, prior to other registration opportunities, for students who will be in their last one or two semesters of law school in the semester in which the seminar is offered. Part-time students and second year full-time students register for seminars during their regular priority registration time. If students have already taken a seminar, they will not be able to register for a seminar during priority registration. However, these students may enroll themselves in a seminar (if seats are still available) or register for the wait list during the open registration period.
Open Registration: After all priority registration times are complete, students may register for remaining seats in all courses (having met eligibility and prerequisite requirements) during the open registration period. Wait lists for courses will also be available during open registration.
Students' classifications determine their priority registration assignment. For further information, see the Student Classification page.