Registration Process

First-Year Students

First-year students are automatically registered for fall and spring courses but do have the opportunity to select a summer Criminal Law section. See the First-Year Registration page for more information 

Upper-Level Students

Our goal is to allot course space as fairly as possible. To that end we have divided the initial upper-level registration into these stages:

Clinic Lottery

The clinic course lottery takes place the week before registration appointments. You will receive an email announcing lottery dates, classes and instructions. That email will include a link to a web-based lottery sign up form.

Part-time Student Registration

Students in the part-time program may register for evening classes during their first appointment time. All courses beginning at 4 p.m. or later will be open to part-time students during this appointment with the following exceptions:

  1. Clinics included in the clinic course lottery. Part-time students may sign-up for the clinic course lottery but are not given preference for evening clinics over full-time students.
  2. Courses in the 4 p.m. timeslot that are not offered earlier in the day. A limited number of seats in these courses will be made available to part-time students during part-time student registration.

Part-time students may not register for daytime classes (those starting before 4 p.m.) until open registration. If a course will not be offered during the evening and is essential to a student's program they may petition the Registrar for early registration for that course.

Part-time students who enroll primarily in daytime classes may choose to participate in full-time registration instead of part-time registration. They must notify the Registrar at least one week before registration appointments begin. No student will be allowed to register during both part-time and full-time registration.

Full-time Student Registration, Stage One

During Stage One of full-time registration students who will begin their 2L year in the fall may register for a maximum of 8 credits. Full-time students beginning their 3L or 4L year in fall may register for a maximum of 12 credits. The limits on credits are meant to give all full-time students a chance to register for preferred courses.

Full-time students may register for any course with open seats during this registration time (including evening courses). Students may add themselves to the waitlist for full courses during this time (waitlisted courses do not count toward the 8 or 12 credit limit). Clinic credits (added during the clinic lottery) do count towards the 8 or 12 credit limit.

At the end of their Stage One appointment students are locked out of SUOnline until the start of their Stage Two appointment.

Full-time Student Registration, Stage Two

During Stage Two of full-time registration students may register for up to 16 credits. Full-time students may register for any course with open seats during this registration time (including evening courses). Students may add themselves to the waitlist for full courses during this time (waitlisted courses do not count toward the 16 credit limit).

Once their Stage Two appointment begins Full-time students may continue to make registration changes on SUOnline until the Friday of the first week of classes.

Open Registration & Add/Drop

After registration appointments have ended, open registration begins. Once open registration begins, all students may register for any open class for which they meet the prerequisite requirements.Student may continue to make schedule changes, without penalty, until the end of the business day of the Friday of the first week of classes.

It is during the open registration period that most waitlist offers are made. Please be sure to review the Waitlist Information page.

Waitlists

A waitlist is started for a course if all available seats have been filled. As seats become available in the waitlisted course, they offered to waitlisted students.

Special Courses

See the special courses policy section for information on registering for independent Study, externships, journals and competitions.

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