Law students takes courses during fall, spring, and January terms. Each term, registration for law school courses during the following term takes place, and students request admission to various elective courses.
There are two course registration systems – you should know both
In any given term, students interact with two systems when registering for courses. During pre-registration, students will use a system called LawReg to request placement in the courses that they want to take. For courses that are in high demand, LawReg gives students priority when they “rank” a course at the top of their list. Once the term has begun, LawReg awards students spots in various courses.
After a given term has begun, students use a separate system called SIS to swap, drop, and add courses these same courses for the first week of the term. If a student is on the waitlist for a course, SIS is the system he or she will work with to manage the waitlist process.
Calendar of Course Registration
Course registration for Fall will take place late during the summer recess, and registration for Spring and January classes takes place during the Fall semester. This calendar can be found on the Student Records page in LawWeb.
How to Survive Course Registration
Planning your curriculum can be stressful. Here are a few tips to help you along the way:
Priority #1 is to fulfill all the law school’s curricular requirements. Some of these are imposed by the American Bar Association and some are specific to Virginia Law. Included in this list are a writing course and a professional ethics course, but there are several other requirements. Find a full list of curricular requirements by logging into LawWeb and following the “Academic Policies” link on the LawWeb homepage.
Start planning early. In order to take some clinics or practical skills courses your 3L year, you may need to take a certain course during your 1L spring or your 2L fall. For example, the Prosecution Clinic is a popular 3L course, but students need to have taken Evidence, Professional Responsibility, one of three “criminal procedure” classes, and Trial Advocacy in order to be eligible for the Clinic. Be mindful of the “heavy prerequisite” courses you may want to take as a 3L, and plan accordingly.
Ask for advice. Professors know the curricular offerings of the school well. So do second and third year students. Reach out to individuals in either group, or in specific journals, clubs or student organizations, to see what courses will be most valuable given your academic interest and career preferences. The Student Records Office is located in Slaughter Hall and is available to answer any questions that you have.