Priority Registration - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How can I register for Fall 2013 classes?
Upper level law students in the J.D. Program can register for most of their Fall 2013 classes on-line, using Temple University's Self Service Banner (SSB) system. Non-J.D. and Graduate Law students have to contact their individual program offices to register for classes.
Here are the steps for the on-line registration process. First, log in to TUportal (http://tuportal.temple.edu) using your AccessNet username and password, select Self Service Banner (SSB), then select the Student tab. Next, select the Registration tab, and then select the Add or Drop Classes function. When you are asked to select a term, choose 2013 Fall and click Submit. You will then be asked to provide your PIN number. The PIN number for your group is shown in the table below the next FAQ. You can now add or drop classes. In the CRN fields provided on the "Add or Drop Classes" page, enter the CRNs for the courses for which you would like to add or drop and then click "Submit Changes". When adding classes, be sure to use the CRN (Course Reference Number) shown in the first column of the course schedule, and NOT the course and section number.
When can I register for Fall 2013 Law School courses?
The Priority Registration period for Fall 2013 courses will be from Monday, April 1 through Wednesday. April 17. Further detail is provided in the table below. Students register in groups according to their class year and division. The registration process is in two parts. During the week of April 1, students are allowed to register for one course only, giving them the opportunity to register for a course that is most important to them. During the week of April 8, students register for the rest of their courses.
Clinical courses, Guided Research, and Practicums are not available for registration through SSB (see FAQs below.
In addition to the table below, please consult the email sent to each group for specific information about registration.
4th Year Evening in Fall 2013
Begin - Apr. 1 at 12 Noon
End - Apr. 3 at 10:00 am
Begin - Apr. 2 at 12 Noon
Begin - Apr. 3 at 12 Noon
End - Apr. 4 at 10:00 am
Begin - Apr. 4 at 12 Noon
End - Apr. 5 at 10:00 am
Begin - Apr. 8 at 12 Noon
End - Apr. 17 at 11:59 pm
Begin - Apr. 9 at 12 Noon
Begin - Apr. 10 at 12 Noon
Begin - Apr. 11 at 12 Noon
What is meant by "One course only"?
During the week of April 1, students are allowed to register for one course only, giving them the opportunity to register for a course that is most important to them. During your one course registration period, just use SSB to register, and if necessary, perform Add/Drop so that by the end of your one course registration period, you are registered in only one course. (Clinicals do not count against your one course limit - you can be in a clinical and register for one course.) In the week of April 8, you will have the opportunity to register for the rest of your courses. Please note: if you register for more than one course during this period, we will remove you from all of your courses, without consultation or advance notice, prior to the beginning of your registration period for the rest of your courses.
What is SSB?
SSB stands for Self-Service Banner. SSB is a web based, real-time system that allows access to your academic and financial records. You can also use this system to register for classes. You can log in using your AccessNet username and password. SSB is available through TUPortal. You can access TUPortal from the home page or any other page on the Law School website (http://www.law.temple.edu). The TUPortal tab is located on the top right of the page.
Where can I find the Course Schedule or Schedule of Classes?
You can access the course schedule on the Law School website from the Current Students dashboard under Course Schedules or click on Course Schedules from the Quick Links menu.
JD students will be able to register for most of their courses on-line. Courses that can be added or dropped on-line will show a CRN (Course Registration Number) in the first column of the Course Schedule. For clinical courses and Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for second year evening students, registration is performed by the Registrar, so for such courses the CRN field on the course schedule will be blank.
How can I find Course Descriptions?
The descriptions for each course along with pre-requisite requirements, if any, are available on the Course Schedule (see above) on the law school website. Click on the Course title to see the description and requirements for the course.
How can I find out if there is space available in a course?
For courses that you can add or drop using SSB, you can check if there is space available through SSB. Select the Course Schedule function. When asked to select a term, choose 2013 Fall and click submit. When the Class Schedule Search screen comes up, select Juris Doctor under Subject and then scroll down to the bottom and click Class Search. This will produce a listing of all JD courses and sections with information about the number of seats available.
If you want to narrow your search to a particular course number, then, in addition to selecting Juris Doctor under Subject, you can also fill in the course number in the indicated field. If the Law School course number only has three digits, use a leading zero. For example, if you are looking for course number 416, use 0416 as the course number. But if you are looking for course number 1016, you only need to use 1016.
How do I register for the Integrated Programs (ITP and ITAP)?
Only rising Third Year Evening Division students and rising Second Year Day Division students are eligible to register for ITP or ITAP. You cannot register for both ITP and ITAP. Tables that show the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 schedules for ITP and ITAP are posted on the Law School web site under Current Students / Course Schedules - click the link titled ITP and ITAP Information.
To register for ITP, simply enter the CRN 22591 in the field provided on the Add or Drop Classes page. Trusts and Estates for ITP meets Mondays 6- 7:15 pm and Thursdays 4:30-5:45 pm, and all the Transactional Practice I sections meet on Wednesdays 6-7:50 pm, so this one CRN is sufficient to register you in ITP. You will later be administratively registered in the Trusts and Estates course and assigned to one of the Transactional Practice sections. NOTE: if you register in ITP, do not register for any of the Trusts and Estates sections (001 or 051).
To register for ITAP, you must enter the CRN of the ITAP section you want. Consult the table (see above) to see the meeting times of the ITAP sections and their CRNs. Registration in an ITAP section also saves a place for you not only in the Trial Advocacy I section, but also in the associated section of Evidence and in the ITAP lecture. You will later be administratively registered in the Evidence section. NOTE: if you register in ITAP, do not register for any of the Evidence sections (001, 002, or 051).
ALSO NOTE: You cannot register in ITAP Section 34 (for students going abroad in Spring 2014) through Banner. Instead, please notify Louis Thompson, Assistant Dean for International Programs, if you intend to study abroad in Spring 2014 and want to take ITAP. If your plans to go abroad are uncertain, you should register for one of ITAP Sections 21 through 33 and notify Dean Thompson. Students who register for ITP should understand that it is a full year commitment and they will not be released from it to study abroad in the Spring, so students who take ITP should not plan to study abroad in that year.
How do I add or drop a clinical course?
While the registration process for Fall 2013 clinical courses has already occurred, there may be some spaces available in some clinicals. If you are interested in adding or dropping a clinical course, please email Angela Racciatti at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your TUID number and the title and course number of the clinical you wish to drop or add.
How do I register for Guided Research or a Practicum?
Guided Research offers students an opportunity to 1) satisfy the mandated research writing requirement, 2) develop research, writing and analytical abilities through producing a single substantive research paper, and 3) work with a Faculty member in an area of the teacher's interest or expertise. Guided Research Serial offers students an opportunity to satisfy the mandated serial writing requirement through producing a series of short papers.
Practicums involve experiential learning projects that are actively supervised and evaluated by individual faculty members. In addition to a faculty member, a supervising attorney may be involved. Faculty will assure the educational value of projects and students will meet periodically with their supervising faculty to discuss and review their projects. Students may receive either 2 or 3 credits for a Practicum. A Practicum will not satisfy the Law School's writing requirement or professional skills requirement, however the supervising faculty member may seek a waiver in appropriate situations. Grading will be either a letter grade or pass/fail, at the discretion of the faculty member and will be determined at the time of registration for the course.
To register for Guided Research or a Practicum, first contact the full-time faculty member who will supervise your work to discuss the project. Once you and the supervising faculty member have reached an agreement regarding your Guided Research or Practicum, you will need the Guided Research/Practicum Authorization Form (see link below) to have your registration processed. This form contains further information regarding the mandatory standards for Guided Research and Practicums. Complete this form and have the supervising faculty member sign it. Return the completed form to the Registrar in Barrack 103 and an administrator will register you for the Guided Research or the Practicum. Note that the form must be submitted by the end of the Add/Drop period in the semester in which you propose to undertake the work.
Guided Research/Practicum Authorization Form
How do I register for Journals, Moot Court and/or Trial Team in order to receive credit?
To register for Journal credits, Trial Team, or Moot Court, please print the credit information Form (see link below), have it signed and then submit it to the Registrar's Office by the end of the Add/Drop period in the semester in which you proposed to undertake the work. Instructions for these procedures are available on the forms. NOTE - law journal members have the option to apply their journal credits to the fall or to the spring semester or to split the credits, for example, if you have 3 credits, you can place 2 in one semester and 1 in the other. Your editor will also have forms for you to process for your journal, so please process those forms in addition to submitting a Credit Information Form to the Registrar.
Law Journal/Moot Court/Trial Team Credit Information Form
Where can I go with questions or problems during Add/Drop?
For assistance with any questions or problems during add/drop, students may go to the Law School Registrar's Office in Barrack Hall (suite 103) during normal business hours.
If you encounter any difficulties or have any questions about the on-line system or the add/drop process, please contact any of the following in the Office of Student Services, preferably by e-mail (be sure to provide your name, TU Id, time of occurence of the problem, nature of the problem, and course number, section number, title, and CRN of the course):
Barbara Bennett Yates, email@example.com, 215-204-1849
Bill Wertheimer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-204-1850
Meredith Galto, email@example.com, 215-204-6711
Marylouise Esten, firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-204-8930
I have a "HOLD" on my record, can I drop or add classes?
If you have a "HOLD" on your record, you will NOT be able to add or drop courses on-line until the HOLD has been cleared from your record. There are many different types of HOLDs (Financial, Library Fines, Missing Degree Information, etc.). It is your responsibility to ensure that the HOLD is cleared from your record prior to the add/drop period. You can check your HOLD status on-line by selecting the Student Records tab on Self Service Banner (SSB). Please contact the Law School Financial Aid Office at email@example.com or (215) 204-8943 if you have any questions about a HOLD.
I cannot drop or add a course. I am getting an error message. What does the error message mean?
The following are typical error messages in SSB:
Class restriction. Please select alternative section or course. - You are not eligible to register for this course with this class level (First year, second year, etc).
Required student cohort not met. Please select alternative section or course. (CHRT) - You are not eligible to register for this course as you don't have the appropriate program code and class year.
Closed Section. Please select alternative section or course - The course is closed or has reached maximum capacity.
Duplicate course with section " XXXX ". Please select alternative course. - You are trying to register for a course that you are already registered for.
You have exceeded the maximum allowable credits. Please see your advisor or academic office for assistance.- You have exceeded the maximum credits for your class year. Please contact Student Affairs Office (Barrack -103) for overload approval.
Course is mutually exclusive with "XXXX". Cannot earn duplicate credit. Please select alternative course. - You have already taken a similar course and cannot take this course again.
Prerequisite and/or Test Score Error - You do not satisfy all the pre-requisites to register for this course.
Time conflict with CRN "XXXX" - You are trying to register for a course in the same time slot.