Priority Registration and Add/Drop
Registration for classes has two phases: Priority Registration and Add/Drop.
Priority Registration usually takes place in April for the following fall semester and in November for the following spring semester. It is structured so that each class group of students (e.g. fourth-year evening, third-year day, etc) registers in sequence and have the opportunity to prioritize their registration in at least one course that is import to them. PIN numbers are used during Priority Registration. Writing lists are not available for any courses during Priority Registration.
Add/Drop begins before the start of the semester and ends on the Friday of the first week of classes. It is an opportunity for students to make adjustments in their course rosters. Add/drop does not require students to register in groups and PIN numbers are not used. Waiting lists for selected courses are available during Add/Drop.
You can access the course schedule here.
Please note: Courses that can be added or dropped online will show a CRN (Course Registration Number) in the first column of the Course Schedule. The CRN field will be blank for courses that cannot be added or dropped online.
The descriptions for each course along with pre-requisite requirements, if any, are available on the Course Schedule. Click on the Course title to see the description and requirements for the course.
For most courses, you can check if there is space available through SSB. Please follow the steps below:
- Select the course schedule function.
- When asked to select a term, choose the appropriate term and click submit.
- When the class schedule search screen comes up, select Juris Doctor under subject and 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 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 number 416, use 0416 as the course number. However, if you are looking for course number 1016, you only need to use 1016.
We maintain online waiting lists for certain courses during the Add/Drop period. This function will only be available for:
- Writing Seminars.
- Professional Skills courses (excluding clinics).
- Courses that were full at the end of Priority Registration.
Please see: Law School Waiting Lists (PDF) for further information on how the waiting list process works.
Only rising 3L Evening Division students and rising 2L Day Division students are eligible to register for ITAP or ITP. You cannot register for both ITAP and ITP.
Because ITP and ITAP are year-long programs, registration is conducted during fall Priority Registration and fall Add/Drop. In the spring, you are automatically registered in the section of ITP or ITAP that corresponds with your fall sections. Further information about ITP and ITAP schedules and registration is available through Registration and Schedules for ITP and ITAP (PDF).
NOTE: If you register in ITP, do not register for any of the Trusts and Estates sections (001 or 051). If you register for ITAP, do not register for any of the Evidence sections (001,002, or 051).
During spring registration, students who have taken Evidence and are interested in a trial advocacy course but have not taken ITAP can take Introduction to Trial Advocacy (ITA). This course involves a weekly lecture from 6:00 pm to 6:50 pm on Thursdays and a skills section. To register for ITA, register for one skills section of your choice and you will automatically be registered in the lecture.
Please see Guided Research and Practicum Registration
To register for Journal credits, Trial Team, or Moot Court, please print the Credit Information Form (PDF), have it signed, and submit it to the Office of Academic Records 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.
If you have a “HOLD” on your record, you will not be able to add or drop courses online 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 online 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.
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.
For assistance with any questions or problems during Add/Drop, students may go to the Law School Office of Academic Records in Barrack Hall (Suite 103) during normal business hours.
If you encounter any difficulties or have any questions about the online system or the Add/Drop process, please contact any of the following in the Office of Student Services, preferably by email:
- Jennifer Bretschneider, firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-204-2380
- Kelly Butts, email@example.com, 215-204-5680
- Rukiya Harris, firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-204-3515
Please provide your name, TU Id, time of occurrence of the problem, nature of the problem, course number, section number, title, and CRN of the course.
Application and registration information for in-house clinics and clerkships can be found on the pages below:
Second year full-time and part-time students (2Ls and 2LEs) interested in external clinics must contact Assistant Dean Jen Bretschneider to be registered in an external clinic. 2Ls and 2LEs cannot register online for external clinics.
We try to ensure that 3L, 3LE, and 4LE students are able to take at least one clinic during the academic year. Contact the student services office for advising help.
Priority Registration on Self Services Banner (SSB) for external clinics and externships will take place before registration for your other courses. 3L, 3LEs, and 4LEs will be able to register first in one clinic.
Most clinics have prerequisites. Before you register for a clinic, check the online course schedule to make sure that you understand any prerequisites it may have and its time requirements. Self Service Banner (SSB) will check that you have taken the prerequisites and will prevent you from registering if you do not have them. SSB will not check your clinic meeting times against the meeting times of the other courses you will be registering for. It is entirely up to you to keep the meeting times of your clinic in mind as you register for your other courses.