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Registration Dates and Procedures

Registration for classes will be completed online through USFConnect. Students will be assigned specific appointment times when they may register online. The time periods assigned are determined by a student's year of study and division.

Spring 2015 Registration Information

Registration for classes will be completed online through USFConnect. Students are assigned specific appointment times when they may register online. The time periods assigned are determined by a student's year of study and division.

Continuing students who do not register during the assigned time periods will be required to "late register" and will be subject to a late registration fee. New visiting students may register in person at the time indicated in their letter of admission. Students from the Bay Area Consortium law schools and auditors must register in person and may do so only during the Late Registration add/drop period indicated in the academic calendar.

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Spring 2015 Registration Appointments

Registration appointment times are determined by priorities to ensure that students have fair opportunities to enroll in courses. The registration priorities are determined by a student's year of study and division.

Date Time Group Notes
3-Nov      12:30pm-6:00pm Fourth-Year Part-Time Evening Evening Courses Only
4-Nov 12:30pm-6:00pm    Fourth-Year Part-Time Day/Eve
Fourth-Year Full-Time
Third-Year Full-Time
Visiting Students
Graduating LLMs
All Courses
5-Nov      12:30pm-6:00pm  Third-Year Part-Time Evening Evening Courses Only
6-Nov     12:30pm-6:00pm  Third-Year Part-Time Day/Eve
Second-Year Full-Time
Second-Year Part-Time Day
All Courses
7-Nov          12:30pm-6:00pm          Second-Year Part-Time Evening All Courses
10-Nov      12:30pm-6:00pm  1st Year Full-Time      First Year Req'd & 1st Yr Elective Course
10-Nov      12:30pm-6:00pm  1st Year Part-Time Day/Evening      First Year Req'd
11/11-11/14    Open Registration
Preliminary Wait List Seat Offers Made
All Students
Wait List seat offers made to students in order of the wait list.  See wait list posting and acceptance instructions.
All Courses
11/15-01/07    Registration Closed All Students All Courses
08-Jan 9am, Add/Drop Begins.
Late Registration Begins. 
Wait List Seat Offers Resume
Add/Drop: All Students can continue to drop and add courses if already registered.
Late Registration: Students and non-degree seeking students who have not yet registered for any classes are charged a $75 late fee upon enrollment.
Wait List seat offers resume; made to students in the order of the wait list.
All Courses
16-Jan     Late Registration Ends Late Registration Ends.  Last day for students who have not yet registered for any classes to enroll.   All Courses
26-Jan Last day to add individual courses       All Students All Courses
02-Feb             Last day to drop individual courses and qualify for a tuition refund All Students -- After this date the instructor's permission must be obtained to withdraw from a course. A grade of "W" will appear on the transcript.
All Courses

A list of closed courses is available online, and will be updated daily, by 5pm through November 14, 2014.

Registration Procedure

  1. Determine your registration appointment times (see above).
  2. Review the schedule of classes.
    • Note offerings of required courses for each semester.
    • Read the "Notes" column, which identifies prerequisites, co-requisites, certificate courses, etc.
    • Check day and meeting times of your preferred courses to eliminate time conflicts.
    • Review the exam dates/times for your preferred courses.
  3. Read the explanation below on wait lists—an option available to registering students.
  4. 1L, 2L Part-Time and 2L Full-Time students who converted to FT at the end of their first year should consult the notes in the Spring 2015 Course Schedule to determine which courses are required for the semester.
  5. Review the curriculum information to determine the required courses that you my still have to take.The Course requirements and course descriptions are listed as links on the left hand column of this page.
  6. Review the law school's academic policies for information about course limitations, grading policies, etc.
  7. Check for any university holds on the self-service page of USFConnect > Student Registration Tab > Student Records > View Holds. All current students are "eligible" to register as long as there is no University HOLD on their student account. Some holds may prohibit registration and must be resolved before the registration appointment time, in order to register in a timely manner. Lack of registration will delay the financial aid process for borrowers. Please ensure that your account is clear in advance of registration.
  8. Confirm that your preferred courses are within the mandatory unit range for your division: Full time students: 12–15 units (16 units if not subject to course or unit restrictions). The absolute maximum number of units permitted for a full-time student is 16 units, no exceptions. Part time students: 8–11 units (12 units if not subject to course or unit restrictions). The absolute maximum number of units permitted for a part-time student is 12 units, no exceptions.
  9. Read carefully the online registration instructions. If a student does not have web access and is unable to register online during the assigned times, he or she may register by completing a paper registration form and faxing it to (415) 422-4199. If registering by fax you are advised to include alternate course selections in the event any of your requested courses are not available.

Wait Lists

If you are unable to enroll in a course because all seats have been taken you may place yourself on a wait list. Wait-listed course units do not count towards your total class units (i.e. a full time student could register for 16 units and also add themselves to the wait-list for 3, 3 unit courses).

To add yourself to the wait-list:

  1. Login to USF Connect                                                                            Wait List
  2. Select the Student tab
  3. Select the registration link                                                                   
  4. Select the Add/Drop link
  5. Enter the CRN (the five digit number) of the class you wish to add in the box under CRN
  6. Select "Add or Make Changes" link.
  7. The course will indicate that it is closed-- select "Wait-list" in the drop down box next to the course.
  8. Select "Make Changes"
  9. If you have correctly added the course to your schedule it will appear with the other registered classes with the notation "wait-listed". If it does not appear as listed - you have not added yourself to the wait list. 

*NOTE: We cannot make any changes for a student who failed to correctly add a wait-listed course to their schedule.

Once a course closes and a wait list begins, the course remains closed until seats are offered via the published wait list (even if students drop the course and additional seats appear to be available). Students should not drop themselves from a wait list in order to register for what appears to be an open seat. Adding from wait lists takes place during open registration (November 11 - November 14) and during the Add/Drop period, (January 8th - January 26, 2015). Wait lists are administered by the Law Registrar's Office which offers available seats to students in the order listed.

Wait lists become final and will be posted after the registration period closes. During the open registration period (11/11-11/14) and the Add/Drop period (1/8-1/29/15), students on wait lists will be offered seats via the online posted wait list if and when they become available. Students must check the posted wait list online daily (after 10am) to see if you have been offered an available seat at: http://www.usfca.edu/law/registrar/. If you are offered a seat, you will have until the date and time deadline indicated on the wait list (no weekends or holidays) to claim the space in the class [and drop any unwanted classes] by contacting the Registrar's Office (via email or in-person) to accept the seat. Students must contact the Registrar's Office by the posted date and time listed on the wait list. Wait lists will remain active during the 2-3 week period in which students may add courses.

Add/Drop

The assigned online registration appointment times include an opportunity to modify your selections by adding and/or dropping courses during the open registration period. Once the online registration period has closed, schedule changes cannot be made until the Add/Drop period opens on January 8, 2015.

Late Registration

Students who do not register for any classes during the assigned time periods are permitted to late register from January 8th-January 16th. No registration will be permitted beyond the end of the first week of classes absent compelling circumstances and attempts to comply.

Registration Confirmation

Students are responsible for confirming that they are registered correctly by reviewing their semester schedule online through the student tab on USFConnect. Please observe the registration, drop/add, and withdrawal deadlines stated in the academic calendar, as these deadlines will not be waived due to registration errors made by the student.

Work Statement

The American Bar Association (ABA) standards require that full-time students not engage in outside work in excess of 20 hours per week during the regular (fall/spring) semesters.  By registering for the term, full-time students are certifying that they are not employed, in aggregate, for more than 20 hours per week.

Class Attendance Statement

Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of their class sessions each semester, unless the faculty member has set a higher attendance threshold (noted on the class syllabus and sometimes in the first assignments).  Absences are determined from the start of the semester not the student's enrollment date.  The professor monitors class attendance and determines when tardiness is considered an absence.  Please advise the instructor in advance if you must miss a class session.  More information on this policy can be obtained in the Academic Policies.  

Restrictions on Program of Study

The law school's academic policies impose specific requirements on and restrict the course selection of some students. These include students on academic probation (page 16 of the Academic Policies) and second year students with a cumulative first-year grade point average of 2.500 or below (page 15 of the Academic Policies). Students affected by these policies have been notified in a letter from the Assistant Dean for Academic Services. The letter specifies the requirements and/or limitations which you must follow when completing online registration.

Note that your registration will be monitored to insure compliance. If you fail to follow the instructions, you will be dropped from any courses that are not permitted and your registration may be cancelled. If you believe you are subject to such restrictions but do not receive a letter prior to your registration appointment, contact Assistant Dean for Academic Services Elizabeth Benhardt.

Courses with the Credit/No-Credit Option

For certain elective courses, designated "Opt" in the grading column of the course schedule, a student may elect to be graded on a credit/no-credit basis instead of a letter grade. The election is made by submitting a grade option form to the Registrar's office. The student must be awarded a letter grade of C+ or higher to receive Credit. Once submitted, the election is irrevocable. The election deadline is noted in the official academic calendar for the semester in which the course is taken. A student is presumed to be taking the course for a letter grade unless a credit option form is submitted. A student my elect credit optional grading in only one course per semester and may be precluded from enrolling in a credit optional course or electing to take it for credit by a condition of probation or as the result of other enrollment limitations.

Please note: For any course in which a letter grade is not provided, a "credit" or "pass" must be achieved in order for the course to be applied to meet the law certificate requirements. Thus, any course with Credit Optional grading that you wish to apply towards a certificate must be taken for a letter grade. Credit Optional courses that are taken for credit cannot apply towards the certificate. This information is posted on each certificate’s webpage under Scholastic Requirements section.

Petitions For Exception to Academic Policies

Any student seeking an exception to academic policies must obtain approval prior to registration. In most cases, approval may be sought by directing your request to the office of the Assistant Dean for Academic Services, along with all required documents including your choice of courses if the request is denied. In the event additional information is needed you will be contacted at your USFConnect e-mail address.

You must allow sufficient time (minimum of 3-4 business days) for your request to be reviewed in advance of your assigned registration time; failure to do so may result in your registration being late with a consequent loss of priority.

Civil Law, Criminal Law, and Judicial Externship Programs

These programs offer upper division law students the opportunity to earn academic credit for unpaid positions they secure with San Francisco Bay Area government agencies, in-house counsel, law firms, nonprofit organizations, and judges, subject to GPA and other requirements. Participants in the Civil/Criminal Law Externship Program are required to attend a faculty-led Judicial Externship Orientation, submit evaluations and weekly time sheets, and complete other assignments. The Judicial Externship orientation is an all-day session typically scheduled on the Friday before the semester begins. Please refer to the Class Schedule.

In order to be eligible in Spring 2015 to enroll in a civil law, criminal law, or judicial externship during the add/drop period, students must submit the required application and supporting documents to the externship programs office by Thursday, December 4, 2014 after having secured a position from the employer/court. Application packets are available online in the academics section. (Please click on the program of interest.) Hard copies are available in the externship programs office in Room 235. Students must submit completed applications to program assistant Allison Green in Room 235 for processing and approval no later than Thursday, December 4, 2014. This will allow enough time for the application to be reviewed for approval in time for the registration deadline. Applications submitted after December 4th are not guaranteed approval and are subject to the discretion of the professor for the externship programs. Students who are unable to complete the application forms by December 4th must register for classes as if they are not doing the externship, and modify their class schedule during the Add/Drop period to include the externship. All students who have been approved for externships, and students whose applications are pending approval, must attend the first class of the externship program of interest, as attendance of all class dates listed in the course schedule is mandatory. (See the Upper Division Course Schedule and the application packets for class dates.)

JD/MBA Concurrent Degree Programs

Law students intending to participate in the concurrent degree program must notify the Office of Registrar in writing prior to registration for the fall semester of their third year. These students must have been admitted to the USF School of Business and Management and must meet the law school's academic requirements set out in the academic policies.  JD/MBA students with questions about their degree progress should contact the Law Registrar's Office in advance of the registration period.

Consortium

Students interested in taking an elective course not offered at USF during the 2014-15 academic year may take the course through the consortium program at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Golden Gate University, and Santa Clara University, under certain conditions. There is no additional tuition charge for taking a course through the consortium. (Part-time students pay the USF unit rate.) Advance approval to participate in the consortium program must be obtained from the Law Registrar's Office prior to enrollment. Students should also consult the host school regarding course availability, registration dates, and enrollment procedures. N.B. Students must take classroom, letter-graded classes at the consortium school and must earn a letter grade of C or better in order to receive credit at USF. Letter grades are not transferable.

Tuition Payment/Financial Aid

Tuition and financial aid information may be found here. Once you are registered for spring classes, a tuition billing notice will be e-mailed to your USFConnect email address for the Spring 2015 semester in early December.  Please consult the One Stop office for payment deadlines and to pay your bills online.

In order to utilize financial aid to help with your tuition payment, students must complete a 2014-15 FAFSA and have been awarded aid. In addition, you must be in good academic standing and have “accepted” the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan on-line via your USF Connect account and completed all requirements for disbursement associated with this aid. In addition, students who are interested in utilizing the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, must have submitted a paper PLUS loan application to the Law Financial Aid Office, have been credit approved for PLUS Loan funds, and completed all disbursement requirements associated with this aid. Students must also be enrolled in a minimum number of units. Although federal guidelines stipulate that full-time students enroll in a minimum of six units and part-time students enroll in a minimum of three units in order to receive federal financial aid, the USF School of Law Residence Requirements requires a minimum of 12 units for full-time students and a minimum of 8 units for part-time students per semester.

Law students must be registered in the minimum number of units as mandated by federal guidelines in order to have their financial aid funds disburse to the university on the earliest scheduled disbursement date (January 5, 2015 for spring semester). Failure to register for the appropriate number of units will result in a delay in receiving your financial aid. Financial aid will disburse as soon as the required number of units is added during the law school's Add/Drop period for each semester. Classes in which law students are "wait listed" do not count toward the unit requirement for financial aid disbursement.

IMPORTANT: Please note that you must pay your Spring 2015 semester tuition bill with authorized financial aid, personal funds, or a combination of both or enroll in the payment plan by the January 2, 2015 tuition payment deadline. Failure to reconcile your tuition bill will result in the cancellation of your spring class registration by the USF One Stop Office and a registration hold will be placed on your student record. If your spring classes are cancelled for non-payment, you will not be allowed to re-register until your tuition bill has been reconciled.

Please note that students who have an outstanding Spring 2015 semester tuition balance due, will have a registration hold placed on their student record and will not be allowed to register for spring or summer classes until their spring semester tuition bill has been reconciled and the registration hold lifted by the USF One Stop Office.  Failure to register for the spring semester during appointment times will likely result in a delay in receiving your spring semester financial aid.

Schedule Changes

Course offerings, examination dates, and class schedules, including meeting times and locations are subject to change without notice. Students are advised to check the Course Schedule and the Exam Schedule for the most up-to-date information.  Beginning 11/15/2014, course updates will also be included on the online Class Schedule Addendum.