VI. Registration Schedule and Course Change Deadlines

A. Registration Overview

Students are responsible for knowing and meeting all Law School check-in, registration, and course change deadlines as set forth below.    

B. Check-in

1.  Check-in Process

All students are required to check in online using HELIOS  at the start of the academic year in order to provide updated Emergency, Local and Permanent directory information.  Failure to submit updated information by the applicable deadline may result in a web hold on all registration functions including add/drop and waitlist processing.

Note that in addition to online check-in through HELIOS, in-person check-in is required of all LL.M. students and first-year S.J.D. students. All continuing S.J.D students who have received a financial aid award package must check in with the Graduate Program Office in person to get financial clearance by no later than August 30, 2013

2. Check-in Dates

JD students HELIOS check-in: Beginning August 19, 2013 and must be completed by September 13, 2013
LL.M. students in-person check-in: Beginning August 19, 2013 and must be completed by August 26, 2013
New S.J.D. students in-person check-in: By appointment only (gpquery@law.harvard.edu) beginning August 12, 2013 and must be completed by August 30, 2013
Continuing S.J.D. students in-person check-in: Beginning August 12, 2013 and must be completed by September 13, 2013; in-person check-in required for resident S.J.D. students with financial aid awards no later than August 30, 2013 by appointment only (gpquery@law.harvard.edu).

Students will not be allowed to check in late, unless they first obtain permission from the Dean of Students, for J.D. students, or the Graduate Program, for LL.M. and S.J.D. students.

3. Certification

Students will be required to submit certain certifications as part of the online check-in process.

C. Course and Clinic Registration Periods

1.  First-year J.D.: Students are assigned, according to their section, to the required 1L courses. First-year J.D. students register during the fall term for the required spring course in international or comparative law and for a spring upper-level elective.

2.  Second- and third-year J.D.: Students register for fall term electives, all multi-section offerings, and all clinics in the prior spring, and usually register for winter and spring electives in late October/November. 

3.  LL.M.: Students register for all courses over the summer. 

4. Any student who does not register during the appointed registration periods must wait until the beginning of the relevant add/drop period to add, drop, and wait-list courses and clinics. 

Specific course and clinic registration periods are established each year by the Registrar.

D. Course Add/Drop Deadlines

Table 4: Course Add/Drop Deadlines

TermAdd/Drop Deadline
Fall, Fall/Winter and Year-longSeptember 13, 2013
Winter and Winter/SpringJanuary 7, 2014
SpringJanuary  31, 2014

Certain courses have earlier add/drop deadlines than those listed above. Students should consult the course descriptions in the HLS course catalog for information about earlier deadlines.  

E. Course Withdrawal Deadlines

1. A student withdrawing from a course, seminar, or reading group after the last day of the course add/drop period for the term will be considered to have withdrawn after the deadline, and the course, seminar, or reading group will be listed on his/her transcript with a “Withdrew after Deadline” (WD) notation.  

2. In cases of substantially delinquent attendance in the course, seminar or reading group, the Law School may, after written warning, involuntarily withdraw a student from the course, seminar or reading group. Section I.J.

3. Exceptions to the withdrawal policy are available only for a compelling reason such as illness or unforeseen circumstances. Students should contact the Dean of Students and the Office of the Registrar to request an exception to this policy.

F. Clinic Add/Drop Deadlines

Table 5: Clinic Add/Drop Deadlines

TermAdd/Drop Deadline
Fall ClinicsSeptember 4, 2013
Winter ClinicsDecember 6, 2013
Spring ClinicsJanuary 17, 2014

1. Clinic add/drop deadlines are earlier than most course add/drop deadlines. In addition, some clinics have even earlier add/drop deadlines than those listed above. Students should consult the clinic descriptions in the HLS course catalog for specific add/drop deadlines.

2. The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (OCP) oversees add/drop deadlines for clinics. Clinics go to great lengths to prepare projects and coordinate with potential clients. Clinics depend on enrolled students to take on this work, and therefore require that students finalize their participation earlier than is required for non-clinical courses.

3. All clinics must be taken in conjunction with a relevant course.  The three ways in which students enroll in the classroom component of a clinic are: 

a)  Course and clinic enrollment are bundled together.  The class and the clinic are added and dropped together, and share the same add/drop deadline.  

b) Course and clinc enrollment are separate. Students must enroll in the course on their own through HELIOS; the course is not automatically linked with the clinical placement. Adding or dropping the clinic does not affect course enrollment.  A student who is unable to enroll in the course by the clinic add/drop deadline forfeits his or her clinic enrollment. 

c) Course and clinic enrollment are separate, but the course has reserved seats for clinic students.  Students who receive a seat in the course due to their clinic enrollment and drop the clinic must also drop the course.

d) Students must work with OCP to finalize their clinic and/or clinical course enrollments. Students who are unresponsive to OCP emails or other communications related to registration and enrollment requirements may have their clinical enrollment terminated.

G. Clinic Withdrawal Deadlines

1.  A student withdrawing from a clinic after the last day of the clinic add/drop period for the term will be considered to have withdrawn after the deadline, and the clinic will be listed on his/her transcript with a “Withdrew after Deadline” (WD) notation.   

2. In cases of substantially delinquent attendance or unsatisfactory performance of clinic responsibilities, the Law School may, after written warning, involuntarily withdraw a student from the clinic. See Section I.J

3. Exceptions to the withdrawal policy are available only for a compelling reason such as illness or unforeseen circumstances. Students must contact the Assistant Dean for Cllinical and Pro Bono Programs to request an exception to this policy.

H. Course and Clinic Waitlists

Once the maximum enrollment for a course or clinic has been reached, enrollment is closed and a waitlist is formed. Admittance into a waitlisted course or clinic during waitlist processing is strictly in order of the waitlist. Students who are offered a place in a course or clinic from the waitlist will be notified by email and must formally accept within the specified time frame to be officially admitted into the course or clinic. Note: clinic waitlist processing closes earlier than non-clinic waitlist processing.

For more information about enrollment in courses, please contact the Office of the Registrar. For more information about enrollment in clinics, please contact the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs.         

Last modified: April 18, 2014

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