Spring Registration Dates
|Phase||Preferencing Starts||Preferencing Ends||Results Displayed|
|Upper-level JD Winter Elective||Monday, October 21 at 9am||Wednesday, October 23 at noon.||Friday, October 25|
|Upper-level JD Spring Elective||Monday, October 28 at 9am||Wednesday, October 30 at noon.||Friday, November 1|
|JD 1L International / Comparative Elective||Monday, November 4 at 9am||Wednesday, November 6 at noon.||Friday, November 8|
|JD 1L Spring Elective||Monday, November 11 at 9am||Wednesday, November 13 at noon.||Friday, November 15|
- For 1L-specific registration information, including information about International / Comparative electives and the Negotiation Workshop, click here.
- Please check the 2013-2014 Course and Schedule Updates page frequently for new course and scheduling information.
- For your reference, multi-section classes are listed here and Legal Profession classes are listed here.
HELIOS Registration Training and Information Sessions
- Wednesday, October 30 in WCC 2004 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm
- Thursday, October 31 in WCC 2009 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm
In addition, information about using HELIOS is online at: http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/registrar/helios/index.html.
There are a number of advising sessions that will be helpful to students in planning their academic programs:
Waitlists and Add/Drop:
- Add / drop deadlines. Please note that clinics and some courses have early add / drop deadlines.
- Winter - January 7, 2014. Clinic drop deadline is December 6
- Spring - January 31, 2014. Clinic drop deadline is January 17
- For any course that meets for part of the term, the add / drop deadline is one day after the course starts
- Waitlist Processing
You will be placed on a waitlist for any courses higher on your priority list than the course you were enrolled in. The waitlist processing period for winter and spring elective courses will run from November 18 through November 26. There will be no waitlist processing during the exam period. Waitlisting will resume on Thursday, January 2, 2014 and run through the end of spring add / drop on Friday, January 31. During these periods, Helios will send you an email if a seat becomes available in one of your waitlisted courses. Waitlists are processed 24 hours a day, and you will have 24 hours to decide whether to claim the seat once the offer is generated. Check Helios for the correct offer time. The email message may have a delay of a few minutes. If you have not added the course during this 24-hour period, your offer will expire and your space will be offered to the next student on the waitlist. If you have any questions or concerns during the waitlist process, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 617-495-4612.
As a Harvard Law student you have been assigned an official HLS Gmail account. The expectation is that you will look at this account including the spam folder on a regular basis. If you choose to forward this account to another personal account, it is your responsibility to ensure the email is forwarding correctly. All communications coming from Harvard Law School, including waitlist offers, will use the official HLS account. Missing an email due to issues resulting in mail forwarding is not an excuse. We have taken the necessary measures to ensure the delivery of Harvard initiated emails to your official HLS account. It is your responsibility to manage your email accounts which includes regularly checking spam folders.
- Final Waitlist Clearance Information
- A final waitlist clearance ("firesale") will take place at the end of fall and spring add / drop period.
- If you add a class during the firesale and you attend the first session and would like to then drop that class, you must let the Registrar's Office know on that day, even if it is after business hours. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You can make your selections at any time during each preferencing period. There is no advantage to registering early because all student course selections will be processed after the particular registration phase closes.
- Some courses require the faculty member’s permission to enroll and will not be part of the on-line registration process. The course description will provide registration instructions for these courses. If you have additional questions regarding the by-permission process, contact email@example.com.
- As you make your course selections, keep in mind your schedule as a whole. Unless otherwise indicated, once you are registered into a course in a certain time block, you will not be allowed to register for another course scheduled for the same time. You will be placed on the waitlist if there is a schedule conflict.
- During the registration process, you will be added to the waitlist for any of your preferred courses that are closed, if you are enrolled in a conflicting course or if you are already enrolled in 16 credits, the maximum for a term.
Registration Process: How Students are Enrolled in Courses
All students are assigned a random registration ID. Preferences are processed in registration ID order. Registration IDs are re-assigned before each preferencing phase.
Preference #1. Admin Law
Preference #2. Admin Law
Preference #3. Con Law SOP
Preference #4. Con Law SOP
Preference #5. Con Law SOP
Preference #6. Evidence
- Round 1/Pass 1: Preferences processed from lowest number to highest. Enrolled in Admin Law #1.
- Round 2/Pass 1: Preferences processed from highest number to lowest. Admin Law already enrolled, waitlisted for Admin Law #2, move on to next student
- Round 2/Pass 2: Preferences processed from highest number to lowest. Start again with the next preference for each student who did not receive an enrollment in pass 1. Con Law #3 full, waitlisted in Con Law #3, move on to next student
- Round 2/Pass 3: Preferences processed from highest number to lowest. Start again with the next preference for each student who did not receive an enrollment in pass 2. Enrolled in Con Law #4.
- Round 3/Pass 1: Preferences processed from lowest number to highest. Con Law already enrolled, waitlisted for Con Law #5, move on to next student
- Round 3/Pass2: Preferences processed from lowest number to highest. Start again with the next preference for each student who did not receive an enrollment in pass 1. Enrolled in Evidence
No round ends until every student has been enrolled for the highest possible preference.
Contact the Registrar’s Office at 617-495-4612 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.