Registration Information

All upper-class students will find registration instructions below. Students taking first year courses will be registered by the Registrar's Office. Students will register via my.SMU for regular classes. All hours for Law Review, Directed Research, Moot Court/Mock Trial, BOA, Clinic, Chief Justice, and Externship will be added to students' schedules by the Registrar's Office. Student petitions and forms may be found under the "Forms" link.


Summer and Fall 2018 Registration:

  • Registration Instructions
  • April 16 at 12:30pm (JD's with 53 hours or more and all LLMs)
  • April 17 at 12:30pm (JD's with 32-52 hours)
  • April 18 at 12:30pm (JD's with less than 32 hours)
  • All holds must be released prior to registration.

Adding, Dropping, and Withdrawing From a Course

Students may drop a class via my.SMU any time before the add/drop deadline with no penalty. Students wishing to drop a class after the deadline must fill out a withdrawal form [link to form] and have the instructor approve it. Upon receipt of the withdrawal form the Registrar's Office will drop the course from the student's schedule resulting in a grade of "W" on the transcript. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for add/drop deadlines.

Dropping a Course: Grading. A student may withdraw from a course at any time with the permission of the instructor, who shall use personal discretion to determine the grade received for the course. Students enrolled in required first-year courses must also obtain the permission of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs to withdraw from a course. If the student withdraws from a course before noon on the last day of classes, the student will ordinarily receive no grade for the course. If a student withdraws from a course after noon on the last day of classes, the student will ordinarily receive a failing grade for the course.

Withdrawal from the Law School. Withdrawal means the student's enrollment is cancelled and the student is no longer enrolled for any classes. If a student is enrolled for only one course, dropping this course constitutes withdrawal from the Law School and is subject to the penalties shown below. The student must contact the Registrar's Office in writing to withdraw from the Law School. The effective date of the withdrawal is the date the Student Petition for Withdrawal is processed in the Registrar's Office. This date is the date used for credit or refund purposes.