Registration Instructions - Spring 2016

All upper-class students will register for spring 2016 courses via my.SMU. Please read all instructions and make sure to check the Spring 2016 exam schedule under "Exam Information and Policies" on the Registrar's website before registering for your classes. Exams cannot be re-scheduled due to time conflicts.  

All students (including first year students) have 2 holds on their account that will need to be cleared before registration.  The Personal Information hold and the Financial Rights and Responsibilities hold can be cleared through my.SMU. Instructions for clearing these holds are below. The Registrar's Office will manually register 1Ls and 1Es for their classes once all holds have been cleared.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

If you are or will be receiving a scholarship, you must remain in good academic standing (the cumulative GPA that you must keep depends on the particular scholarship type) and be registered as a full-time student based on your program in order to keep the full amount of the scholarship.  (12 hours for day students, 9 hours for evening students).  If you register for less than full-time, your scholarship will be pro-rated based on how many hours you are registered for.  Proation is based on the average full-time hours for the program (15 for day students and 10 for evening students).   If you fall below the cumulative GPA needed to keep your scholarship, the scholarship will be canceled.  Dean's scholarships may be re-instated if your GPA rises once again in a future semester.   

*Please note that until the end of the add/drop period for changing class registration we do not know if a student will be registered for less than full time hours in their program. Therefore, we cannot do the proration of scholarships until after this time.  This means that a full scholarship will normally be awarded in your financial aid award and that this number will subsequently be adjusted if by the end of add/drop you are not enrolled in full-time hours for your program.  This will result in a reduction in your financial aid which can create a balance due to the university when scholarship monies are reversed. 

Clinic Registration

(For students who were selected for clinic through the lottery)
Clinic seats will be assigned through a lottery that will occur prior to registration. Students who receive a clinic seat in the lottery are required to register for that clinic through my.SMU during registration for the fall and summer.  Do not register for a clinic unless you were selected for it through the lottery.  Students who register for a clinic they were not chosen for will be dropped from that clinic. Any clinic openings that occur after registration will be filled on the basis of the waiting list. The clinic will contact any students who have made a clinic spot and were on the waiting list.

Extra Hours and Non-class Credits

In order to take extra hours students must fill out a petition for extra hours and obtain approval from Dean Yeager. Evening students may petition for full-time status after their second semester. The petition may be found in the Registrar's Office or on the Registrar's web page under "Forms."  Once the petition has been approved, the Registrar's Office will change your status in my.SMU to full-time and you may register for a maximum of 17 credit hours.  Students who are in the evening program will always be ranked as evening students even if the status is changed to full-time.

The maximum number of credit hours day students may register for is 17.  Day students may not petition for additional hours.  The maximum number of credit hours that evening students may register for is 11 without petitioning for extra hours.  If approval from Dean Yeager is given, evening students may register for up to 17 hours.

Directed Research, Externship, Moot Court, and Mock Trial hours must still be added through the Registrar's Office. To register for any of these hours, permission must be obtained from the designated faculty member and the appropriate permission to register form must be submitted to the Registrar's Office. The permission to register form is available in the Registrar's Office or on the Registrar's web page. Law Review and Clinic Deputy hours must also be added through the Registrar's Office, however no signed authorization is needed.  You may fill out a form in the Registrar's Office for these hours to be added or send an e-mail to a member of the Registrar's Office including your ID number, the name of the law review or clinic (for clinic chief), and number of credit hours that need to be added.

Add/Drop Deadline

ALL CREDIT HOURS that are to be applied to the spring 2016 semester must be added to your schedule by the last day of the add/drop period. *This includes hours for Directed Research, Externship, Moot Court/Mock Trial, Clinic Deputy, and Law Review. The last day to add hours to your spring schedule is Wednesday, January 13, 2016.  You will receive a grade of "W" on your trancript if a class is dropped after the add/drop period has ended, however you may drop a class up until the last day of classes with the instructor's permission. First year students may not drop first year required courses without the permission of the instructor and Dean Yeager.  Add/drop begins on Saturday, November 21st at 12:01am (Friday night/Saturday morning).

Required Courses and Reminders

Required Courses for Graduation: All first year courses (31 hrs.), Professional Responsibility (3 hrs.), Constitutional Law II (3 hrs.), General Writing course (GW) (2 or 3 hrs.), Edited Writing course (EW) (3 hrs.), Professional Skills course (PS) (1, 2, 3, or 4 hrs.)  You may refer to Degree Requirements for a degree audit checklist and more information regarding degree requirements.  The required number of credit hours for graduation is 87.

*If a class that you want to add to your schedule is full/closed when you try to add it, you can either go ahead and add another (open) class to your schedule or keep checking my.SMU periodically throughout the add/drop period to see if the class has opened up.  Most courses have a seat limit based on the number of physical seats in the class.  If the class is full, it is most likely because there are no remaining seats in the class or the professor has set a specific seat limit.

*Courses MUST be designated as either Edited or General Writing to satisfy the writing requirement. They are designated as "EW" or "GW" on the upperclass course listing next to the title of the course.  Keep in mind that if a class is listed as a (GW) (PS) you can only get credit for one of them.

*6 Residency credits are required for graduation. (1 credit is given for passing 12 course hours in a semester; 3/4 credit for 9-11 hours; 1/2 credit for 6-8 hours; and 1/4 credit for 3-5 hours) Refer to the law school catalog for more information.

*Maximum number of pass fail hours

The maximum number of pass fail hours (other than for externships) which can be applied to satisfy the 87 hours required for graduation is 6. This restriction also does not include hours transferred from other law schools or another graduate school at SMU. This requirement reflects the impact of the reduction in required hours from 90 to 87. Generally, the type of pass fail hours that this affects are hours for law review, mock trial and moot court competitions, and serving on the BOA. **There are no in class lecture courses that JD's can elect to take pass/fail.

Each student must take the following steps prior to registration

  1. Check for any service indicators (holds) which need to be cleared prior to your enrollment. To view your holds:
    • Login to my.SMU.
    • Under Student Self Service, click the Student Center link (on right hand side of screen).
    • Click the Details link under Holds (on right hand side of screen).
    • If you have any holds on your account, they will appear.  If not, it will say "No holds."
    • Refer to the student tutorial for more detailed instructions.
    • Contact the appropriate person or department listed with each hold to inquire about the hold and have it cleared. If no contact person or department is listed, contact the University Registrar's Office in the Laura Lee Blanton Building at 214-768-2038 or If you have a hold on your account when your appointment time opens, you will lose registration priority. Please be advised that it could take up to 24 hours to have any hold removed.
  2. The University has placed a Student Financial Rights and Responsibilites hold on every student's account.  You will need to complete the review and the electronic signature through your account in my.SMU.  Once the statement is signed, the hold will automatically be removed.  Refer to #1 for instructions on viewing holds.  The Financial hold will be placed on every student's account every semester.
  3. The University has also placed a Personal Information Update hold on every student's account.  You will need to update your demographic information, addresses, phone numbers, and emergency contacts. If this information is not verified you will not be permitted to register until the verification has been completed. To update your personal information:
    • Login to MY.SMU.
    • Under Student Self Service, click the Student Center link (on right hand side of screen).
    • Scroll down to the bottom of the page to Personal Information.
    • Select Demographic Data.
    • Enter any information that needs to be updated.
    • At the bottom of the page, click the I have verified and/or updated my information box; it is current option (Click this box even if you made no changes).
    • Click Save (even if you made no changes).
    • At the top of the page you will see tabs for Addresses, Emergency Contacts, and Phone numbers.  Each of those must also be updated and/or verified following the same instructions above. 
    • Refer to the STUDENT TUTORIAL for more detailed instructions.
  4. Review the course schedule and choose your classes. The spring 2016 course listings and block schedules are on the Law School Registrar's webpage under Course Schedules and Information.
  5. Make sure to review the exam schedule for the applicable semester prior to registering for classes. Do not register for courses in which the exams are scheduled at the same time. The exam schedules are also on the Law School Registrar's webpage under Exam Information and Schedules.
  6. Check for seat availabilities for the courses that you have chosen by following these instructions: Seat availabilites are automatically updated in MY.SMU as students add and drop courses.
    • Login to MY.SMU.
    • Under Student Self Service, click the Student Center link (on right hand side of screen).
    • Click the Search for Classes button.
    • Select the Term (spring 2016) from the drop down menu.
    • Select the Subject (Law).
    • Select the Course Career (Law).
    • Uncheck the Show Open Classes Only box.
    • Click search.
    • Click OK when the statement regarding 50 classes appears. If you see a green circle next to Status, the class is open.  If you see a blue square next to Status, the class is closed.  The law school does not use the wait list function.  Under "Available Seats" you will see Unrstr and Rstr. Unrstr is the unrestricted number of seats that are available in the course. Rstr is the restricted number of seats. The only instance where there is a number under Rstr is when there are seats that are restricted for day or evening students. All restrictions that have been placed on courses will be removed once add/drop begins and every student will be able to add any courses with available seats to their schedules. Restrictions will automatically be removed at midnight on Saturday, November 21st (Friday night/Saturday morning).
    • Visit the Student Self Service Tutorial for detailed registration instructions.
7.  Check your enrollment appointment time and make sure it corresponds to the schedule below for on-line registration.  To check your appointment time:
  • Login to my.SMU
  • On the right hand side of the screen at the top under Student Self Service, click the Student Center link.
  • Also on the right hand side of the screen under Enrollment Dates, click the Open Enrollment Dates link.
  • Select the term (spring 2016) and click Continue.
  • The enrollment appointment times will be displayed.

The schedule for on-line registration for upper-class students is as follows:
All students who have 53 hours and above including hours in progress. Tuesday, November 17th beginning at 12:30pm. LLMs register for up to 14 credit hours.
Full-time day and evening students register for up to 17 credit hours. Part-time evening students register for up to 11 hours.
All students who have 0-52 hours including hours in progress.     Wednesday, November 18th beginning at 12:30pm. The Registrar's Office will add Property II (3 credit hrs.) to 2E schedules.  2Es may add the remaining 8 hours of upper-class courses to their schedules via my.SMU.
Except for clinics, no waiting lists will be maintained. All open seats will be available on a first-come-first-served basis during the regular add/drop period. Please check for all current seat availabilities through MY.SMU.