Registration Instructions - Spring 2018

All upper-class students (JD's and LLM's) will register for spring 2018 courses via my.SMU. Please read all instructions and make sure to check the Spring 2018 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) must have all holds cleared on their student accounts prior to registration.  The Registrar's Office will manually register 1Ls for their spring classes. 

Financial Aid/Scholarships (All Students)

If you are or will be receiving a scholarship, you must remain in good academic standing 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, 8 hours for LLM 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. 

Scholarships are applied towards your tuition for the fall and/or spring semester only.  Scholarships do not apply to the summer semester. Also, scholarships are not applied towards tuition for classes taken at other schools.  If you will be visiting another school, your scholarship will be canceled for that particular semester.  Receipt of scholarship funds cannot be accelerated.  If you graduate earlier than the normal matriculation for your program, you will only be awarded scholarship funds for the semesters you are enrolled in the law school on the basis of the scholarship award per semester.

Clinic Registration (JD Students)

(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.  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 (JD Students)

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. Petitions for extra hours may be found on the Registrar's website under "Forms."  Students who are in the evening program will always be ranked as evening students even if their status is changed to full-time.

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 Students)

ALL CREDIT HOURS that are to be applied to the spring 2018 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 or drop hours for the spring without tuition billing is Thursday, January 18, 2018.  The last day to drop a course with academic record (W on your transcript) is Thursday, January 25, 2018. 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.

Required Courses and Reminders (JD Students)

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.) (for students who were admitted before fall 2016), Experiential Courses (EL) (for students who were admitted in fall 2016 or later).  You may refer to Degree Requirements for a degree audit checklist and more information regarding degree requirements.

*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 (JD Students)

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.  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 (All Students)

  1. Check for any service indicators (holds) on your my.SMU account which need to be cleared prior to your enrollment.  The most common holds that you will see on your account are the Student Financial Rights and Responsibilities hold and the Personal Information hold.  Once these are taken care of, they will automatically release.  If you have any other type of hold on your account, such as a financial hold, it could take up to 24 hours for the hold to be removed.        
   *If you have trouble clearing a hold, contact the appropriate person or department listed with each hold to inquire about it 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.

   2. Check your enrollment appointment time in my.SMU and make sure it corresponds to the schedule below for on-line registration.

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 14th beginning at 12:30pm. LLMs register for no more than 14 credit hours.
Full-time day and evening students register for no more than 17 credit hours. Part-time evening students register for no more than 11 hours.
All students who have 0-52 hours including hours in progress.     Wednesday, November 15th beginning at 12:30pm. Full-time day and evening students register for no more than 17 credit hours. Part-time evening students register for no more than 11 hours.
  3. Review the course schedule and choose your classes. The course listings and block schedules are on the Law School Registrar's webpage under Course Schedules and Information.

  4. Make sure to review the exam schedule 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.

  5. Check for seat availabilities for the courses that you have chosen.  Seat availabilites are automatically updated in my.SMU as students add and drop courses.

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.