Registration Instructions - Summer/Fall 2018

All upper-class JD students and continuing LLM students will register for May 2018 Term, Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 courses via my.SMU. Please read all instructions and

make sure to check the Fall 2018 exam schedule under "Exam Information and Policies" on the Registrar's website before registering for your fall classes.  Exams cannot be re-scheduled due to time conflicts.  Scroll down for further instructions.

All students must have all holds cleared on their student accounts prior to registration in order to keep their registration priority. 

Financial Aid/Scholarships

SUMMER TERM Financial Aid:  In order to qualify for Financial Aid during the Summer 2018 term,  Law students must enroll in a minimum of 3 credit hours.  Failure to enroll in the 3 hour minimum will result in the cancellation of your summer term aid.  This will not impact your aid for the regular fall or spring terms.   

If you are or will be receiving a scholarship during the fall semester, 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. The scholarship 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 (which normally occurs during the second week of school) 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 do not apply to the summer semester.  All scholarships are awarded and applied to the fall and/or spring semesters only.  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 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 (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 on the Registrar's web page under "Forms". 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 Info. and Deadlines (All Students)

ALL CREDIT HOURS that are to be applied to the May term, summer, or fall semesters 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 the May term is May 15th.  The last day to add any hours to the regular summer semester is May 24th.  The last day to add any hours to the fall term is August 24th.  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.

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.

 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 penalties. 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.

Required Courses, Notes, & 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.

*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), for example, 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.

Prior to registration, follow these steps (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 released.    
   *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 LLMs; JD students who have 53 hours and above including hours in progress Monday, April 16th beginning at 12:30pm. LLMs register for 8-14 hours for the fall term.
Full-time JD students register for 12-17 hours for the fall term.
Part-time JD students register for no more than 11 hours for the fall.
A maximum of 8 total credit hours (between the May term and the regular summer term) can be added for the summer.
JD students who have 32-52 hours including hours in progress    Tuesday, April 17th beginning at 12:30pm. Full-time JD students register for 12-17 credit hours for the fall.
Part-time JD students register for no more than 11 hours for the fall.
A maximum of 8 total credit hours (between the May term and the regular summer term) can be added for the summer.
JD students who have less than 32 hours including hours in progress Wednesday, April 18th beginning at 12:30pm. Full-time JD students register for 12-17 credit hours for the fall.
Part-time JD students register for no more than 11 hours for the fall.
A maximum of 8 total credit hours (between the May term and the regular summer term) can be added for the summer.

  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 Registration 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 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.  If a class that you have chosen is full, it is most likely because there are no more seats available in the class. 

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.