Advanced Registration Instructions & Add/Drop
Students advance register for fall and spring courses, seminars, clinics, externships, and co-curricular activities using Penn InTouch.
During advance registration your course requests are being collected. The course scheduler does not run until the advance registration period closes. Your chance of being placed in a course is not affected by when you enter your requests; however, we suggest that you not wait until the deadline to enter your requests.
Fall 2015 advance registration is open June 22 through July 17.
Spring 2016 advance registration is open October 26 through November 8.
Preparing to Register
Review the registration materials carefully. Use the block schedule to avoid time conflicts, and choose a full schedule of courses, up to or above your desired credit load. Be sure to choose alternate courses in case your primary requests cannot be satisfied. Course evaluations are available on-line through the Course Portal and Course Finder during advance registration and add/drop only. Hard copies of the evaluations are available in the Registrar’s Office throughout the year. Grade distributions are also available in the Registrar’s Office.
You will be enrolled in no more than 15 credits; the scheduler will stop processing your requests when you have reached this max. Each school has a priority scheme that gives preference to students based on their division, major or graduate group, and year of study. The Law School gives priority to 3Ls and LLMs (except in Appellate Advocacy and 1L electives). We will approve requests to increase your credit max AFTER advance registration (17 is the max per term).
The Registrar reserves the right to cap the number of students by class category (i.e., 2L, 3L, LLM, ML). Such decision will be made in consultation with the faculty member and Deputy Deans and communicated to students as soon as possible. We will post/update this information under the “Notes” column on the Course List spreadsheet.
How the scheduler works:
- The scheduler works through course requests in rank order. The system will look to satisfy your first primary request. If your first primary request closes, the scheduler looks to place you in your alternate request BEFORE it moves to your second request.
- A note on multiple sections - if a course has multiple sections (e.g. Appellate Advocacy, Corporations, Professional Responsibility), the scheduler will look to place you in an alternate section (assuming the section you request closes) UNLESS you select “N” under any section.
- The scheduler will not enroll you in courses with time conflicts.
If the alternate course is full, the system tries to place you in another section of the alternate course (unless you refuse this option). It will not create a time conflict with your other requests. The scheduler then moves onto your next primary request.
- Steps 1-4 are repeated for each course request until you reach your desired credit load (15 credit max) or until all of your requests have been considered.
Suggestions to Increase Your Chances of Receiving the Courses You Want
- Take advantage of Advance Registration to register for courses. Penn InTouch will not be available to you again until classes begin. If you fail to submit your course requests during advance registration, you will be permitted to request courses (via email to email@example.com) but will only be enrolled in open courses; you cannot add to the WL of a closed course until the start of the add/drop period.
- List alternate requests for each of your primary requests.
- Request courses in the order of their importance to you.
- Avoid time conflicts. However, an alternate request may be in time conflict with its primary request.
- Do not enter a course more than once as a primary request. You do not need to list a primary request as a subsequent, lower number primary request (e.g. first primary and then third primary); if you can’t get into a course using a higher ranked number, you won’t have success getting into it using a lower ranked number.
Hold on Your Account: You will not be able to enter course requests if you are on financial or student health hold. If you are on a financial hold, you will need to resolve your University financial obligations by calling the Student Financial Information Center at 215-898-1988. Likewise, the University’s Student Health Services requires that all full time students are fully immunized. Any student not complying with these requirements will have a hold placed on your account. The Law School cannot lift these holds!
Student schedules are available approximately two weeks after the close of advance registration. The Registrar reserves the right to cap the number of students by class category (i.e., 2L, 3L, LLM, ML). Such decision will be made in consultation with the faculty member and Deputy Deans and communicated to students as soon as possible. We will post/update this information under the “Notes” column on the Course List spreadsheet.
- Add/Drop occurs during the first two weeks of class.
- Clinic and Externship add/drop ends on the Friday of the first week of class.
- Add open course and drop courses using Penn InTouch.
- Closed Courses - students are added to closed courses from a waitlist (waitlist procedures, see below).
- After the end of add/drop, drops for all courses require the permission of the instructor. If you drop any activity (course, seminar, etc.) after October 15 (fall)/February 15 (spring), a W (withdrew) will be noted on your transcript next to the activity that was dropped.
Closed Courses & Waitlists
Any course, seminar, clinic, or externship which reaches its max capacity will generate a waitlist - the waitlist is comprised of students who requested the activity as a primary request and were closed out. [Note: a course you have selected as an alternate will not generate a spot on the waitlist.] The list is in priority order of your initial request. Additions to the waitlist are made during add/drop ONLY, and these additions are added to the end of the waitlist.
There is a lot of activity during add/drop. As space opens in a closed course, notifications go out to WL via email after 12:00 pm each day. Failure to respond by the designated date and time indicated in the message will void your offer to enroll in the course.
Confirming Your Place on a Waitlist
If you were closed out of a course or seminar, you must come to the Registrar’s Office by 4:30p.m. on (fall) Wednesday, September 2 and (spring) Wednesday, January 13 to confirm your interest in remaining on the waitlist.
After this date, open seats are offered to ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE CONFIRMED.
*All requests for waitlist confirmations must be made in person in the Registrar’s Office.*