During the advance registration period, your course requests are being collected. Schedules are created after the advance registration period closes. Your chance of being placed in a course is not affected by when you enter your requests.
The scheduler works through your course requests in rank order.
The scheduler will not enroll you in courses with time conflicts.
The above steps are repeated for each course request until you reach your desired credit load (17 credit max) or until all of your requests have been considered.
How Can I Get the Courses I Want?
Take advantage of advance registration.
If you fail to submit your course requests during advance registration, you will be able to enroll in open courses, using Path@Penn, after schedules come out for that term.
Request courses in the order of their importance to you.
Request alternate courses requests for each primary request.
Avoid time conflicts. (Note that an alternate request may be in time conflict with its primary request, however.)
Do not enter a course more than once. (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.)
Holds on Your Account: You will not be able to enter course requests if you are on financial or student health hold. The Law School cannot lift these holds, so it is up to you to take the following step(s).
Financial holds: Resolve your University financial obligations by calling the Student Financial Information Center at 215-898-1988.
Student health holds: 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.
You will be notified by the Registrar’s Office when your final schedule is available on Path@Penn, approximately two weeks after the close of advance registration. Once schedules are available, you can view your Law courses on Canvas; non-law courses are not hosted on the Law Canvas site.
Other Notes on Scheduling
Keep a copy of your course requests!
Each school at Penn has a priority scheme that gives preference to students based on their division and year of study. The Law School gives enrollment priority to 3Ls and LLMs (with a few exceptions).
The Registrar may decide to cap the number of students by class category (i.e., 2L, 3L, LLM, ML) after discussion with the faculty member and Deputy Deans. We will let students know as soon as possible by posting it under the “Notes” column on the Course List spreadsheet.
Add/drop/swap is open for you to make changes to your schedule during a set period of time after your schedule comes out and through the first two weeks of the term (for semester long courses). The add/drop period ends after the first week of classes for quarter courses (that meet half of the semester). For classes that meet over a special session, you can request to drop the class by emailing the Law Registrar’s Office (email@example.com), after the first class. After students confirm and commit to a spot in a clinic, they may not drop without permission from the instructor and the Dean of Students. Further information on clinic enrollment can be found on the Enrollment Procedures for Clinical Courses webpage.
During add/drop, you can add open courses and drop courses using Path@Penn.
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.
You cannot enroll in a course after the add/drop period has concluded.
Any course, seminar, clinic, or externship that reaches its max capacity will generate a waitlist. The waitlist comprises students who requested the activity as a PRIMARY request during advance registration and were closed out. It is important to note that alternate requests do not land on the waitlist.
The waitlist is generated from the scheduler results and students are listed in priority order of the initial primary request.
We conduct all waitlist activity via email.
We will not take any requests to add to a waitlist and students do not have to confirm their place on a waitlist.
We will work through waitlists each day. We typically send out invitations to enroll via email each day after 12:00 pm. You will have until noon the following day to accept your offer to join the class and claim the permit.
Once we have worked through the full waitlist, and if spots are still available in the course, we will open the course for students to register directly in Path@Penn.
You have the opportunity to request enrollment in two spring electives, choosing one course from the regulatory elective group and one course from the general elective group. The Registrar’s Office will enroll you in your required spring courses: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure (for Section 3) and Legal Practice Skills.
Regulatory Electives (choose one as a primary + one as an alternate)
Administrative Law Bankruptcy International Law Internet Law Land Use Law
General Electives(choose one as a primary + one as an alternate)*
Access to Justice Chinese Law Intro to Intellectual Property Law and Policy Intro to Law and Economics Judicial Decision-Making Mental Health Law National Security Law Privacy Law Property Law Reproductive Rights and Justice
Course Finder: a tool to search and review the curriculum and review course descriptions, course concentration areas, and skills training options
Course Evaluations: Course evaluations are available through MyCourses. Please note that evaluations for 1L required courses are not available online.
Beginning fall 2022, the University converted to Banner. We are no longer able to report on the results of advance registration, as seen in the detailed reports listed below, so we are including a copy of the course lists, by academic year, that shows the closed courses as highlighted - please note the terms are tabbed at the bottom of the spreadsheet: