Course Registration Overview

It is recommended that students read through the information below in order to ensure a smooth registration process.

For any problems registering or if any instructions are unclear, please contact the Registrar for assistance.

Course Catalogue (CourseLink)

Course Registration Instructions & Waitlist Procedure

 Drop/Add Period

How does one drop or add a course?
Once all students have had the opportunity to register, it is possible to drop and add courses with open seats through the second week of classes or as noted on the Academic Calendar.

After a student adds or drops, he or she should again verify that his or her choices have been properly entered by checking the class schedule found under the Student Center on CaneLink.

How does one add a class for which he or she was on the waitlist?
Wait-listed classes may be added using the CaneLink system. Moreover, a faculty member may not sign a student into a wait-listed course or a course with 0 seats without consulting with the Registrar. Thus, students should deal with the Registrar on matters regarding a closed class and wait lists to avoid taking the time of the faculty.

 Litigation Skills Registration

Please note the Litigation Skills department has a separate registration process which is completed earlier than regular law course registration. The registration deadline is usually 2 days after the law course schedule has been released. Click for more information.

 Course Registration Procedures for Students on Academic Oversight

There are specific guidelines regarding registration or those on Academic Oversight. Click here for more information.

 Registering for Short Courses

Students may register for a short course during the normal registration period. In addition, students may register for a short course, so long as the course is open, up until the first day the course begins. Click here for more information on Short Course registration.

 Registering for Faculty Supervised Writing

To earn two-credits and satisfaction of a J.D. writing requirement, law review writing or individually pursued written work must be both faculty supervised and graded. Students are typically required to complete multiple drafts of a 30-to-40-page paper amounting to a rigorous writing experience in a legal context. Click for more information

 Courses Taken Elsewhere (at Other UM Schools/Outside Miami Law)

JD students have six elective credits (out of 88 total credits). These credits may be used to take courses in another School or department at UM. There are courses in all Schools of the university that may be of interest: International Studies, Geography, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Education, Business, and Communication are among the areas where JD students may identify courses which align nicely with a Law School curriculum. This is an opportunity to take a course of interest, whether it is a seminar in modern history, a special topic in journalism, or in a completely unrelated discipline altogether.

All graduate level courses (500-level and above) may be considered assuming the student meets any prerequisites. Language courses at the intermediate level and above (200-level or above) are also included. Students are encouraged to contact the course professor to ensure that the professor is willing to have a Law School student in his/her course. (The UM website has a university-wide people directory at the top of the home page.) Students will be able to register for many non-law courses directly through CaneLink.

Approvals: There are some courses requiring an approval prior to registering for them.  Please send an email to Hakim Lakhdar (see contact information below) with the course number and title.  He will confirm the course meets our requirements as defined here and inform the Law Registrar who will register the student.  Other points to note:

1) students with under a 2.5 GPA need approval from the Dean of Students Office and are generally discouraged from this option;

2) first year language courses cannot be taken for JD credit, though it may be possible to locate a non-credit beginning language course through the Division of Continuing and International Education,;

3) introductory courses are generally excluded;

4) students in joint degree programs will be using their 6 elective credits to receive JD credit from courses taken in their other program; and

5) tuition for any non-Law School courses (except for those students in joint degree programs) will be paid to the School of Law, current Law School scholarships will apply, and students will still be considered in full-time status.

Questions: For questions and/or help with registration for courses taken at other UM schools joint degree courses, contact Hakim Lakhdar, Director of Professional and Intellectual Life Programming at or 305-284-4345.