Course Registration Overview

The student CaneLink experience has a new look. The information available to students is the same, but the way in which students navigate to access it may feel different. Take some time to review the new Dashboard, understand how to use the new Schedule Builder, and learn how to search for classes, add, drop, waitlist, swap, etc. Please take a moment to review and familiarize yourself with information below.

Holds – Holds may appear on students accounts for various reasons, and some holds may impact students’ ability to register, obtain transcripts, receive diplomas, etc. It is the students’ responsibility to take required actions to prevent and/or clear such holds so they avoid any impact. Click here to learn more about common holds, how to view them, and what steps you must take to remove them.

Academic Calendar – Don’t miss upcoming dates and deadlines for the academic year. This includes dates pertaining to Add/Drop, Pass/fail, exam period, and graduation ceremony.

Should you need assistance feel free to contact the Law Registrar’s Office. Meet the Team

 Registration Resources

  • Course Catalogue (CourseLink)

    • Click here for the current and previous course offerings including course descriptions, instructor contact, course delivery, classroom assignments, days, and times.
  • Schedule builder
    • The new CaneLink student interface provides an excellent resource called the Schedule Builder, that students can use to build and visualize multiple schedule combinations.
  • Waitlist vs. Swap
    • Waitlist – This is a process that runs automatically in CaneLink each night until 12:00 a.m. on the Last Day to Add a Class that enrolls students into open seats based on their positions on the waitlist.

      • In the event that your first preference course(s) become full during registration, it is important that you enroll in a full schedule of open courses (second preference) and then set up swaps. Setting up swaps will maximize the ability to enroll in preferred courses by accounting for potential enrollment issues (time conflicts, max credit load) should space become available.
      • Students who are waitlisted but do not account for the following enrollment issues will be skipped on the waitlist when the CaneLink process runs:
        • The student does not meet the specified pre or co-requisite.
        • The student would become enrolled in an overload of credits for the semester by virtue of enrolling in the waitlisted class (i.e., the student would exceed his/her/their max number of allowable enrollment credits).
        • The time of the waitlisted course would conflict with the time of another course on the student’s schedule if the student was to be enrolled in the waitlisted course.
      • If the waitlist process runs and either (a) no students remain on the waitlist or (b) all students who remain on the waitlist experience one of the 3 registration issues listed above, the class will re-open and other students will be able to enroll, even if students continue to appear on the waitlist.
    • Swap
      • The swap feature allows students to identify a class they are currently enrolled in and trade it for a closed class they would prefer if it were to become available.
      • Here are some additional notes about swaps:
        • Swap lets you drop a class and add a new class at the same time, without risking the chance of being closed out of both.
        • If the desired class is full, a student who sets up a swap is automatically placed onto the waitlist of that class as a result of the swap; the student does not need to complete a separate waitlist process.
        • If a student is already on the waitlist for a class, he/she/their would like to set up with a swap, the student will not be able to do so. The swap feature can only be set from the onset. To add a swap for a waitlisted course, the student must drop the waitlist and then set up a swap.
    • Learn more about these two processes by clicking here, and make sure you set this up appropriately to maximize your chances of snagging a sea in your desired course.
  • Class Schedule
    • Students can view their class schedule in list view and calendar view via CaneLink. The schedule can also be viewed in multiple time displays (day, week, month) and students have the ability to print the schedule or export it to an email system such as Outlook. Click here for the steps on viewing your class schedule.
  • Add/Drop Period
    • Student will have access to add or drop full semester courses through the self-registration process in CaneLink until the deadline for Add/Drop as noted on the Academic Calendar. After a student add or drop, he or she should again verify that his or her choices have been properly entered by checking the class schedule in CaneLink.

 Short Course Registration

  • 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. Also, due to the course’s short duration a student may not add the course if the student misses the first day of the course. Students may drop the course through the second-class session. Click here for more information on Short Course registration.

 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

 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. Please see academic calendar for signup deadline and click here for approval form.

 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.