1. Cross-Registration from Harvard Law School
a) Overview: Cross-registration for Harvard Law School students extends to all Harvard schools with the exception of the Division of Continuing Education (Harvard Extension School). Law School students also may cross-register at M.I.T. and the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Students are responsible for knowing the cross-registration policies and procedures of the Law School and of the school offering the course. Cross-registration must be completed by published deadlines at the beginning of the semester in which the course is offered and by the dates posted in the Law School Cross-Registration Calendar. A cross-registration petition may not be filed later in the year and operate retroactively. Students interested in cross-registering should submit petitions through my.Harvard.edu. Individual school courses and cross-registration policies and dates are available on the Cross Registration for Harvard Students page of the Harvard University Course Catalog.
b) Requirements: A student must be a currently registered, full-time student of Harvard Law School in order to cross-register. Any J.D. student, after the fall term of the first year, may cross-register for courses according to these terms:
i. In the spring term, first-year J.D. students may petition the Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs to cross-register for a course offered by one of the other Harvard schools. However, the course, if approved, will not be counted for degree credit and the student also must complete the required spring Harvard Law School upper-level elective course of a minimum of two and a maximum of four classroom credits (see Section I(C)). and the total number of credits for the term does not exceed 18. Petitions should include the student’s reasons for wanting to cross-register.
ii. Second- and third-year J.D. students need to carry at least eight Harvard Law School credits of classroom, clinical, or written work, of which no fewer than four are classroom and/or clinical credits per semester in order to be eligible to cross-register (see Section I(D)). Students are required when cross-registering to meet the Law School fall and spring semester residency minimum of 10 credits, which will include the cross-registration credits converted to Harvard Law School credits.
iii. Any LL.M. student may apply to cross-register for courses. To do so, LL.M. students must seek approval from the Director of Administration and Student Affairs for the Graduate Program; cross-registration may be completed only after such approval has been granted.
Only those S.J.D. students who are in the first year of the S.J.D. program and who are eligible to take courses for credit are able to cross-register for credit. Where both conditions have been met, S.J.D. students should consult with their faculty supervisors before starting the cross-registration process.
c) Process and Approval: It is important to note that host school faculty approval does not guarantee enrollment in the course. If the faculty member approves, the student’s request will be forwarded to the host school’s Registrar’s Office. The host school’s Registrar’s Office will enroll the student if appropriate given the school’s policies for cross-registration. Students who plan to cross-register for a course should maintain a full schedule of Law School course credits until courses requested through cross-registration are confirmed. Following confirmation, cross-registering students will be permitted to drop a course at HLS without penalty, provided that the student does so immediately following host school confirmation.
d) Credits: Harvard Law School allows up to 12 credits of cross-registration toward the J.D. degree and up to six credits of cross-registration toward the LL.M. degree. Law School students may enroll in up to six credits of cross-registration per semester. The number of credits for a course will be assigned by the Law School Registrar’s Office in accordance with ABA standards. Law School credits for cross-registration are generally based on lecture hours, with one credit awarded for every 700 minutes spent in mandatory lecture, (e.g., a course meeting three lecture hours per week for a full semester will receive three credits). For J.D. students, studio and field courses are generally limited to two credits and credits awarded for language courses are limited to three credits (thus, in both situations, credits awarded may not reflect true in-class hours). “Intensive” language courses (in which a full-year’s worth of instruction takes place in one semester) may receive up to four credits. LL.M. students do not receive degree credit for language courses, studio courses, or field courses.
e) Course Scheduling, Content, and, Grades: The content of a cross-registered course may not duplicate or overlap course work taken previously or contemporaneously. The meeting time of the cross-registered course may not overlap with, or abut, the meeting time of courses on the student’s Law School schedule, and students must allow for sufficient travel time between schools. Students may not make arrangements with faculty members to arrive late or leave early from a class.
Grades awarded by the school offering the cross-registered course are the grades of record for the Law School transcript. Credits earned in cross-registered courses generally count toward Harvard Law School degree requirements; however, the grades do not count in Latin honors calculations for J.D. students.
Most schools do not allow graduate or cross-registered students to take courses pass/fail. Students may not negotiate pass/fail grading separately with faculty, and any offer of pass/fail grading from the course instructor will be verified by the Law School Registrar’s Office. Any questions regarding the grading policies of a school should be directed to the respective Registrar’s Office.
f) Academic Work, Examinations: The Harvard schools generally operate on the same academic calendar. However schools continue to offer individualized course and exam schedules that affect daily class times, add/drop deadlines, exams, and credits. All academic work for a cross-registered course must be completed in the term in which the course is taken. Students should review the course and exam schedule of each school into which they plan to cross-register. Students are responsible for taking the examination(s) in a cross-registered course when scheduled by the school offering the course. Requests to defer examinations in any course, including cross-registered courses, will not be granted except as specified in the Law School’s Deferred Examination Policy (see Section IV.B). In addition, the examination policies and procedures of the school offering the course must be observed.
Note: Degree candidates should plan carefully to complete all academic work and exams in cross-registered courses on schedule to avoid delay in receipt of final grades that may jeopardize clearance for Harvard Law School graduation.
g) Cross-Registration Deadlines: Harvard Law School students should follow the deadlines listed on the Law School Cross-Registration Calendar. Note that students are responsible for notifying the Harvard Law School Registrar’s office of any dropped cross-registration courses by the appropriate deadline. Failure to do so may result in a “Withdrew after Deadline (WD)” notation on a student’s transcript.
2. Cross-Registration into Harvard Law School
Students cross-registering into Harvard Law School from other schools should consult with their home school Registrar’s Office in advance of submitting a petition to take a Law School course. Cross-registration into the Law School is open to all Harvard University students, with the exception of students from the Division of Continuing Education (Harvard Extension School), and to graduate students of M.I.T. and the Fletcher School at Tufts University. For the duration of the course taken through cross-registration, a student must be registered at his or her home school and remain in good standing at both the home school and at the Law School. Students interested in cross-registering into the Law School should submit petitions through my.Harvard.edu.
Cross-registrants into the Law School are allowed to take a maximum of six credits at the Law School in an academic year, audits included. Most Law School courses expect students to have a basic understanding of legal vocabulary and the legal system. Students must get permission from the instructor to cross-register and should discuss their qualifications for a course/seminar in detail and in advance with the instructor. Even with permission, cross-registrants are not guaranteed enrollment in a class until the Law School Registrar’s Office has given its approval, which will be in part dependent on available seats.
Cross-registration must be completed at the beginning of the semester in which the course is offered and by the dates posted in the Law School Cross-Registration Calendar.
A petition may not be filed later in the year and operate retroactively. There is no cross-registration into the first-year basic courses in civil procedure, contracts, criminal law, legislation and regulation, property, torts, and international or comparative law, or into the first-year Problem Solving Workshop or First-Year Legal Research and Writing or into courses satisfying the Law School’s professional responsibility requirement. All cross-registration placements are determined by the Law School Registrar’s Office. Students may not make arrangements outside the Registrar’s Office with a Harvard Law School instructor to cross-register for or audit a course or regarding grades or credit for academic work.
All academic work must be completed in the term in which cross-registration is taken and by Law School deadlines. All examinations must be taken as specified in the Harvard Law School examination schedule. No adjustments will be made, and Harvard Law School does not give make-up examinations. Papers are not accepted in lieu of exams unless the instructor offers the option in advance to the entire class. All Law School courses and written work will be graded Honors, Pass, Low Pass, or Fail (“H, P, LP, or F”) (or Credit/Fail in approved courses) for all students, including cross-registrants. Dean’s Scholar Prizes may be awarded in recognition of outstanding work in classes with seven or more Harvard Law School J.D. and LL.M. students following the add/drop period. Except in courses so designated, Credit/Fail grading is not an option and may not be arranged separately with the instructor.