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Curriculum and Planning Resources

The resources below will help you explore HLS course offerings and connect with others that can assist in planning your path through and beyond HLS.

Overview of the Course and Clinic Selection Process

Course and Clinic Selection at HLS is a multi-phase process with different periods and rounds throughout the year. LL.M. students generally register for the full year in the summer prior to matriculation. Upper-level J.D. students have various rounds in mid to late-fall and late-spring. 1L J.D. students are assigned a course schedule in the summer prior to matriculation, and then have JET and spring elective rounds in mid to late-fall.

Once each registration period concludes, all HLS students are generally able to add and drop courses and clinics until the add/drop deadline for a given term. Note that some courses and clinics may have add/drop deadlines earlier than the term deadline; if an earlier deadline exists, it will be reflected in the course catalog description.  In the fall and spring terms, the Firesale takes place immediately following the add/drop deadline, giving students one last chance to enroll in courses with open seats for which they have been on the waitlist.

Planning Your Time at HLS

Use the Handbook of Academic Policies, degree requirement quick-reference guide, and Programs of Study to plan your time at HLS. Additionally, use Amicus to connect with your faculty advisors, BSAs, other students, or mentors. Don’t forget to check on your degree progress with the Degree Audit (available in the Academic Records tab) in HELIOS!

Course Registration Procedures and Resources

The below resources can assist in guiding you through the registration process.

HLS Course Registration Procedures

Find out more about the process of each registration round, add/drop and waitlist functionality in HELIOS, the Firesale, and how the enrollment algorithm works.

Important Dates

  • Upcoming Registration Dates – AY 2024-2025

    LLM Round 1  | Legal Profession (Full Academic Year)

    • Opens Thursday, June 27th at noon
    • Closes  Monday, July 8th at noon
    • Results Available in Helios by Friday, July 12th

    LLM Round 2  | Multisection, Electives & Clinics (Full Academic Year) 

    • Opens Friday, July 12th at noon
    • Closes Monday, July 29th at 9am
    • Results Available in Helios by date TBD
  • Waitlist Processing, 2024-2025

    Waitlist processing will take place Monday, May 13th to Friday, June 21st. It will then be paused until mid-to-late August.

  • Add/Drop 2024-2025

    Add/Drop dates for the 2024-2025 AY will be posted before registration begins.

    • Fall, Fall-Winter & Fall-Spring Clinics  – August 23rd
    • 1L Fall Courses ADD Deadline (LLMs only)  – September 5th
    • 1L Fall Courses DROP Deadline (LLMs only)  – September 9th
    • Fall & Fall-Spring Courses  -September 9th
    • Fall & Fall-Spring Firesale  – September 10th
    • Winter & Winter-Spring Clinics  – November 18th
    • Winter 1L Jterm Courses  – TBD
    • Winter & Winter-Spring Courses   – January 6th
    • Spring Clinics  – December 13th
    • 1L Spring Courses ADD Deadline (LLMs only)  – January 29th
    • 1L Spring Courses DROP Deadline (LLMs only)  – January 31st
    • Spring Courses –  January 31st
    • Spring Firesale – February 3rd


    All term drop deadlines supersede any window for waiting list offers.
    Please note: Clinics and some courses may have different deadlines. Read the course descriptions for course-specific details.

  • Academic Advising Events | Spring 2024

    Students interested in Academic Advising can find information for booking appointments with each of the HLS Offices that offer individual advising on the Academic Advising Appointments for Students webpage.

    Decision-Making for your Academic Path: Advising Conversations with HLS Professors: March 1, 2024 from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Writing at HLS and Advising Lunch: March 6, 2024 from 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

    Clinical Program Open House and Academic Advising Fair: March 26, 2024 from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm



  • Academic & Clinical Program Tabling | Spring 2024

    Various administrative offices, including the Registrar’s Office and the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, will be in the Hark at tables to answer questions about courses and clinics, the course and clinic selection process, the clinical program and more.

    Clinical Program Tabling at the Hark Ramp | 12:30-1:30

    • Monday March 18th
    • Monday March 25th
    • Wednesday March 27th

    Ask the Registrar Tabling at the Hark Ramp | 12:30-1:30 

    • Tuesday April 2nd
    • Wednesday April 3rd
    • Wednesday April 10th
    • Friday April 12th
    • Monday April 15th
    • Tuesday April 16th
  • Exam Info Session Dates | Spring 2024

    We will have two Exam Info Sessions this Spring. One will be in person, and the other will be through Zoom.

    • Monday, April 1st at 6:00pm via Zoom:
      • Please note, this webinar will be recorded
    • Thursday, April 4th at 12:15pm in WCC 1019

    You can review the Exam Info Slides here.

Course Information

View the courses that are part of an upcoming registration round or courses that will satisfy a particular graduation requirement.  The Course Reference Guide is a list of all courses, including scheduling and program capacities, to assist in the course selection process. Note that by-permission courses are not included in course preferencing registration rounds; these courses typically involve an application process and admittance is processed outside of HELIOS.

Resources for the 2024-2025 academic year will be posted here shortly after catalog release.

Clinic Registration

HLS offers a variety of in-house, externship, and other clinical opportunities that can enhance your legal education. Explore these opportunities and the clinical registration process through the links below.

Detailed information regarding the clinical curriculum and associated registration deadlines can be found on the Clinical Registration page. Please note that clinics and their associated clinical seminars and courses have earlier drop deadlines than regular classes.  Students enrolled in a clinic should pay special attention to the clinic’s drop deadline as they plan their schedules.  More information about these deadlines can be found in each of the clinic’s description in the HLS Course Catalog.

Students interested in clinics are encouraged to attend ClinicTalks or schedule an appointment with a clinical advisor.


Most LL.M. and upper-level J.D. students may cross-register at other Harvard schools, the Fletcher School at Tufts, and at MIT, which may complement your studies at HLS. The cross-registration petition and enrollment periods typically happen right before the beginning of each term. J.D. students eligible to cross-register may apply up to 12 credits toward the J.D. degree, and LL.M. students may apply up to six credits toward the LL.M. degree.

Written Work Registration

All J.D. and LL.M. students have a written work requirement for graduation, and in addition, can enroll in optional written work beyond the graduation requirement. Registration for writing credit and for the graduation requirement are paper processes completed outside of HELIOS.