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2022-2023 Important Dates

  • Upcoming Registration Dates

    Upper Level Winter Elective Registration

    • Opens Friday, October 21st at 9am
    • Closes Monday, October 24th at 5pm
    • Results Available in Helios Wednesday, October 26th by 5pm

    Upper Level Spring Elective Registration

    • Opens Thursday, October 27th at 9am
    • Closes Monday, October 31st at 5pm
    • Results Available in Helios Wednesday, November 2nd by 5pm

    1L Winter JET Registration

    • Opens Thursday, November 3rd at 9am
    • Closes Monday, November 7th at 5pm
    • Results Available in Helios Thursday, November 10th by 5pm

    1L Spring Elective Registration

    • Opens Friday, November 11th at 9am
    • Closes Tuesday, November 15th at 5pm
    • Results Available in Helios Friday, November 18th by 5pm
  • Waitlist Processing, 2022-2023

    Waitlist processing will resume on Monday, November 21st. Waitlist offers are for 15 hours.

  • Add/Drop 2022-2023
    • Fall, Fall-Winter & Fall-Spring Clinics  – August 12
    • 1L Fall Courses ADD Deadline (LLMs only)  – September 2
    • 1L Fall Courses DROP Deadline (LLMs only)  – September 12
    • Fall & Fall-Spring Courses  – September 12
    • Fall & Fall-Spring Firesale  – September 13
    • Winter & Winter-Spring Clinics  – November 11
    • Winter 1L Jterm Courses  – December 2
    • Winter & Winter-Spring Courses   – January 3
    • Spring Clinics  – December 2
    • 1L Spring Courses ADD Deadline (LLMs only)  – January 25
    • 1L Spring Courses DROP Deadline (LLMs only)  – January 27
    • Spring Courses – January 27
    • Spring Firesale – January 30


    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.

  • Ask the Registrar

    Members of the Registrar’s Office will be available for  questions from 12pm to 1:30pm on the following days:

    Monday, October 14th: Hark Ramp

    Wednesday, November 2nd: Hark Ramp

    Wednesday, November 9th: Hark Ramp


Overview of the Registration Process

Registration 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.

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.

General Curriculum Resources

Use the below links to explore the HLS course catalog, keep up to date on the latest catalog changes, or peruse HLS syllabi archive or Canvas pages.

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!

HLS 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.

2022-2023 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.

1L Registration

Requirements for the 1L year include a winter term course (the January Experiential Term, or JET), and an upper-level spring elective. These courses give students an opportunity to explore your areas of interest and to experience an upper-level course setting. Preferencing for these courses will occur in early November (see dates above). 1Ls will receive information from the Registrar’s Office prior to preferencing, and more information about the preferencing process and the courses that are available to your section can be found in the links below.

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.