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This page is intended to direct you to the tools and resources to successfully navigate course selection and make the most of your time at HLS.

Registration and waitlist dates, add/drop deadlines, and informational session dates for the current academic year are listed in the tables directly below. Additional information on registration processes, policies, and resources for registration can be found throughout the rest of this page.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Office of the Registrar.

Overview of the Registration Process

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

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

Planning your time at HLS

HLS Course Registration Procedures and Resources

HLS Course Registration Procedures and Resources

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

HLS Course Registration Procedures

2019-2020 Course Information

1L Registration

Clinic Registration

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.

Clinic Information

Cross-Registration

Cross-Registration

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.

Cross-Registration Requirements & Instructions

Written Work Registration

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.

Written Work Opportunities and Registration Forms

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For questions regarding registration, add/drop, or waitlisting, contact the Registrar’s Office at 617-495-4612 or registrar@law.harvard.edu.