Registration Information Meeting March 26, 2014
Two Processes • Clinical Program Pre-Registration (for Clinics, Externships and Field Placements in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015) – you should have already received information on procedures to pre-register (deadlines have passed). If you pre-registered, you should hear if you got placed by the end of next week. For more info on Clinical Program registration, go to http://law.wustl.edu/clinicaled/pages.aspx?id=7654, or contact Katie Herr at firstname.lastname@example.org, AB Hall, Rm 107. • Online Registration via WebSTAC (for Fall 2014): • Wed, April 9, 7:30am – Class of 2015 • Fri, April 11, 7:30am – Class of 2016
Online Registration via WebSTAC • What should I do now? • Login to your record in WebSTAC(https://acadinfo.wustl.edu; use your WUSTL Key ID and password to login): • Click on “HOLDs” – if you have any HOLDs, you should clear these up ASAP, as the system won’t allow you to register. Clear any HOLDs up by one week from today, Wed, April 2, to allow for enough time for the HOLD to be lifted before registration (check it again a few days before online registration to make sure it got lifted – follow up if necessary). • Click on “Registration” – confirm that the day/time the system will allow you to register for Fall 2014 is correct (Questions? Contact Colleen Erker at email@example.com) • Review courses: • Fall 2014: https://courses.wustl.edu (WebSTAC “Course Listings”) • Spring 2015: http://law.wustl.edu/registrar/coursedir/2014-2015/SP15-QuickRefCourseList.xlsx [also find this link within the 2014-2015 Course Directory at http://law.wustl.edu/registrar/pages.aspx?id=10039] NOTE REGARDING SPRING 2015: Currently the course titles, along with # of units, days/times and professors are available. The course descriptions themselves are forthcoming – an email from Dean Walsh will let everyone know when they are ready. • For Fall 2014: In WebSTAC, click on “Registration Worksheet” and set up possible class schedules.
Online Registration via WebSTAC • What should I do on the morning of online registration? • Logon to WebSTAC by 7:15am [you should have already cleared up any HOLDs] • A minute or two before 7:30am, click on “Registration” and keep clicking on Submit, as the registration screen will open up simultaneously to everyone at 7:30am based on the server’s clock • Click on each course you want to add from the list of courses you entered on your “Registration Worksheet” (which should appear on the “Registration” page automatically) • NOTE: The max # of units students can be enrolled in or waitlisted for is 17, per ABA rules. Minimum # of units for full-time status and to fulfill residency requirement is 12. • Once finished registering, click on “Class Schedule” to see your registration, including any waitlist positions
Seminar Registration Instructions • J.D. students must successfully complete one Seminar in order to graduate. Seminars are tagged by the “Attribute” of “Sem” in Course Listings. • Students are prohibited by Faculty Rules from taking more than one Seminar in the same semester, but there is no other restriction as to the # that can be taken. • Students register themselves for Seminars online via WebSTAC one semester at a time, with the following rules. • December 2014 and May 2015 degree candidates who have NOT already taken a Seminar: From 7:30am, Wed, April 9, until 9:00pm, Sunday, April 13, you may: ***enroll OR waitlist yourself in a maximum of one Seminar*** NOTE: On Thurs, April 10, and again on Mon, April 14, we will automatically drop students in this category who have not complied with the above restrictions. Seminar registration will be frozen for all students on Mon, April 14. • December 2015 and May 2016+ degree candidates who have NOT already taken a Seminar: From 7:30am, Fri, April 11, until 9:00pm, Sunday, April 13, you may: ***enroll OR waitlist yourself in a maximum of one Seminar*** NOTE: On Mon, April 14, we will automatically drop students in this category who have not complied with the above restrictions. Seminar registration will be frozen for all students on Mon, April 14. • All Students: Starting on Tuesday, April 15 (7:30a), all students, including those who have previously taken a Seminar, may enroll/waitlist themselves in Seminars with no limitations (keeping in mind that eventually no student may be enrolled in more than one Seminar per semester – in most cases the drop deadline for Seminars is 9:00pm the day after the first class meeting). ****STUDENTS WHO DO NOT FOLLOW THE ABOVE RULES WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DROPPED BY THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE FROM THE SEMINAR THAT IS MOST POPULAR TO GET THE STUDENT BACK INTO COMPLIANCE WITH THE ABOVE RESTRICTIONS. REGISTRATION FOR SEMINARS WILL BE FROZEN ON MONDAY, APRIL 14, WHILE WE CHECK EVERYONE’S RECORDS **** • Seminar withdrawal policy: Students wishing to drop a Seminar must do so by 9:00pm the day after the first time the Seminar meets (via WebSTAC) – this is barring any other drop deadline noted in the course description or communicated by the professor or Registrar’s Office.
Intensive Weekend Courses (IWC) Registration REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS: Students register themselves for IWCs online via WebSTAC one semester at a time, with the following rules. • December 2014 and May 2015 degree candidates – From 7:30am, Wed, April 9, until 9:00pm, Sunday, April 13, you may: ***enroll OR waitlist yourself in a maximum of one IWC*** NOTE: On Thurs, April 10, and again on Mon, April 14, we will automatically drop students in this category who have not complied with the above restrictions. IWC registration will be frozen for all students on Mon, April 14. • December 2015 and May 2016+ degree candidates – From 7:30am, Fri, April 11, until 9:00pm, Sunday, April 13, you may: ***enroll OR waitlist yourself in a maximum of one Seminar*** NOTE: On Mon, April 14, we will automatically drop students in this category who have not complied with the above restrictions. Seminar registration will be frozen for all students on Mon, April 14. • All Students: Starting on Tuesday, April 15 (7:30a), all students may enroll/waitlist themselves in IWCs with no limitations (other than the total 17 max units per semester). There is no maximum number of IWCs that can be taken – either per semester or grand total. ****STUDENTS WHO DO NOT FOLLOW THE ABOVE RULES WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DROPPED BY THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE FROM THE IWC THAT IS MOST POPULAR TO GET THE STUDENT BACK INTO COMPLIANCE WITH THE ABOVE RESTRICTIONS. REGISTRATION FOR IWCs WILL BE FROZEN ON MONDAY, APRIL 14, WHILE WE CHECK EVERYONE’S RECORDS **** Note: - There is no limit to the number of IWCs a student can enroll in per semester (starting on Tue, April 15), or over the course of their law school career.
Add and Drop Deadlines • General add/drop deadlines can be found on the Academic Calendar at http://law.wustl.edu/registrar/pages.aspx?id=2182. • Fall 2014 General Add/Drop Deadlines: • Mon, Sept 1 - Last day to add most upper-level courses without faculty approval* • Tue, Sept 2 - Last day to drop a course that had a waitlist on the first day of classes, Mon, Aug 25†(the Registrar’s Office will notify students of those courses) • Mon, Sept 23 - Last day to drop most upper-level courses without a PW (permitted withdrawal) on transcript* • Mon, Oct 20 – Last day to drop most upper-level courses without faculty or Dean of Students approval* *unless otherwise specified in course description, by professor, or by Registrar’s Office † Any course with a waitlist as of the first day of the semester will automatically have an early drop deadline imposed of one week later NOTE: Read course descriptions to check for early drop deadlines (such as: Clinics/Externships/Field Placements, Trial Practice & Procedure, Pretrial Practice & Settlement . . . READ COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AS THERE ARE MORE!)
J.D. Degree Requirements • Juris Doctor (J.D.) Requirements Each applicant is advised that there are character, fitness and other qualifications for admission to the bar and the applicant is encouraged, prior to matriculation, to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which you intend to practice. • Graduation Requirements: There are some specific course and credit hour requirements that every J.D. student must meet in order to graduate. The requirements are as follows: • all first-year required courses (at http://law.wustl.edu/academics/pages.aspx?id=178#1L); • one course from the ethicscurriculum (at http://law.wustl.edu/registrar/coursedir/2014-2015/2014-2015-Ethics-Curriculum.pdf); • upper-level research & writing requirement fulfilled by taking one Seminar – see list of Seminars via Course Listings (https://courses.wustl.edu) for Fall 2014 and via the Course list (linked under Spring 2015 at http://law.wustl.edu/Registrar/pages.aspx?id=10039). • one applied lawyering/professional skills (ALPS) course – see list at http://law.wustl.edu/academics/documents/Coursesfulfillingappliedlawyerskillsrequirement.pdf; • complete six semesters of full-time residency; • earn at least 86 credit hours*; • with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 ** • *67 credits have to be earned in Law Classroom Units (LCUs) – to view courses that do and do not count go to http://law.wustl.edu/academics/documents/67credithoursregularlyscheduled.pdf. (Students who graduate exactly with the required 86 credits must not take more than 19 credits outside this category.) **Based on all courses taken, whether or not credit is earned.
FAQ #1: Is there a limit to the # of pass/fail credits I can take? • No. However, there are two related issues: • “If I am vying for the top 10% of the class and want to be eligible for Order of the Coif, is there a limit to the # of pass/fail credits I can take?” Yes, 75% of your units must be taken in graded credits (note that modified pass/fail courses qualify as “graded” credits by the Order of the Coif definition) [Note: we’re in the process of adding attributes in Course Listings to denote whether each course is a “Coif” or “Non-Coif” course for these purposes.] • “Is there a minimum # of units I must take in law courses that meet as regularly scheduled classes (Law Classroom Units or LCUs)?” Yes, to satisfy an ABA standard, students at our school must complete at least 67 units in law courses that meet as regularly scheduled classes (for the lists of courses that do and do not meet this requirement, go to http://law.wustl.edu/academics/documents/67credithoursregularlyscheduled.pdf). Note that “Clinics” (but not “Externships” or “Field Placements”) count toward this 67 unit minimum. [Related Question: “Can I choose to take a course pass/fail (that isn’t already being offered pass/fail)?” No, the grading used for each course is set by faculty during the course approval process and students do not have any options.]
FAQ #2: Non-Law Courses Details on registration process will be found in the “General Information” section within the online Course Directory. Highlights: • Max # of non-law units that can apply to the J.D. = 6 • For the units to transfer to the J.D.: 1) the course must be graduate level and must be approved – via approval forms found on the Registrar’s Office forms website and noted in the “General Information” link in the online Course Directory; 2) the student must take the course for a grade (not pass/fail; however, the grade will not impact the Law GPA); and 3) the student must earn a grade of at least “C-”. • Business School courses require a different form – the MBA approval form which must be turned into the Law School Registrar’s Office (who will then register students if granted approval by the B School) • Students are eligible to take undergraduate courses (that will not apply toward their J.D.), such as basic language courses, but must obtain approval via the “Request for Full-Time Law Student to Take a Non-Law Course (not for transfer credit toward law degree)” approval form. [Note: these courses are free of charge for full-time J.D. students unless they are “home” to University College, the evening school, in which case a J.D. would have to pay tuition over and above their full-time law school tuition.] • Keep in mind that courses taken in other University departments do not count toward the 67 Law Classroom Units required for the J.D. degree (see further information on LCUs at http://law.wustl.edu/academics/documents/67credithoursregularlyscheduled.pdf).