Registration Instructions

Registration at the law school is a process that involves both MyLaw and MyUW.


Registration for the JD 1L year is determined by the law school administration. Students are assigned to their classes for the academic year. Students will be informed of their class registrations ahead of each quarter.

Section assignments cannot be changed except in the case of an approved disability accommodation or other extraordinary circumstance. Contact the Associate Dean for Student Affairs if you wish to request an accommodation regarding your small section assignment.


Non-self-sustaining program students (JD, PhD, Asian and Comparative Law, Global Business Law, General, and Sustainable International Development LLM) must pre-register on MyLaw. Students will register during the registration period for each quarter on MyUW.

Self-sustaining program students (Health, IP, and Tax LLM, and MJ) will be registered directly by their programs. Students should contact their advisor or program administrator(s) with registration requests and questions. The below information does not apply to these students.

Course Schedules - Important Notice

There may be differences between the course schedules on the Law School website and the scheduling information on your MyUW page. The Law School schedules are correct, and the UW information is being corrected to match. If you are told that there is a conflict, please contact Academic Services.

Pre-Registration Course Requests Review

Review your course requests on MyLaw. Make sure you have 18 or less credits in “Accept” status, unless you are planning to take more than 18 credits. In that case, you must submit a Course Load Approval form. If approved, your course requests will be updated.

Add Codes Posted to MyLaw

Add codes will be posted to your MyLaw Courses page ahead of registration, and on a rolling basis during the registration period. Add codes will not be assigned for credits in excess of 18, unless you have Course Load Approval on file. You will need to decline excess requests to receive add codes.

Registration on MyUW

You will use the Schedule Line Numbers (SLNs) and add codes posted to MyLaw to register for your classes on MyUW. This is also where you will drop and add enrollments. The University Academic Calendar includes complete information about registration deadlines and fees.

Course Requests Review

Students who have not registered by the retraction date posted for a course request may lose "Accept" status and add code (if one is assigned) for any class with a wait list. They will be moved to the bottom of the wait list. Waitlisted students will be moved up for any classes with unused add codes or declined spots, and new requests will be addressed. Be sure to promptly use add codes, and to change your request status for any classes for which you no longer wish to register to “Decline”.


  • Monday, June 17
  • Monday, August 12
  • Monday, September 16
  • Monday, September 23
  • Monday, November 18
  • Tuesday, December 17
  • Monday, January 6
  • Monday, March 3
  • Monday, March 24
  • Monday, March 31

How to Change Course Requests

You may submit new requests for classes throughout the academic year, using MyLaw. When you submit a new request, it will show as “Pending.” You will be issued "Accept" status (and an add code during the registration period for the upcoming quarter) the next time Course Requests are reviewed, assuming (1) there is space in the class, and (2) you do not exceed 18 credits (or if you do, that you have a course load approval form on file). Wait listed requests do not count against your total.

Course Wait Lists

Class wait list numbers are viewable on the Course Wait Lists page. Individual wait list status and rank is displayed on MyLaw. Wait listed students are advised to check MyLaw to see if the wait list status has changed, ahead of and following each add code retraction dates, as updates will be made on those dates as well as on an ongoing basis. Students who are still on the wait list on the first day of instruction should plan to attend any class or clinic that they are still interested in taking.

Permission Forms

J.D. students must submit Permission Forms to Academic Services before registering on MyUW.

Registration Limitations

  1. J.D. students may earn up to 18 credits maximum for externships (LAW B 530, 535, 538, 539, and 560, and LAW C 530 and 535) and non-law course work combined (Clinics do not fall under this credit limitation).
  2. J.D. students may earn 8 credits maximum in the aggregate for LAW 600 C, D, E, and F.
  3. LL.M. students may earn 12 credits maximum in LAW 600.
  4. J.D. students may take up to 8 credits of non-required classes on a Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory (S/NS) basis.
  5. Graduate students may take only one non-required course of no more than 5 credits as Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory (S/NS). Permission must be obtained from the student's degree program.


JD externship registration is separate from regular class registration and includes externship-specific requirements. Learn more on the Externships page. You may also contact for more information.

Graduate students should check with their program about externship options.


If you decide not to attend school after registering, you must withdraw from all courses via your MyUW page and see the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. You may be liable for partial or full tuition if you do not withdraw by the appropriate withdrawal deadlines.

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