Registration Schedule

Winter Term 2021

Wolverine Access Drop/Add Start

December 17, 2020 (8 a.m.), Thursday

Waitlist Class Permissions* Start

January 19, 2021 (8 a.m.), Tuesday

Class Bidding (Mini-Seminar) Start

January 19 (8 a.m.), Tuesday

Class Bidding (Mini-Seminar) End

January 22 (5 p.m.), Friday

Class Bidding (Mini-Seminar) Results Available and Class Permissions* Entered

January 26 (6 p.m.), Tuesday

Wolverine Access Drop/Add End 

January 27 (11:59 p.m.), Wednesday

Wolverine Access "Late" Drop/Add Start

January 28, Thursday

Wolverine Access "Late" Drop/Add End

April 21, Wednesday

Winter 2021 Research Enrollment Requests Due

April 21, Wednesday


Fall Term 2021

Class Bidding (Clinic) Start 

March 16 (8 a.m.), Tuesday

Class Bidding (Clinic) End

March 19 (5 p.m.), Friday

Class Bidding (Clinic) Results Available

April 2 (5 p.m.), Friday

Class Bidding (Seminar, Practice Simulation,

     PSI and Upper Class Course) Start 

April 5 (8 a.m.), Monday

Class Bidding (Seminar, Practice Simulation, 

     PSI and Upper Class Course) End

April 7 (5 p.m.), Wednesday

Class Bidding (Seminar, Practice Simulation, 

     PSI and Upper Class Course) Results Available

April 20 (5 p.m.), Tuesday

Wolverine Access Drop/Add Start

May 17 (8 a.m.), Monday

Waitlist Class Permissions* Start

August 30 (8 a.m.), Monday

Class Bidding (Mini-Seminar) Start

August 30 (8 a.m.), Monday

Class Bidding (Mini-Seminar) End

September 1 (5 p.m.), Wednesday

Class Bidding (Mini-Seminar) Results Available and Class Permissions* Entered

September 3 (6 p.m.), Friday

Wolverine Access Drop/Add End 

September 7 (11:59 p.m.), Tuesday

Wolverine Access "Late" Drop/Add Start

September 8, Wednesday

Wolverine Access "Late" Drop/Add End

December 3, Friday

Fall 2021 Research Enrollment Requests Due

December 3, Friday

* Class permissions with enrollment deadlines entered by Office of Student Records. Selected students will receive an automated "Class Permission" email and have a limited time-frame (sometimes less than 24 hours) in which to enroll in Wolverine Access or forfeit their enrollment opportunity.


Spring/Summer 2021

Continuing Law students who plan to take courses over the summer should contact lawrecords@umich.edu to request an enrollment appointment.

Winter 2021

Students who are not “officially enrolled” BEFORE the first day of classes, Wednesday, January 13, will be subject to a late registration fee of $50.00, which increases by $25.00 on the first of every month during the term.

Students who have not registered previously for classes and wait to “officially enroll” BEGINNING the first day of classes Wednesday, January 13, will incur a late registration fee of $50.00 and must have permission from the Office of Student Life.

  • Enrolling with Wolverine Access

    Wolverine Access is a quick, convenient way for current and prospective University of Michigan students to access password-protected personal University information, including financial aid documents, award notices and student account statements.

    For class enrollment information:

    • Check the student Announcements for important information
    • Go to Students > Student Business > Student Center

    Go to Wolverine Access 


    Need help? 

    Try Backpack and Registration simulations that demonstrate how to add non-law classes, drop/add a class, add to a waitlist, swap classes, etc.

    Simulations

    For help with Wolverine Access, email 4HELP@umich.edu, or call 734.764.4357.

  • Joining a Waitlist 

    If a class is closed and has a waitlist available, turn on the "add to waitlist" checkbox that appears on the Enrollment Preferences page when adding the class to your Backpack.

     If the class is already in your Backpack, return to the Class Enrollment Preferences page (click on class section link to open) to turn on the waitlist option. Select the class in your Backpack and complete the "1-2-3" on-screen steps to register (i.e., placed on the waitlist if a position is available).

Department Consent to Enroll

Department Consent means students cannot add themselves directly to the class because there are special requirements. The classes that have Department Consent coding include:

Instructor Consent to Enroll

Instructor Consent means students cannot add themselves directly to the class because there are special procedures. The classes that have Instructor Consent coding include:

Class Permission to Enroll

A Class Permission (electronic override) from the Law School’s Office of Student Records is required in order to enroll in a closed seminar or practice simulation with a waitlist. The Office of Student Records will contact waitlisted students by email as seats become available.

  • Non-“Prof Pick” Classes

    Beginning on the first day of classes for the term — during the Waitlist Drop/Add period — and to the extent that students can be reached earlier, the Office of Student Records will review the waitlists for non-“prof pick” seminars and practice simulations and offer an available seat to the first student on the waitlist. A Class Permission (electronic override) will be entered into Wolverine Access and a time-sensitive email sent to the student.

  • “Prof Pick” Classes

    “Prof pick” seminars and practice simulations are identified in the term class schedule by footnote #9. During the Drop/Add period, in order to obtain a seat in a “prof pick” class, students must add their names to the waitlist in Wolverine Access; then send an email to the professor stating that that they have placed their names on the waitlist and are submitting a statement of interest for consideration. If/when a seat is available in a “prof pick” seminar or practice simulation, the professor will select a student from any position on the waitlist, and notify the Office of Student Records. A Class Permission (electronic override) is entered into Wolverine Access and a time-sensitive email is sent to the selected student.

    Class Permissions work in the background once the “Register for Class” button is clicked and allow the student to enroll. If the student fails to add the class by the deadline found in the email, the enrollment opportunity will be LOST and the seat will be offered to another student.

Late Drop/Add Changes

Winter 2021

After January 27 and through the last day of classes for the term, late drop/add requests can be submitted in Wolverine Access through Backpack/Registration.


Fall 2021

After September 7 and through the last day of classes for the term (Friday, December 3), Late Drop/Add Requests can be submitted in Wolverine Access.

Request a Late Drop/Add 

Please note: 

  • Seminars, practice simulations, and clinics have waitlists. Classes listed under the "Upper Class" category on the class schedule do NOT have waitlists.
  • Students can add themselves to the bottom of a waitlist if a seminar or practice simulation is closed and a waitlist position is available.
  • Students can drop themselves from a waitlist with the exception of a clinic waitlist. To drop from or add to a clinic waitlist, email clinic-applications@umich.edu. Include a statement of interest and attach a resume if you are adding to a clinic waitlist.
  • Dual-degree students must always enroll in law classes under their law career.
  • If you do not have a law enrollment appointment, call the Law School’s Office of Student Records (734.763.6499). Or, email lawrecords@umich.edu. Be sure to include your name and UMID number.
  • Law School students are not permitted to officially audit law classes.
  • Law students may not select “Override Time Conflict” when enrolling in classes in Wolverine Access, per the Academic Regulations.
  • Law students are permitted to take a maximum of 15 credits per term. If you have a compelling need to exceed 15-credits, please contact the Office of Student Life to request permission.
  • Law students are unable to enroll themselves directly in a class with variable credits such as 900 Research. 
  • Do not use the browser’s back button in Wolverine Access because it may prevent you from saving changes or logging out securely.
  • Wolverine Access will automatically end your session or “time out” if you do not perform a transaction within an allotted time.

Fee Adjustment Policy

Policy applies to tuition fee only.

ACTION

Fall 2021

IMPACT ON TUITION FEES

​Official Term Dis-enrollment

​By 08/29/21

​Fee assessment cancelled. Student not required to pay any fees.

​Official Withdrawal

​08/30/21-09/20/21

​Fee assessment cancelled. Student required to pay $50 dis-enrollment fee and $80 registration fee.

​Official Withdrawal

​09/21/21-10/11/21

​Student required to pay 50% of fee assessment and $80 registration fee.

​$$$ Official Withdrawal

​After 10/11/21

​Student will be charged an entire fee assessment.

​Drop/Add a Course

​By 09/20/21

​Fee assessment based on hours for which student is registered.

​Drop a Course

​After 09/20/21

​No reduction in fee assessment.

​Add a Course

​After 09/20/21

​Fee assessment based on total credit hours, including added course.

 

ACTION

WINTER 2021

IMPACT ON TUITION FEES

​Official Term Dis-enrollment

​By 01/18/21

​Fee assessment cancelled. Student not required to pay any fees.

​Official Withdrawal

​01/19/21-02/08/21

​Fee assessment cancelled. Student required to pay $50 dis-enrollment fee and $80 registration fee.

​Official Withdrawal

​02/09/21-03/01/21

​Student required to pay 50% of fee assessment and $80 registration fee.

​$$$ Official Withdrawal

​After 03/01/21

​Student will be charged an entire fee assessment.

​Drop/Add a Course

​By 02/08/21

​Fee assessment based on hours for which student is registered.

​Drop a Course

​After 02/08/21

​No reduction in fee assessment.

​Add a Course

​After 02/08/21

​Fee assessment based on total credit hours, including added course.

NOTE—Fee Adjustment Policy for 7-week courses is found on the University’s Office of the Registrar website, Academic Calendar, Student Registration Deadlines.

Learn More About Fee Adjustments 

Enrollment for Non-Law Graduate Students

Consult with the Law School professor to make sure that it is advisable and appropriate to enroll in the course.

Complete an external enrollment request form for each law class you wish to take. This form provides a record of requests and it also provides automatic email notifications when requests have been approved or rejected.

Please note:

  • The Law School's academic calendar, final exam period, and grading deadlines are different from the rest of the University.
  • Grades for most Law School courses are determined by the final exam. Therefore, all students must be available to take the final exam at its scheduled time. Non-law students will be held to the same rules for scheduling special exams as Law School students. View the exam schedule and learn more about taking Law School exams here.
  • Law School professors have 4 weeks after the last day of the Law School's final exam period to submit their final grades and it could take up to 2 weeks after that for students to receive their grades. Students who are planning to graduate should reconsider taking a law class in their final term, as special arrangements for early grades are rarely made and degree awarding can be delayed.
  • Grade Curves: Law School courses that have 30 or more students enrolled in them are required to stay within a target mean GPA.
  • Most Law School courses are eligible for pass/fail (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory - SUS) election by non-law graduate students. The required steps are outlined here.
  • Credit received for a Law School course can never be used toward a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
  • The Law School's term class schedules include footnotes with supplemental information about specific law classes.
  • Detailed information about taking a Law School course and registration instructions for non-law graduate students are available here.
  • When you have received confirmation from the professor stating their enrollment approval (contingent on seat availability), forward to lawrecords@umich.edu.

Request Enrollment 

  • Credit received for a Law School class can never be used toward a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
  • Non‐law graduate students are not permitted to take or audit first‐year required Law courses (e.g., 510 Civil Procedure; 520 Contracts; 530 Criminal Law; 540 Intro to Constitutional Law; 580 Torts; 593 Legal Practice Skills I; 594 Legal Practice Skills II; and 598 Legal Practice: Writing & Analysis).
  • Undergraduate students are not eligible to enroll in Law School classes.
     

Once We Receive Your Request Form

External Enrollment request forms that non‐law graduate students complete are reviewed during the Law School’s Drop/Add period [in January, for the Winter Term // in August, for the Fall Term]. Students will receive the decision via email.

  • For upper class courses or seminars (not first‐year required courses, practice simulations, or clinics) that have plenty of seats available, the External Enrollment Form will be approved. You will receive a “class permission” email with an enrollment deadline.
  • If the number of seats in a course is very limited, the request will be rejected as Law School students cannot be shut out during the Law School’s Drop/Add period. If seats are still available at the beginning of the term, non‐ law students can reapply to take the course.
  • Law professors have the discretion to allow non‐law graduate students to audit upper‐class (but not first‐year required) Law School classes on a formal (enrolled) “Audit” or “VI” basis (or informal basis providing there is a seat in the class). (This does not apply to law students as they cannot audit Law School classes.)
  • The Law School’s Drop/Add period after the start of classes is nine days long and it often ends earlier than the University’s Drop/Add period. External Enrollment requests which are submitted after the Law School’s Drop/Add period ends will be reviewed, but are not likely to be approved.

 

Exceptions For Seminars

  • If a non‐law graduate student requests a seminar that is not full/closed and there are no Law School students on the waitlist, the Office of Student Records will contact the professor for an enrollment decision.
  • If the seminar is full/closed and there are Law School students on the waitlist, the non‐law graduate student request will be rejected. The non‐law graduate student can reapply at the beginning of the term.
  • If a seminar is full/closed but the room’s maximum seating capacity has not been reached and the professor wants to take a particular non‐law graduate student as an additional student (up to an enrollment maximum of 20 for a seminar), the professor must email (lawrecords@umich.edu) so that the student’s external enrollment form can be processed.

 

Law School Grading

Final Exams

Final grades for many, but not all, Law School courses are determined by a final exam. The Law School’s final exam period is usually different than the rest of the university. Therefore, students must make arrangements to be available to take the final exam at its scheduled time. Therefore, before enrolling in a Law School course, note the day/time of the final exam.

Non‐law students will be held to the same rules for scheduling special exams as Law School students. No special exceptions will be made. 

Exams


Grade Curves

Law School courses that have 30 or more students enrolled in them are required to stay within a target mean GPA.

For more information, speak with an administrator in the Law School’s Office of Student Records (lawrecords@umich.edu).


Grading Deadline

Law School professors have 4 weeks after the last day of the Law School’s final exam period to submit their final grades. Note that this is the professors’ grading deadline – students can expect to receive their grades no later than 6-weeks after the last day of the Law School’s final exam period.

Non‐law graduate students who are graduating or require their grades earlier than this deadline should reconsider enrolling in a Law School course. If the Law School course is crucial to your program, speak to an administrator in the Law School’s Office of Student Records before enrolling in the course.

Be aware that your home department/school may need your final grades before the Law School’s grade posting deadline. As a result, taking a Law School class in your final term could delay the date that your degree is awarded.


Taking Law School Classes as Pass/Fail 

A non‐law graduate student may add the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (SUS) “modifier” to their enrollment in an eligible Law School class. However, there may be restrictions on modifiers and specific grades may be required, so check with an academic advisor in your home department/school before starting the process.

  • Fill out a university course election form in the Law School’s Office of Student Records (416 Hutchins Hall). A Law School administrator must review and sign the form.
  • Take the form (signed by a Law School administrator) to an adviser in your home department/school for an administrator’s review and signature.
  • Take the completed form (with administrator signatures from the Law School and your home department/school) to the University Registrar’s Office (Student Services-Central Campus, 2200 Student Activities Building) for processing.


Deadline

The last day of classes for the University. However, we suggest that all students check with their home department/school in case they have an earlier deadline