Registration for the 2013/2014 school year will start on Monday, April 1, 2013 and proceed according to the following schedule.
Phase One: Rising 3L Students
Monday, April 1, 2013 at 8:00AM, Registration Begins
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 11:59PM, Registration Ends
Phase Two: Rising 2L Students
Monday, April 8, 2013 at 8:00AM, Registration Begins
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 11:59PM, Registration Ends
Phase Three: All Students
Monday, April 15, 2013 at 8:00AM Open Drop/Add Begins
and ends September 3, 2013 at 8:00AM for the Fall Semester
and ends January 30, 2014 at 8:00AM for the Spring Semester
Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis, so be sure you do not wait until late in your registration time slot to register. To maximize your chances of getting the classes you want, and to ensure you receive priority for classes, you must register during the time set aside for your class year. If you miss your designated time, you will have to wait to register during Phase Three.
The law school uses NOVASIS for registration, which means you can register from anywhere you choose. All the information you need to register and navigate the registration site can be found here on the Registrar's web site.
To Register for Classes Online
The registration process is designed to give Phase One students priority in class selection, with one important exception:
If a student has already taken a required course such as a Practical Writing class or a Research Paper class (this includes Journals), the student must not register for any classes in that category before Phase Three begins.
This restriction is necessary in order to give the students who need required courses an opportunity to register for those classes. If this is the first time you are registering for a 5000 or 6000 level class, you may only register for one class from each category until phase three.
No student may sign up for more than one section of a required or multi-sectioned course such as Con Law, Legal Profession, Civil Pretrial Practice, Trial Practice, or Interviewing and Counseling. This restriction applies in all phases of registration and for the Class of 2015, no more than one Legal Writing III class.
The Registrar's Office will monitor the registration process to ensure compliance with the rules outlined above and will clean up any problems that might arise. In the event that a student registers for a class without regard for the above mentioned restrictions, the Registrar's Office will remove classes from the student's schedule without notice to the student.
To help prevent any unintended problems with your registration, please refer to the course number list below. Course number ranges for the required courses are in bold.
0100 to 1000 - Legal Writing III (2015 Graduates Only)
1001 to 1999 - Con Law, Legal Profession, Moot Court
5000 to 5999 - Practical Writing Classes (Includes Most Clinics)
6000 to 6999 - Research Paper Classes (Includes Law Journals)
7000 to 7999 - Elective Classes
8000 to 8899 - Externships and Practicum
You are required to register for between 12 and 17 hours of credit in each semester.
Before registering it is very important that you consult with an Academic Advisor and also review the Graduation Checklist.
Read the course description for each class you are considering. Be sure you are not signing up for a class for which you do not have the proper prerequisites. Because we require students to register for a full year of classes during the registration period, the on-line registration program (NOVASIS) will not prevent you from registering for many of the classes for which you do not have the prerequisite. However, you will not be granted credit for any course you take without having completed the prerequisite, even if you complete the entire semester. Course descriptions available on the Registrar's web site, and students are strongly urged to review them before registering.
Note: Fridays are scheduled lightly with primarily first-year courses, small sections of specialized courses, and multi-sectioned courses. This is done to allow students involved in externships to schedule their required on-site hours. Also, from noon to 1:00PM each day, no classes have been scheduled to facilitate meetings with advisors and other group meetings.
The Registrar's Office will be happy to help you with any questions you have about registration:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 610-519-7017
Students who have not participated in the early sign-up process will have the opportunity to request Clinics for both the Fall and Spring semesters on a space-permitting basis during the registration and drop/add periods. Students should use the Clinic Request form found on the Registrar's website under "Forms". Students will not register for Clinics on NOVASIS.
*During the first phase of registration, preference for any available clinic spots will be given to rising 3Ls who have not previously taken a clinic. Please see next bullet for the exception to this policy,
*Two (2) slots each in the spring semester Civil Justice, Farmworker, and Tax Clinics are reserved for rising 2L students. The Tax Clinic preference will only be given to rising 2L's who will have completed Introduction to Taxation by the end of the fall semester. The Civil Justice Clinic preference will only be given to rising 2L's who have completed Evidence by the end of the fall semester.
Students will receive notification of their enrollment status in a clinic from the Clinic Office.
Students enrolled during the early signup for Clinics cannot drop a Clinic after March 28, 2013.
Your commitment to the clinic is an indication of the professional responsibility you will be entrusted with in your live client matters. Given the demands associated with certifying students for practice in respective clinics and the importance of advance notice needed to schedule appropriate client matters, drops will not be permitted later than the dates indicated above. Any request for a drop must receive the consent of the faculty supervisor of the particular clinic in which the student is enrolled. Once the deadline to drop a clinic has passed, only under the most extraordinary of circumstances, in the event of an unforeseen emergency, will a student be allowed to drop. If you have such an unforeseen emergency, please contact Mary Buxton, Clinic Administrator, at email@example.com.
Students interested in externships should consult the Externship Program Guide, which is available on the externships webpage for the most current information about externship offerings. Anyone who has questions should contact Peter Thompson, Director of Experiential Learning. Externships have unique requirements and the selection process varies greatly for each one. Students may register for the following externships on NOVASIS:
Externships not on this list will require approval by either the faculty advisor or the host agency. See the Externship Program Guide for the specific application requirements for each of the externships. Once approved, either the faculty advisor or Peter Thompson will notify the Registrar's Office that you should be enrolled in the externship.
The application process for judicial externships is different from other externships. Students interested in judicial externships should consult the Judicial Externship Program Packet, which is available on the Judicial Externships webpage. Anyone who has questions about judicial externships should contact Peter Thompson.
If no available clinic or externship offers the experience you're looking for, you may create your own. The law school has an externship policy that allows the Dean's designate, the Director of Experiential Learning, to approve externships for three credits that comply with the policy. You should note, however, that law school policy does not permit creation of summer externships.
To comply with the policy, you must have a faculty sponsor and a host agency that is a public or not-for-profit agency or organization. You must identify a supervising attorney at the host agency. The externship, which awards 3 credits, requires you to work a minimum of 12 hours per week at the host agency, maintain a journal, and meet every other week with your sponsoring faculty member. To review the policy and to inform yourself of the requirements and obligations involved, check the on-line information found here.
An externship that does not comply with any aspect of the policy must be approved by the full faculty after review by the Curriculum Committee. In special circumstances, when truly unusual and valuable opportunities have presented themselves, students have obtained approval of externships outside the specific provisions of the policy.
For updated textbook information for the coming semester, please check the Villanova Bookstore website
(Under Books > Textbooks and Course Materials, choose your department as LAW, then select your course number and section)