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Registration for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Classes

Registration for the 2020/2021 school year will start on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 and proceed according to the following schedule.

Phase One: Fall Registration Rising 3L Students

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 5:30 PM, Registration Begins
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Noon, Registration Ends

Phase Two: Spring Registration Rising 3L Students

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 5:30 PM, Registration Begins
Thursday, April 9, 2020 at Noon, Registration Ends

Phase Three: Fall Registration Rising 2L Students

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at Noon, Registration Begins
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at Noon, Registration Ends

Phase Four: Spring Registration Rising 2L Students

Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Noon, Registration Begins
Friday, April 17, 2019 at 9:00 AM, Registration Ends


Waitlist opens for Rising 3L students at 9:30 am, Friday, April 17

Waitlist opens for Rising 2L students at 1:00 pm, Friday, April 17


Add/Drop ends August 24, 2020 at 8:00AM for the Fall Semester
and ends January 19, 2021 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 open add/drop.

Clinic Registration:

Monday, March 16, Beginning at 9:00 AM and Ending on Tuesday, March 17, at Midnight. 

How to Register

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

  1. Login to Novasis
  2. Click on "Student and Financial Aid"
  3. Click on "Registration"
  4. Click on "Select Term"
  5. Click on Desired Term
  6. Click on "Log into Registration"
  7. Enter Your Classes Using CRN Numbers

Before You Register

You are required to register for between 12 and 18 hours of credit in each semester.

Before registering it is very important that you consult with an Academic Advisor and also review the Graduation Requirements.

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 classes for which you do not have the prerequisite in the spring. 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 Course Catalog in Novasis, 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.

Registration Checklist

  1. Talk to your advisor or other faculty member about your course selections.
  2. Review the Graduation Checklist to be sure you are compliant with the graduation requirements.
  3. Try logging in to NOVASIS before registration to be sure you see the correct registration time for your class. If you do not, contact this office right away.  All holds need to be addressed by the student prior to registration.
  4. Review all of the registration information on the Registrar's site. There are detailed instructions to help you with everything involved in registering for classes, as well as other helpful information.
  5. Read the course descriptions in the online catalog. Check to see if the classes you want have prerequisites. Also look for any instructions the professor gives as to attending the first class, confirming your acceptance of the class etc.
  6. Create your preferred schedule for both fall and spring semesters. Please do not register for classes you really do not intend to take as this will limit the choices for your fellow classmates.
  7. If you are on a Journal, be sure to register for BOTH semesters
  8. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have met all graduation requirements for your graduation year including that you have completed at least 91 credit hours.

The Registrar's Office will be happy to help you with any questions you have about registration:

Email: Phone: 610-519-7017

Registering for Clinics

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 Registration Form found on the Registrar's website under "Forms for Students and Alumni."  Students will not register for Clinics on NOVASIS. Clinic course descriptions can be found here.

  • 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 of some clinics may be 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 an email from the Clinic Office.

Dropping a Clinic

Students enrolled during the early signup for Clinics cannot drop a Clinic after April 2, 2020 absent extraordinary circumstances.

Student Commitment

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 Prof. Michael Campbell, Director of the Clinical Program, at

Registering for Externships

Students interested in externships should consult the Externship information provided on the School website here for the most current information about externship offerings. Anyone who has questions should contact Matthew McGovern, 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:

  1. Defender Association of Philadelphia
  2. District Attorney - Philadelphia
  3. Montgomery County Juvenile Justice
  4. Pennsylvania Innocence Project

Externships not on this list will require approval by the Director of Experiential Learning.  Please submit an Externship Enrollment Application to request approval.  The application is available here. Once approved, the Director will notify the Registrar's Office that you should be enrolled in the externship.

Judicial Externships

Students who apply directly to particular judges and secure externship positions must submit the Externship Enrollment Application to request approval.  The application is available here. Once approved, the Director will notify the Registrar's Office that you should be enrolled in the externship.  Students who secure judicial externships through the School’s Externship Lottery do not have to submit the application.  For Lottery positions, the Director will notify the Registrar’s Office that those students should be enrolled in externships.

Create Your Own Externship

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. The School’s Externship Policy is available 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.



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Contact the Law School Registrar:

Phone: 610-519-7017
Fax: 610-519-7495
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM