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Registration for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Classes

Registration for the 2022-2023 academic year will start on Monday, April 4, 2022 and proceed according to the following schedule.

Phase One: Fall Registration Rising 3L Students

Monday, April 4, 2022 at 12:45 PM, Registration Begins
Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 12:45 PM, Registration Ends

Phase Two: Spring Registration Rising 3L Students

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 12:45 PM, Registration Begins
Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 12:45 PM, Registration Ends

Phase Three: Fall Registration Rising 2L Students

Monday, April 11, 2022 at 12:45 pm, Registration Begins
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 12:45 PM, Registration Ends

Phase Four: Spring Registration Rising 2L Students

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 12:45 pm, Registration Begins
Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 12:45, Registration Ends


Waitlist opens for Rising 3L students at 12:45 PM, Monday, April 18

Waitlist opens for Rising 2L students at 12:45 pm, Tuesday, April 19


Add/Drop ends August 29, 2022 at 8:00AM for the Fall Semester
and ends January 24, 2023 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 7 through Friday, March 11.  CARES and CFLE have advanced applications that must be submitted by March 11.  Please see below for more details.

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

We have six clinic courses at the Law School. Clinic course descriptions can be found on the Clinic website. Clinic registration takes place before you register for other courses so that you can plan your schedule around your commitments in clinic. Clinic registration does not take place on Novasis. You can find the application forms and more information on the Clinic Registration site.

Dropping a Clinic

Students enrolled in Clinics cannot drop a clinic absent extraordinary circumstances. 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, we cannot accommodate drops solely due to scheduling issues. If you have an unforeseen emergency or other serious concern that will prevent you from participating in clinic, please contact the Director of the clinic in which you are enrolled as soon as possible and provide a detailed explanation.

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.



  • Textbook List for Fall 2022
  • Students taking courses that use Course Packets will receive ordering instructions from their faculty via emaill. Packets may be purchased online using NovaBucks.

Note: These lists are not final. Please check back regularly for updates. For updated textbook information for the coming semester, please check the Villanova Bookstore website

(Under Books > Textbooks and Course Materials, select your term (semester), choose your department as LAW, then select your course number and section)


Information about textbook rental


Contact the Law School Registrar:

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