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Fall 2014 Registration Information

Book requirements can be found on Blackboard, the Rutgers–Newark online course management system.

The general instructions below apply to ALL students. In addition, because all students must first complete the required curriculum before being permitted to register for elective courses, there are specific instructions based on your class status, i.e., first-year day student, first-year evening student, second-year evening student, or upper-class student. The course information provided on this site is the most current data and supersedes information in printed and online university catalogs.


 Last day to add a class: 4:00 pm, Friday, August 29, 2014
 Last day to drop a class: 5:00 pm, Monday, September 8, 2014
 Last day to opt for Pass/D/Fail: 5:00 pm, Monday, September 15, 2014

How to Register

Student registration is a three-step process: all students must (1) register for classes online, (2) pay the balance that will appear on your account after you have registered online, and (3) submit certain forms to the Deans’ Office. Your registration is not complete until all three steps are completed.

Online registration is permitted until 9:00 am on Monday, August 4th. Once that period ends, lotteries will be conducted for over-enrolled classes, and some other adjustments to the schedule of classes may be made. Students who fail to register for such classes during the initial registration period for the coming semester will be ineligible to register later for any classes for which lotteries had been held, and will be excluded from any waitlists created for these classes. (Note: prior to the start of classes, students will be informed of the results of all class lotteries, and those who are lotteried out of a class for which they had registered will have the opportunity to “Add/Drop” and change their program, either in person with Dean Garbaccio or online prior to or during the first week of classes, when online registration is restored.)

The schedule of classes for the Fall semester of the 2014-15 academic year was previously circulated. You will now find a somewhat amended Fall schedule here and a multi-page spreadsheet, which you may download as an Excel® file or may read as a .PDF file. This spreadsheet contains the most up-to-date schedule and course information, and contains hyperlinks to course descriptions and faculty profiles.

Students should use the Rutgers Website Registration System to register for all classes. (You can navigate directly to the Registration System webpage by clicking here.) Your time on the online system will be limited, particularly on Saturday and Sunday. Be especially careful when entering the Registration Index Number, as an incorrect number could result in an incorrect registration or no registration at all. (These numbers can be found on the spreadsheet listing of classes, which may be found as a .PDF by clicking here or as an Excel® file by clicking here, and, for unscheduled credits such as journals, externships and independent research, on the spreadsheet listing of unscheduled enterprises (sheet 2 of the spreadsheet listing of classes, if you download it in Excel® or as a .PDF file). These pages should be kept open while you register, to help you as you carefully enter those Registration Numbers!

Note that the “system” will not prevent you from registering for a class for which you may not be permitted to register; for instance, the “system” is unaware of lotteries, prerequisites or your class status. It is your responsibility to follow your class-specific instructions carefully, and, if you have any questions regarding registration, to contact Dean Rothman or Dean Garbaccio. Once you have selected your classes and entered all information required by the Rutgers Website Registration System, you should proceed to the Business Office page to view your account and pay the balance owed, which will then appear, showing the charges for the courses for which you just registered. You should navigate to your account webpage by clicking here.

Required Forms

Every student must complete and submit to the Deans’ Office the Sign-In Registration Form for Full-Time (Day) Students or the Sign-In Registration Form for Part-Time (Evening) Students, and the Declaration of Full-Time or Part-Time Status. Submitting these two forms completes your registration, once you have selected your classes online. Navigate to these forms, fill them out, and deliver them to the Deans’ Office.

The Status Declaration Form is an important legal document, related to Character and Fitness. It establishes your status as either a full-time or part-time student, and your eligibility (or ineligibility) to work for more than 20 hours per week while attending school. Give serious consideration to what you choose, before signing this document! Your declaration of full-time status renders you ineligible to work outside of law school for more than 20 hours per week. If a Committee on Character and Fitness discovers that you worked that much during the semester after having declared otherwise, it will conclude that you have sworn falsely, and may bar you from practicing law.

The University and the Law School maintain a file of directory and other information, generally for internal use, but also provided to the public on request. Reviewing and updating the personal information, permanent address and emergency contact screen on-line, and completing and submitting the Sign-In Registration Form, which must be done each semester to complete your registration, provide the Law School with this information, and with the best means for us to reach you in the event of an emergency in the course of the semester.

Students who wish to block public access to some of the information provided on the Sign-In Registration Form can do so by so indicating on the form itself. However, you should be aware that directory information is also available on the Rutgers Information System and thus is available to users of the Internet both inside and outside the University. The Rutgers Information System information draws from admission and registration databases (and not from the Sign-In Registration Form). To change or restrict public access to the Rutgers Information System personal data, go to the Rutgers People Database by clicking here and log in using your NetID and password. To learn more about your right to privacy, please read the University statement concerning the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act by clicking here.

Other Forms: Soft Credit Enterprises, Interdisciplinary Classes and Classes at other Law Schools, and the Pass/“D” or “F” Grading Option

Students who enroll in certain “soft” credit course offerings must obtain permission both from their faculty advisors and from Dean Rothman, and for many (those with hyperlinks to forms) must submit to the Deans’ Office the completed forms to finalize registration in these enterprises. These course offerings are only available to Rutgers School of Law–Newark students, and only students who have completed the required curriculum (see below) are eligible to register for these enterprises.

They include: Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Independent Research, Field Placement, Judicial Externship, Attorney General’s Office Externship, Immigration Externship, Intellectual Property Externship, NLRB Externship, MSP facilitator, and LRW Teaching Associate (for which “hard” credit is earned). The forms are available from the Deans’ Office, or may be downloaded and printed, preferably using a color printer, by navigating to the respective links above.

NOTE: Although students may enroll in as many “soft” credit enterprises as they wish while attending Rutgers Law School, only nine credits earned in these will be counted toward the 84 credits required for graduation. (For more information concerning soft and hard credit, click here. For more information in general on the requirements for graduation, click here.)

Students wishing to take graduate classes in other disciplines at Rutgers, and students seeking visiting student status at another ABA-accredited law school must obtain Dean Rothman’s written permission, on a form that you access by clicking here. Law school students may take up to six credits of graduate-level courses in other Rutgers graduate programs for credit toward a J.D. degree. (An allowance of nine credits of interdisciplinary work is reserved for those students in dual-degree masters programs who complete that program prior to or contemporaneous with earning the J.D. degree (12 credits in the joint M.B.A., M.S.W., M.C.R.P., M.D. and Ph.D. programs).)

Interdisciplinary courses intended to meet J.D. academic and residence credit requirements must have been approved in advance of registration by Dean Rothman. Permission is based on the following criteria: (1) the course must be reasonably related to the law, (2) the course may not duplicate a course offered in the law school curriculum, or be one that the student has taken prior to entering law school, and (3) the course cannot be a “core” type course. Students working simultaneously toward two degrees, such as J.D. and M.B.A. degrees, must make sure that they are carrying sufficient credits for J.D. residency requirement purposes. Courses taken prior to enrollment at Rutgers School of Law can never be considered towards J.D. requirements.

Once the required curriculum is completed, students have the option of choosing between a letter-grade system and Pass/“D” or “F” system for the elective classes. Students who wish to exercise this option must make this decision and submit the Pass/“D” or “F” Option form during the first three weeks of the Spring semester. Decisions on opting cannot be changed after the deadline. Opting forms for the Pass/“D”/“F” system are available from Dean Garbaccio or may be downloaded and printed by navigating to the link above.

Although a letter grade for every student will be entered by the faculty member regardless of the option chosen, a student who chooses the Pass/“D” or “F” option will have the grade recorded by the registrar on a system whereby a grade of “A,” “B,” or “C” (including pluses and minuses) is entered on the student’s transcript as a “Pass.” A grade of “D” or “F” will be recorded as a “D” or as an “F” regardless of whether students choose this option. The Pass/“D” or “F” option is available only in elective courses and may be exercised in only one course per semester, up to a maximum of 12 credits in total. (Grades of “Pass” earned in an unscheduled “soft” credit enterprise such as an externship or journal participation do not count as an exercise of this option.) Graduating students who have elected the Pass/“D” or “F” option for a substantial number of courses are not eligible to graduate with honors: the Faculty and Committee on Scholastic Standing require candidates for honors to have received at least 68 credits in graded courses.

NOTE: Letter grades entered by the faculty in courses taken Pass/“D” or “F” are unofficial and are not recognized by the school for any purpose except for compliance with Regulations 2 and 5 regarding academic good standing. Students who elect this option waive the right to learn the letter grade earned, and may not publish the letter grade entered by the faculty member for any purpose, if somehow that letter grade is later learned. A student who fails to choose the Pass/“D” or “F” option will automatically be given a letter grade.

The Term Bill

After you have completed the registration process for your classes, the charges for tuition and fees will appear on your Student Account, which can be viewed by clicking here; financial aid credits (scholarships, loans) will be posted a few days later. All billing determinations are based upon the number of credits you will be taking (plus applicable fees); full-time students (students taking 12 or more credits) will be billed on a flat, full-time tuition basis, and part-time students (students taking 11 or fewer credits) will be billed on a per-credit basis. This balance can be paid immediately after registering, but if it is not, the Student Account page will inform you as to the last day for making payment.


The Examination Schedule

Students are expected, whenever possible, to anticipate examination schedule problems at the time of registration. Exam dates for courses during the Fall semester appear in the middle column of the course listing spreadsheet (.PDF is here). Students should consider the exam schedule carefully when selecting classes; examination deferrals will not be granted on the basis that you have elected to take classes concentrating your examinations over a few days. For similar reasons, students who anticipate that medical or personal problems will interfere with a heavy examination schedule are expected to register for non-examination courses, register for a reduced or part-time load, or to withdraw from school for a semester. Deferral requests based on examination schedule problems that should have been anticipated at the time of registration will not be granted except under extraordinary circumstances. Consult Dean Rothman if you have further questions.

Procedure for Withdrawal From One or More Classes

Once the “Add/Drop” period has ended, a student may withdraw from a course or seminar by submitting a written notice on the “Drop” form available from Dean Linda Garbaccio. A grade of “W” will be entered on the record in every case. An 80% refund of tuition will be given if a course is dropped during the first two weeks of classes; a 60% refund if the withdrawal is before the end of the fourth week of classes; and a 40% refund will be given if the withdrawal is before the end of the sixth week of classes. After that, no refund of tuition will be given.

In an examination course, withdrawals will be permitted until the day of the examination prior to the start of the actual examination.

In a seminar or non-examination course, withdrawals will be permitted until the final official meeting of the class and provided that the instructor consents to the withdrawal. A grade of “F” will be entered as the final grade for a student who does not sit for an examination (unless officially excused by the Deans’ Office) or who does not complete the course or seminar work when required by the instructor.

The Required Curriculum

The required courses are: Contracts, Property, Torts, Legal Analysis, Writing and Research Skills I and II, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Civil Procedure. In addition, students must successfully complete either Professional Responsibility or Legal Profession and the writing requirement to graduate, but the writing requirement and Legal Profession cannot be completed before the required curriculum is completed.

Part-time students must take Contracts and Torts in the first semester; Criminal Law, Civil Procedure and Legal Analysis, Writing and Research Skills I in the second semester; and Legal Analysis, Writing and Research Skills II in the summer between their first and second years. The balance of the required curriculum, Property and Constitutional Law, is completed by part-time students in the Fall semester of their second year. Part-time students in the first year (and the Fall semester of the second year) have their program set by the law school administration; there are no choices of courses or sections permitted during this period.

Full-time students complete the required curriculum in the Fall and Spring semesters of the first year of law school. Once full-time students have opted for “late track” or “early track” in the summer before starting law school, their program for the first year is set by the administration. Sections for first-year full- and part-time students are established by the Deans’ Office. Students may not enroll in any section of any course other than the section assigned, and changes in sections cannot be made without the permission of Dean Rothman, which is rarely granted, and only in extraordinary circumstances.

Although full-time students will generally complete these required classes in their first year of law school and in the first three semesters for part-time students, under certain circumstances students will not have successfully completed all of the required classes as planned. In those cases, you must take such class or classes the next time it is offered at the law school. Such circumstances occur when a student:

– has received a grade of “F” in a required course;

– did not take a required course when it was first offered to his/her class (as when the student was out-of-residence during that semester);

– has been required by the Committee on Scholastic Standing to repeat a course;
– has transferred from part-time to full-time status before completion of the required curriculum;

– has transferred from full-time to part-time status before completion of the required curriculum; or

– has transferred from another law school that did not permit the student to take one or more such courses before transferring

If this applies to you, you must plan your course selection around completion of the required curriculum, and must have your proposed program of study for this semester approved by the Deans’ Office. (Only certain sections of required first-year courses are open to upper-class students. You must secure prior permission to register for these courses. Please call Dean Garbaccio to obtain the section, course, and registration numbers for these courses.) Permission to defer taking a required course when it is next given may be granted only by Dean Rothman.

Students who delay complying with these requirements may be closed out of their preferred sections of upper-class and required courses. Students who do not register for a required course which they must complete may be dropped from one of their elective courses and reassigned to a section in the required course. 

Transferring From Full-Time to Part-Time and Part-Time to Full-Time

Information regarding changing your status may be found by clicking here. Note that if you have not yet completed the Required Curriculum (see above), permission and program approval will be required from Dean Rothman to change your status, and your section assignments in the required courses you must take must be made by Dean Garbaccio.