Law School Courses
Students in the College may register for courses offered by the University of Chicago Law School. Students who wish to enroll in these courses must follow Law School rules, procedures, and deadlines, which in some cases will differ significantly from the College. Consult the Law School Student Handbook for more details.
Students who wish to enroll in Law School courses should begin the process early in the quarter prior to the planned registration. After consulting a College Adviser, students should submit the Professional School Petition Form to Swapna Chinniah, Senior Adviser in the Office of the Dean of Students in the College. You may email the form to [email protected] or turn it in to the front desk of the Advising Office..
The petition should provide detailed reasons for taking a Law School course. The student must also refer to the Law School calendar to determine when the registration period starts and complete a Non-Law School Student Permission to Register form. The student will need to obtain consent (and a signature on this permission form) from the course instructor. Both the signed Law School and College petitions must be delivered to the Registrar in the Press Building, 1427 East 60th Street, by Friday of Week 1.
Drops and Withdrawals
Students can drop Law School courses through Friday of Week 3; however, after Week 1, they must obtain consent from the Law School Registrar. Documentation of this consent must then be delivered to the University Registrar by the end of Week 3. Students may also withdraw from Law School courses per the standard College policies.
Grading Policies and Exam Schedules
In Law School courses, quality grades are offered by default, and the grading scales in the Law School differ from those in the College. Students may request pass/fail grading from the instructor before Friday of Week 5. The instructor will give consent in writing.
Undergraduate students are expected follow the Law School exam schedule and policies.
Using Law School Courses in the Degree Program
Students in the College are limited to six professional school course registrations (whether or not the courses are completed), and only four may be counted toward the 42 credits required in an undergraduate program. Professional school courses rarely count towards a major, but students may petition their undergraduate program chair before taking the course if they wish to use it towards the major.
Note: Professional school courses are not indicated as such on the transcript, although each transcript includes a key to understanding course identification codes. Expect that grades awarded for professional school classes will be considered by admissions committees in subsequent applications to graduate or professional school.