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Course Registration Procedures, Fall 2017

Fall 2017 Schedules

Registration for the fall 2017 semester is now open for all students.

Registration for most courses is conducted through MyNIU. Make sure you know how to use the MyNIU registration tools.

Please note the following:

  • Self-registration is not available for clinics, externships, directed research, or co-curricular activities and competitions. To enroll in any of those courses, you must contact the instructor or faculty adviser. 
  • Wait lists are available for most courses. Please utilize them! In many circumstances, if we see high demand for a course, we may be able to find a larger room or add more sections to accommodate demand.
  • Students on a part-time schedule who have not yet completed all first-year courses must do so by the end of their fourth semester. If you are attending on a part-time schedule and still need to take one or more first-year courses, you must see Dean Coles or Dean King to get registered in those courses, because you cannot register yourself for first-year courses in MyNIU. However, students attending on a part-time schedule must register for their upper-level courses in MyNIU.
  • Rising second-year students must take Legal Writing II, Basic Legal Research II, and Constitutional Law II. You cannot register yourselves for these classes. You will be automatically registered for a section (A, B, C, or D) of Legal Writing II and Basic Legal Research II. You will also be automatically registered for one of the two sections of Constitutional Law II (both of which meet at the same time). For scheduling purposes, you will see that it matters very little which Writing/Research section you are in, but we will let you know your section in the next day or so.
  • Rising second-year students should recall that they must complete Introduction to Lawyering Skills by the end of the their fourth semester. Therefore, you should seriously consider registering for one of the three Lawyering Skills sections offered in the fall, when you have some control over the section, days and times you’d like (Another option is to sign up for the Lawyering Skills section being offered this summer, on our Naperville campus). If you wait to take Lawyering Skills until spring of your second year, we will place you in a Lawyering Skills section after we conduct a lottery (which I will describe in more detail at a later date). Although 92% of students were placed in their first or second choice sections after the spring lottery last year, there will likely be a few students who draw a short straw.
  • Rising third-year students should be aware that the upper-division writing requirement must be completed by the end of your fifth semester.
  • All students should consider that they must complete Professional Responsibility and an experiential learning project before graduation.

If you have questions concerning the schedule, course selection or the registration process, please feel free to contact Associate Dean Marc Falkoff in person or at mfalkoff@niu.edu.

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