William and Mary Law School

Register for Classes

As a law student, you will register for classes using a web-based system called “Banner.”   Accessing Banner over the web works best with Internet Explorer. If you experience problems, check the browser you are using. Registration is always possible by logging onto Banner at a campus computer lab.

Banner is accessed through my.wm.edu.  After logging into my.wm.edu, select “Banner” then “Student and Financial Aid” and finally “Registration.”  Reading helpful tips and the registration FAQ will give you more information about Banner as well as more information about rules that govern registration.

Course Registration

Priority registration will last only 24 hours for each registration group.  After the priority registration closes, registration will open again for all students once classroom adjustments, if possible, are made to accommodate additional enrollment and after the Registrar's Office ensures that students have complied with the rules governing registration, which we encourage students to review in the text below. 

Registration for Fall 2015 Classes

Rising 3L students' priority registration begins Monday, April 6, 2015 at 8:00 am and closes at 7:59 am on Tuesday, April 7.

Rising 2L students' priority registration begins Wednesday, April 8, 2014 at 8:00 am and closes at 7:59 am on Thursday, April 9, 2015

Registration for Spring 2016 Classes

3L and LLM students' priority registration begins Monday, Oct 26, 2015 at 8:00 am and closes at 7:59 am on Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015.

2L students' priority registration begins Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 at 8:00 am and closes at 7:50 am on Thursday, Oct 29, 2015.

Registration for Spring 2016 will open again to all students on November 9, 2015 at 8:00am and remain open until the end of the first week of classes in January, 2016.

In the spring, in preparation for the fall term registration, 1Ls may wish to attend a registration information session.  Deans Rosenberg, Heymann, Kaplan and Jackson will review some helpful tips for planning your schedule and for registration.   FAQs from previous information sessions. 

Rules governing registration:
  • From registration to the first day of add/drop, you may register for ONLY one seminar*.  If space is available during add/drop, you may register for a second.  Students who disregard this rule will be disenrolled from all but one seminar the day following their priority registration period.   (Seminar course numbers are numbered 500-699.)  *This rule does not include 1-credit mini-courses as a seminar.

  • From registration to the first day of add/drop, you may register for ONLY one clinic.  If space is available during add/drop, you may register for a second. Students who disregard this rule will be disenrolled from all but one clinic the day following their priority registration period.

  • All second-year students will register for Law 114 Advanced Practice.

  • All students must register for a section of Law 115 Professional Responsibility.  Law 115 is a graduation requirement and is required for Third-Year Practice so students may wish to take it as a 2L to enable them to try court cases in the summer prior to the 3L year or during the 3L year (evidence is also required).

  • You must earn a minimum of 10 credit hours in the semester and must earn a minimum of 20 credit hours in an academic year. 

  • You may not register for more than 17 credit hours in a term.  The total credit hours for registration (17 max)  includes both registered courses and waitlisted courses. Students who disregard this rule will be disenrolled from WL courses until their total reaches 17 max (including both registered courses and waitlist courses).  This will occur the day following their priority registration period.

  • You may not register for overlapping courses (courses that meet at the same time or overlap for any length of time) unless they comply with the Course Overlap Rule (see below).

  • When wanting to wait list a course, you must affirmatively select to do so from the drop-down menu for that course.

  • You may not drop a course once add/drop has ended.

Topics that may be important to registration:
Registration forms (all .doc files):