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 then “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.
In the spring, in preparation for the fall term registration, 1Ls may wish to attend a registration information session. Information on those sessions will be posted via MyLaw.
Register for Classes FAQs
- Seminar - 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 typically numbered 500-699; however, verify schedule type in Schedule of Classes.) *This rule does not include one-credit short courses as a seminar.
- Clinic - 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.
- Advanced Practice - all second-year students will register for LAW 140 (Advanced Practice).
- Professional Responsibility - all students must register for LAW 115 Professional Responsibility or LAW 117 Legal Profession. LAW 115 or LAW 117 is a graduation requirement and is required for third-year practice. Students may wish to take either course as a 2L to enable them to try court cases in the summer before the 3L year or during the 3L year (LAW 309 Evidence is also required).
- Earned Credits Requirements - 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.
- Maximum Registered Credits - you may register for no more than 17 credit hours in a semester. This 17 credit hours maximum includes both registered and waitlisted (WL) courses. Students who disregard this maximum registered credits rule will be disenrolled from WL courses until their total reaches 17 credit hours, including both registered and waitlist courses. This will occur the day following their priority registration period.
- Time Conflict - you may not register for courses that have a time conflict (courses that meet at the same time or overlap for any length of time) unless they comply with the Course Time Conflict Rule.
- Waitlist - when registering for a waitlist course, you must affirmatively select to do so from the drop-down menu for that course.
- Add/drop - you may not drop a course once add/drop has ended.
- Holds - if you have a hold on your student record and need to determine where it originiated and contact information to resolve, you can check for holds on your account via Banner ‘Student Records,' or under the ‘Check Your Registration Status’ link; information will be available that will identify the department that placed the hold and the telephone contact number to resolve. As a reminder, the Registrar’s Office cannot remove holds from other offices or departments; only the office/department who placed the hold can remove a hold.
Topics that may be important to registration:
- Auditing Law Courses
- Externships (local)
- Helpful Tips
- Journals and Competitive Teams
- Course Time Conflict Rule
- GPAs, Ranks, Transcripts
- Grade Conversion
- Law School Courses in Washington, DC
- Non-law Courses
- Order of the Coif
- Pass/fail Credits
- Registration FAQ
- Registration Forms
- Requirements for Juris Doctor
- Semester Exchange Programs
- Study Abroad
- Summer School
- Additional academic opportunities- semester externship in Northern Virginia (requires log-in to MyLaw)