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J.D. Spring 2020 Registration Information

You are strongly encouraged to review and understand the functionality of LionPATH by visiting, LionPATH Help.

Spring 2020 Schedule of Classes - Law class offerings are available from your Student Center in LionPATH.  The information is available via the Search for Classes button.  All courses offered at Penn State Law are listed under the Course Career “Penn State Law”

VERY IMPORTANT STEPS YOU MUST TAKE BEFORE YOUR REGISTRATION TIME: Within your Student Center in LionPATH, review the items under the To Do List. The Pre-Registration Activity Guide - Spring 2020, once completed, will release the Financial Responsibility Agreement that appears under the Holds.  You need to review this information and take the necessary steps in order to be able to register.  You can check your Enrollment Dates in your Student Center for the date and time you can begin enrolling for Spring 2020. 


Specialized Fields of Study Concentration Pilot Program - The Penn State Law faculty has approved this program for current third-year J.D. students and current LL.M. students graduating Spring 2020.  Students may earn Concentration recognition in the Penn State Law Specialized Fields of Study.  J.D. students must earn a minimum of 12 credits and LL.M. students a minimum of 9 credits.  A minimum grade of ‘C’ is required for each course being used toward a Concentration.  Upon verification of completion, students will receive a document of recognition. Students may earn multiple Concentrations.  Deadline for Spring 2020 Application is January 31, 2020.

Courses for each Concentration and forms for application and completion are available on each of the Specialized Fields of Study pages. 

Plan Your Schedule - Before you register, take time to gather the information and advice you need to plan for next semester!! Use the Schedule Builder in LionPATH to plan your schedule. Learn more about the LionPATH Schedule Builder, the information is located under Course and Class Search. You can view the Fall 2020 Anticipated Course List to assist you planning ahead. For information about enrolling in a clinic or externship, including course requirements and application deadlines, visit Clinics and Externships. For information about courses with content tested on the bar examinations see Information About Bar Admissions and Exam or contact the Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs.

Degree Audit (Academic Requirements Report) – Your Degree Audit (Academic Requirements report) is available in your Student Center in LionPATH.  You can use your Degree Audit (Academic Requirements report) along with your  J.D. Requirements information to ensure you are staying on track to meet your graduation requirements. How to access your Degree Audit (Academic Requirements report) in LionPATH.

Academic Advice — Take the initiative to ask for advice. Law faculty members are happy to help you select courses, provide advice about the sequence of related courses, and explain how courses relate to law practice. You can visit one of your current professors during office hours. Ask for an appointment with a faculty member who teaches or writes in a field of law that interests you. The website lists faculty by specialized fields of study.You may also ask for an appointment with your assigned faculty advisor, whose name is available in your Student Center in LionPATH, or any law faculty member.  Academic Affairs is also a good source for academic advice. Email Dean Engle directly to schedule an appointment. 

Employment While Enrolled — Because law school course work requires full-time application, students are cautioned not to place excessive reliance on employment for financial support.  J.D. students are forbidden from working more than twenty hours per week.  By registering for classes each semester, students certify compliance with this throughout the semester.  Employment inconsistent with this rule is a violation of the Honor Code.  Under the Academic Standing Rules, the Rules Committee will not consider employment during the semester as an excuse for poor academic performance.

Important Registration Rules and Tips — Consult the Student Academic Handbook for information about J.D. degree requirements and other academic rules, including the rules on Co-Curricular Credits, Independent Study, Pass-Fail RulesUpper-Level Writing Seminar and Experiential Learning credits requirements. You are responsible for satisfying all degree requirements and complying with all academic rules.

  • J.D. and joint degree students cannot register for more than 17 credits per semester.

  • Registration Wait List — The law school uses the University's Wait List in LionPATH.  You are encouraged, before you register, to learn more about the LionPATH Wait List. The information is located under Enrollment. A procedure runs hourly to monitor the Wait List. As a courtesy to your classmates, please remove your name from a course wait list if you are no longer interested in the course. 

    Important Note: You will not be registered in a class from the wait list if any of the following apply to you:

1) You have an active registration hold.

2) Course controls prevent your registration in the course.

3) There is a day/time conflict with a course already on your registration.

4) The addition of the course will cause the 17-credit registration limit to be exceeded. 

To avoid # 3 and #4, the course that is being Wait Listed must be added using the course swap feature in LionPATH at the time the Wait Listed registration is being added.  See the LionPATH Wait List help for more information.

  • Students may not register for courses with overlapping meeting times.

  • The drop/add period for all law school courses ends at 11:59 PM on Friday January 17, 2020. You can drop or add courses from your Student Center in LionPATH at any time before the deadline. However, you cannot drop or add courses after the deadline except with permission of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs which will be granted only in compelling circumstances.

  • If your academic record is subject to a hold, you will not be able to register. You should check the status of your academic record in your Student Center in LionPATH before your enrollment date.  You can check your Enrollment Dates in your Student Center for the date and time you can begin enrolling for Spring 2020.

  • Check Timely Registration News for information on courses with special enrollment criteria.

  • For information about electing to take a graded course on a pass/fail basis, see Pass-Fail Rules in your Student Academic Handbook. See the Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Course List for courses you can elect to take pass/fail.

  • The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may cancel a course with low enrollment (less than 5 students) ordinarily no later than the first day of classes for the semester, and may maintain or cancel any course due to exceptional circumstances. Check Timely Registration News for notice of course cancellations.

  • Distance Education Credits – you should be familiar with the Distance Education rules in your Student Academic Handbook. 

Exam Schedule — Check the Spring 2020 Final Exam Schedule and Final Exam Regulations for information about the final exam schedule and law school exam rules.

Grading Deadlines - Grades are due from faculty no later than Tuesday June 2, 2020.  

Timely Registration News — Visit Timely Registration News frequently during the registration period for late-breaking registration information.

Registration Times - Your registration time is available in your Student Center in LionPATH. The information is available under Enrollment Dates.