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First-year JD students are block registered for required courses in the fall and spring semester by the Law Registrar. First-year JD students self-register for one elective course in the spring semester during their assigned enrollment appointment. First semester LLM, JM and SJD students should refer to their academic advisor for scheduling courses. Returning JD, LLM, JM and SJD students self-register for fall and spring courses during their assigned enrollment appointment.

MCL students are block registered for the semesters (spring and summer) they are in residency.

Self-registration is managed by the students through their account in OPUS.

Seminars are managed through a pre-selection process. Clinics, externships, and co-curricular activities are managed by the instructor. Students selected for enrollment into these special courses will be notified of how to self-enroll or that they have been block enrolled by the registrar's office.

Important Dates

Be sure to refer to the Registrars Academic Calendar page for exact dates for each semester.

  • Add/drop takes place during the first week of class in both the fall and spring semesters.
  • Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory selection must take place before October 11, 2024, for Fall 2024 courses.

Registration Dates

Fall 2024 Registration Dates

  • Wednesday, April 3: Shopping cart feature opens in OPUS (Students can add courses to their cart and check for conflicts but cannot enroll until registration opens)
  • Wednesday, April 3: Pre-registration begins for seminars and colloquium.
  • Monday, April 15 – Thursday, April 18: Registration for classes for returning students (Waitlists are not available during this period)
    • Students can verify their specific enrollment dates and times in OPUS self-service
  • Friday, April 19, 9:00 p.m. – Monday, April 22, 9:00 p.m.: 1st Open Enrollment (Waitlists are available during this period)
  • Friday, May 3, 5:00 p.m. – Friday, May 31, 4:30 p.m.: 2nd Open Enrollment
  • Monday, August 19– Monday, August 26: Add/Drop/Swap period in OPUS

Holds and Clearances

Be sure to check the Holds and Clearances callout section in OPUS to avoid any delays in your registration. For assistance you can contact:

Immunization Hold - Student Health Services website

Financial Hold - Office of Student Financial Services

How to Register Using OPUS

For step by step instructions and user tips on how to register for classes in OPUS, please review or the Registration Guide PDF.

For step by step instructions and user tips on how to place yourself on a class waitlist in OPUS, please review the waitlist guide.

If you choose to use the Shopping Cart feature, you must be logged into OPUS. (The Shopping Cart feature is optional and not required for you to enroll.)

Once the system processes your request, you will be able to identify which classes you were actually enrolled in as they will be indicated by a green check. If there is a red X, you were not enrolled. You can double check this by going to your class schedule on the Student Center tab.

Course Offerings

Course descriptions are on the Course Atlas website. The Course and Exam Schedule are also on the Course Atlas website. The course schedules can also be found in OPUS.

The Registrar reserves the right to cap the number of students by pedagogical requirements, class category (i.e., 2L, 3L, LLM, JM), and room capacity. Such decisions will be made in consultation with the faculty member and Associate Deans.

The schedule is subject to change, including the addition and cancellation of classes. Be sure to confirm the days/times in OPUS.

Pre-Selection Process

Capstone pre-selection forms are emailed ONLY to those students enrolled in the Transactional Certificate Program and are eligible to apply for the courses. For information about the Transactional Certificate Program, please visit the Center for Transactional Law and Practice. NOTE: There are NO pre-selection forms for Contract Drafting or Deal Skills. Students currently enrolled in the Transactional Certificate Program should register for Doing Deals and Contract Drafting during their 3L and 2L window. Any remaining seats will be made available with the Program's consent during the 2nd Open Enrollment.

To enroll in a seminar, students should submit the Pre-Selection Seminar and CSW forms. Pre-selection forms for seminars will be available on Wednesday, April 3 at 9 a.m. EST, and will close on Wednesday, April 10 at 4 p.m. EST. Students should not email professors to be enrolled.

Clinics, Externships, and Practicums all have their own processes. Please refer to the course description or contact the supervising professor for more information.

Overload Requests

For JD students who anticipate needing permission to take an overload of credit hours (more than 16 hours) in any given semester, please fill out a Credit Overload Request form.

Note: The Law Registrar’s Office will not be able to process requests until approval has been received. It is recommended that you seek approval for a credit overload a minimum of 48 hrs. prior to the start of your enrollment window.

ABA’s 6 Credit Experiential Learning Requirement

All JD students who are expected to graduate after the Spring of 2019 are required to satisfactorily complete at least one or more experiential courses totaling at least six credit hours. For more information, see the FAQs.

Non-law Courses

JD Students: If you wish to take a course outside of the law school, you must be a JD student who started their program as a 1L at Emory Law, the course must be a graduate level course, and you must obtain the written permission of that professor.

Once you have, complete the Request To Take A Non-Law Course form and our office will notify you if your request was approved. Different schools have different registration schedules, so we advise you select a backup law class you'd be willing to take/drop later if you are selected for the other class. Lastly, please note that any course taken outside the law school will count against your pass/fail credits, and whatever grade you earn will appear on your transcript (just not calculated into your law school GPA). For further information or questions, please contact our office directly. 

Graduate Students: Contact your advisor for assistance.