Registration Materials and Their Distribution
Undergraduate Transcripts
Course Conflicts
Prerequisites and Corequisites
Program Changes
Withdrawing from Courses

1. Registration Materials and their Distribution

As a general rule, registration materials are distributed in mid-July for the fall semester and early November for the spring semester.  Registration materials include the academic calendar, the course schedule, course descriptions, and complete information on how, when, and where to register. Please read these materials carefully.  Additions and changes to registration materials will be posted throughout the registration period and the first few weeks of class.  Registration materials for the fall 2019, summer 2019, spring 2019, and winter 2019 semesters can be found here:



Winter 2020

Winter 2020 Applications Forms:


Fall 2019 

Summer 2019

Spring 2019

2. Registration

All students must register each semester. (Note that first-year students register online for their first semester during orientation, and register again for their subsequent first-year semester(s) even though all of their courses are required and they are assigned to specific sections with fixed schedules). Questions may be directed to the Office of the Registrar.

3. Undergraduate Transcripts
Students must have an official copy of their undergraduate transcript showing receipt of a baccalaureate degree on file with the Office of the Registrar in order to be permitted to register. Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the registrar's office of the undergraduate institution to Cardozo School of Law’s Office of the Registrar. Students who have questions regarding their undergraduate transcripts should contact the Office of the Registrar.

4. Course Conflicts
A student may not enroll in a course for which any meeting time conflicts with any meeting time of another course in which the student is enrolled. In the event that a student attempts to enroll in courses with such conflicts, the student will be registered only for the course which he or she listed first. Students should check their course confirmations and course times carefully. Should there appear to be a time conflict, students should check with the Office of the Registrar immediately.

5. Prerequisites and Corequisites
It is each student's responsibility to ascertain the prerequisites and corequisites, if any, for enrollment in upper-class courses. These are indicated in the course descriptions included in the registration information packet.

If a student enrolls in a course for which the prerequisite has not been previously satisfied or the corequisite contemporaneously satisfied, no credit for the course will be granted, even if the prerequisite or corequisite is satisfied subsequently.

Upon occasion, a faculty member may waive a course prerequisite for an individual student. When such a waiver is granted, the faculty member must submit written notice of the waiver to the Office of the Registrar.

6. Program Changes
Students who have already registered can make changes in their schedule during the drop/add period prior to the beginning of the semester. Courses dropped during this period do not appear on the student's transcript.

Students should not assume that they will be able to enroll in a class for which they have been wait-listed. Rather, they must register for another course, which they can drop if and when they are allowed into the previously closed course.

Students should also not attempt to circumvent the waiting list system by contacting professors for permission to enter a closed course. Even if permission is granted by the professor for a student to enroll, the student will not be permitted to register for the class.

7. Withdrawing from Courses
After the add/drop period, students cannot add a new course. They may still withdraw from a course until the date designated as the last day to withdraw from courses.

After the date designated as the last day to withdraw from courses, students will be granted permission to withdraw from courses only under exceptional circumstances. A student who wishes to withdraw from a course at such a time must contact the Dean of Students to discuss withdrawal and must submit a completed “request for permission to withdraw from a course” form.  If permission to withdraw is granted, a grade of "W" is recorded on the student's transcript. (The grade of "W" means "withdrew without penalty or prejudice").  A student who is allowed to withdraw from a year-long course after completing the first semester will lose credit for the first semester.

If a student does not follow the procedures outlined above to drop or withdraw from a course before the end of the semester in which the student is registered for the course, and the student does not take the final examination or otherwise complete the course requirements, the student automatically receives a grade of “F” or "G" (administrative failure; counted as a failure in GPA calculations) for the course.

Any student contemplating dropping or withdrawing from a course should consider the effect on residency status, financial aid requirements, health insurance and if applicable, immigration status.