(Note: Colorado Law does not participate in the Course Reservation or Course Forgiveness Program.)
Log in to MyCUInfo and either scroll down to view the "Schedule" tab to quickly view course names, times and locations, or select the Student tab, then the "Register for Classes" link and the "My Class Schedule" tab under "Enroll" for more information, including instructor names and credit number amounts.
A "stop" or a "hold" is the university’s mechanism for preventing students from registering if, for example, they owe money for library fines; or if undergraduate transcripts have not yet been received; or if immunization records have not been received. You will not be able to take classes if you have holds on your account.
Some of the emails and information generated from CU Boulder’s Office of the Registrar do NOT apply to law students because of our unique bidding and grading systems, so the Law School’s Registrar (Shannon Foley) sends out separate emails from firstname.lastname@example.org. You must learn to read both emails the Law School Registrar’s Office and CU Boulder’s Office of the Registrar carefully. Shannon will flag in her emails what students SHOULD pay attention to from CU Boulder’s Office of the Registrar and what may NOT apply to them. For example, the “Degree Audit” information referred to in the Registration Guide published by CU Boulder's Office of the Registrar does not apply to law students, because Shannon performs degree audits for law students by hand.
Generally speaking, there are two ways to enroll in 2L and 3L courses:
1) Bid for courses during the bidding period--after which you will be automatically enrolled in or waitlisted for any courses you bid points on (this process is summarized here, and happens prior to open enrollment (when students can add or drop classes on their own through myCUinfo); or
2) Wait for open enrollment, when you have a valid enrollment appointment and can register for (i.e. add or drop) courses on your own through myCUInfo (this is how students typically enroll in summer courses, and how students typically make schedule adjustments once the bidding window has closed for Fall or Spring).
Choosing option 1 and participating in the bidding process (which happens before any law student is able to register for a course during open enrollment) increases your chances of being enrolled in courses that have historically generated waitlists.
ABA and Law School Rules permit you to register for no more than 18 credits in any semester. Credit hours completed before the start of the traditional semester (e.g., most wintersession courses) do not count against the 18 credit cap, but you need to email email@example.com to ask for an override of the system. Please note Law School Rule 3-3-3: Maximum and Minimum Class Schedule.
Yes. You should not bid on journals, competitions, externships, independent legal research, Education & the Constitution, the Sustainable Community Development Law Clinic, the 2nd semester of a year-long course, or any course that is flagged as "DO NOT BID ON" on the course schedule PDF. Each of those has a different enrollment process.
There is no perfect formula for this. Most students who are successful at bidding consult at least some of the following resources:
Historical bidding information, which can be found on the Courses & Registration page (under the Instructions & Historical Information heading). Note that a key to understanding these reports is listed on the Bidding & Registration-Details and Bidding Instructions page, under the “Bidding Strategies” heading.
Consult with students who have bid before
Ask the Law School Registrar for advice
Three important points: (1) students must bid at least one point on a class to be enrolled in or waitlisted for it prior to open enrollment; (2) current 2Ls/rising 3Ls must bid at least 1501 points on a course to outbid any current 1L/rising 2L; and (3) if you are a rising 3L, make sure you bid on any courses that you need to meet your graduation requirements.
No. As long as you enter your bids before the end of the round of bidding, your bids will be counted. You do not receive any priority because of bidding early.
Even if the system allows you to enter a bid of 0 points, bidding 0 points is the same as not bidding. While you do not need to bid, most students choose to bid in order to increase their chances of enrolling in the courses they want to take. For more about bidding, visit this page.
The Law School Rules allow you to take up to 14 credit hours in "coursework outside of the law school and for courses and activities that do not involve a substantial classroom component." Examples of courses that count towards the cap include externships; journals; moot court, mock trial and other competitions; Independent Legal Research, courtroom observation courses; and coursework completed in another department, school, or college of the University or at another institution of higher learning. Also be mindful of Rules 3-2-8(D) and 3-2-9(J) on maximum credits for journals, competitions, and other co-curricular activities. For more information, review the rules or visit this page.
Course information is available in the Academics section of the Law School's website, specifically on the Calendars and Schedules and Courses and Registration pages.
Courses for the upcoming term can also be found in myCUinfo by clicking "Search for Classes" on the Student tab. Upcoming courses will be visible and searchable shortly before each bidding and registration period.
During open enrollment, to be put on the waitlist for courses with established waitlists, click on the "Waitlist" option and then click the "Submit" button. If you do not select it, the system will NOT place you on the waitlist.
Waitlists are scheduled for auto-enrollment in the event that a seat opens. Please periodically check your schedule. If a seat opens up in a class you are waitlisted for and a) you have a hold on your account, b) you are enrolled in a time-conflicted course, or c) enrolling you would put you over the 18 credit limit, the system will NOT auto-enroll you. In these cases, please make sure any holds are resolved and then email firstname.lastname@example.org with your student ID number and the number and name of course you need to be enrolled in. We will process your request as soon as possible.
The Registrar will register you into the spring portion of any yearlong course in which you enroll. You do not need to self-register for these courses.
The system requires us to process enrollment in yearlong courses and co-curricular activities separately. For students who are involved in yearlong courses, or who are eligible to receive credit for being involved in a competition or journal, we will add these components to their schedules before the add deadline, but not necessarily before the first day of classes.
JD students may request to take a non-law graduate course and count the credit towards their JD degree through the Law School Credit for Non-Law Course Petition form here. Law School Miscellaneous Rule 22 governs. A graduate level course (numbered 5000 or higher) that is reasonably related to law study is eligible for credit toward the JD degree unless it duplicates a current Law School course. Note that according to Rule 22, "No law student may earn more than 6 credit hours from courses approved under this rule, except under a dual degree program approved by the Law School (and students who receive credit under one of those programs are not eligible for additional non-Law School course credit under these rules)."
To ensure full consideration, petitions should be submitted to the Registrar by the closing date for the second round of bidding during the current term.