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Office of the Registrar


Registration and Selection of Classes for Stanford Law Students

Enrollment Options for Law Courses: 

The instructors can open their courses to all interested students (open enrollment) or limit the enrollment of their courses in one of two ways: (1) by lottery/limited enrollment or (2) by consent of instructor via a "consent" application form.

Pre-registration for Law Students:

After the first quarter of the first year, students may sign up for Law School courses by pre-registering on AXESS during the designated pre-registration period. Students will be notified by the Law School Registrar's Office when pre-registration opens in Axess. Pre-Registration instructions and forms for Consent of Instructor Courses will be available on this site when pre-registration opens in Axess.

For course information, see Course Schedules and Descriptions and Stanford Law Class Schedule Grids. These schedules and descriptions include course days and times. Room assignments are posted prior to the start of each term. See the SLS Academic Calendar for end-quarter examination periods and Course Schedules and Descriptions for a list of courses giving examinations for the current academic year.

Autumn  2014-2015 Pre-Registration Dates:  Monday, July 14 to Friday, July 25, 2014


See Non-Law Student Course Registration


AXESS – Online Registration

The Law School uses AXESS, the University's online registration system for pre-registration and for adding and dropping courses during the add/drop period. Login to AXESS at (  Detailed Instructions on how to enroll in courses and how to swap courses in Axess can be found at:

Open Enrollment Courses

Open enrollment courses are open to all second- and third-year JD students and advanced degree students who have met whatever prerequisites are listed. Winter and Spring courses are open to first-year students at the election of the instructor.

Limited Enrollment for Lottery Courses

For some courses, the students who are able to enroll are determined by a lottery conducted by the Registrar's Office during the pre-registration period (i.e.,tentatively in April for autumn quarter, in mid-October for winter quarter and in mid-February for spring quarter). Students who are not selected for the course are placed on a waiting list. Students who are admitted must attend the first class session or inform the instructor in advance of their intent to enroll. At that class meeting, the instructor will note the attendance of those admitted to the class, those who are on the wait list, and those who wish to be added to the wait list. If an admitted student is absent without having informed the instructor, the instructor will replace that student with the highest student on the wait list who has attended the first class session or who has informed the instructor in advance of his or her intention to enroll.

If an instructor has admitted you to a lottery/limited enrollment classes from the waitlist or as a new student, you must see the Registrar's Office (room 100) to get your permission code.  This code allows you to enroll for these classes. If you don't have prior permission from the instructor, you can be automantically dropped from the class.

If a student wishes to swtch to section 02 for Research (R-credit) or to elect to write a paper in lieu of taking the final exam (noted on the course description), you must see the Registrar's Office (room 100) to get your permission code. This code will allow you to swap from section 01 to section 02.

If a student wishes to be added to the wait list, he or she should see the Registrar's Office (room 100).  Students cannot be admitted to the class except off the waiting list, and students will be admitted in the order that they are listed.

Secondary Wait list is availalbe in the Registrar's Office if you want to sign up for any of the lottery/limited enrollment classes.  You can add yourself to the wait list from now to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 22, 2014. The sign-up is in a binder. At 4:00 p.m. on September 22, all names will be randomized and appended to the wait list.  Since the Secondary Wait list is not on a first-come, first-served basis, you can add your name anytime from now to 4:00 p.m. on September 22.  NOTE:  You must attend the next class sessions. The instructor will inform you if you receive a spot in the class.

Consent of Instructor Courses

The instructors will admit students to these limited enrollment courses and create a waiting list for students who do not get admitted initially. Interested students may apply for consent of instructor courses by submitting a consent request or a consent application form to the instructor (see course description for detailed instructions). After the consent requests or applications have been processed and reviewed, you will be notified by either the instructor or the Registrar's Office of the results of each application you filed: acceptance, waiting list, or rejection. Please note that some instructors may require students to notify whether they accept or reject the placement.

Consent applications posted by the Registrar's Office are available below.