Enrollment Instructions


Overview

Enrollment instructions for spring 2022 are available below. Instructions for the upcoming semester are typically posted shortly before enrollment appointments open.


Enrollment Instructions: Spring 2022

Enrollment for the School of Law will be conducted online at sa.ku.edu.

Please read these instructions carefully and consult the Schedule of Classes for more complete information. These instructions supplement the information contained in the Schedule of Classes and should not be seen as the only source of information for law students. Access is available online classes.ku.edu.

There are three steps to becoming officially enrolled:

  1. Enrollment Preparation: This step includes checking your account online and clearing any holds. If your holds are not cleared your enrollment will be delayed and may therefore delay your financial aid reimbursement.
  2. Enrollment
  3. Fee payment

The courses listed in these instructions do not constitute a contract.


Spring 2022 Academic Calendar

  • Tuesday, Jan 18: Classes begin
  • Monday, March 14: Spring break
  • Monday, March 21: Classes resume
  • Friday, April 22: Last day of classes
  • Saturday, April 23: Reading Day
  • Monday, April 25: First day of final examinations
  • Friday, May 6: Last day of final examinations
  • Saturday, May 14: Law School Hooding
  • Sunday, May 15: Commencement

March 1, 2022: Last day to submit Application for Degrees to ensure May 2022 graduation


Enrollment Appointments

IMPORTANT – YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO ENROLL ONLINE FOR THE SPRING OF 2022 BEGINS AT THE ENROLLMENT APPOINTMENT TIME YOU HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED.

Enrollment appointments begin on October 15, 2021.

In order to view your appointment time, you should use this navigation in Enroll & Pay: Enroll and Pay> Enrollment.

You will be able to enroll online for the spring from your appointment time until January 24, 2022.

Enrollment Times

Enrollment appointment times are set according to the number of hours a student has completed plus the number of hours in which they are currently enrolled:

  • Day 1: 59+ hours
  • Day 2: 29-58 hours
  • Day 3: 0-28 hours
     

Spring Semester Fee Payment Information

Fee payment information for the spring semester is available on the Student Accounts and Receivables website.

E-Bills will be emailed on or about January 21, 2022. You can check your billing and account information online under Enroll and Pay>Campus Finances.

Deadlines for Payment

Bills will be emailed on or about January 21, 2022. Not receiving a bill does not negate your obligation to pay by the due date.

Enrolled before January 20, 2022: Due 4 p.m. on February 15.

$100 late fee added after February 15, 2022. Second $100 late fee added after March 15, 2022. 1.5% interest charges added beginning March 15, 2022.

Add/Drop
  • October 15 - January 24: Add/drop online
  • February 1: Last day to add any law school course
  • Before dropping, please consult the “Special Drop Rule” list

Following January 24, 2022, adding and dropping can online be done with the schedule change form available from the Office of the University Registrar.

Add and Drop Policies

Classes may be added only within the first two weeks of the spring semester. If a student drops a School of Law class at any time up to and including the last day of classes in the semester, that class enrollment will be canceled and will not appear on the student's transcript.

Refund Schedule
  • January 24, 2022 or before: 100% refund
  • January 25, 2022 - February 14, 2022: 50% refund
  • February 15, 2022 or after: No refund

A refund schedule is available on the Tuition and Fees page of the University Registrar's website.

Student Account Services

Visit the Student Account Services website for more information.


Enrollment Instructions

Class Search

Visit the Schedule of Classes.

Courses with Requirements for Enrollment

Criminal Prosecution Field Placement Program, Field Placement Program, Judicial Field Placement Program and Legal Aid Clinic enrollment is limited to those students who apply and are selected.

Field Placement Program, Project for Innocence and Legal Aid Clinic will provide the Registrar with a list of students who should be enrolling and the Registrar’s office will be sending permission codes to those students.

Judicial Field Placement Program enrollment is limited to those who have been selected but can be done without a permission code.

Some courses have related discussion sections such as Trial Advocacy. You can enroll using the discussion section class number.

Writing-Intensive Requirement:

Each student must satisfy the Professional Writing-Intensive course requirement by successfully completing at least two professional writing courses that require students to submit a written work product directed to the lawyer’s professional role. Such writing includes, but is not limited to, document drafting, written advocacy, correspondence, memoranda, judicial and quasi-judicial opinions, legislation, regulations, and policy analysis.

Each student must satisfy the third required writing course by either taking a third professional writing-intensive course, or by meeting the Scholarly Writing-Intensive course requirement by successfully completing a course, that satisfies the Scholarly requirement.

All written work must be of at least C quality to satisfy the Professional Writing-Intensive requirement.

View a list of courses that will satisfy the writing requirement.

Limit on Hours from Clinics and Field Placements

No student may accumulate more than 16 credit hours from clinic and field placement courses.

Final Exams

A final exam schedule for the spring semester will be posted on the Exam Information page on the KU Law website. Choose your course schedules mindful that you may have several consecutive final examinations and that relief from such a situation cannot be guaranteed to any student. 

Waitlists

Waitlists will be online in Enroll & Pay. Upcoming 3Ls will be given priority since they will be the first to enroll. If you choose to use the waitlist, keep in mind we have identified a few glitches. If you sign up on a waitlist the computer will automatically enroll you in the class if there is an opening and will not give you any type of notice. The waitlist will not function if you are enrolled in a class that conflicts with the waitlisted class. Since you will be automatically enrolled in the class if there is an opening, you will be responsible to check your schedule online regularly and make any adjustments necessary.


Background for Spring Semester 2022 Trial Advocacy Instructors

  • William Coates, Jr., a 1972 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, an attorney in the office of Holman Hansen, Colville and Coates in Prairie Village, Kansas.
  • Robert Kuchar, a 1995 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, is an attorney with the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Missouri in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Dionne Scherff, a 1991 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, is the Assistant District Attorney for Johnson County in Olathe, Kansas. 
  • Sheri Catania, a 1995 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, is a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas.
  • Brandon Henry is a partner at Wagstaff & Cartmell LLP whose practice is devoted entirely to litigation. Henry has extensive jury trial experience, which includes cases with multi-million dollar damage claims in multiple state and federal jurisdictions. Henry focuses his practice on the areas of professional liability, product liability, explosion and electrocution cases, trucking litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, and commercial and business litigation.

Faculty and Adjunct Information

Visit the Faculty directory and Adjunct Faculty directory for full profiles.


Important Enrollment Reminders

Please note the following reminders.

Special Drop Rule

The following courses have special No-Drop rules:

  • Criminal Prosecution Field Placement Program: after acceptance but with permission of instructor
  • Deposition Skills Workshop: December 1, 2022 is the last day to drop
  • Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies: with permission of instructor
  • Judicial Field Placement Program: with permission of instructor and judge
  • Legal Aid Clinic: permission of instructor
  • Trial Advocacy: after the fifth day of classes 
  • Transactional Law Competition: with permission of instructor
Alternate Grading System

The following courses are graded Credit/No Credit:

  • Criminal Prosecution Field Placement Program
  • Field Placement Program
  • International Moot Court Competition
  • Judicial Field Placement Program
  • Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy I 
  • Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy II
  • Law Review
  • Legislative Simulation and Study
  • Moot Court Competition
  • Moot Court Council
  • National Moot Court Competition
  • Transactional Law Competition
Application for Degree

Any student planning to graduate in May of 2022 must complete an application for degree in enroll and pay by March 1, 2022.

Clery Statement

The annual security report about KU safety policies, crime statistics, and campus resources is available online at ku.edu/safety or on paper by contacting the dean of students, 133 Strong Hall, 785-864-4060.

Degree Check

It is strongly recommended that any student who is planning to graduate in the coming semester check their graduation progress before the beginning of the spring semester. A student can generate a degree progress report in the myKU portal to see which degree requirements and hours have been completed and which ones remain.

Grades

Grades are viewable at the end of the spring semester online after the professors post them electronically. The due date is approximately three weeks after the last final exam.

Independent Research

Requirements for Independent Research are listed in the course description. There are no exceptions to these requirements. Special permission from the professor is required prior to enrollment in Independent Research. To obtain special permission you should email the professor and forward the professor's response to Vicki Palmer, registrar, at vpalmer@ku.edu.

Joint Degree Students

See the registrar if you have any questions.

Law Students Enrolling in Non-Law Courses

Law students not enrolled in joint-degree programs may take up to six hours of graduate level, non-law courses for credit toward graduation requirements with the permission of the Associate Dean. Students are required to submit requests via email to the Associate Dean, Leah Terranova, and should include a course description and a course syllabus if available. Approval to take a non-law course must be obtained from the department offering the course prior to enrollment at the Law School. Permission numbers can be obtained from the department offering the course and are required to enroll online. Remember that grades in these classes do not affect your law school GPA.

Make-up Classes

In the event a make-up class becomes necessary to meet the ABA standard for minutes in the classroom, the class will be scheduled by the professor and the professor will assign a specific date. The following days have been set aside for make-ups:

  • First-year make-ups:
    • 8:10 - 9:05 a.m. Monday
    • 2:40 - 3:35 p.m. Friday
    • 3:3 5- 4:40 p.m. Friday
  • Upper-level make-ups:
    • 12:30 - 1:25 p.m. Monday
    • 3:45 p.m. Tuesday
    • 12:30 - 1:25 p.m. Friday
    • 8:10 - 9:05 a.m. Friday
Second-Year Requirements

Professional Responsibility must be taken before a student finishes their 60th hour of law school. Exceptions are not permitted.

If a student intends to apply for a Kansas Legal Intern Certification under Rule 719 for the summer after their 2L year so that they can appear in court, they will need to have completed 59 credit hours.

Transcripts

An official copy of your academic record is available through the Office of the University Registrar. Unofficial copies of transcripts are available in the myKU Portal under academics tab, then "law report."

Withholding Directory Information

A student may request to have directory information, as defined in "Policies Affecting Student Rights and Responsibilities," withheld from the public. This request may be made at the University Registrar's office. More information is available on the KU Registrar website.

Minimum and Maximum Course Load

The minimum course load per semester is 12 hours and the maximum course load is 18 hours. The associate dean for academic affairs may approve a schedule of fewer than 12 credit hours under exceptional circumstances. A student taking less than 12 hours without permission is not considered to be in good standing.

Prerequisites

When choosing your classes, please be aware of the class prerequisites and abide by them. If you enroll in a class for which you have not completed the prerequisite, that class will be administratively dropped from your enrollment. View the prerequisite chart on the Course Prequisites page.


Notes for Specific Courses

Deposition Skills Workshop

The Deposition Skills Workshop is a three-day intensive professional skills course. It will be held January 9-12, 2022. Students are expected to be available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. (No exceptions).

LAW 994 Special Topics: Marginalized Bodies in Literature, Medicine and the Law (3 credits)

In this course, we will use literature from several different time periods and sociocultural groups to interrogate how and why diseases might disproportionately impact the lives of those who live on the “margins” of U.S. society: people of color, immigrants, the poor, working-class folks, members of LGBTQ+ communities. Writing by authors from a range of genres—science fiction, the history of medicine, memoir, poetry, the personal essay, and the law—will be analyzed from interdisciplinary perspectives to see how each piece speaks to themes and concerns of health and healthcare, such as varying definitions of “medicine” and “illness,” best (and worst) practices for physicians and other healthcare workers, possible tensions between spirituality and science, how disparities like employment opportunities, educational access, housing standards, geographical region, cultural and linguistic bias, and sexism (among others) can affect access to adequate care—both physical and mental. Historical legal principles are still at work in the present, and so all of these data points relate to how we understand the impacts of law and policy on the well-being of marginalized populations.

LAW 984 Renewable Energy Law Practice (2 credits)

This course introduces students to energy law with a focus on renewable energy. The course emphasizes the practice of renewable energy law, from land use and siting for renewable energy facilities to transactional and finance issues that are key to the success of large-scale renewable energy projects. The course will be an excellent introduction to students interested in transactional practice in a regulated legal environment.

LAW 973 The Practice of Privacy Law (3 credits)

The importance of privacy protection in both the private and public sector continues to grow. The Practice of Privacy Law will focus on the day to day activities of privacy law professionals including risk analyses. In this course, students will be introduced to the implementation of the laws, policies, procedures and day to day practice situated in a variety of privacy contexts. Additionally, through simulations/practice exercises and discussions with privacy law practitioners students will gain a deeper appreciation of privacy law as a practice area.

Additional courses may be added at a later date. Notifications of any changes will be made available by email.