Handout - General Information

General Registration Information

Registration for upper-level classes is a two step process:

  1. students pre-register for seminars and clinics for the entire academic year (both Fall and Spring);
  2. students register for all other classes (except for seminars and clinics) for the Fall semester only. Read below for the details on each step.

Step One: Pre-Registration for Seminars & Clinics

During pre-registration for seminars and clinics, you will submit your preferences for seminars and clinics for the entire academic year – both Fall 2006 and Spring 2007. Seminar and clinic preferencesare submitted online, via a specific URL provided by the Registrar's office, found in the Course Information  or off the Registrar's office "forms" webpage. Please note, this is NOT WebSTAC. . The deadline for online submission of your preferences is 12:00 (noon) on Monday, March 27. Unlike with online registration for all other Fall courses (see Step Two below), this is not a "first come, first served" situation; as long as you make the noon deadline, submitting your preferences earlier than that will not improve your chances of getting what you want. But please be sure to make the deadline; any student who fails to do so will be at a serious disadvantage when it comes to getting into any seminar or clinic, let alone one of the student's choice.

Students who get into a seminar or clinic (whether Fall or Spring) will be notified by email prior to online registration for their other Fall 2006 classes. The Registrar's Office also will officially "enroll" students in their seminars and clinics prior to online registration, so when you sit down to register online for your other Fall 2006 courses, your seminars and clinics will appear on the screen.

Students who do not get into their first choice seminar or clinic will be waitlisted. Seminar and clinicwaitlists are kept by hand in the Registrar's Office,to keep these waitlist credits from counting toward a student's maximum number of credits that he/she can be enrolled in or waitlisted for (which is 21 credits). Students who get into a seminar or clinic other than their first choice will be placed on waitlists for all seminars and clinics that are higher on their preference list than the ones they got into and will be notified if a spot opens up. Students who do not get into any seminar or clinic at the time of pre-registration will be waitlisted for all seminars and clinics on their list and likewise notified. (For those who may have wondered, please note that under this waitlist system, putting only one seminar or clinic on your preference list will not improve your chances of getting in.)

Once the pre-registration deadline has passed, if you want to enroll in (or, if it's full, be waitlisted for) a seminar or clinic, you need to e-mail a request to Colleen Erker, Assistant Dean for Student Records/Registrar, at erker@wulaw.wustl.edu. Dean Erker will e-mail you to confirm that you have been enrolled (or waitlisted) as requested.

Step Two: Online Registration(via WebSTAC)

Online registration for all Fall 2006 classes other than seminars and clinics will begin for the Class of 2007 and returning LLMs at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11 and for the Class of 2008 at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12. (On-line registration for Spring 2007 classes will take place in November.)

What to do BEFORE registration–

  • Attend the Registration Information Meeting on Monday, March 20 at Noon in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom, the Course Selection Faculty Panel on Tuesday, March 21 at noon in the Student Commons, the Student Registration Fair on Tuesday, March 21 at 3:00 p.m. in the Student Commons and the Clinical Education Fair on Thursday March 23 from noon-2:00 p.m. in the Student Commons. For 1Ls in particular (although 2Ls also are welcome to do this), meet with your LRW professor for an individual course selection advising session. You will also be contacted by a member or the Student Services Office and you will have the option of meeting with one of them as well.
  • Make sure you know your Social Security Number (or I.D. number) and your WebSTAC password.. If you don't know your password, click on "Forgot your password" in WebSTAC. If that doesn't work, come to the Registrar's Office, Room 303 and bring a photo I.D.
  • If you have a HOLD of more than $100 on your university account, you will need to clear it before on-line registration begins. If you don't clear the hold, the system will NOT allow you to register. If you need to discuss any special circumstances, please see JoAnn Eckrich, Associate Director of Financial Aid, eckrich@wulaw.wustl.edu, 935-4605. (Please note that the University usually notifies students with HOLDs by mail. But to be sure, check your record on-line as well, and do it a few dayswell before online registration is set to start.)
  • Carefully plan your schedule in advance of registration. Use this handout as well as the course directory and course selection worksheet to help you make those decisions. There also is a helpful worksheet in WebSTAC.
  • Read course descriptions thoroughly and make note of any pre-requisites, co-requisites and /or courses recommended to be taken in advance. Also, have a list of alternative courses in case you are waitlisted for any courses. After the onset of online registration, you can check on waitlists in WebSTAC at https://acadinfo.wustl.edu by clicking on "Course Listings," finding the courses you are interested in, and scrolling over to the right to see enrollment and waitlist information. (Note:Seminar enrollment information including waitlist lengths, can be found on the Registrar's Office webpage.)the Registrar's Office will periodically send out e-mails informing students of the lengths of seminar & clinic waitlists, which are kept by hand in the Registrar's Office.)
  • Read e-mails from Registrar's Office staff, usually from Colleen Erker (Colleen Erker, Jeanne Heil-Chapdelaine, and Sue Halvorson) as they may contain information about changes in course offerings. Don't miss a newly added class!
  • Remember that the maximum number of credit hours you can enroll in or be waitlisted for (not counting seminar or clinic waitlists) is 21 hours. Please drop yourself from any course or waitlist as soon as you know you are no longer interested. Eventually you need to drop down to 16 or fewer credits, unless you receive permission to take over 16 credits as provided in Faculty Rule (C)(1)(b).
  • Read the "Basic Steps of Online Registration" handout (found in the Course Directory your registration packet and on the web at /Registrar ).

WHERE and HOW to register –

  • Students can register from any computer with internet access with a minimum of Netscape Navigator version 2.0 or Internet Explorer version 3.0 (but note that Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher works best).
  • Go to WebSTAC at https://acadinfo.wustl.edu. Enter your SSN or ID number (ID) and PasswordIN in the two fields at the top of the screen. Click on "Registration" and follow the prompts to add/drop/change courses.
  • When you have finished, click on "Class Schedule" from the WebSTAC menu to print your schedule. Then be sure to click "Log Out".

Registering for NON-LAW COURSES –

  • An upper-level student may earn up to 3 hours of credit toward a J.D. degree by taking a graduate level course (or courses) offered by another school of the University, provided that the requirements for receiving such credit are met and approval is obtained. (See Faculty Rule (C)(2)(i) for the requirements.) Read, complete, and turn in the approval form found at Forms Page. Besides getting law school approval, the student is responsible for registering on-line for the course and making sure that he/she has the proper pre/co-requisites or background for the course. The course must be taken for credit ("C" grade option) and the student must receive a grade of C or better in order for the credits to transfer toward his/her law degree. Note: Students who do not receive authorization for taking a non-law course will not receive law credit for the course and will be charged tuition by the other department.

What to do AFTERregistration –

  • Keep in mind that waitlists for most courses move quite well, although sometimes a large measure of the movement happens just before classes begin and during the first week of classes. (So if it's a class you really want, by all means attend!) If you added your name to a waitlist you should periodically view your "Class Schedule" to see if you've moved on the waitlist. The system will automatically enroll you in a class if your name is at the top of the waitlist and a spot comes open. Also keep an eye on your e-mail as the computer system will send you an e-mail notifying you that the system has enrolled you. Students are responsible for checking that their registration is correct.
  • Please be responsible about promptly dropping classes that you have decided not to take so that students on the waitlists can know whether or not they can take these classes sooner rather than later. ALSO, drop yourself from the waitlists of courses you no longer want so that you don't get automatically enrolled if/when a spot opens up.
  • Note that the e-mail regarding the waitlist will be sent to your e-mail address as recorded in WebSTAC. Therefore, check to make sure that your e-mail and other addresses/phone numbers are correct.
  • Be sure to enter your summer address/phone number in the temporary field (T), in WebSTAC, so that the Registrar's Office can reach you easily during the summer.

For a more detailed description of the registration process, please visit the Registrar's Office website at /Registrar.

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updated 4/11/06