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General Registration Instructions

REGISTRATION FOR 2012 SUMMER SESSION CLASSES

The general instructions below apply to ALL students. The course information provided on this site is the most current data and supersedes information in printed and on-line university catalogs.

How to Register
Student registration is a three-step process: all students must (1) register for classes online, (2) pay the balance that will appear on your account after you have registered online, and (3) submit certain forms to the Dean’s Office. Your registration is not complete until all three steps are completed.

Online registration is permitted from now until April 20th. Students who fail to register for classes (or fail to make payment as step (2) of the registration process, above) during this initial registration period will be charged a $50 late fee, will be ineligible to register later for any classes for which lotteries had been held, and will be excluded from any waitlists created for these classes. (Note: Prior to the start of classes, students will be informed of the results of all class lotteries, and those who are lotteried out of a class for which they had registered will have the opportunity to “Add/Drop” and change their program, either in person, by hand, with Dean Garbaccio, or online just prior to the first week of classes, when online registration is restored.)

Students should use the Rutgers Website Registration System to register for all classes. (You can navigate directly to the Registration System webpage by clicking here.) Your time on the online system will be limited, particularly on Saturday and Sunday. Be especially careful when entering the Registration Index Number, as an incorrect number could result in an incorrect registration or no registration at all. (These numbers can be found on Schedule of Classes, which may be found by clicking here and which page should be kept open while you register, to help you as you carefully enter those Registration Numbers!) Note: With the exception of Legal Research and Writing II, the Section Number for all classes is “Y1.” For Legal Research and Writing II, use “Z1” for section 1 (Rice) and “Z2” for section 2 (Nardone). If you are registering for two Independent Research enterprises for the summer, use “Y2” for the second of the two Independent Research registrations.

Note that the “system” will not prevent you from registering for a class for which you may not be permitted to register; for instance, the “system” is unaware of lotteries. It is your responsibility to follow these instructions carefully, and, if you have any questions regarding registration, to contact Dean Rothman or Dean Garbaccio. Once you have selected your classes and entered all information required by the Rutgers Website Registration System, you should proceed to the Business Office page to view your account and pay the balance owed, which will then appear, showing the charges for the courses you just registered for. You should navigate to your account webpage by clicking here.

Required Forms
Every student must complete and submit to the Dean’s Office the Sign-In Registration Form for Visiting Students, the Sign-In Registration Form for Upperclass Rutgers Students, or the Sign-In Form for First-Year Evening Students. Submitting this form completes your registration, once you have selected your classes online. (Visiting students submit this form before registering, as part of the application process.) Navigate to the appropriate form, print, fill out, and deliver to the Dean’s Office.

For Rutgers students: The information you provide on the Sign-In Registration Form is not the University record. Therefore, if your permanent home address and/or telephone number is new for the semester, you must also correct your personal information held by the University, by visiting https://cas.rutgers.edu/login?service=https%3A%2F%2Fpersonalinfo.rutgers.edu%2Fpi%2Fj_spring_cas_security_check and changing the central University records.

Other Forms: Soft Credit Enterprises and Pass/“D” or “F” Grading Option
Students who enroll in certain “soft” credit course offerings must obtain permission both from their faculty advisors and from Dean Rothman, and for many (those with hot links to forms) must submit to the Dean’s Office the completed forms to finalize registration in these enterprises. These course offerings are only available to Rutgers School of Law–Newark students, and only students who have completed the required curriculum (see below) are eligible to register for these enterprises. They include: Research Assistant, Independent Research, Field Placement, Judicial Externship, Attorney General’s Office Externship, Immigration Externship, Intellectual Property Externship, and LRW Teaching Associate (for which “hard” credit is earned). The forms are available from the Dean’s Office, or may be downloaded and printed, preferably using a color printer, by navigating to the respective links above.

NOTE: Although students may enroll in as many “soft” credit enterprises as they wish while attending Rutgers Law School, only nine credits earned in these will be counted toward the 84 credits required for graduation. (For more information concerning soft and hard credit, click here. For more information in general on the requirements for graduation, click here.)

Once the required curriculum is completed, students have the option of choosing between a letter-grade system and Pass/“D” or “F” system for the elective classes. Students who wish to exercise this option must make this decision and submit the Pass/“D” or “F” Option form during the first two weeks of the summer term. Note: this option may only be exercised by Rutgers School of Law–Newark students. Decisions on opting cannot be changed after the deadline. Opting forms for the Pass/“D”/“F” system are available from Dean Garbaccio or may be downloaded and printed by navigating to the link above.

Although a letter grade for every student will be entered by the faculty member regardless of the option chosen, a student who chooses the Pass/“D” or “F” option will have the grade recorded by the registrar on a system whereby a grade of “A,” “B,” or “C” (including pluses and minuses) is entered on the student’s transcript as a “Pass.” A grade of “D” or “F” will be recorded as a “D” or as an “F” regardless of whether students choose this option. The Pass/“D” or “F” option is available only in elective courses and may be exercised in only one course per semester, up to a maximum of 12 credits in total. (Grades of “Pass” earned in an unscheduled “soft” credit enterprise such as an externship or journal participation do not count as an exercise of this option.) Graduating students who have elected the Pass/“D” or “F” option for a substantial number of courses are not eligible to graduate with honors: the Faculty and Committee on Scholastic Standing require candidates for honors to have received at least 68 credits in graded courses.

NOTE: Letter grades entered by the faculty in courses taken Pass/“D” or “F” are unofficial and are not recognized by the school for any purpose except for compliance with Regulations 2 and 5 regarding academic good standing. Students who elect this option waive the right to learn the letter grade earned, and may not publish the letter grade entered by the faculty member for any purpose, if somehow that letter grade is later learned. A student who fails to choose the Pass/“D” or “F” option will automatically be given a letter grade.

The Term Bill
The registration process includes making payment for your classes; failure to do so will result in the issuance of a term bill, which must be paid by April 20th, or you will incur a late fee of $50, and may be de-registered from the classes.

EACH STUDENT, INCLUDING A STUDENT ON FINANCIAL AID OR SCHOLARSHIP, IS REQUIRED TO CONFIRM ATTENDANCE BY EITHER PAYING YOUR TERM BILL, OR, IF YOUR BALANCE IS $0.00, BY FOLLOWING THE CONFIRMATION OF ATTENDANCE INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED BY THE BUSINESS OFFICE. BOTH PAYMENT AND CONFIRMATION CAN BE DONE ONLINE, AT https://rutadmin.rutgers.edu/sarapp1. IF YOU FAIL TO CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE AND PAY ANY BALANCE OWED, YOUR REGISTRATION WILL BE CANCELLED.

The Examination Schedule
Students are expected, whenever possible, to anticipate examination schedule problems at the time of registration. The exam schedule for the Summer Session appears below. Students should consider the exam schedule carefully when selecting classes; examination deferrals will not be granted on the basis that you have elected to take classes concentrating your examinations over a few days. For similar reasons, students who anticipate that medical or personal problems will interfere with a heavy examination schedule are expected to register for non-examination courses, register for a reduced or part-time load, or to withdraw from school for a semester. Deferral requests based on examination schedule problems that should have been anticipated at the time of registration will not be granted except under extraordinary circumstances. Consult Dean Rothman if you have further questions.

The following provides the schedule of exams for the summer. All exams begin at 5:30 pm. For courses not listed here, performance is not evaluated on the basis of a final exam, but rather requires a paper or some other means of evaluation.

 Course Name   Instructor    Final Exam Date 
 Entertainment Law    Kettle    July 12*
 New Jersey Practice    Rothman    July 12
 Transnat’l Litigation & Dispute Resolution    Schroeder    July 17*
 Copyright & Trademark    Kettle    July 17*
 Professional Responsibility    Rothman    July 17
 *In the event of an exam conflict, the exam will be given on the next exam date.      

PROCEDURE FOR WITHDRAWAL FROM ONE OR MORE CLASSES
Once the Summer Session has begun, a student may withdraw from a course or seminar by submitting a written notice, on the “Drop” form available from Dean Linda Garbaccio. A grade of “W” will be entered on the record in every case. A 50% refund of tuition will be given if a course is dropped during the first two weeks (10 business days) of Summer Session classes; thereafter, no refunds will be given.

In an examination course, withdrawals will be permitted until the day of the examination prior to the start of the actual examination.

In a seminar or non-examination course, withdrawals will be permitted until the final official meeting of the class and provided that the instructor consents to the withdrawal. A grade of “F” will be entered as the final grade for a student who does not sit for an examination (unless officially excused by the Dean’s Office) or who does not complete the course or seminar work when required by the instructor.