Early Registration and Results

Early Registration for Fall 2021:

Monday, April 5 – Friday, April 9 @ 4:30 PM Central Time

Registration is not conducted on a first-come/first-served basis. All course requests are processed together immediately after the close of early registration.


(please see FAQ above for detailed information and dates for the upcoming semester)

Priority of Course Reward

There are four priority groups, with Group A receiving top priority:

  • Group A: Those who are in the LL.M. program (Spring only), and those who will complete at least 70 hours by graduation date of the same semester;
  • Group B: Those who will complete 45–69 hours;
  • Group C: Those who will complete 31–44 hours; and,
  • Group D: Those who are International Exchanges (Spring only), and those who will complete 0–30 hours.

Generally speaking, Group A will be given top priority followed by groups B, C, and D in that order. However, priority status will be reversed for the courses listed below. This reversal gives priority to second-year students and those who want to specialize in areas that may have prerequisites.

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Associations
  • Capital Punishment
  • Constitutional Law II
  • Criminal Procedure: Bail to Jail
  • Criminal Procedure: Investigation
  • Criminal Procedure: Prosecution
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Payment Systems
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Secured Credit
  • Texas Civil Procedure Survey

Second-Year Priority

Effective for JDs matriculating in Fall 2008 or later, all law students are required to complete Professional Responsibility, Constitutional Law II, and a Professional Skills course in order to graduate. Effective for JDs matriculating in Fall 2016 or later, six (6) hours of Experiential Learning courses are required in place of Professional Skills. Both Skills and Experiential Learning courses will be marked on the Student Affairs interactive course schedule. Second-year students have priority in Prof. Responsibility and Con Law II, and we strongly advise you to take them in your second year to help ensure that you can enroll in the courses.

You may substitute one of the following courses for Constitutional Law II:

  • Capital Punishment
  • Criminal Procedure: Prosecution
  • Criminal Procedure: Investigation
  • Criminal Procedure: Bail to Jail


The system will notify you of any bars you have incurred. You must clear all bars in order to register for courses. Your Registration Information Sheet is the best place to continue to check and clear new bars. If you choose to pay by credit card, financial bars may be cleared on the web using the “What I Owe” page. Otherwise, you will need to go to the CASHIER’S OFFICE, Main Building (the Tower), Room 8. Emergency loan bars will not be temporarily lifted so that you may early register.  You must remain “bar-free” through the first day of the add/drop period in order for your requests to be processed. If you are bar-free during the early registration period and make course requests, but then incur a bar before the first day of the add/drop period, your course requests will not be processed.

Tuition Bills

To pay by credit card or EFT, visit the “What I Owe” page on UT Direct. For all other forms of payment, go to the CASHIER’S OFFICE, Main Building (the Tower), Room 8. If you do not pay by the deadline, your registration will be cancelled, and you will have to Late Register and pay additional fees.

Tuition Bills will be emailed the week following the close of the add/drop period. If it is two weeks after the close of the add/drop period, and you still have not received your tuition notice, call Student Accounting at 475-7777, or go to the “My Tuition Bill” page to pay or verify payment of your tuition bill.

If financial aid or scholarships pay for your tuition bill, please defer to that option by visiting “My Tuition Bill.” This will ensure that your classes are not cancelled. You may also go to the Cashier’s Office in the Main Building, Room 8, to make a deferment in person.

Maximum Hours

Enter the maximum number of hours you wish to schedule. Students may register for up to 16 hours during early registration. After early registration, you must be registered for a minimum of 10 hours, unless you have approval from the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Forms to request approval to take fewer than 10 or more than 16 hours are available online and in the Student Affairs Registration Office, TNH 2.116.  Approval is not automatic; there must be a compelling reason.

The current American Bar Association standard prohibits law students from registering for more than 17 hours per semester. If you receive approval to register for 17 hours, you may add the extra hour(s) during the add/drop period.


Clinics are not part of the online early registration system. Students apply directly to the clinical program for admission, and should apply as early as possible since most clinics fill up. Each student who is admitted to a clinic must add it to his or her schedule during the next available add/drop period. If this is not done, the student will be dropped from any course that conflicts with the clinic. Information about applying to a clinic can be found at https://law.utexas.edu/clinics/application-information/.


Internships are not part of the online early registration system. Each student admitted to an internship must add the internship during the next available add/drop period. If this is not done, the student will be dropped from any course that conflicts with a classroom component of an internship. Information about applying to an internship can be found at https://law.utexas.edu/internships/application-information/.


You cannot request a seminar during early registration if you have already taken one or are taking one now. Enter two preferences on seminar lines 1 & 2. Only one seminar (if available) will be awarded to you during early registration. If you wish to take a second (or third, etc.) seminar, any remaining seats will be available beginning with the first add/drop access period.

Course Requests

Enter your course requests in order of preference, numbers 1–9, with 1 as the highest. Do not include CLINICS, INTERNSHIPS, or SEMINARS in the course requests numbers 1–9. List alternate courses in this section. The computer will assign no more than the maximum number of hours you designate. You may request more than one section of a course; the computer will not award the course twice.

Courses with similar numbers: You may request more than one course with similar course numbers (i.e., LAW x84W), but you can only be awarded one of these classes during early registration. The exceptions to this rule are: 87V, 89V, 96V, and 96W.

Courses/Seminars with Applications:  You may request courses that require an application, but be sure to enter them last in your priority. If you are accepted, you will be enrolled manually.

Time conflicts:  You may request courses that have time conflicts. If both courses are available, the system will award the one you have given the higher priority. You will not be awarded both. Texas Law does not allow students to take courses that have any amount of time conflict, even with approval from a professor.

Friday – Saturday Short Courses: While you may request multiple sections of Fri-Sat short courses that meet over only one weekend, you can only be awarded at most one of these classes during early registration. The early registration system does not recognize short course meeting dates and therefore identifies them as having a time conflict. Conflicts may arise with short courses that are not one weekend only/have more than one meeting date/have a last class day that is before the academic semester end. Please prioritize your requests accordingly.

Advocacy Survey-Skills:  The unique numbers are related to the night you will schedule with the Advocacy Coordinator. Be sure to include both Survey and Skills as two of your nine Course Requests. If you are not awarded Survey, you will not be awarded Skills.

Directed Research & Study, Directed Research & Study Teaching Assistant, or Advanced Clinic:  Do not include these courses in your course requests. An application is required and must be approved; students who are approved will be given access to add during the next add/drop periods.

Non-law courses:  Do not include any non-law courses in your requests. To earn Law school credit for the non-law course, you must obtain prior approval. Forms are also available in the Student Affairs Registration Office, TNH 2.116. If approved, non-law classes will be added by the applicable department during a subsequent add/drop period. The course must be a graduate-level course or language course related to, but not duplicative of, courses offered in the law school. There are separate forms for J.D. and LL.M. students. It may be possible to receive credit for an undergraduate language course, but approval must be obtained via the same form. See our policy on taking courses in another department for more information.

How Does Awarding Work?

  1. Seminars are awarded in order of preference, by priority group, until they fill.
  2. The program processes the first three course choices for each student record together, awarding reverse priority courses first. When all reverse priority courses are available for a student, the computer will schedule in priority order.
  3. The program then processes all remaining courses in the order requested, until the student’s schedule is full. Students in the same priority group are assigned random numbers for each course requested, ensuring that seats are awarded randomly regardless of the order in which the records are processed.

Confirmation:  After saving and submitting your early registration requests, you should get a green message indicating that all of your changes have been accepted. If you get a red message, you entered something incorrectly, and you must correct the error and submit changes again until the green message comes up. Additionally, an email confirmation goes to the email address in the Texas Law system (make sure it’s accurate) within one hour indicating what courses you have requested every time you hit the submit button. Each will have a date and time stamp to indicate your most recent changes.

You may make changes to your course requests at any time during the week of early registration.

To find out which courses you have been awarded:  Go to Early Registration Results any time on or after the first day of the add/drop period.

To make changes to your schedule after early registration:  Beginning the first day of the add/drop period, go to Registration – Add/Drop, or use the link by the same name via the Links for Current Students page, to access the University’s online registration system. This system is open and available to students at different times during the registration period.

NOTE:  All students are eligible to participate in early registration during the Spring semester; however, only second-year and third-year J.D. students are eligible in the Fall semester, when first-year courses are pre-assigned to incoming students. Students who do not submit course requests during early registration may register during subsequent add/drop periods, but priority status is lost.