registrar: Law Student Registration
Most Law School students may register on the Web using GGU4YOU. Students who are unfamiliar with the system or who do not already have an account should see our GGU4YOU Help page for more information. Some students will be precluded from using GGU4YOU for registration for various reasons. Students who cannot use GGU4YOU must submit hard copy Registration Request forms. Even students who cannot register with GGU4YOU need an account to view their grades and program evaluations at the end of the term, so they should make sure they can log in successfully or request assistance.
Entering JD students are enrolled in their first two semester's courses by the Registrar's Office and do not have a choice of courses or sections. Students on academic probation, academic supervision, or who have other registration related holds, may not use Web registration until they have received academic advising. Students who have delinquent account holds must have them resolved before they may use Web registration. JD students who receive approval for a waiver of JD program rules to enroll in overload units for their program types (full or part-time) may not register for the overload units online. Students may not register online for courses that require associate dean, program director, or instructor approval for enrollment. Students who use Web registration may make schedule changes (add and drop courses) immediately after registering. Students who submit Registration Request forms may not make schedule changes (add and drop courses) until their original forms have been processed.
Student Accounting Services (SAS) and/or the Law School Registrar's Office may place a hold on the records of students whose accounts are delinquent. They will not be allowed to register without having the hold removed or receiving the authorization of Student Accounting Services. A hold may also be placed on students' records by other offices such as the Law School Registrar's Office, or International Student Services, if there are issues that must be resolved before registration. Students whose records have holds may not register until the office that placed the hold has removed it.
Priority registration is available online at the time registration begins for a given term. LLM and SJD students receive the same priority as the first group of JD students. Priority registration for JD students is determined by anticipated graduation date, as indicated in the table below. See the Academic Calendar for the exact start dates and graduation dates for a specific term.
Students who are precluded from using Web registration, or will not have access to the Internet when their priority registration period begins may submit registration forms to the Law School Registrar's Office starting one week prior to the start of priority registration. In order for students' forms to be processed before general registration, they must be submitted no later than the last day of priority registration. Registration forms may be submitted in person, via U.S. mail, or via fax. See our contact information page for our mailing address and fax number. Students requesting a Waiver of JD Program Rules or Petition for Independent Study should submit the forms along with their registration forms to ensure there is no delay in processing. Students should also obtain any necessary approvals prior to submitting the forms.
The Law School Registrar's Office staff will process hard copy registration forms during the same time periods that Web registration is available to each group of students. Forms submitted in person will not be processed before those that are mailed. All forms received prior to the processing period for a group are randomized before processing. Forms received prior to or during the processing period for a student's appropriate group will be processed with that group. Forms received after the processing period for a student's appropriate group will be processed during the next period or during General Registration, whichever comes first. Statements of Charges will be mailed to all students who submit registration forms, as the forms for that group are processed. Statements are not mailed to students who use Web registration, but are available upon request.
Students who are not allowed or who do not elect to register during the priority registration period may register during General Registration. Processing during General Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Consequently, students are encouraged to utilize Web registration via GGU4YOU if they are not precluded from doing so.
Students who do not register prior to the end of the second week of the term will be charged a late registration fee of $85 in addition to the registration fee. See the Academic Calendar for the exact date the late registration begins for a given term. Students whose registrations are canceled due to failure to fulfill payment obligations are assessed the late registration fee if they are subsequently enrolled.
Students who are attempting to resolve incomplete courses for which they have received permission to re-enroll should not register for the courses again. Instead, they should submit Notice of Intent to Complete Course forms to the Law School Registrar's Office. Students will be enrolled in their preferred course section, provided there is room, at no tuition charge. Consequently, units for courses students are completing under this policy are not included in calculating their eligibility for financial aid. Students who are only enrolling in courses they are attempting to complete and who are not enrolling in any new courses will be charged the fees for the term, but no tuition.
When a course section is full, students who request enrollment may be placed on a wait list for that section. Students who are placed on a wait list are not enrolled in the course and are not charged for it until or unless a seat becomes available and they add the course. Wait listed students will be notified by e-mail if a seat in the course section becomes available. The notification will be sent to the e-mail addresses on record with the Registrar's Office. Because there may be other students eager to enroll, a time limit will be set for the notified students to add the courses. Students who are notified of an available seat may either add the course online via GGU4YOU, submit Schedule Change Request forms or send messages to email@example.com indicating their desire to be enrolled in the courses. If students do not add the courses by their deadlines, the seats will be offered to the next students on the wait lists or made generally available. After the first class meeting the wait lists no longer apply and students may enroll in courses only with the instructor's approval. Approval is generally given by signing the Schedule Change Request form, but may also be given by e-mail.
It is recommended that students on wait lists attend the first class meeting for the section. Some instructors will not accept students who have missed the first class meeting without an excused absence. Sometimes instructors will allow wait listed students to enroll if there are additional seats available in the classroom, but other sections may be limited to a certain capacity by other considerations.
Students who are wait listed for a course and decide they don't want to enroll in it should notify the Law School Registrar's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org so they can be removed from the list.
Under a cooperative arrangement entered into by Golden Gate University, University of San Francisco, Santa Clara University, University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), and University of California at Davis, Golden Gate University students may enroll in one course per semester at another consortium school. Since many of these schools do not have a summer session, the consortium is only in effect during the fall and spring semesters. The following policies apply:
- Students must obtain advance approval for transfer of units prior to enrolling at the host institution. Transfer of units forms are available from the Law School Registrar's Office and on the forms page. (There are different forms for JD and LLM students). A maximum number of 6 units may be taken through the consortium per degree program.
- Students taking consortium courses pay tuition at their home schools. GGU students should register for LAW-701 to be assessed tuition. After registering for the pseudo-course, students should obtain the consortium form from the Law School Registrar's Office. Students should submit the consortium forms to the host institutions in lieu of payment and letters of good standing.
- Generally, host schools will accept registration requests from consortium students shortly before the start of the term. Students should contact host schools to inquire about registration periods for visiting students and any other limitations or special requirements.
GGU accepts visiting students from other ABA accredited law schools who are in good academic standing at their home law schools. Prospective visitors should request the registrar at their home school to send a "Letter of Good Standing" to the GGU Law School Registrar's Office. Visitors seeking to enroll in courses with prerequisites must also provide proof of having completed equivalent courses, either by inclusion of a statement in the "Letter of Good standing" or by submission of an official transcript. These documents must be received before visitors will be allowed to register. Visitors seeking to enroll in LLM courses also must obtain the permission of the LLM program administrative director.
Visitor registration begins one week before the start of the fall and spring semester. Early registration is available for the summer session. See the Academic Calendar to determine when visitor registration begins for the term in which you are interested. Visiting students may not register online using GGU4YOU. Instead, they must submit Registration Request forms.
During the fall and spring semesters the Law School participates in a consortium of five bay area law schools, including University of San Francisco, Santa Clara University, U.C. Davis, and U.C. Berkeley. Visitors from these schools seeking to take courses at GGU School of Law may submit a consortium form in lieu of the "Letter of Good Standing" and tuition payment. The consortium is not available during the summer session.
Visiting JD students may register for up to a cumulative total of 6 units. Prospective visiting students who want to take more than 6 units should contact the Law School Admissions Office to apply for admitted visitor status.
GGU transcripts for visiting students will not be automatically sent to their home schools. Instead, visitors must request copies of their transcripts from the University Records Office and pay for them to be sent, regardless of whether they are visiting from a consortium school or not. Visitors should verify all of their grades have been recorded via GGU4YOU before submitting transcript requests.
Members of the bar, JD graduates of other institutions, or GGU Law School alumni may take courses as non-degree-candidate students. Prospective non-degree-candidate students who are not GGU Law School alumni must present a bar membership card, official transcript, or other proof of having completed a JD degree to be allowed to register. All prospective non-degree-candidate students must obtain the approval of the Law School Registrar, or the appropriate LLM program director, and the permission of their course instructors prior to registration. Courses are typically taken on an audit basis, but may be taken for credit. Non-degree-candidate students who audit courses receive a one-third tuition auditor discount at the time of registration.
Non-degree-candidate students who want to take courses for credit and receive grades must receive approval as described above. However, courses taken for credit prior to a student's admission into an LLM degree program may be applied toward that program only with the approval of the program director. In addition, courses taken for credit do not receive the one-third tuition auditor discount. GGU Law School alumni who want to take courses for credit as a non-degree-candidate student may consider applying for the Alumni Scholarship.
Audit status is not available for GGU Law School degree-candidate students, with the exception of SJD students. However, the permission of the instructor is still required for SJD students to audit courses. SJD students may change to audit status by submitting a Schedule Change Request form by the last day of instruction for the term.Priority registration is not available to non-degree-candidate students. See the Academic Calendar to determine when "special" registration begins. Non-degree-candidate students may not register online using GGU4YOU. Instead, they must submit Registration Request forms.
Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits are administered by the University Financial Aid Office. To initiate the certification of your enrollment, please contact GGU's VA Official at 415-442-7283 or by e-mailing email@example.com.
JD students are enrolled into two types of academic programs, full-time or part-time. Students enrolled in full-time programs may enroll in a maximum of 16 units per fall or spring semester. Students enrolled in part-time programs may enroll in a maximum of 12 units per fall or spring semester. Students enrolled in either type of program may enroll in a maximum of 8 units in the summer session, except for those enrolled in the Honors Lawyering Program, who may enroll in a maximum of 13 units. Students who want to enroll in overload units based on their program types must first complete Petition for Waiver of JD Program Rules forms and submit them to the associate dean for student services for approval. Registration for overload units will not be processed unless approved petition forms are on file with the Law School Registrar's Office. Students requiring a waiver of rules may not register for overload units online via GGU4YOU. Please note that these enrollment maximums do not relate to the requirements for eligibility for financial aid. Financial aid eligibility is based on students' term enrollment status classifications, not their program types.
ABA Standard 304(f) prohibits JD students from working in excess of 20 hours per week during any week in which the student is enrolled in more than twelve class hours. Twelve class hours is the equivalent of 12 semester units. First-year students in full-time programs may not work at all. Failure to comply with this requirement would be considered a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct. Upper-division students in full-time programs who anticipate that they will be working more than 20 hours per week on a long term basis should request to change to part-time academic programs by submitting Petition for Change of JD Academic Program forms.
Students who decided they don't want to complete courses in which they are enrolled are responsible for withdrawing from the courses either by using GGU4YOU on the Web or by submitting Schedule Change Request forms to the Law School Registrar's Office.