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Scheduling Instructions & Guidelines

On-Line Scheduling

  • Before your registration window opens, make a list of the classes you wish to take for both fall 2008 and winter 2009.
  • Check online at the Moritz Registrar web page for the six-digit call number (e.g. 800011) for each of your selected classes.
  • Call numbers for all classes will be published on the web on 4/2.
  • Go to the OSU registration system
  • You can "simulate" the registration experience
  • You will not be able to register on-line if you have a hold on your account. If you are not at a paid status for this semester you will likewise not be able to register. Please resolve all outstanding issues/holds prior to registration.
  • If you have any difficulty accessing on-line registration, email the Registrar your course selections immediately. We will review your message the following morning and if the registration problem was not due to a hold or other problem with your account, we will register you for the classes you selected, so long as they had not closed by the time the email was sent. If the class has closed, we'll put you on the wait-list. If it appears from the time of your email that you would have been registered for the course and not been wait-listed, we will add you to the course.
  • The University Registrar web site has more detailed instructions regarding the University's registration system
  • You must have Internet access to register for classes - no phone system is available. The wireless network is on 24/7, so if you have a laptop you can come to Moritz.
  • Don't freak out if something like "Group Studies" or "Res Seminar in Law" comes up instead of the course name you are expecting. The official university system contains different names for many classes. Just make sure you entered the right call number and that the course you register for matches the course you wanted in terms of days, time, room number and instructor.
  • You cannot register for classes that conflict - even if they only overlap for 15 minutes. Accordingly - do not register for break classes - wait and ask Jane or I to do it next year after your schedule is set.
  • You may encounter problems registering for 794 or 694 classes. If you get an error - hour over limit - email me. I can add the class.

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Second-Year Preference Courses

  • Rising third years have preference over second years for all courses except: Business Associations, Civil Procedure II, Evidence and Federal Income Tax. Third years can exercise this preference by taking advantage of the week head start afforded by their earlier registration window.
  • Rising 3Ls BEWARE - if you attempt to go on-line and register for second year preference courses you will be only momentarily successful. We will review rosters for all second year preference classes and drop any rising third year who improperly registered for such classes.
  • On April 25, we will allow rising 3Ls to register for second-year courses filling any open seats or taking spots on the wait list.

Summer Classes

  • Go to the Moritz Registrar's page.
  • Click on the summer registration form link and complete the form.
  • When you submit the form, the Registrar Office will get a copy and a copy will be emailed to you.
  • The Registrar Office will officially register you on the University's system in late April.
  • You must complete the registration from by April 22!
  • You can drop summer classes through May 16, 2008, except for weeklong courses. For those, the drop deadline is the first day of the class. Register for summer classes before the deadline of April 22 even if you are not sure you want to take classes. It is easier to drop classes than to add them late. This includes classes you want to take at Capital University, graduate level courses, or foreign language classes.

Wait Listing

  • We will be using the University's wait list system for next year's classes. If you try to register for a closed class, the system may ask you if you want to try another section or if you want on the wait list.Choose the wait list.
  • Students will be moved into the class off the wait list on a first on-first off basis when students drop the closed class. A notification will be sent to your OSU email account. Accordingly, it is imperative that you monitor your OSU email and check your schedule often to see if you have been moved into closed courses.
  • You can check your position on a wait list for Fall in a few weeks at the University Registrar's web page
  • You will not be able to check Winter 2009 wait list positions until next October.

Health Insurance

  • For fall and winter you can add health insurance on-line when you register for classes. If you intend to waive the health insurance you must provide the university with accurate information about the health insurance you presently carry. Have your insurance card available when you register.
  • For summer you can add or drop health insurance by visiting the Office of the Treasurer web site
  • Click on "Off-Term Insurance."

Capital Law Courses

  • You can take classes at Capital so long as (1.) Moritz does not offer the class at all during the academic year, (2) there is substantial value to your professional development in the unique course offered by Capital, that cannot be met by the most similar course available at Moritz, and (3.) there are seats available in the class.
  • How to register for Capital classes:
  • Identify the class you want to take. Go to Capital's web site to see a list of available courses for summer and for fall. Winter has not been posted yet. Call or email me if you have any doubt as to whether the Capital class you are interested in is one you are permitted to take.
  • If it is a summer course, complete the summer registration form on our Registrar home web page. Indicate in the additional information box the name of the course and the number of credit hours.
  • If it is a fall course, go ahead and register for it on-line when you register for your other courses. The course number for Capital classes is 793 L. You will have to enter the number of credit hours. Please email the Registrar the name of the class you are taking along with your full name and last four digits of SSN and we will confirm your registration with Capital and then email you with an update.
  • Assuming successful completion of the Capital class, you will receive "s" credit on your transcript. We will note the name of the class but not the grade in the comment field. You will need an official Capital transcript if you want documentation of your actual grade.

Independent Study

  • 793 I is offered both semesters and over the summer. You need a faculty member to sponsor your independent study project. There is a form on-line that you will print, complete and give to your sponsor to sign. Turn the signed form in to Jane at the Registrar's window.
  • You do not register for independent study on-line. Jane will register you once she receives the form.
  • You can earn up to four (4) hours maximum in independent study credit towards the completion of your J.D. degree.

Non-Law Classes

  • You can earn up to five (5) semester hours by taking classes outside the law school. You will need a faculty member to sponsor your non-law class. Again, the form you need is on-line. Print it, complete it, have your sponsor sign it and turn it in to Jane Logan or Laura Dean.
  • You must include the call number for the class on the form. We need this call number to register you for the class. You cannot register for it yourself on-line.
  • You can earn up to 5 semester hours of non-law credit - unless you are in an approved dual degree program in which case you earn up to 12 semester hours.

Moot Court, Journal, etc.

  • Do not register for your journal or moot court credit - we will register you for the appropriate hours next fall.
  • Do check with your journal editor or with moot court officials about the amount of credit you are entitled to so that you can plan your schedule.
  • Moot Court participants - do register for 794 App Ad III. This is Appellate Advocacy III and you will receive 1 credit each semester for successfully completing this court. This credit is in addition to the credit you receive for successfully completing your competition (1 credit in the semester you argue). Moot Court Board members will receive an additional credit each semester.

Things to consider when selecting classes

  • Graduation Requirements
  • All first year courses: Contracts, Torts, Civil Procedure, Property, Legislation, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Legal Research and Legal Writing. If you light-loaded during your first year class or wish to repeat a first year class for which you received an E or a D, email the Registrar and we will provide you with a list of the first year courses. Please note that you may not be able to take specific section of your choice as our need to balance class size and the distribution of upper-level students in first year classes takes precedence.
  • Appellate Advocacy. You must take App Ad during the first semester of your second year. If you dropped or did not successfully complete Legal Writing you will not be permitted to take App Ad until you successfully complete Legal Writing.
  • Professional Responsibility. You must take one course on professional responsibility.
  • Seminar requirement. You must take a seminar. Typically, seminars start with 796. A few other courses, including the Interprofessional courses (700.01 and 700.03) satisfy the seminar requirement. Pay careful attention to the course descriptions. If it does not specifically say it satisfies the seminar requirement and it is not a 796 course, it does not satisfy the seminar requirement.
  • The so-called "second-writing" requirement. This one causes students the most worry. You can satisfy this requirement by taking a second seminar. You can also satisfy it by taking certain clinics and skills classes. It is also possible to fulfill this requirement by participation on a journal or moot court team (so long as you write a note or a brief). Again, pay careful attention to the course descriptions.
  • You need 88 total hours to graduate and a GPA of at least 2.0.
  • You cannot graduate if you received three or more E's.
  • First semester of your second year. Many students start their second year thinking that the toughest part of law school is behind them. Many students, however, find the first semester of their second year very challenging. Many of you will be working on a journal. Most of you will be participating in OCI and all of you will be taking App Ad. Past student experience has shown that it is very ambitious to load up on courses this semester. It's probably best to take more credit hours winter semester of your second year than fall semester. Moreover, taking a seminar while taking App Ad may not be a good idea if you are not the most disciplined of students when it comes to starting writing assignments early and not procrastinating.
  • Bar courses. Check to see what subjects your state covers on its bar exam. It is wise although not required to take as many of these "bar classes" as you can. However, don't go overboard on this. If you have absolutely no interest in a class you should not take it just because it's on the bar. You can pick up material in a good bar review course. What you want to avoid is struggling to learn every bar subject in bar review. FYI, the Ohio Bar Exam topics are:
    • Business Associations (including Agency, Partnerships, and Corporations)
    • Civil Procedure
    • Commercial Transactions (sales, commercial paper, etc.)
    • Constitutional Law
    • Contracts
    • Criminal Law
    • Evidence
    • Legal Ethics
    • Property (real and personal)
    • Torts
    • Wills
    • Multi State Topics