This page contains policies and rules regarding registration of classes.
Full-time students must enroll in at least 14 credit hours and not more than 16 hours. Third-year students who need 26 or fewer hours to graduate in their final two semesters may take 10 to 13 hours in either or both of their final two semesters, but no fewer than 10 hours per semester.
Students who do not fall within the 3L exception, as stated above, who would like an exception made to the full-time student credit requirement, must follow the under/overload procedure by emailing Erin Lee-Schneider with the following information:
The assistant dean, in her discretion, will determine whether the request should be granted. She will review the reasons given by the requesting student and will consider the student’s past academic performance. She may also request an in-person meeting before making a final determination.
During the regular summer session, students may take no more than 7 credits. During the summer interim sessions, students may take only one course at a time.
Career Opportunity Program students should arrange their schedules with Assistant Dean Erin Lee-Schneider.
As you plan your work and school schedules, keep in mind that law students are subject to ABA Rule 304 (f) which states: "A student may not be employed more than 20 hours per week in any week in which the student is enrolled in more than twelve class hours."
Students seeking to complete the Advanced Writing Requirement (AWR) must enroll in both the course and the AWR section accompanying it. Advanced writing designations and CRNs can be found below each course that qualifies.
Note: The advanced writing requirement is not met by the first-year writing program, law review, or Moot Court.
Clinical courses may not be dropped after student submission under the clinic lottery process.
Students who register for lawyering skills courses may not drop these courses after the first week of the semester without approval of the course instructor.
These courses cannot be added after the start of the semester except with the written permission of the course instructor.
Students with a hold on their account will not be allowed to register for classes or obtain a transcript until the hold has been removed.
Students on hold because of academic probation or special academic status need to meet with Assistant Dean Erin Lee-Schneider and have their schedules approved.
If you would like to take a course that is full, you can put yourself on the wait list in MyDUSIS during the registration process.
Directions for adding your name to the wait list:
If a registered student drops the course, the first person on the wait list will receive a system generated email on his or her Drake email account, notifying the student that he or she has 24 hours to register in that course. If the student does not register within that time period, the student will lose his or her spot on the wait list.
The wait list will be ongoing through the registration period and until Aug. 12. At that time, you will no longer receive system generated emails about openings in courses.
If you were on the wait list at any time, even if you lost your spot, we will be checking every day until classes begin to see if there are any drops. If there is a drop, everyone that was on the wait list should receive an email notifying them of an opening in the course. The first one to respond to the email will be put in the course.
Note: There have been issues with the automated wait list system in the past and we are trying new procedures. If you really want a class, it is safest to check regularly to see if a spot opens up.
For questions, contact Lori Richman at 515-271-4511 or email@example.com.
Graduate or upper-division courses taken in other departments of Drake University may qualify for interdisciplinary credit provided that they are material to the student’s legal studies.
In order to receive credit, you need to complete the Interdisciplinary Course Credit Form, which must be signed by your advisor, approved by the associate dean, and submitted to Krista Magill in the Dean’s Office in advance of enrollment. You should also check with the other college for seat availability.
Note: You are limited to a total of 6 interdisciplinary credits. You must receive a C or better to receive Law School credit, but the grade will not count in your Law School GPA.
Students taking courses in other departments as part of an approved joint degree program must first consult with the joint degree program advisor, Allan Vestal, for the Law School.
No more than 6 hours of Moot Court activities may count towards the 90 credits required for graduation.
To be eligible to enroll in one seminar, a student must have completed 32 hours of credit and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00.
To enroll in more than one seminar, a student must have completed 45 hours for credit and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50.
These rules do not apply to Estate Planning (LAW 327) or Business Planning (LAW 270). Students who violate these rules will not be given credit for the course even if they attend the classes. Your GPA and completed hours will be verified if you register for a seminar.
Students whose GPAs are below 2.00 at the conclusion of the fall semester are not eligible to enroll in the Summer in France program.
Students who have 89 or fewer credits can continue to enroll full-time for one additional semester in order to fulfill the 90-credit graduation requirement.
Students who have completed 90 credit hours at the conclusion of the fall semester and who have at least the 2.00 GPA required for graduation will be allowed to enroll full-time in one additional semester and earn credits above 90.
See the Drake Law School Student Handbook for further details.