Please note: Information in this section is applicable to incoming semester Exchange Students. Double degree students from Comillas, Paris I, Paris II, LUISS, Versailles, Fudan, SKKU, and Waseda should consult the webpage for admitted LL.M. applicants for registration instructions and other information.


Online registration for Spring 2016 semester courses will take place on Monday, October 19. You should register as early as possible (at or soon after 7:00 a.m. New York time) on October 19 to maximize your chances of getting a seat in the courses of your choice. Courses close quickly due to enrollment limits, so do not delay in registering. Students may adjust their course registration up until the end of the first week of classes, subject to space restrictions and enrollment limits.

Prior to registering for courses, you will need to claim your Fordham AccessIT ID.

Any questions about course selection should be directed, well in advance of the October 19 registration date, to Kandice Thorn, Director of International and Non-J.D. Programs, at Technical and all other questions about registration should be sent to the Masters of Laws Office at


Please note the following as you select courses for the semester:

  • You should register for a total of 10-12 credits. Typically, one "credit" signifies one hour of in-class time per week for the duration of the semester. Thus, for instance, a two-credit course generally would meet for two hours during each week of the semester. International students should note that although they may be accustomed to attending more hours of class in their home countries, many students tell us that the required reading for each class is far more substantial and time consuming in the U.S.
  • You are required to enroll in Introduction to the U.S. Legal System. If you would like to seek an exemption from this requirement, you must send an email to Kandice Thorn at explaining the basis for your request, including any prior training you have had in the U.S. legal system. Please note that requests for waivers are strongly disfavored and are rarely granted. Introduction to the U.S. Legal System is offered on an intensive basis during orientation, and continues through the first several weeks of the semester. In the fall semester, multiple sections are offered; each student should register for the section that best fits his or her schedule. A written examination will be given approximately four to six weeks after the start of the semester.
  • You may select your courses from among the broad range of courses that are open to LL.M. students; provided, however, that exchange students will not be permitted to enroll in Legal Writing for LL.M. Students or LL.M. drafting courses due to space constraints. Exchange students may make a special request to enroll in specific courses not approved for LL.M. students, except that exchange students are not eligible to enroll in clinical, lawyering, drafting, or skills courses.

A complete list of course offerings can be found on the Registrar's website.