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Course Change period

The Course Change period allows students to modify and finalize their programs of study taking into account factors such as changes in scheduling, course sections, and courses offered.

All students must use Minerva to change their course selection during Course Change period. During that period, you may access Minerva and drop and add courses as many times as you desire. During the Course Change period, you may add or drop courses for the Fall and Winter Terms.

After the Course Change period, for a limited time, students can drop courses through Minerva and receive a grade of "W" for any course so dropped. "W" indicates "withdrawal with approval" and is not factored into the GPA. All students must use Minerva to withdraw from a course during the withdrawal period.

Late change fee

There is a $50 fee for each course change made by the Student Affairs Office after the end of the Course Change period. Such changes must be approved by the Associate Dean (Academic) or the Assistant Dean (SLL).

For more information on how to register and on registration dates, visit Student information: How to register.


During the Registration period, you may access Minerva and drop and add courses as many times as you wish.

For more information on how to register and on registration dates, visit Student information: How to register.


University withdrawal

Students who are considering a university withdrawal are strongly encouraged to see the Associate Dean (Academic) or the Assistant Dean (SLL) prior to taking any action on MINERVA. Appointments can be arranged by telephoning (514) 398-5597.

For more information on university withdrawal, see Student information: Course and university withdrawal deadlines. To view and print the University Withdrawal Form, please visit the Student Records website.

Course withdrawal

Following the Course Change deadline, there is a period of a few days during which students may withdraw, with a grade of W and full refund of course fees, from courses that start in that term.

After the Withdrawal (with refund) deadline, there is a period during which withdrawal from a course will also result in a grade of W, but no course fees will be refunded.

For more information on course withdrawal, visit Student information: Course and university withdrawal deadlines.

Web registration through Minerva is mandatory for students entering upper years, including those returning from an approved leave of absence or a visiting semester at another law school, and also returning advanced standing and transfer students.

Web registration through Minerva is also mandatory for visiting and exchange students.

Consult the Step-by-step instructions explaining how to register on Minerva and read Choosing courses and dealing with Minerva.

Priority registration

In order to facilitate access to small enrolment courses and ensure equity among students, registration priorities have been programmed in Minerva. These priorities, established after consultation between the Faculty and the Law Students Association, occur on a rolling basis with 4th years registering first. Exact registration dates are finalized by the Student Affairs Office and posted on the web. Generally, priority registration opens in mid-May at a credit limit of 9 credits. The credit limit then lifts to 16 credits by mid-June and a final total of 18 credits by Septemer 1st. Enquiries regarding priority registration may be directed to the sao [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Student Affairs Office).

Proof of Registration

Current students who require confirmation of their status at McGill can request a letter via Minerva. For more information, see McGill Student records: Proof of Enrolment. If this letter does not satisfy your requirements, please sao [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca (contact the SAO) directly.

Past graduates requiring proof of degree completion may sao [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca (contact the SAO) directly or forward necessary forms/documents, e.g. New York Bar Admissions, directly to the SAO.

Attestation for Law graduates

Graduates of the Faculty of Law's BCL/LLB program requiring an attestation of graduation for employers, licensing boards or other institutions must contact McGill Service Point directly. For further information, see McGill Student Information: Third Party Degree Verifications.

Enquiries may be directed to sao [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca (the SAO). Information regarding replacement or translation of diplomas should be directed to McGill's Enrolment Services: student records.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option

The Faculty of Law approved the S/U Option to be applicable to Law and non-law Electives and Law Complementary courses within the BCL/LLB Program on April 10, 2013.

The S/U Option is limited to one course in the program for a max of 4 credits.

Students are NOT permitted to choose the S/U Option for Required Courses.

For 2014-2015, students who decide to have a course graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) must do so before the Course Change deadline on Minerva (www.mcgill.ca/minerva) as part of the Student Menu > Registration Menu > Quick Add or Drop Course Sections Menu. Students cannot make any changes after the Course Change deadline even if the option was selected by mistake.

The instructor will report grades in the normal fashion. Grades of A through C are converted to “Satisfactory” (S), and grades of D, F, and J are converted to “Unsatisfactory” (U). The courses taken under the S/U option will be excluded from the grade point average (GPA) calculations, but they will be included in the attempted credits total. Credits for courses with a final grade of S will also be included in the number of credits earned.

The Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option is not open to graduate students.

For more information, please refer to the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option on the main McGill Programs, Courses and University Regulations site, under Registration. Be aware that a D is a fail and translates to “Unsatisfactory” under this option.

Course restrictions and prerequisites

Try to plan your course selection over the long term. Take account of the mandatory degree requirements applicable to you, and make plans to meet those requirements over the course of your studies. Do not leave all of the required and complementary credits for the last term of your last year!

Take account of course restrictions and prerequisites. Many advanced courses that may be of interest to you may only be taken after the basic course in the area has been successfully completed. e.g. JICP. Students entering second year, in particular, should be sensitive to these requirements, and should select their courses accordingly.

Course restrictions

Please see the Program course listing available on the Law SAO site: Required and complementary courses

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites

Course prerequisites and/or co-requisites: You should not register for a course in which you have not completed all the prerequisites.