Course Selection Procedure

Overview of Process

Course selection for JD students has four stages:

  1. Pre-allocation course review and selection,  

  2. Post-submission allocation results view,

  3. Post allocation administrative stage, and
  4. Post allocation add/drop period.  Lasts until the add/drop deadline.

Please see the Deadline Dates page for the specific deadlines for each of these stages for the current year.

The early pre-allocation course selection provides students with an opportunity to review the upcoming academic year's course offerings.  Later, after the view-only period, students can list their course preferences.  Students must be mindful of the the credit minimum- and maximum limits.  This means full time students must enrol in 13-16 credits in each term and a total of 28-32 credits each academic year.   Our course selection system requires students to list courses that amount to twice as many credits as they need.  This means full time students must list at least 32 credits in each term.  (Half time students should list 16 credits in each term.)

Please note that students may not enrol in courses for which they do not have a listed pre-requisite.

Students indicate their course preferences by listing the courses in order of preference.  The highest preference category is "favourite." Students are not required to list a favourite, but if they choose to do so, they may list only one course in this category.  Ranking a course as a "favourite" course is not a guarantee that the student will be enrolled in that course.  The next preference category is "great."  There is no limit to the number of courses students may list as "great."  The system will assume minor preferences for courses based on the sequence in which they are listed in the "great" category. 

The next preference category is "good."  There is no limit to the number of courses students may list as "good."  The system will assume minor preferences for courses based on the sequence in which they are listed in the "good" category. 

The final preference category is "acceptable."  There is no limit to the number of courses students may list as "acceptable."  The system will assume minor preferences for courses based on the sequence in which they are listed in the "acceptable" category.

If students are interested in more than one section of a course, they must list each section of the course.  Students can link courses together if they like.  Clicking the link button between two or three courses tells the system the student wants one or the other, but not more than one, of the linked courses. In a recently developed improvement, students can link together as many sets of classes as they wish. 

After the allocation is run, there is a 24-hour period to review course selection results.  The next day the add/drop period will begin.

Note: JD students must have a email address in order to use this system.

If you have questions, please contact:

It is important that students continue to check their e-mail over the course of the summer for important information regarding course selection. Please DO NOT forward your utoronto e-mail address to any other domain because you may not receive Faculty of Law listserv messages.

Important Links
Deadline Dates
Preference Categories
Course Enrolment in Previous Years

Please read the following information carefully before selecting your courses.

  • Instructions for selecting courses 
  • Course selection - rules
  • Adding and dropping courses
  • Terminology and Course Numbers
  • Forms

Instructions for Selecting Courses

1) Pre-allocation Course Selection

Note - Read carefully: This program allows students to make course choices using preference categories. Students may edit their choices as often as they like during the selection period.  Whatever preferences are listed at the time of the deadline is the selection that will be submitted for each student. 

Image of Course Match page

  • Click on the Course Match button appropriate to your program (JD, LLM, or GPLLM).

Cognomos log in page

  • Enter your UTORid and UTORid password, and hit "Submit."
  • To select a course, click on the course name. To indicate preference, move the course title into either the Favourite, Great, Good, or Acceptable section of the page.  Remember that sequence within categories is also significant:  the system understands big differences in preference between categories, and minor differences in preference within categories. 
  • Students should select courses until they have chosen twice as many credits as they need for the academic year. Full time students must select 32 credits per term.  The system automatically saves each time a student makes a change. Students may change their courses as often as they wish up until the submission deadline.
  • Students will be shown a variety of possible schedule results from each set of preferences.  Students often toggle back and forth between their preferences and the schedules that are generated as they finalise their choices.  The system will not permit students to submit any courses which conflict or overlap on the timetable or the exam schedule; or if there is a pre-requisite/co-requisite that they have not met/are not enrolled in; or if the number of credits is too low
  • Students may sign-out of the system at any time. Their course selections will have been saved, and will be available the next time they sign-in. Students may continue to make changes until the final submission deadline.
  • Students who miss the deadline for course selection will not be able to select their courses until the system is reactivated after the allocation has been run. 

Course Selection - Rules

  • Students may list one course in the Favourite preference category.  There is no limit on the number of courses students can list in the other categories.
  • Students cannot take courses that take place at the same time or overlap on the time table.  
  • Students cannot take a course for which they do not have the pre- or co-requisite.
  • Full-time JD students must take a minimum of 13 credits and a maximum of 16 credits per term; and a minimum of 28 credits and a maximum of 32 credits per academic year. Because they must list twice as many credits as they need, full-time students must list at least 32 credits in each semester in the course selection process.
  • Students applying for clinics that have an application process must register for that clinic after they have been accepted.  Adhere to the individual application deadline of that clinic.
  • Half-Time JD students must take a minimum of 6 credits and a maximum of 8 credits per term; and a minimum of 14 credits and a maximum of 16 credits per academic year. Because students must list twice as many courses as they need each term, half-time JD students must select at least 16 credits for each semester in the course selection process.
  • Combined Program Students are exempt from the minimum course load requirements. Please see the guidelines that pertain to your program.
  • Please note the limitations on Letter of Permission and Incoming Exchange students.  They are not permitted to Moot or do Clinical Work, and are barred from some classes.
  • Students must choose courses for the entire academic year. Students must choose courses for both terms during the summer course selection process.  
  • In consideration of other students, students waitlisted in a course that they have no intention of taking should drop the course. 
  • Intensive Courses: Students should select three intensive courses during the year they are filling the Intersession requirement. 

2)  Post-allocation course viewing - 24 hours

The course selection system will be closed in order to run the allocation. Students will be placed into courses based on the global allocation that meets the highest number of student preferences.  After the allocation is completed, students may view the courses for which they have been confirmed and/or waitlisted. The viewing period is for one day. 

3)  Post-allocation course selection--Administrative Stage

  • Once the course selection is re-opened, students will have one week to add themselves to the waitlist for every course in which they wish to to be added.  During this week, timing is not critical--every request will be treated under the same rules, so long as it is received by 4 pm on the one week deadline.
  • The Administration will sequence the waitlist in the following five groups:  (1) students who had listed a course as their favourite; (2) students who had listed the course as great; (3) students who listed the course as good; (4) students who listed the course as acceptable; (5) students who did not include the course in their original course selection request.  Each of these five groups will be randomised. 
  • Students should not request courses that meet at the same time as another course in which they are enrolled, unless they list that course as something they will drop if admitted.
  • Students should not request courses that will put their enrollment above the credit maximum (16 credits per term for full time students, exclusive of intensive course credits) unless they list the course they wish to drop to make room for the requested course. 
  • All of the requests received during this stage will be processed at the same time.

4) Direct Add/Drop

  • After the first round of add/drop requests are processed, students will be able to add and drop courses on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • When adjusting courses, student should not drop a course with a waitlist in which they are confirmed.  A student who deletes a course with a wait list and re-adds will be added to the bottom of the waiting list.
  • Waitlist Courtesy to others: Students may keep their names on any course waitlist until the end of the add/drop period. However, in fairness to others lower down on the waitlist, please delete the course from your schedule as soon as you are sure that you no longer want the course.

Adding and Dropping Courses

Students are given an opportunity to make changes to their programs of study during the Add/Drop period at the beginning of each term.  See Deadline Dates for specific dates.  At the beginning of the term, we will upload students' courses into Acorn.  This will provide a snapshot of enrollment shortly before Labour Day (in the Fall term) and shortly before the start of classes in January (in the Winter term).  Students will not be able to use the add/drop functions in Acorn, however.  They will continue to use Course Match for the duration of the add/drop period.  When add/drop is over and the course lists are final, there will be a second upload into Acorn.  

There are drop/add dates for Supervised Upper Year Research Paper, Directed Research, fully graded mooting petitions as well as courses.  These tend to be earlier than the final add/drop deadline.

During the add/drop period, many students attend a number of classes in order to get a sense of the courses. Students who are wait-listed for a course often attend these classes in order to keep up with the material.

Permission to add or drop courses from your program after the dates listed on the Sessional Dates must be obtained from the Assistant Dean, J.D. Program.

Intensive Courses: Students should select three intensive courses during the year they are filling the Intersession requirement. 

 Terminology and Course Numbers

Faculty of Law Courses

Every course and seminar at the Faculty of Law has a 3-digit number followed by a term designation.

e.g. Administrative Law (LAW202H1F)

The last character designates the term, ie. "F"=first term; "S"=second term; "Y"=full year.

Centre of CriminologyCourses offered at the Centre of Criminology have a 4-digit number with the prefix "CRI".
Other Faculties

Courses in other Faculties which are cross-listed retain the number used in that Faculty or have a joint number.

e.g. Roman Law (CLA 336Y) or Constitutional Theory (JPJ 2028).

Osgoode Hall Law SchoolCourses offered at Osgoode Hall Law School have a 3-digit number with the prefix "OSG" followed by a term designation.
Courses with multiple sectionsCourses offered in more than one section are differentiated by the name of the instructor
Class hoursThe actual instruction time per week.
Enrollment numbersThe maximum enrollment for each course or seminar.
WaitlistedOnce a course reaches the maximum enrolment, students are placed on a waitlist. As students adjust their courses (adding and dropping) this opens a spot in the full course. The first student on the waitlist is placed in the spot. Note:students who delete a waitlisted course who wish to reverse their decision must re-add the course and will be added to the bottom of the waitlist.
Conditional enrolmentSome clinics, externships, journals and moots are conditional enroll courses. These courses require an application or approval prior to confirmation. Students who select conditional enroll courses will be waitlisted until participation is confirmed for ALL students planning to do this course. It is necessary for students to select the required number of credits for the year or term until all courses are confirmed on their course selection.
Students going away for a term (Letter of Permission, Leave of Absence and  Exchange)Students should select courses only for the term that they will be in residence at the U of T Faculty of Law


Forms are available on the Forms page. Forms must be completed for the following activities:

  • Capstone Course Form
  • Combined Course Credit Application Form
  • Directed Research Change of Credit Form
  • Directed Research Proposal Form
  • Request for One Additional Credit
  • Supervised Upper Year Research Form