Cross-Registration Credit Information

General Cross-Registration Credit Information

  • The number of HLS credits you will receive for a cross-registered course will be determined by the HLS Registrar's Office.  For guidance on credit conversion click here.
  • The maximum number of cross-registration credits per semester for all HLS students is six.
  • HLS credits for cross-registration are generally based on lecture hours. For example, a course meeting three lecture hours per week for a full semester will receive three HLS credits (see chart below).
  • Studio courses are limited to two credits.

J.D. Credit Information

  • See JD Degree Requirements for HLS credit requirements.
  • JD students may count a maximum of 12 credits of cross-registration toward their degree.
  • For 2Ls and 3Ls, you are eligible to cross-register if you are enrolled in at least 8 HLS credits (classroom, writing, clinical) in a fall or spring term in which you cross-register and your cross-registered course is worth at least 2 credits to meet the HLS semester minimum of 10 credits.

LL.M. Credit Information

  • LLM students may count a maximum of 6 credits of cross-registration toward their degree.
  • LLM students do not receive degree credit for language courses.
Credit examples by course type
Language Courses2L/3L = 2 credits per semester (meeting minimum of 2 lecture hours per week); 3 credits per semester (meeting minimum of 3 lecture hours per week); or 4 credits per semester (intensive courses only that are a full year of work in one semester)

LLM = no degree credit for languages
Other CoursesBased on minutes of required class time over the term.  700 minutes is equal to 1 credit, 1400 minutes is equal to 2 credits and at least 2100 minutes is equal to 3 credits.

For more information about cross-registration, contact registrar@law.harvard.edu.

Last modified: October 24, 2014

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