PUBLISHED:July 21, 2014

Registration Tips and Updates, July 17, 2014

Hello, students,




BOOKBAGS open tonight at midnight (EDT).  Bookbagging is not time-sensitiveYou can go in at 12:01 am or at 7:55 am before your 1st window opens.


ENROLLMENT WINDOWS:  Your Enrollment Windows will appear in ACES when bookbags open – please make sure they are accurate, and let us know if they do not appear to be.   


BURSAR BLOCKS/ACCOUNT HOLDS: ACES won’t permit you to register or enroll in classes if you have a bursar block on your account.    Only the University Bursar’s Office is able to remove the block.  You should contact their office immediately to get it sorted out so as not to miss your registration window.


Please make sure that you have carefully read the registration e-mail including the bookbagging and registration instructions that were attached to the e-mail.  All times given are in Eastern Daylight Savings Time – if you are currently in a different time zone, make sure that you have worked out what your local time is for each of your assigned registration windows.


DUKEMOBILE: It’s possible to register for classes by using the DukeMobile app on your smartphone.  We would advise that you take care of bookbagging, course selection, and “validating” on your computer, but you can use the mobile app to “Finish Enrolling.”  This might be useful if you are not able to be at a computer when your registration window opens.



·         2 sections of Legal Writing: Craft & Style have been added to the schedule.

·         Elder Law has been added to the schedule.

·         Law 394A will meet on a MW schedule, not a TuTh schedule.

·         Law 639 Structuring Venture Capital and Private Equity Transactions Course Plus has not yet been scheduled, but will be offered.  The day/time will be posted in ACES prior to the 1st registration window opening on Tuesday.  Also, this course will have an exam.  (You must be concurrently enrolled in 358 to take 639.)



Our endeavor to provide, for the first time ever at Duke Law, the schedule of classes for the entire academic year prior to Fall registration has proven to be overly ambitious.  Significant progress has been made, however, and we estimate a release date of August 1, 2014.   You may see the list of classes being offered for the Spring on the Duke Law website.


TAKING NON-LAW CLASSES (except Fuqua):  You will not use ACES for this, and we do not use permission numbers at the Law School.  To enroll in non-law classes, you will need to submit the Request to Enroll in Non-Law Class to Dean Sherman for approval.  Once approved, the Registrar’s Office will submit your request to the University Registrar’s Office for processing.   Please note that requests may be held by the University Registrar’s Office until the end of the drop/add period for the school in which the class is being offered in order to make sure that their students have full opportunity to enroll in these classes.    You may fax (919)613-7258 or e-mail the form to our office.


INDEPENDENT STUDIES:  These also require the submission of a form to our office.  This is not time sensitive, but we must have it by the end of the drop-add period.    If you are thinking about doing an Independent Study, you may want to begin reaching out to faculty who you’d like to work with to see if they will be available in the Fall. 


FUQUA COURSES:  See 7/7/14 email from our office for information and instructions.  You won’t register for Fuqua courses through ACES.   





Course Selection Advice.  For those of you struggling with course selection, check out the written faculty advice and videos that we have on the registration portal.  Professor Sara Beale offers some good general advice about classes, credits and course selection principles with which we think few would disagree.  Also, take a look at the online course evaluations for insights from Duke Law students about specific courses, faculty teaching style and workload.  Finally, remember to consider your degree requirements when picking classes.  In short, JD students must complete 87 credits, including the legal ethics, professional skills and upper-level writing requirement.  (Dual degree students should take into consideration their additional credit and graduation requirements when considering this advice.)  For specific questions, feel free to e-mail Anne Sherman at