You must do three things every semester to become a registered student:
1. Pay your fees. Fees are paid through your CARS account, which is managed by Billing and Payment Services at the central campus. You can learn about payment options at: http://studentbilling.berkeley.edu/carsPaymentOptions.htm You should not send a check directly to the Law School. For advice on Financial Aid, please contact the Law School Financial Aid office: https://www.law.berkeley.edu/58.htm
2. You must have no blocks against your registration. For law students, blocks are usually due to unpaid fees from a previous semester. To learn more about blocks and how to have them removed, please refer to the following web page: http://registrar.berkeley.edu/current_students/registration_enrollment/blocked_reg.html
3. You must enroll in classes. Please see detailed enrollment information below.
Entering students will receive enrollment information directly from the Law School. If you have not received an email with the information by the beginning of August, JD students should contact the Admission Office, and JSD and academic year LLMs should contact the Advanced Degrees Programs Office.
For continuing students, the main campus Office of the Registrar will e-mail you when your TeleBEARS appointment time is available on BearFacts (bearfacts.berkeley.edu). If you did not receive the e-mail, please bring your Cal Photo ID card to the Law Registrar’s Office for assistance.
To maximize your chances of obtaining a seat in all of the classes you wish to take, it is essential to use TeleBEARS at your appointed Phase I and Phase II times. Many courses are in high demand, and some instructors set enrollment limits. Furthermore, enrollment for every course is necessarily limited by classroom size. Third-year students have a slight appointment time advantage over second-year students.
Phase I Enrollment
Phase I enrollment begins at your appointment time. You may enroll in a maximum of 12 units during Phase I, so select the courses you want the most.
If you miss your appointment, you can visit the TeleBEARS website anytime during open hours, which are 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.-midnight Monday-Friday and noon-midnight Saturday and Sunday until Phase I registration ends. However, you can only use the open hours once your appointment window has passed.
Phase II Enrollment
Phase II enrollment is available from your Phase II appointment time through the end of Phase II registration. During Phase II, you should enroll in the rest of the units that you need up to a maximum of 17 units. If you miss your appointment, log-on to TeleBEARS during open hours, which are 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.-midnight Monday-Friday and noon-midnight Saturday and Sunday until Phase II registration ends. Once again, you cannot gain access during open hours until your appointment window has passed.
When enrolling through TeleBEARS, you must follow the Boalt Hall grading guidelines for each course. With the exception of Law 297-299 and those specified in the Course Schedule enrollment notes, all courses are offered for a grade (High Honors, Honors, Pass, or Substandard Pass). Regardless of what TeleBEARS says, all Boalt students must take each course with the designated grading option—there is no choice.
Needed To Enroll
To enroll in courses online through Telebears you need the following:
- Student Identification Number (SID): This number can be found on your Cal Photo ID card.
- CalNet ID
- Course Control Numbers: Course Control Numbers (CCN) identify classes to the TeleBEARS computer. This is the number you will enter into TeleBEARS to select the class that you want to take. The CCN’s are the five-digit numbers listed on the schedule of classes.
The site, https://telebears.berkeley.edu/telebears/home, is run by the campus Office of the Registrar. It is easy to enroll—just follow the instructions and confirm every transaction.
Confirming TeleBEARS Transactions
Complete every TeleBEARS transaction with a confirmation. Wait for the BEAR to tell you that your transaction is confirmed. Failure to confirm a transaction is the most common TeleBEARS error. Transactions which are not confirmed are invalid and will not take effect.
3L-Only and 3L-Preference Courses
A few instructors limit their courses to third-year students in the early enrollment but will allow second-year students on the waiting list for possible later enrollment. If you are a second-year student attempting to add the class, you will only be allowed access to the waiting list. In certain other classes, the instructor might indicate a preference for third-year students, in which only 2/3 of the seats in a class are reserved for third year students. Second-year students who don’t make it into the class during early enrollment may be added later from the waiting list.
If a course is full, the only way to possibly obtain a place in the class is to get on the waiting list. Select the Waiting List item on the TeleBEARS menu to confirm the transaction. As space in the class becomes available, your name will advance on the waiting list. If enough students drop the course, you may be automatically enrolled from the waiting list. TeleBEARS counts courses for which you are wait-listed in your course unit total.
Please note that waiting lists are canceled with the campus week five data processing updates. If your name doesn’t make it onto the class list by that time, but you have been admitted to the class by the instructor, you will need to add the class via a Petition to Adjust Schedule, which requires the signatures of the instructor and the Dean of Students.
You must obtain the permission of the Dean of Students before you enroll in more than 16 units. An acceptable overload is 17 units. You may only carry this many units with the permission of the Dean of Students, obtained on the Academic Rules Petition.
Overlapping Courses/Time Conflict Warning
The law school does not give credit for courses with overlapping class times. When you try to enroll in two courses which overlap, TeleBEARS usually warns you of the conflict, and then allows you to enroll in both. There is one instance in which TeleBEARS will not alert you to an overlap at all. If one class meets at two different times in a week (for example, Monday 2 p.m. - 3 p.m and Thursday 11 a.m - 12 p.m.), and you have another class that meets Thursday 11 a.m.- 12 p.m., you will not get the warning. Please remember that you are responsible for the careful reading of the schedule to avoid overlaps.
Deadline for Adding and Dropping Regular Courses
Students have two weeks to add or drop a course using Telebears. For 2014-15, the deadlines are September 8th and January 26th. After the deadline, you can use the Add/Drop Petition to make adjustments to your schedule until October 3rd and February 20th.
The deadlines also apply to part-semester courses. For courses outside the law school (other departments on the UC campus and at other law schools), students must adhere to the drop procedures and deadlines established by the individual department or school. To drop a course after the second week deadlines, a Petition to Add/Drop, which requires the signatures of the instructor of the course, must be completed and submitted to the Law Registrar's Office for the Dean of Student's approval. If you are unable to obtain the faculty signature by that date, you will not be allowed to drop the class, and it will remain on your transcript. If you do not drop a course by the deadline and do not complete the work for the course, a grade of IP (In Progress) or No Credit/No Pass (NC/NP) will be recorded on your transcript. Note that petitions will not be approved if the drop leaves you with fewer than 10 units.
These rules and policies apply whether you were in the class all semester and decided to drop at the end or whether you never attended the class. You should check your schedule often to make sure you are not enrolled in any classes that you do not wish to take. If you don't check and don't find out until after the drop deadline, you will not be able to drop the course from your transcript.
Instructor Drop: The Academic Rules require students to attend all classes and instructors expect it, particularly during the first two weeks of the semester. If you miss any class during the first two weeks, you may be dropped from the class by the instructor even if TeleBEARS has given you a space in the course. However, do not assume that you have been or will be dropped for non-attendance. If you have signed up for a course and decide not to take it, it is your responsibility to drop it. Instructors may also request a student be dropped if the student does not meet the prerequisites for the class.
Other Drop Policies: Instructors may announce their own drop deadlines, which may be sooner than the general drop deadline. If an instructor announces such a policy, you are required to comply with it.
Adding Courses in the 295-299 Series (Journals, Moot Court, Externships, Independent Study)You may take a total of 15 non-law and non-classroom units. Non-law units include courses taken at other departments on the UC Berkeley campus. Non-classroom units are those in the 295-299 series - except for clinics - and include law journals, externships, Moot Court Board, moot court competitions, and independent studies. Journals: Obtain the Course Control Numbers from the editors. Independent Study: These courses consist of faculty-supervised research, study, and writing projects. The project and the amount of credit must be approved by both the supervising faculty member and the Dean of Students. Use the Petition to Enroll in 297-299 form. Law 297-299 projects may be added only with the approval of the instructor and the Dean of Students.
Changing Units in a Variable Unit Course
If you are in a field placement or a 299 and you want to change the number of units for which you enrolled, you need to fill out the change of unit section of the Add/Drop Petition.