Start of Classes Reminders Checklist for Upper-Year Students

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To:      All Upper-Year Students
From: Michelle L. Kirkland, Assistant Dean for Academic Services and Registration
Date:  August 20, 2020

Greetings! We hope that you had a good summer. Classes begin Tuesday, August 25.

Fall 2020 Daily Cycles begin on August 24 at 1:30 pm and end on September 3 at 9:30 am New York Time. The cycles will run daily on business days (no weekends or holidays) between 1:30 pm until 9:30 am the following morning. If you would like to make a change to your fall 2020 schedule during this time, you may add/drop classes and/or place yourself on a waitlist.

Here is a brief checklist to ensure that you have not missed important matters regarding the start of classes.

Class Assignments:

NYU Classes – Check NYU Classes for syllabi and assignments for any courses for which you are registered. It is crucial to check NYU Classes regularly as professors may post new assignments and information at any time. Please note that not all faculty post assignments. You should email if you have any issues or difficulties with accessing NYU Classes.

Course Syllabi or Early Semester Assignments – Not registered for a course but considering registering during add/drop? Check the Course Syllabi and Early Semester Assignments web page.

New Virtual Procedures:  Some classes have special attendance rules.   See the list below.  Please follow the new virtual procedures for these classes:

  • Closed Seminars/Colloquia/Simulations: The law school rules permit faculty to admit up to two students to seminars/colloquia/simulations during the first class meeting outside the regular registration procedures.
  • First Class Attendance Required: You should check the course descriptions of your classes regarding attendance. Some professors state that they will drop students if they miss the first class.

Schedules of Classes and Course Requirements: Please review the Fall 2020 course schedule, course requirements, exam schedule, pre/co-requisites, and any information which is stated in the course description. Be sure to check the course schedule for any revised room assignments.

Course Updates: All changes in the curriculum will and have been posted on the Course Updates web pages. You must check the site regularly for updated course information such as new courses, canceled courses, corrections to the schedule, as well as to review requirements, dates, deadlines, final examination information, etc.

Calendars: Please pay careful attention to the dates and deadlines in the Academic Calendar and Registration Calendar.

We hope you have a wonderful semester!  If you have any questions, please contact your program office:

JDs – Office of Academic Services ( or 212-998-6020)
Non-tax LLMs – Office of Graduate Affairs ( or 212-998-6015)
Tax LLMs – Office of Graduate Tax ( or 212-998-6150)

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