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Law School Class Bidding Interface (“CBI”) – Instructions


LawCBI is the Law School's class bidding system that students use to request classes.  You will use this online interface to request clinics, as well as seminars, practice/simulations, and upper class courses.  This is your opportunity to secure seats in the classes that you want most.  To use LawCBI go to this link…

…and follow the instructions below.

Select the Active Cycle

The bidding process is divided into two cycles: one for clinics, and another for seminars, practice/simulations, and upper class courses.  The link to access the bidding process for each cycle will become active at the appropriate time (when that bidding period is “open”).  Click on an appropriate link to begin the bidding process for that cycle.

Request Queue

The Request Queue page has a list of all available classes you can request listed down the left side.  On the right side is your current request queue, and above it your current schedule of assigned classes.

Click the “Add” button next to the class information to add it to your queue.  When a class is already in your queue the “Add” button will change to “In Q” and be deactivated.  Add any class in which you have an interest to your queue, and then prioritize them using the up/down arrow buttons.  Put the class you most want at the top.  If you accidentally add a class to your queue that you do not want, use the red “X” button to remove it (which will reactivate the “Add” button for that class in the main list).

You can get more detail about a class by clicking the “+” button next to the “footnotes, class description, and other details”.  This will expand the class detail “in-line”, meaning the rest of the classes under the target will move down, and the detail will fill in the blank space.  Clicking on a professor’s name will open a new window with that person's faculty bio.

When bidding for seminars, practice/simulations, and upper class courses, you will also be able to utilize a priority to increase your chance to get into the class.  This is done by clicking the checkbox in the "P" column next to the class in your queue.  More detail about how priorities work can be found in the comments underneath your queue on the Request Queue page of LawCBI and here.


See CBI Cycle One clinic bidding instructions & clinic guarantee FAQ here.

Seminars, Practice/Simulations, and upper class courses

For seminars and practice/simulations that are "prof picks" (designated by footnote 9 on the term class schedule), you may be asked to submit supplemental material, such as a statement of interest or resume, in addition to placing a bid for the class in CBI.  Please see the term document "Prof Pick" Classes Requiring a Statement of Interest on the Office of Student Records' Registration Information webpage.  "Prof pick" requirements for a class are also listed in CBI during an active bidding cycle.

Place your CBI class requests in order of importance to you--highest to lowest.  Take into consideration that limited-seat classes (generally, seminars and practice/simulations) should be placed higher in your CBI request queue to increase your chances of class assignment.

Please note that there is an assignment limit of one seminar AND one practice/simulation per student during CBI class bidding.  However, you can bid on as many of these types of classes as you'd like.  Later, during the Wolverine Access drop/add period, students are welcome to add more seminars and practice/simulations to their schedules if seats are available.

Bid on more classes than you plan to take.  CBI will assign to you no more than 15 credits.  You will not be assigned to classes with overlapping or conflicting times (so it is o.k. to place conflicting classes into your request queue as alternates).  Later, during the Wolverine Access drop/add period, you can modify your CBI-assigned class schedule, as necessary.

During CBI Cycle Two, your selections are being saved as you modify the Request Queue page.

After setting up your CBI Cycle Two request queue, click the "Finalize" button.  This will generate an automated e-mail to you confirming your bids.


Clicking the “Finalize” button will bring you to the "Current Request Status" page which lists a summary of your bidding process.  You will see the following sections:

Bidding Cycles
Shows you the overall bidding process status.  Which parts are done, which are active and which are pending.

Granted/Waitlisted Requests
After requests have been processed for each cycle, you will see in this space all requests that the CBI system has granted or waitlisted.  If the status is "waitlist" and the class keeps an ordered waitlist (some don't) then your waitlist position will be listed.  These will be the requests that the system attempts to load into Wolverine Access for you after both CBI cycles are complete.

Current Request Queue
Your current requests, listed in order of priority.

All Processed Requests
All requests that have completed processing, including their end status.


If you have any problems or questions using CBI, please e-mail