Getting Started with LSAC
LSAC stands for the Law School Admission Council. It is a nonprofit corporation whose members consist of more than 200 law schools across the United States and Canada.The LSAC is best known for administering the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
LSAC administers the LSAT multiple times a year at designated centers throughout the world. To see the times it is being offered, click here!
By creating an account with LSAC you have the opportunity to authorize the release of information about yourself to eligible law schools and organizations. Law schools use LSAC's Candidate Referral Service (CRS) to search for potential applicants. A law school may contact you with information about their program or they may invite you to apply.
LSAC also publishes a variety of materials to help prospective law students with test preparation and law school guides. Once you have activated an account with LSAC you are able to sign up for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The CAS is required for all students applying to an ABA - approved law school. The CAS will create a law school report and send that out to the law schools of your choice. Your LSAT scores, transcripts, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and resume will be sent out to law schools by the CAS.
Credential Assembly Service
The Credential Assembly Service standardizes your undergraduate academic records to simplify the law school admission process. Nearly all ABA-approved schools, and some non-ABA-approved schools, require that applicants use this service. The CAS prepares a report for each law school to which you apply. The report contains the following information:
- an undergraduate academic summary
- copies of all undergraduate, graduate, and law/professional school transcripts
- LSAT scores and writing sample copies
- copies of letters of recommendation processed by LSAC
Here are a few facts about the CAS:
- You should register at least 4-6 weeks before your first application deadline. It takes approximately 2 weeks to process a transcript from the time it is received.
- Law school application fees are not included in CAS registration fees.
- It is your responsibility to have an official copy of your transcript(s) sent to LSAC directly from the Registrar for every institution you have attended.