About the Law School Admission Council
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is a nonprofit corporation that provides unique, state-of-the-art products and services to ease the admission process for law schools and their applicants worldwide. Currently, 222 law schools in the United States, Canada, and Australia are members of the Council and benefit from LSAC’s services. All law schools approved by the American Bar Association are LSAC members, as are Canadian law schools recognized by a provincial or territorial law society or government agency. Many nonmember law schools also take advantage of LSAC’s services. For all users, LSAC strives to provide the highest quality of products, services, and customer service.
Founded in 1947, the Council is best known for administering the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), with about 100,000 tests administered annually at testing centers worldwide. LSAC also processes academic credentials for an average of 60,000 law school applicants annually, provides essential software and information for admission offices and applicants, conducts educational conferences for law school professionals and prelaw advisors, sponsors and publishes research, funds diversity and other outreach grant programs, and publishes LSAT preparation books and law school guides, among many other services.
Below you will find a brief description of LSAC’s services and programs. At the core of each is an ongoing commitment to expanding educational opportunities for underrepresented minorities, educationally disadvantaged persons, and people with disabilities.
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
The LSAT is a half-day, standardized test administered four times each year at designated testing centers throughout the world. The test is an integral part of the law school admission process in the United States, Canada, and a growing number of other countries. The test helps law schools make sound admission decisions by providing a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that are essential for success in law school.
Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
The Credential Assembly Service streamlines law school admission by allowing applicants to have all transcripts and recommendations sent only once to LSAC. LSAC summarizes and combines that information with LSAT scores and writing samples into a report that is sent upon request to the law schools to which the applicant applies. The applicant’s fee for this service also covers electronic application processing for all ABA-approved law schools as well as transcript authentication and evaluation for applicants educated outside the US. Nearly all ABA-approved law schools and many other law schools require the use of the Credential Assembly Service for JD applicants.
The LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) simplifies the application process for internationally educated applicants who have a first degree in law and wish to continue their legal studies at the graduate level in the US. By creating an LSAC account, LLM candidates can arrange to have official transcripts and English proficiency scores (if necessary) sent just once to LSAC to be included in a report to all participating schools to which they apply. Transcript authentication and evaluation is done in partnership with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).
Candidate Referral Service (CRS)
The Candidate Referral Service (CRS) makes it possible for law school candidates to provide information about themselves that will make it easy for law schools to recruit them. Law schools may seek out potential applicants on the basis of specific characteristics such as undergraduate major, ethnicity, law school preferences, and other variables. Candidates who establish an LSAC.org account for any purpose may authorize release of their CRS information to participating law schools, agencies, or individuals working on the law school’s behalf, and other eligible programs related to legal education. Many potential applicants are recruited by law schools they might not otherwise have considered.
Law School Forums
Prospective law students nationwide receive an open invitation to meet with representatives of LSAC-member law schools at one- or two-day forums held in cities throughout the United States each year. Typically, attendees may spend anywhere from a few hours to an entire day at a forum. This is a place where law school representatives and law school candidates can meet face to face or participate in workshops on essential admission topics.
The Law School Admission Council is committed to the idea that the legal profession should reflect the ever-increasing diversity of our society. Because of this firm belief, LSAC makes resources available to advocate for and promote broad-based diversity in legal education and the legal profession. Through these efforts, LSAC seeks to ensure that legal education and the profession are as inclusive as possible.
Programs and initiatives are created and funded to increase the number of lawyers from racial and ethnic groups, LGBT, and others underrepresented in the legal profession. This is accomplished by working with other populations that contribute to the diversity of the profession; awarding grants for projects approved by the Board of Trustees; overseeing expenditures from the LSAC Diversity Fund; conducting training workshops for diversity officers and others charged with the responsibility for assisting students from diverse backgrounds; conducting workshops for law school academic assistance faculty and staff; sponsoring educational programs at law school forums and other recruitment events; and collaborating with bar associations, education associations, and community organizations with the mission of increasing opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds.
Test Preparation Publications & Law School Guides
LSAC publishes a variety of materials to help prospective law students make decisions about their education. For a complete listing of all of our publications, visit Official LSAT Prep Tools.