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Future JD Students

The Application Process: An Overview

Applying to law school requires planning. You can keep track of the steps involved by referring to the checklist below. You should also review which LSAC Services Required/Recommended by Law Schools you’ll need in order to complete your application.

Checklist for the Law School Admission Process

  • Meet with the prelaw advisor at your undergraduate school as early as possible. Your advisor can help you prepare for the application process by giving advice on undergraduate course selection, Law School Admission Test (LSAT) preparation, and school choice.
  • Create your secure LSAC.org account: it’s your gateway to the law school admission process and will help you track the status of everything related to your applications. Law schools have a variety of application requirements and deadlines that you must meet to be considered for admission. The My Calendar feature in your LSAC.org account will help you remember important deadlines. Your LSAC account number will be your primary identifier for all LSAC services.
  • Register and prepare for the LSAT. Many law schools will require you to take the LSAT by December for admission the following fall. However, taking the test earlier—in June or September/October—is advised. Make sure you schedule your LSAT date so that you’ll have plenty of time to obtain your score before your first law school application is due. Preparing for the test is a must to ensure that you’ll do as well as you possibly can on the day of the test.
  • Research law schools.
  • Attend a Law School Forum to meet more than 100 law school recruiters face-to-face. Forums also feature workshops about the legal profession, the benefits of a law degree, LSAT prep, and more.
  • Pay for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) long before your first law school application deadline. CAS is required by all ABA-approved law schools and will help streamline your application process by only requiring you to submit your transcripts, recommendations, and evaluations once to LSAC. LSAC will compile these materials in your law school report.
  • Request all required transcripts. Allow LSAC at least two weeks from the time of receipt to process your US or Canadian transcripts. (More time is required to process international transcripts.)
  • View your Academic Summary Report in your LSAC.org account once all US/Canadian undergraduate transcripts have been summarized. Make sure it is complete and accurate.
  • Request letters of recommendation and evaluations. (School requirements vary.) Download forms from your LSAC.org account, and allow LSAC two weeks from the time of receipt to process your recommendations and evaluations.
  • Register with the Candidate Referral Service (CRS) so law schools can recruit YOU.
  • Apply online to as many US law schools as you choose through your LSAC.org account.

Tips to Ease Your Application Process

  • Make sure that all information in your LSAC file is always correct and current. If you find an error, follow these steps.
  • Be sure you use the same form of your name on all documents and communications with us.
  • Carefully review all documents we send to you.
  • Keep complete copies of all law school application records throughout the admission cycle and law school, as some state bar associations inquire about the law school admission records of those seeking admission to the bar.
  • Ethical conduct is expected and required in all of your interactions with LSAC and law schools. Misconduct and irregularities in the admission process can have serious consequences.
  • LSAC will release candidate-specific information only to you and to the law schools to which you have applied. Information will not be released to or discussed with a parent, spouse, friend, or any other person.

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