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Future JD Students

The Credential Assembly Servicesm (CASsm)

LSAC's Credential Assembly Service simplifies the admission process for law school applicants by allowing you to submit all of the necessary documentation one time, regardless of the number of schools to which you apply. American Bar Association-approved law schools and many other law schools require the use of CAS for JD applicants.

How It Works

You must make sure that all of your documentation is sent to LSAC. This includes

  • undergraduate, graduate, professional, and law school transcripts;
  • letters of recommendation;
  • and evaluations

We summarize your undergraduate work and combine all of your documents with your LSAT score and writing sample to create a report that we send to the law schools to which you apply. Most applicants use the electronic applications included as part of CAS to apply to law schools. When law schools receive your completed application, they will request your law school report from LSAC.

NOTE: LSAC will release applicant file information only to the applicant or to the law school. Information is not released to a parent, spouse, friend, or any other person.

Completing Your Credential Assembly Service (CAS) File

The basic steps for assembling your CAS file can be done in any order, but they must all be completed before any law school reports will be sent.

The Credential Assembly Service fee covers:

Fee waivers may be available in cases of extreme need.

Important: Barring any unforeseen circumstances, it takes approximately two weeks to process a transcript and up to five working days to process a paper letter of recommendation from the time it is received. Letters of recommendation sent electronically are usually available immediately upon receipt by LSAC.

NOTE: LLM degree applicants should go to the LLM Credential Assembly Service page.

Also, transfer students may not be required to use CAS; contact the law school for information.

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