The Credential Assembly Service’s (CAS) authentication and evaluation feature is a convenient and efficient processing service for international documents used in the law school application process. All non-US/Canadian transcripts with combined work totaling more than one academic year should be listed during registration for CAS and sent to LSAC. They are forwarded to the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), where they will be authenticated and evaluated. There is no charge for this evaluation other than the standard CAS registration fee. The data is assembled into a credential evaluation document that contains AACRAO’s summary, copies of the transcripts (and translations, as necessary), and a TOEFL or IELTS score, if applicable. All of these documents will be incorporated into the law school report. Upon submission of a matriculation decision, the original non-US/Canadian transcript(s) received by LSAC will be forwarded to the law school. Law schools can choose their level of participation in this service. The following links list law schools that require use of LSAC’s authentication and evaluation service for JD applicants or law schools for which LSAC authentication and evaluation is optional.
You must sign up for CAS if:
- you are applying to a law school that requires LSAC CAS authentication and evaluation, and
- you received your bachelor’s degree from an institution outside the United States, its territories/associated states, or Canada, or
- you were directly enrolled at an institution outside the United States, its territories/associated states, or Canada and the total amount of work you completed at all such institutions combined is the equivalent of more than one year of bachelor’s-level study in the United States, its territories/associated states, or Canada.
To use LSAC’s authentication and evaluation service, you must sign up for CAS and you must request that the appropriate documents (e.g., mark sheets, academic records, diplomas, degree certifications, transcripts) be sent directly to LSAC from the institution(s) you attended.
If all of your bachelor’s-level work was completed outside the United States, its territories/associated states, or Canada, and you are NOT applying to a school that requires LSAC’s authentication and evaluation, you need not register for CAS unless you wish to use the letter of recommendation, evaluation, or electronic application services. If you do not register for CAS, be sure to identify yourself as an applicant educated at an institution outside the United States, its territories/associated states, or Canada when registering for the LSAT.
Please read Requesting Transcripts and Letter of Recommendation and Evaluation Services before registering.