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Future JD Students

Checklist for the Law School Admission Process

LSAC has prepared this checklist to detail the steps involved in the law school admission process. Although the sequence of steps may vary, it is important to note the items that are required by ABA-approved law schools as part of the admission process.

  • Create your secure LSAC.org account.
  • Find the prelaw advisor at your undergraduate school and arrange a visit.
  • Prepare for the LSAT. (Download a free sample test or purchase official LSAT prep books.)
  • Use our searchable database to research law schools, their admission requirements, and application deadlines.
  • Sign up for a Law School Forum, where you can meet face-to-face with more than 150 law school recruiters.
  • Register for the LSAT, print your ticket for test day, take the test, and receive your score by email. Many law schools require that the LSAT be taken by December for admission the following fall. Taking the test earlier—in June or September/October—is advisable.
  • Sign up for LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) to easily meet law school requirements for transcripts, recommendations, evaluations, and applications. You need not register for CAS at the same time you register for the LSAT, but you should register long before your first law school application deadline.
  • Ask registrars to send your official transcripts to LSAC. Request forms are available from your LSAC.org account. Allow at least two weeks from the time of receipt for us to process your US or Canadian transcripts, more if your transcripts are from outside the United States, its territories, or Canada.
  • Contact your recommenders and evaluators to request your letters/evaluations. Forms can be found in your LSAC.org account. School requirements vary. Allow two weeks from the time of receipt for us to process your letters of recommendation.
  • Register with the Candidate Referral Service (CRS) so law schools can recruit YOU.
  • View your Academic Summary Report in your LSAC.org account once all US/Canadian undergraduate transcripts have been summarized.
  • Use your LSAC.org account to apply online to as many US law schools as you choose. Schools will then request your CAS Law School Report from LSAC. You must pay for a law school report at the time you apply to each school.
  • Keep track of the status of everything related to your law school admission through your LSAC.org account.

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