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Future JD Students

The Application Process: An Overview

If you're thinking about law school, it's really important to plan ahead. Our checklist can help you get started. One of the first things you'll want to do is set up your LSAC.org account—it's your gateway to the entire law school admission process. Your LSAC account number will be your primary identifier for all LSAC services.

Law schools have a variety of application requirements and deadlines that you must meet to be considered for admission. In your LSAC account, you can use our detailed calendar with reminders for important deadlines. Registering for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is the beginning of the process for most applicants. 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.

If you have an LSAC account, you will automatically receive your LSAT score by email approximately three weeks after taking the test. Make sure you schedule your LSAT date so that you will have plenty of time to obtain your score before any of your law school applications are due.

Our Credential Assembly Service (CAS) streamlines the admission process because you need only have your transcripts, recommendations, and evaluations sent one time to LSAC, and we summarize them and combine them with your LSAT scores and writing samples into a report that we send to your prospective law schools. The Credential Assembly Service includes access through your LSAC account to electronic applications for all ABA-approved law schools.

Canadian law schools do not participate in the Credential Assembly Service, but do require an LSAT score. Melbourne Law School participates in the Credential Assembly Service (but does not require that candidates use it); the school does require an LSAT score.

A few notes that will help ease your application process:

  • Make sure that all information in your LSAC file is always correct and current. If you find an error, it must be corrected promptly in writing.
  • 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.

Once you set up your LSAC account, you will be able to easily go through all of the steps necessary to register for the LSAT, prepare all of your credentials, complete your applications, and check the status of your application process. We wish you great success in your pursuit of a legal education.

NOTE: Your LSAC file can be changed only if you follow these directions and specifically request that your file be changed. (For example, an LSAC file cannot be changed based on correspondence submitted for other purposes.)

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