Frequently Asked Questions: Electronic Applications
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Some schools require additional materials that can only be found in their catalogs or on their websites. Some schools may change their fees or requirements during the year. It is a good idea to check each law school's website or catalog to make sure your application materials are complete and on time.
Carefully check your completed applications before electronically sending them to LSAC or mailing them to the schools.
Electronic applications have been provided to LSAC by all of the ABA-approved law schools. The applications are up-to-date as of the time they were submitted to LSAC. All ABA-approved law schools will accept properly completed electronic applications; many law schools prefer that you submit your applications electronically via LSAC.
Opening Your Applications
On the My School List page, click School Search. You have three choices: Add Member Schools displays the list of all LSAC-member schools; Add Nonmember Schools lists law schools that are not LSAC members; and Search Official Guide directs you to a database where you can research information about ABA-approved law schools. You can add schools from all three places. Check the box next to each school of interest and click Save Selections to School List at the top of the page (or Add to School List from the database) to create an alphabetical list. You may reorder this list any way you choose by assigning each school a number; click the name of a school on your list to see a workspace. Select My Law School Order or My Notes to assign a number and to save any personal notes. On the Sort My School List drop-down menu, choose My School Order to see the list in your chosen order.
When you click on Start/Continue Application on My School List, you must select from the available applications, the school term, and application type. Next, select from among the two application methods.
- Apply and submit online: Choose this option to complete the entire application process online. The application will be submitted electronically to the school and you will be prompted to purchase a law school report at checkout.
- Apply via paper application: Choose this option if you are using a paper copy of the school's application. You will never be able to access the online application. You will fill it out entirely by hand and mail it to the school. You can assign your LORs and evaluations and purchase an LSAC Law School Report using this option. Some schools do not offer this option.
NOTE: Regardless of which application method you choose, LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) is still used to build your law school report, which consists of your transcript(s), letters of recommendation and evaluations, and LSAT score(s). If you are mailing the application to the school, you must purchase a report online. Follow the link from the school's Active Applications page. When an electronic application is added to your Shopping Cart, a report is automatically included at checkout.
Once you have selected an application method (see above), click Apply. In the application's workspace, click Application to open the application.
Completing Your Applications
Unfortunately, there is no way to check your spelling within the program. Due to the formatting of the application fields, built-in spell-checking programs (such as in Firefox) will not work. Please reread your answers carefully before transmitting your applications.
Some of the application fields are too small. What should I do if I cannot fit my answer into the space provided? (click to expand/collapse)
Try to make your information fit by limiting your response and using abbreviations when possible. Character counters are included for fields that may have lengthy responses.
What if there isn't enough space for my undergraduate school or major on the law school applications? (click to expand/collapse)
You must abbreviate the name of the school or your major to fit onto the line. The law school will receive your transcripts which they will be able to match to this section. On applications with drop-down menus, select your college and major. The program will automatically abbreviate them for placement in the application.
I received a message that says I selected a term that is inconsistent with the entry term I indicated. What does that mean? (click to expand/collapse)
Many schools have more than one entry for a term. It is important for the entry term you select on the application list to be the same as the entry term you indicate on that school's application. For instance, if you select Fall 2013 as the entry term from the application list and then indicate Spring 2013 as the entry term on your application, you will get a warning message stating that you selected a term that is inconsistent with your original choice. If you really wanted the Spring 2013 application, you must delete the Fall 2013 application and choose the Spring 2013 application from the School List section.
I accidentally selected and saved the wrong application for a law school. Now I cannot select the application I really want to complete. (click to expand/collapse)
You can only transmit one application for each term for each law school. First, you must delete the application you saved. Click Delete for the active application you want to remove. Your saved application will be deleted and you will be able to open the other application for that term in the School List section. Applications cannot be deleted if you have assigned letters of recommendation or evaluations. Under Letters of Recommendation and Evaluations in the Credentials section of Active Applications, click Assign, remove all letter and evaluation assignments from the drop-down options, then click OK to return to the application page and click Delete.
Yes. You can use the browser options to zoom in or out on the webpage. When previewing the application, there is a zoom feature built in that enables you to magnify or reduce your view of the application.
An electronic signature is a certification by you that may be used in lieu of a written signature. By taking some action, such as clicking a button or typing your name, you are electronically certifying a document you would physically sign if it were on paper. Some schools may not accept electronic signatures; these schools use certification letters that you must print, sign, and mail to the law school. If the school requires an electronic certification, there will be a document in the Forms section containing a checkbox to be clicked before the application can be transmitted. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your application transmission process.
Certification letters may be required by some schools and will be included in the Forms section of the application if it is required. You will need to follow the school's instructions to print and complete Forms offline.
Your assigned LORs will be sent as part of your law school report to the law schools to which you apply, so you need not delay the submission of your applications while waiting for your letters to be received. You must direct letters of recommendation to law schools based on each school's requirements or preferences. Once you are logged in to your LSAC.org account, click Letters of Recommendation and Evaluations under Credentials on the Apply menu to learn more about this service.
NOTE: Do not use Google Chrome to view and print your LOR forms. LSAC will not accept LORs printed using Google Chrome.
Your assigned evaluations will be sent as part of your law school report to the law schools to which you apply, so you need not delay the submission of your applications while waiting for your evaluations to be completed. You invite your chosen evaluators via e-mail to electronically provide ratings and comments about you on six noncognitive skill and attribute categories. If the school to which you are applying accepts or requests evaluations, LSAC will send a report that includes the individual ratings by evaluators of each attribute or skill, narrative comments for each category, and an open-ended overall assessment of the candidate, using a six-point scale. Once you are logged in to your LSAC.org account, click Letters of Recommendation and Evaluations under Credentials on the Apply menu to learn more about this service.
Creating Your Attachments
You can create personal statements, résumés, and any other required documents in other programs (such as Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Notepad, and so forth) and attach them to your applications. The file name must not contain spaces or special characters. To upload and attach your files, select the attachment type in the Attachments section of the application, click Browse, choose the file you would like to attach, enter a title in the Describe file field, then click Attach. You can attach files in the following formats: DOC, HTM, HTML, TXT, WP, WPD, RTF, WPS, WPT, DOCX.
NOTE: PDF documents are not accepted.
It is important that the description of your written statements convey information regarding the content so that if you wish to edit or delete a written statement in the future, it will be easily identifiable. Law schools do not see the name of your attached documents.
At any point while completing the application, you may click on the Preview Application (PDF) button on the Application Home screen to see what your application package will look like when the school views it or it is printed by LSAC. You will need Adobe Reader 5 (or later) installed on your computer to use the preview function. Please review the preview carefully as it displays an exact copy of what will be sent to the law school.
To edit a written statement you have already uploaded, you will need to remove the uploaded document and then replace it. Click the attachment that you wish to edit, and click Delete; then you can replace the file.
To delete an attached document you have already uploaded, click the attachment that you wish to delete, and click Delete.
Printing Your Applications
Click the Preview Application (PDF) button that appears on the Application Home page and then click Print when the application opens up in your PDF reader.
NOTE: The law school electronic applications were tested on numerous printer, browser, and operating-system configurations. It is not possible to anticipate results on every printer model. Make sure to proofread every application prior to sending it to a law school.
Saving Your Applications
Click Save at the bottom of each section of the application. Please make sure to use your mouse to click on the buttons.
I saved or completed an application and now there is a notice that the school has updated the application. What do I do? (click to expand/collapse)
If a school has updated its application before you transmit it, you will need to open the application and complete the new or updated items.
From My Home page, go to My Law Schools/Applications and select My Active Applications. Your active applications will be listed. A column at left indicates the current status of an application. All saved applications will show a status of In Progress.
Can I change information on an application that I have already saved but not yet sent to LSAC? (click to expand/collapse)
Yes. You can edit information from any application with a status of In Progress. From the Active Applications list, click the name of the school for the application you wish to change. Then click on Application for the application you wish to edit. Remember to save it again when you are finished making changes. If the application's status is Shopping Cart, you must first remove the application from the Shopping Cart to return it to Active Applications.
You can preview your application at any time by clicking Preview Application (PDF) on the Application Home page.
There is a progress bar on both the Active Applications page, under the selected school, and also on the Application Home page that will show you your progress with both a visual guide and a numerical percentage. Individual sections that are completed are checkmarked.
Yes. You can delete any application as long as its status is listed as In Progress on the Active Applications page. Click Delete under Prepare to Apply. The application will be cleared, and it will no longer appear on the list of Active Applications. If letters of recommendation/evaluations are assigned to the application, they must be unassigned before the Delete button is active. If the application's status is Shopping Cart, you must first remove the application from the Shopping Cart to change the status back to Saved. If the application is marked as Sent, Transmitted, or Completed you cannot delete it.
Go to your Shopping Cart, then click the Remove link next to the application. Your application is now returned to Active Applications.
Transmitting Your Applications
Can I electronically transmit my applications directly to the law schools? (click to expand/collapse)
No. When you check out of Shopping Cart, your application is sent to LSAC for processing; it is time-stamped and made available for the law school to download. Within 24 to 48 hours, a paper copy of your application is printed and mailed to the law school. Some schools may choose to receive an electronic copy only.
How can I be sure my applications are transmitted by LSAC to the law schools in time to meet their deadlines? (click to expand/collapse)
Law schools can specify to LSAC the date and time of day (Eastern Time) they wish to stop the transmission of electronic applications. Information about these deadlines is included in the application instructions or checklists, and to the right of the school name in Active Applications, as well as on the law school's website. You have met the application deadline if you have checked the application out of the Shopping Cart before the deadline date. Please check the law school's website to verify the deadline date.
NOTE: You must place your completed applications in the Shopping Cart and complete the checkout process before transmission to the law schools can occur. The Save button only saves your application data. It does not send your application electronically to LSAC for transmission to the law school.
Each application is stamped with the date and time (Eastern Time) you send it to LSAC. Once the application's status is listed as Transmitted, the law school can immediately access the application, although each school maintains its own schedule for reviewing incoming applications.
We highly recommend that you not wait until the last minute to send your applications to LSAC. Internet slowness, server problems at your ISP or elsewhere, or other issues beyond LSAC's control may occur, resulting in the deadline passing without your application being transmitted. Once the deadline has passed, the time stamp cannot be changed, so please pay careful attention to deadline dates. It is your responsibility to check and ensure that you have completed all the necessary steps to transmit your application.
First, check the application's status. If it is listed as anything other than Sent, Transmitted, Processing, or Completed, you have not completed the electronic transmission process. If the status is listed as Processing, you should monitor the progress of your application to see that it moves to Sent or Transmitted within 24 hours. If it does not, you should notify LSAC Technical Support. If the status is listed as Shopping Cart, you must complete the checkout process before your application will be sent to LSAC. Once sent, applications can take up to 48 hours to be processed and transmitted to the law schools, depending on server load and other variables. It is your responsibility to check and ensure that you have completed all the necessary steps to transmit your application.
I did not receive my confirmation e-mail for my transmitted law school application. (click to expand/collapse)
The "confirmation of transmission" e-mails are generated automatically. If you are not receiving them, you should check to make sure that your e-mail address is correct in your LSAC.org account or that they are not getting caught in your spam filter. You can verify that the application was transmitted by logging into your account and opening the specific law school application that you transmitted; it should say Transmitted next to the name of the law school.
After you send your applications to LSAC for processing, you can make sure they were sent to the law schools by logging in to your LSAC.org account and checking your LSAC application status online. It can take the schools several weeks to process applications, even those they receive electronically. The law school will request your law school report.
If your application status is Transmitted, it means that an electronic copy of the application has been sent to the school. However, some schools will not consider an application officially received until they also receive the paper copy LSAC sends. It can take up to two weeks from the date you send the application electronically to LSAC for the school to receive the paper copy. This will not have any effect on the application's deadline. Your application will not be considered late, as it is time-stamped when electronically transmitted so the school knows exactly when you sent it. Also, some schools do not want any part of your law school report, including the application, if your file is not complete.
Law schools can specify to LSAC the date and time of day (Eastern Time) they wish to stop the transmission of electronic applications. Information about these deadlines is included in the application instructions of the individual law schools, and to the right of the school name in Active Applications, as well as on the law school's website. The time of day for the deadline can be different from other law schools. Please check the law school's website for the day and time of their deadline.
Applications can take up to 48 hours to be processed for transmission by LSAC. For the most part, they will be processed sooner than that, but if LSAC's servers become overburdened due to excessive use, some applications may take the full 48 hours. It is highly recommended that you not wait until the last minute to transmit your applications. Internet slowness, server problems at your ISP or elsewhere, or other issues beyond LSAC's control may occur, resulting in the deadline passing without your application being transmitted. Once the deadline has passed, the time stamp cannot be changed, so please pay careful attention to deadline dates. Once LSAC transmits an application, it can be immediately accessed by the law school, although it is up to the school how often they review incoming applications.
You should send your applications as early as possible to avoid last-minute complications. The deadline for electronic application transmission is established by each school. The schools list their deadlines on their application instructions or checklists and to the right of the school name in Active Applications.
I have added a lot of applications to my Shopping Cart and now I am getting an error message when I try to check out. What should I do? (click to expand/collapse)
The Shopping Cart size is limited. If you place too many items in your cart, you may be unable to check out. Also, if the items exceed the limit, a warning will be displayed and the Checkout button at the bottom of the page will become hidden. To remove applications from the Shopping Cart, click Remove next to the application. Your application is now returned to Active Applications. No more than 19 items may be checked out in one transaction. An application and its law school report count as two items in the Shopping Cart.
I sent an application, then noticed an error or need to make a change. Can I edit and resend the application? (click to expand/collapse)
After an application has been sent to LSAC, it cannot be recalled, canceled, or resent. You will be required to review your entire application package before proceeding to Checkout. Once you complete the checkout process, you cannot make any changes to your application via LSAC; you will need to contact the school if you need to make any changes, corrections, or additions to your transmitted application. You cannot transmit another application for that term.
Can I transmit my law school application even though all of my letters of recommendation, evaluations, or transcripts have not been received by LSAC? (click to expand/collapse)
Yes, you can transmit the application before all parts of your LSAC Law School Report have been received at LSAC. The law school will request a report when it receives your application. The law schools can either choose to receive the parts of the law school report as they arrive at LSAC or they can request that LSAC hold onto the law school report and application until it is complete. This also means that those schools do not want the application until the report is complete.
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