What Is the Credential Assembly Service (CAS)?
The Credential Assembly Service simplifies your law school application process. With CAS, your transcripts, letters of recommendation, and any other documents required for each of your law school applications only need to be sent one time, to LSAC. All ABA-approved law school applications are available electronically through your CAS account as well, saving you time and effort. LSAC combines your documents with your LSAT score and forwards a full report to all the schools you apply to.
Most American Bar Association-approved law schools and many others require that JD applicants use CAS.
What Does CAS Cost?
The CAS fee is currently $195. Your account remains active for five years and includes the following:
- transcript summarization (as well as authentication and evaluation of academic records for internationally educated JD applicants, if applicable)
- creation of your law school report
- letter of recommendation processing
- electronic application processing for all ABA-approved law schools and some non-ABA-approved schools
Fee waivers may be available for extreme cases of need. We established the fee waiver program to ensure that no person is denied access to law school due to his or her inability to pay for the LSAT and other essential application services.
How Do I Get Started?
You can complete the steps to assemble your CAS file in any order, but you must complete all steps before we can send your law school report.
- Create your secure LSAC.org account
- Make sure there is a reportable LSAT score in your file
- Provide information about the schools you attended
- Send all required undergraduate, graduate, professional, and law school transcripts
- Send all required letters of recommendation
- Pay the CAS fee
Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Refunds
CAS fees are only partially refundable because we incur processing costs in the registration process, whether you actually use the service or not.
Because we receive so many registrations, we cannot prevent the processing of a registration once it is submitted.
LSAC will issue a partial refund of your CAS fee if
- a summary of your undergraduate record has not yet begun,
- no letters of recommendation have been received,
- no electronic applications have been sent to LSAC for processing, and
- your CAS account has not expired.
How to Request a CAS Refund (US Only)
Mail, fax, or email a signed and completed Refund Request Form (PDF) to
Law School Admission Council
PO BOX 2000-T
Newtown PA 18940-0995
Your refund will take approximately five to ten business days for processing, and your service will be canceled.
Credit Card Charge-Backs, Stop Payments, and Returned Checks
- If you do a credit card charge-back, a reporting hold will be placed on your file, and no further reporting will be possible until you pay the outstanding balance.
- If you stop payment on any check, or if any check is returned, a reporting hold will be placed on your file, and no further reporting will be possible until you pay the outstanding balance.
Stopping payment will not withdraw your test registration.
A reporting hold on your file will not prevent you from taking the LSAT. However, the hold will prevent the release of your LSAT scores and all LSAT and Credential Assembly Service reporting to you and to law schools.
If the balance due is not settled, the reporting hold will carry over to subsequent LSAC files.
Most ABA-approved law schools and many other law schools require CAS for JD applicants. If you are a JD applicant educated outside the United States or Canada and are not applying to any school that requires CAS, you are not required to register. However, you may choose to register for CAS to use the electronic application or letter of recommendation service.
You do not need to sign up for CAS when you register for the LSAT, but you should sign up at least four to six weeks before your first law school application deadline. It takes approximately two weeks to process a transcript once we receive it.
Your CAS fee covers electronic application processing for all LSAC-member law schools. Completing applications electronically will save you time; generic application sections are pre-filled with information from your account. You can add schools to your CAS school list, making it easy to work on your selected applications.
Your GRE score will not appear on your CAS report, but you can arrange for ETS to send it to any school that accepts GRE scores.
Check with the law schools for their LSAC report requirements. Some schools will accept the record from your current law school in lieu of a CAS report.
If the school does require a CAS report, you must have a current CAS file and you must arrange for both your current law school transcript and your undergraduate transcript to be sent to LSAC. Your undergraduate transcript must indicate the date your bachelor's degree was awarded.