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 (Note: Law school reports cost $45 each. You will need to purchase a law school report for each law school to which you are applying.)
- 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 (if required by the law school requesting your law school report)
- 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
CAS Authentication & Evaluation (CAS A&E)
If you received your education outside of the United States, its territories/associated states, or Canada, many law schools will require your international transcripts to be authenticated and evaluated. Most ABA-approved law schools accept — and many require — the authentication and evaluation (A&E) feature included in LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS); however, some schools require a different service.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to sign up for the Credential Assembly Service?
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.
Do I need to register for the LSAT and CAS at the same time?
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.
How can I obtain a refund of the CAS registration fee?
If a summary of your bachelor’s-level record has not yet begun, no letters of recommendation have been received, and no electronic applications have been sent to LSAC for processing, LSAC will issue a partial refund of your Credential Assembly Service (CAS) fee. We must receive your request in writing before your CAS registration expires. Simply send the completed refund request form (PDF) available on this website or send a signed, dated letter requesting a refund. For more information, visit JD Refunds.
How does CAS work with electronic applications?
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.
Can I use this service if I’m a transfer student?
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.