Steps to Apply: JD Programs

The JD Application Process: An Overview

Applying to law school requires planning. We are here to guide you as you prepare, apply, and — ultimately — choose where you want to go to law school.


Meet with the prelaw advisor at your undergraduate school

Speak with your prelaw advisor as early as possible. Your advisor can help you prepare for the application process by giving advice on undergraduate course selection, Law School Admission Test preparation, and school choice.

Create your LSAC account

Your account will help you track the status of every step you take as you apply to your selected schools. Each school has specific application requirements and timelines. My Calendar lets you track those all-important deadlines. Use your LSAC account number as your primary identifier for all LSAC services.

Create Your Account

Register and prepare for the LSAT

Most law schools require the LSAT, and many will require you to take the test by November/December for admission the following fall. However, taking the test earlier — in June or September/October — is advisable. Schedule your test date with sufficient time to get your score before your first law school application is due. Preparing for the test is a must to ensure that you’ll do as well as you possibly can.

Research law schools

Finding the law schools that are right for you is key. We have tools that will help you find schools that meet your interests and needs. Let us help you pursue a path to the law career you want!

Meet law school recruiters in person

At an LSAC Law School Forum, you can meet more than 100 law school recruiters face-to-face. Forums also feature exclusive workshops about the legal profession, the benefits of a law degree, LSAT prep, and more.

Register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS)

Register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), if required, approximately six to eight weeks before your first law school application deadline. CAS will help streamline the application process: you'll only need to submit your transcripts and letters of recommendation once to LSAC. We will compile all your material in a law school report for the law schools that you choose.

Request all required transcripts

Allow two weeks for us to process your US or Canadian transcripts once we receive them from you. (International transcripts may take longer.) When it's ready, you'll be able to view an Academic Summary Report in your account. Make sure it is complete and accurate.

Request letters of recommendation

School requirements for letters of recommendation will vary. You can download forms from your account to send to your recommenders. Allow two weeks for us to process your recommendation once we get it from the recommender.

Let law schools find you

The Candidate Referral Service (CRS) is your opportunity to be discovered by law schools you may not have considered. Some schools may be looking for a candidate just like you.

Apply online

You may apply to as many US law schools as you choose through your account.

Helpful Tips to Ease Your Application Process

  • Make sure that all information in your LSAC file is always correct and current. With the exception of address changes, biographical data changes cannot be made by telephone. To request that LSAC update the name, date of birth, or Social Security/Insurance number associated with your account, use the LSAC Biographical Information Changes form (PDF).
  • 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.