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Law School Admissions Tip: How the Credential Assembly Service Works

Posted in Test Prep on August 3, 2011 by

This post comes to us from our friends at Clear Admit. For more expert law school admissions advice, check out their blog.

Most law schools require applicants to be registered for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), which is a function of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), the organization that oversees the law school admissions process, including administrating the LSAT.

CAS is an organizational tool that serves to streamline the application process for both applicants and law schools.  After creating an online account, applicants can upload their necessary application documents, such as transcripts, copies of recommendation letters, and writing samples.  CAS compiles these documents alongside applicants’ LSAT score reports as well as a brief overview of their undergraduate institutions.  Once the CAS report has been completed, it is sent to the law schools to which the applicants are applying.

When using CAS, all materials are sent directly from CAS to the law schools, and thus applicants should ensure that they upload the proper documents – for example, it would be extremely detrimental to upload a Stanford essay for one’s Michigan application.

CAS can also be used to authenticate and evaluate transcripts for work done outside of the U.S. or Canada for at least one academic year.  This service is offered for students who have studied abroad, as well as foreign-educated students who are applying to law schools in the U.S.

Using the CAS service costs $124.  However, LSAC offers need-based fee waivers that allow examinees to use the LSAC Credential Assembly Services for free as well as take two LSATS within two calendar years.  These fee waivers are only available to U.S. or Canadian citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents.  Interested test-takers must submit an application at least six weeks before the registration deadline for their intended LSAT test.  This application can be obtained on LSAC’s website and submitted online or through mail.  The application must include proper documentation that demonstrates that the examinee is fully unable to pay the LSAT fee.

For more information, be sure to check out the Clear Admit Guide to LSAT Preparation Companies.  In addition to offering information about CAS and LSAC, and their roles in the law school application process, this guide offers profiles of 10 leading LSAT companies.  The guide also provides coupons for the services of the companies provided.  Download your free copy today!