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Understanding the Application Process

Preparing for Law School

Applying to Law School

Application Timeline for Pre-Law Students

About the Law School Admission Test

About Letters of Recommendation

About the Personal Statement

Advice from Alumni to Prelaw Students


Credential Assembly Service (CAS)

Register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) to compile your transcript(s), letters of recommendation, and official LSAT score.  The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) will prepare a CAS packet of these details.  You will need to order a CAS report for each law school to which you apply and the law schools will request this report automatically once they've received your application.

ABA-Approved law schools require applicants to utilize the Credential Assembly Service to apply to J.D. programs.

How the CAS Works

Credential Assembly Service (CAS) FAQs

LSAC Overview of the Application Process


Obtaining Dean's Certification

About Dean's Certification

Dean's Certification Request Form (PDF)

Dean's Certification Consent and Waiver Form (PDF)


Selecting your Schools

Research and visit prospective schools, if possible. Seek schools that will provide a good fit, based on your student profile (especially your cumulative GPA and LSAT score) combined with your personal preferences and career goals. To research individual schools, start by researching ABA approved and non-ABA law schools in the United States and Canada. It is generally recommended that you apply to ABA approved law schools (of which there are more than 200 in the United States).


Paying for Law School

Financing Law School


Considering a Gap Year

We are here to help you determine the optimal application cycle for you. According to LSAC, only about one-third of law students enter directly from college. Other applicants choose to wait at least one year ("gap year") or longer after completing their undergraduate degree. These applicants may choose to enter the workforce in order to demonstrate their ability to succeed and to strengthen their qualifications for law school.