Registering with LSAC is the first step of the application process. Everything you do (registering for the LSAT, sending Letters of Recommendation, etc.) will go through them. With all the different acronyms they throw around, it might get a little confusing, but just know they are the different services that make up LSAC. These services are explained in greater detail below.
- Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
The Credential Assembly Service, sometimes referred to as the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS), is the (mandatory) portion of LSAC that simplifies the application process by having you send out all of your information only once (to them). As they put it, your transcripts, recommendations and evaluations, LSAT scores, and writing samples are summarized and combined into a report that is sent upon request to the law schools to which the applicant applies. Basically, you’ll just have all of your essentials in one place, and then you can simply attach them to each of the electronic applications you submit.
Important Note: Although prices are subject to change, in 2010 it cost $124 to register, and an additional $12 for each application you submit!
- Candidate Referral Service (CRS)
This optional (free) service helps with the recruiting process by having applicants provide information about themselves. As per LSAC, “law schools may seek out potential applicants on the basis of specific characteristics such as undergraduate major, ethnicity, law school preferences, and other variables.” In short, you’ll get some junk mail, but you might also get fee waivers and/or transcript requests from schools that are interested in you.