LSAC, LSAT, and CAS

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The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is a nonprofit organization that provides products and services to standardize and simplify the application process for prospective law school students. Applicants must register with the LSAC in order to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), subscribe to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), and submit Southwestern's online application. Southwestern's school code for LSAC services is 4703.

Law School Admissions Test

The LSAT is a half-day, standardized test that serves as an integral part of the law school admission process. An applicant's LSAT score helps law schools make sound admission decisions by providing a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that are essential for success in law school.

The LSAT is administered in a variety of locations around the United States and abroad, and applicants may register for the exam online. Applicants should register for their desired LSAT well in advance of the exam to ensure they obtain their desired test date and location, and to avoid paying a late registration fee.

An applicant's LSAT scores will be provided to Southwestern via the CAS report (see below). The LSAC will provide scores, or cancellation and absence notations, for all LSAT administrations an applicant has registered for in the last five years. Southwestern considers the highest score an applicant receives but is also privy to other scores and notations as provided in the CAS report.

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Credential Assembly Service

The CAS is a reporting service administered by the LSAC. Applicants must subscribe to the CAS and request to have a CAS report sent to Southwestern. Through the CAS report, LSAC will provide Southwestern with the applicant's LSAT score(s), LSAT writing samples,* a summary of all undergraduate academic work and corresponding transcripts (and any graduate work the applicant opts to provide), and letters of recommendation.

*Note regarding LSAT Writing Sample: Southwestern reviews applications only after the applicant’s file is deemed complete, meaning all required components have been submitted. If an applicant does not have at least one LSAT writing sample on file with LSAC, Southwestern will consider their application to be incomplete and will provide them notice of missing items. Applicants will have an opportunity to respond and submit materials. However, assuming all other application requirements are met (i.e. the only item missing from an applicant’s file is their writing sample), and the applicant has not completed the writing sample in the time indicated by our communications, Southwestern will consider the application complete and place it into review without the writing sample so that we may provide the applicant a more timely admission decision. Please be aware that while LSAC is providing test-takers an extended period of time to complete writing samples following an exam administration, applicants to Southwestern must adhere to deadlines provided by our Admissions Office.