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LSAC Procedures and Timelines

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) administers the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), collects your academic records for evaluation, and maintains your letters of recommendation through its Credential Assembly Service (CAS).  This service will prepare a report for Harvard Law School as part of the application process.  As an applicant to Harvard Law School, there are three things you must do with LSAC:

Register for the LSAT

LSAC will administer the LSAT four times per application season, typically in June, October, December and February, at a variety of locations around the world.

All applicants for Harvard Law School must take the LSAT before the February 1 application deadline (no later than the December LSAT administration) in order for your application to be guaranteed consideration.

For more information regarding LSAT test dates, locations, and registration deadlines, please refer to LSAC.

Register for LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS)

As an HLS applicant you must register for LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) for the current year.  The Credential Assembly Service (CAS) will create your law school report and forward the following information to Harvard Law School:

  • an academic summary;
  • LSAT score(s) and writing sample(s);
  • copies of all undergraduate, graduate, and law/professional school transcripts; and
  • copies of letters of recommendation.

Even if you completed postsecondary work outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a US or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript. This service is included in the CAS subscription fee.  

Make Sure Your Law School Report is Complete

When we receive your application, we will request your law school report from LSAC.  LSAC will produce your Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report and send it to HLS when:

  • your registration for the Credential Assembly Ser vice (CAS) is current;
  • you have a  report able LSAT score on file;
  • all undergraduate transcripts from the schools listed on your registration have been received and summarized by LSAC; and
  • LSAC has received all appropriate fees.

Due to the volume of reports and other materials we receive, it can take as many as four to six weeks from the date your report is sent to HLS to the date it is matched to your file. Please note that we ask LSAC to "bundle" electronic application forms with CAS reports when they are printed and sent to us. This means that in cases where an application is submitted electronically at a time when the applicant's CAS report is incomplete, the application form will be held by LSAC awaiting completion of the law school report.

Comprehensive information about the LSAT and Credential Assembly Service (CAS) can be found on LSAC’s website.

Last modified: January 26, 2011

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