The CAS and the LSAT
The Law School Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
Almost all ABA-approved law schools require their applicants to use the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). According to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), this services provides "a means of centralizing and standardizing undergraduate academic records to simplify the U.S. law school admission process." Law school applicants must register with the CAS (a separate fee). After registering with the CAS, you then must send them your transcripts and letters of recommendation. They, in turn, then prepare an application profile for each law school to which you apply, sending the following:
an undergraduate academic summary;
copies of all undergraduate, graduate, and law/professional school transcripts;
your LSAT scores;
copies of the writing sample you wrote during the LSAT; and
copies of all your letters of recommendation processed by the LSAC.
You may register with the CAS online by pressing here.
The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is a half-day standardized test comprised of five sections of all multiple choice questions. There is also a 35-minute writing sample all test-takers must complete that is not scored, but is distributed to the law schools to which you apply so they can assess how you write "off-the-cuff."
According to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) -- the people who administer the LSAT, the test is "designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in law school: the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to think critically, and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others."
Registering for the LSAT
Preparing for the LSAT
To be prepared for the LSAT, the Department of Criminal Justice recommends the following:
Taking the LSAT
The best time to take the LSAT is in June after your junior year in college. At that time, you will be out of school and should have had a month to prepare, undistracted by school work. In contrast, the work load at school is usually heavy around the October test date, and at its highest at the December test time. If something impairs your ability to take the June test at the end of your junior year, you should plan to take the LSAT during the first time it is offered during the fall of your senior year (usually late September to early October). Press here to see the LSAT administration dates for the year.
Re-Taking the LSAT
You should view the LSAT as a one-shot deal. Unlike the SAT, most law schools (but not all) do not accept the highest LSAT score you achieve. Rather, most law law schools average your scores. So, if you bomb the LSAT with a 140, and then increase you score to a respectable 155, as far as most law school are concerned, you scored a 148.
In light of how difficult it is to increase your LSAT score by more than few points, it is rarely worth while to take the LSAT a second time absent some extenuating circumstance (such as illness during the first exam). In fact, you run the risk of scoring the same (or even worse!), thereby decreasing your chances of admission since you will have reinforced your lack of honed logical and analytical skills.