The Credentials Assembly Service (CAS) assembles data derived from candidates' transcripts and LSAT scores. The CAS places grades from institutions with varying grade point systems on the same scale to allow the law schools to evaluate all students on a more or less equivalent basis. The CAS combines information from all transcripts you send, so credits that may not be computed in your current undergraduate GPA will be calculated in the CAS report of your GPA. LSAT scores earned in the last five years will be reported, as well as the averages of those reported. At the request of a law school the CAS analysis may also include an index score derived from the GPA, the LSAT score(s), and the undergraduate school(s) attended.
Almost all ABA accredited law schools require you to register with CAS, and to send official transcripts from any colleges or universities you have attended, including graduate schools. You are solely responsible for sending transcripts to CAS.
You get one law school report with your CAS subscription. If you plan to apply to more than one law school, you need to estimate the number, and pay for that number of reports when you register with CAS. You do not need to tell CAS where you expect to apply. The law schools to which you apply will obtain a copy of your report directly from the CAS. This process eliminates the problem of law schools receiving your report and establishing a file even if you decide later not to apply there. To apply to more schools than you originally estimated, you must submit an order for additional reports. Fee waivers do not apply to the additional reports.
An CAS subscription lasts for one year. Therefore, you should subscribe only with the year you plan to apply to law school. Allow CAS enough time to process your transcripts before your applications arrive at the law schools. For most, this means subscribing and sending in your transcripts approximately one year prior to the time you hope to start law school. If you are a senior and are counting on your senior year grades to improve your GPA and increase your competitiveness, you may choose to send a transcript to CAS after your Fall grades are recorded. You should also send an official transcript with those grades directly to the law schools so they will be aware of your progress without waiting for an update to be processed by CAS. A few schools will not accept CAS updates. With these schools, you must weigh the advantages of applying early against your potentially improved GPA.