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Law School applicants must register for and take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), and register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The University of Michigan Law School does not accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT, except for applicants who are currently enrolled in another graduate program at the University of Michigan.
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
During the 2020-21 testing year, the LSAT is scheduled to be offered eight times. We recommend that applicants take the test by January of the calendar year in which admission is sought. For example, applicants to Michigan’s entering class of 2021 are best-served by taking the LSAT no later than January 2021. Applicants who submit scores from February 2021 or later may hinder their chances of admission because their applications will not be completed until late in our cycle. During the 2020–2021 admissions season, applicants must submit a score from the June 2015 test or later.
Beginning with the July 2019 administration, LSAT takers will be able to complete the required LSAT Writing, a proctored, on-demand writing exam, at a time and place of their choosing, after the completion of the rest of the LSAT exam. Applicants who already have a writing sample on file from a previous exam are not required to submit additional samples, although they may do so if they wish. Please note that we will not review your application until you have completed at least one LSAT writing sample, and that it can take 1 to 3 weeks for your writing sample to be processed and released by LSAC after you submit it. We will consider your application complete once we have one LSAT writing sample.
Registration with Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
CAS registration directs LSAC to compile a number of LSAC Law School Reports to be sent, upon request, to the law schools to which you apply. Law School Reports include an undergraduate academic summary, all LSAT scores and writing samples, and copies of all transcripts submitted to CAS. Applicants who are reapplying to the University of Michigan Law School must register with CAS even if they do not intend to retake the LSAT.
Applicants must submit transcripts to CAS from every undergraduate college or university they have attended. These transcripts must be requested by the applicant and sent directly from all US and Canadian undergraduate institutions to LSAC, Box 2000-M, 662 Penn Street, Newtown, PA 18940-0993. CAS will summarize the transcripts and send a summary report, as well as copies of all transcripts, to each law school to which application is made. For international undergraduate work, transcripts from international institutions should be mailed to LSAC, Box 8502, 662 Penn Street, Newtown, PA 18940- 8502. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), and will be incorporated into your Law School Report. Please be aware that there can be significant delays in processing international transcript requests.
If you completed international work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution, and the credits for that work are clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript, you do not need to provide copies of the international transcript.
Applicants who have undertaken graduate work must provide official graduate school transcripts. These transcripts must also be sent directly from the graduate institution to CAS.
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