Prelaw Advising

Law School Checksheet

Last updated: July 12, 2017

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Reporting of Study Abroad Grades

1. If you enrolled in a study abroad program sponsored by your home institution, and the courses along with the grades and credits using your home institution's grading system are recorded on your official academic transcript or a separate or parallel transcript maintained by your home institution, then you do NOT need to send an additional transcript to Law School Admission Council (LSAC).

2. If you enrolled in a study abroad program sponsored by another US (including US territories) or Canadian college or university then, in addition to your home institution's transcript, you must have the college or university sponsoring the study abroad program send a transcript directly to Law School Admission Council. When you register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), identify the US or Canadian institution sponsoring the study abroad program under “Other Institutions.”

3. If you are applying to a law school that requires the use of the authentication and evaluation feature of the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), and  you were directly enrolled in one or more international institutions, and the total amount of work you completed at all international institutions is the equivalent of more than one US or Canadian academic year, then in addition to your home institution's transcript, you must have a transcript forwarded to Law School Admission Council from the international institution(s). When you register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), identify the international institution(s) under “International Institutions.” Note: A transcript from a non-degree granting agency reflecting work completed through direct enrollment is not acceptable for LSAC purposes; you must have a transcript forwarded from the institution itself.

4. If you were directly enrolled in one or more international institutions, but the total amount of work is the equivalent of one year or less, do NOT list the international institution when you register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), and do not have a transcript forwarded to LSAC. International work that is the equivalent of one US or Canadian academic year or less is not required for Credential Assembly Service (CAS) purposes. You may, however, be required to list your attendance at such institutions on your application to law school.            

5. Please note that international transcripts meeting the “more than one year” criteria are required from all:

  • undergraduate and graduate schools;
  • law/medical/professional schools; and
  • schools attended even though a degree was never awarded.

All required international transcripts must be sent directly to LSAC by the issuing institution, and will be processed through the authentication and evaluation feature of the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) as described on LSAC’s website, www.LSAC.org.

Duke Alumni

Alumni law school applicants can access the PreLaw Handbook by emailing prelaw@duke.edu and the office will email you a copy

Law 101, a conversation with Dean Gerald Wilson, Duke's ultimate authority on law school admissions for alums.