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Future JD Students

International Transcripts

Please Note

LLM degree applicants should go to the LLM Credential Assembly Service page.

You MUST have international transcripts, academic records, mark sheets, and degree certifications sent directly from the issuing institution IF you are applying to a law school that requires Credential Assembly Service Authentication and Evaluation (CAS A&E) and

  • you received your bachelor’s degree from an institution outside of the United States, its territories/associated states, or Canada or
  • you were directly enrolled at one or more institutions outside of the United States, its territories/associated states, or Canada and the total amount of work you completed at all of these institutions combined is the equivalent of more than one year of undergraduate study in the United States, its territories/associated states, or Canada.

All documents must be sent directly to LSAC by the issuing institution in a securely closed envelope and with the institution’s official stamp or seal across the securely closed flap. Documents issued to the student or sent from the student are unacceptable, as are loose documents inserted directly into an express mailer. When using an express mail service, the securely closed envelope from the institution must be contained inside of the express mailer.

If an international institution issues only one “original” transcript to the student, then LSAC will accept a copy certified by the issuing institution as a true and correct copy of the original.

All international educational records must be submitted in the original language. If the transcript or other required documents are not in English, a translation must be included.

Do NOT have a transcript sent from an international institution IF your bachelor’s degree is from a US, US territory/associated state, or Canadian school, and

  • the total amount of work you completed at all international institutions combined is equal to or less than the equivalent of one year of undergraduate study in the United States, its territories/associated states, or Canada, or
  • your work was completed through an overseas study program that was clearly sponsored by a US, US territory/associated state, or Canadian school. In this case, the transcript must be sent by the sponsoring school.

People’s Republic of China: Unique CAS A&E Requirements

  • Must submit official degree certificates (zhuanke, bachelor’s, master’s, etc.) and graduation diplomas in Chinese for all programs undertaken along with a complete and literal English translation.
  • Must submit official college or university academic record (transcript) in Chinese showing all courses and grades for all years of study along with a complete and literal English translation.
  • The academic record must be issued by the institution’s central administrative office responsible for preparing and verifying official student records. Documents issued by an individual academic department or by a notary public are not considered official.

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