If you’re considering an LLM and earned a JD from an American law school, then you probably remember the Law School Admissions Council, although this time around you’ll be using the LLM Credential Assembly Service instead of the JD website. If you earned your first law degree at a law school outside the United States, this should serve as a helpful introduction to an important part of the law school admissions process in the United States. If you don’t have any sort of law degree, you probably shouldn’t be applying to an LLM program since they almost exclusively require prospective students to have already earned professional law degrees such as a JD or an LLB.
The LSAC LLM Credential Service serves as a go-between for prospective students and law schools that helps law schools organize applications and also verify the authenticity of both transcripts and letters of recommendation. The LSAC LLM Credential Service also handles TOEFL and IETLS scores for international students.
The LSAC also supplies prospective LLM degree candidates with logistical information that individual law schools may not be able to provide. For instance, while some law schools take it upon themselves to determine which foreign law degrees to approve for prospective students, many schools simply defer to the LSAC list of acceptable professional law degrees, which can be found on the LSAC website, along with several other useful LLM FAQs.
In summary, the Law School Admissions Council helps law schools by organizing and verifying application documents that are not specific to each law school (transcripts, recommendations, and English proficiency scores), and provides prospective LLM students with logistical information about how to apply to LLM programs.