Transcripts and grades

You must request a transcript from each college or university at which you completed courses for credit.

Every law school requires that you forward your complete official undergraduate transcript to LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service.  CAS will both forward your transcript(s) to the law schools you apply to, as well as recalculate your GPA based on certain uniform rules. This includes the transcript from every college or university at which you completed any course for credit, even if those courses appear as transfer credit on your UMass transcript. The only common exception are classes you took through a UMass Study Abroad or Domestic Exchange program. LSAC’s complete rules about which transcripts to request can be found here.

Your GPA as computed by CAS may not be exactly the same as your UMass GPA. This is because LSAC handles certain grades differently. The most common difference for UMass students is when you retake a class—UMass does not include the first time you took the class in calculating your GPA (assuming your grade goes up the second time). LSAC does include that first grade, so your GPA as reported by LSAC may be lower. Rest assured that this minor difference will not have a dramatic impact on your law school admission chances.

Requesting Your UMass Amherst Transcript
If you are a current UMass Amherst undergraduate student or recent graduate who still has access to SPIRE, you should order your transcript through SPIRE. Instructions for doing so can be found on the UMass Amherst Registrar’s website. Your request will go through Parchment, the electronic transcript transfer service the UMass Registrar’s Office has contracted with.

If you do not have access to SPIRE, you can still order your transcript through Parchment, via the link provided on the Registrar’s website.

As of June 2019, LSAC accepts electronic transcripts sent through Parchment. The Registrar will charge you a small fee for the transcript request processing.

If you are still in school at the time you apply to law school, you will need to repeat this process at the end of the Fall semester, after grades are posted. Note that you will need to pay an additional small fee at that time.

Grades

Earning good grades in challenging courses demonstrates academic excellence. Compiling an impressive record is a critical first step in the process of getting admitted to the law school of your choice. Avoid using the pass/fail option as it doesn’t give enough information to evaluate your performance in that...read more »