Letters of recommendation vs. Evaluations

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Offline Anne

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Letters of recommendation vs. Evaluations
« on: September 04, 2012, 11:04:33 AM »
I answer questions on the PowerScore LSAT and Law School Admissions Forum, and an interesting question popped up over the weekend:

"On individual school's websites some schools will say that they require recommendations but that evals are optional, while others specifically say that evals are highly encouraged. How optional is "optional" and to what extent is it important to include an eval if it is designated as "encouraged"?"

I thought it would  be worthwhile to share my answer here, since I'm sure many other law school applicants are having the same or a similar question:


"Optional," unless it is in the case of supplemental essays, can be considered to be just that, optional. (When it comes to optional supplemental essays, however, I typically tell students to consider them mandatory unless the topic doesn't apply to them in any way.) If you are already submitting LORs, you do not also need to also submit evaluations, particularly if they are from the same people. If a school says that they are "highly encouraged," however, I would definitely submit evals. Schools choose their words carefully--if they didn't care about evals, they wouldn't highly encourage them.

Evaluations are only as effective and useful as the way in which they are completed. If you have someone complete an eval (you can see the content of one here: http://www.lsac.org/jd/apply/evaluations.asp) make sure they, in addition to checking off the required boxes, also enter lengthy, supporting, anecdotal evidence in the comments field immediately following each category. Otherwise, the evaluation is fairly useless, consisting merely of check boxes with percentile assignments. Just like with LORs, if the person completing the evaluation isn’t thorough or doesn’t really provide any information other than the numerical ratings for each category, then it would likely be detrimental or simply useless.

At the end of the day, both evals and LORs cover (or should cover) the same things. And they should be treated the same way--establishing how the candidate ranks in comparison to others, and then providing lengthy, detailed, personal, anecdotal evidence to back up their statements.

As always--any questions, feel free to post them; I'll do my best to answer them.
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Re: Letters of recommendation vs. Evaluations
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2013, 04:18:37 AM »
Well it is important information that is indeed very helpful for the new comers. By this way now the confusion to a new comer about the evaluation and confirmation will be no more now.

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Offline Ashley O

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Re: Letters of recommendation vs. Evaluations
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2013, 01:52:03 PM »
Well it is important information that is indeed very helpful for the new comers. By this way now the confusion to a new comer about the evaluation and confirmation will be no more now.

Good to hear that! If you do have questions, let us know.

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Re: Letters of recommendation vs. Evaluations
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2018, 06:07:34 AM »
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