Letters of Rec or Evaluation Forms?

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LSAC just launched a new service – instead of a Letter of Rec you can have your recommenders fill out an evaluation form.

Before you get too excited, however, remember that only a handful of schools have agreed to accept these forms. Because schools will have to choose between accepting traditional LORs and evaluation forms, I predict a very slow transition to this new-fangled recommendation service.

Click here for more about the mechanics of letters of rec and how to fill out the forms.

8 Responses

  1. Guys, now that applications are out I see that some schools are asking for these evals in addition to LORs, but that it’s optional. I think the dean of admissions who led me to believe schools had to choose might have been wrong. The change happened so soon that it’s also possible that schools might not understand how to use evaluations. It’s definitely an experiment. Of course, I remember when the first electronic applications became available and people did them on CD and just 10 years later the world is a different place. This will be an interesting development to watch this year.

  2. This information was very helfpul was stuck on the LSAC website setting up the credentials and didn’t know what the defference was. Now that I have near completed my undergrad hoping to continue on with Law School so we’ll see….

    Thanks again!

  3. Hi Ms. Levine,
    None of the schools I plan on applying to require evaluations and three of them do not accept them. In light of this, do you think it would be okay to just submit recommendations from professors and not submit evaluations? Is there any advantage to submitting evaluations in addition to recommendations? Thanks and have a great day!

  4. Ms. Levine, I was wondering whether you would advise submitting the evaluations to schools that offer them? I am a non-traditional student with 5.5 years work experience, 3 LOR’s, and extremely strong evaluations. I don’t want to overwhelm admissions, but it seems that evaluations might complement [and strengthen] the LOR’s. Thank you for your time!

  5. Should the LORs and the Evals be written by different people, or should the same people who write the LORs also be asked to complete the Evals? I am a non-trad, with a graduate degree and over 10 years of work experience, but this process is a bit mind-boggling.

    Thank you!

    1. Karen, The same people can write both, but the LORs are more important so make sure your best people are writing letters and maybe evaluations can be used to get additional perspectives, perhaps about your 10 years of work experience.

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