Evaluations vs. Letters of Recommendation

Some students may ask that you submit an evaluation in lieu of, or in addition to, a letter of recommendation. This document provides law schools with information about the candidate’s abilities above and beyond what is currently provided via test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation.

  • An evaluation rates both cognitive and non-cognitive attributes and skills that have been identified as important to success in law school.
  • The evaluation uses a rating scale that represents degrees of a particular characteristic.
  • Evaluators can also include free-form text comments after each category as well as in the final comments section of the evaluation. An evaluator who has also completed a letter of recommendation for a candidate often copies his or her letter to this section of the evaluation.

Questions on an Evaluation

Background Questions

Which of the following would best classify your relationship to this applicant?
How long have you known this applicant?
When was the last time you interacted with this applicant?

Evaluation Questions

All evaluation questions have the same answer choices.

Below Average (Bottom 50%)
Average (Top 50%)
Good (Top 25%)
Very Good (Top 10%)
Excellent (Top 5%)
Truly Exceptional (Top 1–2%)
Inadequate Opportunity to Judge

Content areas covered are:

Intellectual Skill
Personal Qualities
Integrity and Honesty
Task Management
Working with Others

Completing and submitting evaluation forms is done electronically. For more information, visit the LSAC website.



Information adapted from:
“A Dean’s Suggestions to Faculty for Reference Letters” 
LSAC Evaluation Service
LSAC Letters of Recommendation