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Letters of Recommendation and Evaluations

What is the difference between a letter of recommendation and an evaluation?

A letter of recommendation is a signed letter mailed to LSAC by your recommender. An evaluation is a questionnaire completed online by the evaluator to rate applicants on noncognitive attributes and skills related to success in law school and the legal profession. (information found at lsac.org)

Who Should I Choose to write Letters of Recommendation/Evaluations and Why?

It is very important to choose recommendation/evaluation writers carefully. Along with your personal statement, your letters of recommendation/evaluations are the items in your application that say the most about who you are and what you will contribute to your law school.

Faculty

Supervisors

Who should not write your letters/evaluations?

How to request letters of recommendation/evaluations

Think about the relevance of your experience with the writer, not his/her status.

Select the appropriate number of people to ask.

Notify your letter writers 3-5 weeks in advance of the time the letters should be sent.

Make an appointment to talk with the prospective writer. Bring the following to the meeting:

  1. A copy of your law school resume
  2. Good examples of past papers / writing samples for the writer
  3. A copy of your personal statement
  4. Depending on how you want the LOR submitted you could bring either of the following with you to the meeting:
    1. Stamped envelopes to:
      • Law School Admission Council
        662 Penn Street
        Box 8508
        Newtown, PA 18940-8508
      • A Letter of Recommendation Form from your LSAC account
    2. A copy of the email address from which the electronic request to submit the LOR will be sent (lsacinfo@lsac.org) to ensure that the request is not sent to junk mail.
  5. A time-line for when the letter should be mailed
  6. If your recommender hasn't written a LOR before, this document might help guide them

"Follow up with a thank you note 1-2 weeks later"

For more information on Letters of Recommendation and Evaluations, please visit www.lsac.org

A Guide for Writing Law School Recommendations