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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.



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