LSAC Evaluations

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clarawater
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LSAC Evaluations

Postby clarawater » Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:56 pm

I'm currently working on getting forms out to people writing my letters of recommendation. I see that there is an evaluation aspect as well.
Just a few questions about this I was hoping someone with experience could answer.

1. Do all law schools require evaluations as well as letters of recommendation? If they do not, do they still look at evaluations?
(i.e. is it better to send evaluations to schools that don't require them, or to not send them?)

2. On LSAC, once evaluations and letters are submitted, are you able to choose which letters/evaluations go to which law schools? Or are they all sent to all of them on your list?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: LSAC Evaluations

Postby Samara » Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:03 am

clarawater wrote:I'm currently working on getting forms out to people writing my letters of recommendation. I see that there is an evaluation aspect as well.
Just a few questions about this I was hoping someone with experience could answer.

1. Do all law schools require evaluations as well as letters of recommendation? If they do not, do they still look at evaluations?
(i.e. is it better to send evaluations to schools that don't require them, or to not send them?)

2. On LSAC, once evaluations and letters are submitted, are you able to choose which letters/evaluations go to which law schools? Or are they all sent to all of them on your list?

Thanks in advance!

1. Ignore evaluations. No school asks for them and some even discourage them. If you submit them, they will look at them, but they will likely hold no weight. (Note: Northwestern is the only exception, but they have their own form, the Career Progress Evaluation and even that is optional.)

2. Yes, you can choose.

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Re: LSAC Evaluations

Postby TrojanHopeful » Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:32 am

Samara wrote:
clarawater wrote:I'm currently working on getting forms out to people writing my letters of recommendation. I see that there is an evaluation aspect as well.
Just a few questions about this I was hoping someone with experience could answer.

1. Do all law schools require evaluations as well as letters of recommendation? If they do not, do they still look at evaluations?
(i.e. is it better to send evaluations to schools that don't require them, or to not send them?)

2. On LSAC, once evaluations and letters are submitted, are you able to choose which letters/evaluations go to which law schools? Or are they all sent to all of them on your list?

Thanks in advance!

1. Ignore evaluations. No school asks for them and some even discourage them. If you submit them, they will look at them, but they will likely hold no weight. (Note: Northwestern is the only exception, but they have their own form, the Career Progress Evaluation and even that is optional.)

2. Yes, you can choose.


Some schools discourage them? Which schools? I was not aware of this. I am aware that most, if not all, do not require them.

I figure to send the standard two or three LORs from professors and use an evaluation form to let my employer chime in.

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Re: LSAC Evaluations

Postby rinkrat19 » Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:04 pm

TrojanHopeful wrote:
Samara wrote:
clarawater wrote:I'm currently working on getting forms out to people writing my letters of recommendation. I see that there is an evaluation aspect as well.
Just a few questions about this I was hoping someone with experience could answer.

1. Do all law schools require evaluations as well as letters of recommendation? If they do not, do they still look at evaluations?
(i.e. is it better to send evaluations to schools that don't require them, or to not send them?)

2. On LSAC, once evaluations and letters are submitted, are you able to choose which letters/evaluations go to which law schools? Or are they all sent to all of them on your list?

Thanks in advance!

1. Ignore evaluations. No school asks for them and some even discourage them. If you submit them, they will look at them, but they will likely hold no weight. (Note: Northwestern is the only exception, but they have their own form, the Career Progress Evaluation and even that is optional.)

2. Yes, you can choose.


Some schools discourage them? Which schools? I was not aware of this. I am aware that most, if not all, do not require them.

I figure to send the standard two or three LORs from professors and use an evaluation form to let my employer chime in.

Schools specificy the min and max number of LORs and evals they'll accept, and the number they recommend. Sometimes the number of evals recommended is zero.

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Re: LSAC Evaluations

Postby Samara » Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:04 pm

TrojanHopeful wrote:
Samara wrote:
clarawater wrote:I'm currently working on getting forms out to people writing my letters of recommendation. I see that there is an evaluation aspect as well.
Just a few questions about this I was hoping someone with experience could answer.

1. Do all law schools require evaluations as well as letters of recommendation? If they do not, do they still look at evaluations?
(i.e. is it better to send evaluations to schools that don't require them, or to not send them?)

2. On LSAC, once evaluations and letters are submitted, are you able to choose which letters/evaluations go to which law schools? Or are they all sent to all of them on your list?

Thanks in advance!

1. Ignore evaluations. No school asks for them and some even discourage them. If you submit them, they will look at them, but they will likely hold no weight. (Note: Northwestern is the only exception, but they have their own form, the Career Progress Evaluation and even that is optional.)

2. Yes, you can choose.


Some schools discourage them? Which schools? I was not aware of this. I am aware that most, if not all, do not require them.

I figure to send the standard two or three LORs from professors and use an evaluation form to let my employer chime in.

I don't remember which one it was, it may have been Penn or Cornell, but it said something in the app along the lines of "these evaluation things are new and we think they're dumb. Please submit letters of recommendation when possible." That was the final nail in the evaluation coffin for me.

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Re: LSAC Evaluations

Postby SA1928 » Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:13 pm

I read an interview with a UVA rep and they stated that they do not accept them (although it could be different in this year's cycle).

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TrojanHopeful
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Re: LSAC Evaluations

Postby TrojanHopeful » Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:18 pm

Good to know. Thanks.

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Re: LSAC Evaluations

Postby clarawater » Thu Aug 18, 2011 2:24 pm

This may seem like a dumb question, but where do the schools specify? I know that most information is found on the admissions part of their website, but is it listed on LSAC? Like if I am about to submit LOR and evals online, will it say "School X does not accept evaluations" so as to prevent me from submitting them??

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Re: LSAC Evaluations

Postby rinkrat19 » Thu Aug 18, 2011 2:28 pm

clarawater wrote:This may seem like a dumb question, but where do the schools specify? I know that most information is found on the admissions part of their website, but is it listed on LSAC? Like if I am about to submit LOR and evals online, will it say "School X does not accept evaluations" so as to prevent me from submitting them??
In the section on LSAC where you select which LORs/evals to submit to each school, it shows you the min/max/recommended right there (and will show you a red error symbol if you haven't met the minimum yet). It's very handy.

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Re: LSAC Evaluations

Postby clarawater » Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:59 pm

Great, thanks!!




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