Glowing Evaluation from a Menial Job?

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Should I get the Evaluation?

Yeah. Can't hurt, Brah.
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No. Could hurt, Breh.
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North
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Glowing Evaluation from a Menial Job?

Postby North » Fri May 25, 2012 1:34 pm

A couple summers ago, I worked at a small business that manufactures specialty cake-baking products (it was a "find a job - any job - because you're really broke" kind of summer). I did the most mindless, menial manufacturing work imaginable. Here's the thing: the two owners of the company absolutely love me. We keep in contact: they call me up to do odd jobs, send me cards , call to chat, and constantly refer to me as their favorite employee of all time. Seriously, I don't think my mom likes me as much as they do.

Here's what I'm wondering about. Would it be unwise to get them to fill out an Evaluation Form for LSAC? I'm confident they'd check the most flattering responses on the multiple choice part. What I'm worried about, though, are the free-form response sections (that worry is why I'm asking about an Eval and not a LOR). What could they write? "Derp was singularly the most impressive general laborer ever in our employ -- he showed up on time every day and did not ruin too many batches of our product." Is it worth the risk that AdComm's will see right through the Eval to the kind of meaningless, menial work I was doing for what is very likely to be a loving Eval?

Note: This Eval would be in addition to the two or three academic LORs I plan to get. I also plan (studying like OMG for October) to be a Splitter.

TL; DR: Is it not a good idea to get a very flattering Eval from a job that required none of the skills employed in law school?

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Re: Glowing Evaluation from a Menial Job?

Postby shifty_eyed » Fri May 25, 2012 1:41 pm

I don't even understand what evaluations are for, but I don't think a good one will do anything but help.

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North
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Re: Glowing Evaluation from a Menial Job?

Postby North » Fri May 25, 2012 2:00 pm

shifty_eyed wrote:I don't even understand what evaluations are for, but I don't think a good one will do anything but help.
Here is LSAC's explanation of the Eval. Though I too am leaning towards getting it, that's just the problem: I can't tell if the evaluation can be good considering the nature of the work my evaluators would be evaluating.

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Re: Glowing Evaluation from a Menial Job?

Postby howlery » Fri May 25, 2012 3:25 pm

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North
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Re: Glowing Evaluation from a Menial Job?

Postby North » Tue May 29, 2012 10:18 am

Thank you for the comments and votes. I noticed in the poll that a reasonable number of people think I shouldn't do it. Anybody care to explain why they think I shouldn't go for it?

It seems like there are a ton of threads about LOR's. It must be that time of year.

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Re: Glowing Evaluation from a Menial Job?

Postby Samara » Tue May 29, 2012 10:25 am

Evals are possibly the most worthless thing you could do for your app. Some schools completely ignore them. No schools take them seriously. Thus, I recommend that no one ever submit an eval because the risk is non-zero and the reward is functionally zero.

If you have two or three LORs already, don't bother with any sort recommendation from a menial summer job. The best case scenario is that they won't care.




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