Letters of Recommendation and Evaluation Service

Letters of recommendation are an important part of the application process. They allow admissions officers to gain a different perspective on the applicant’s academic strength and personal qualities. Your recommenders should know you well enough to present a truly informed assessment of your abilities and be enthusiastically supportive of your application. Professors are often the best choices for these letters because they are familiar with your academic performance, leadership, communication skills and character. Employers and other supervisors may be good recommenders too.

Most law schools typically require two recommendations and/or evaluations, however they will specify how many recommendations or evaluations they require. You can further research the requirements of individual schools on the LSAC website. 

Be sure to request letters from your desired recommenders early enough to allow them to write a good evaluation. The sooner you ask them, the better. Direct office visits, emails or a phone call are all appropriate ways to approach your professors. Applicants should communicate all deadlines to recommenders and provide them with any supporting materials they need to complete recommendations. Help your recommenders write effective letters by providing them with supporting information, such as your proposal or a cover letter explaining your reason for attending law graduate/professional school, outside work and activities (your resume), transcript, and possible career plans.

According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, you will have to make a choice as to whether or not to waive your right of access to recommendations written for you. While you are not required to, it is advised that you waive your right of access to your letters of recommendation and evaluation, as law schools are likely to give more credibility to confidential letters.

Evaluation Service

As of August 15, 2010, LSAC has instituted a new Evaluation Service​ for law school applicants. This is a new way for law schools to learn about the skills and attributes applicants possess.  Evaluators are invited by applicants via email to electronically provide ratings and comments on six non-cognitive skill and attribute categories; law schools specify how many evaluations and/or letters of recommendation will be required or accepted. Once you actually apply to a school that requires or accepts evaluations, an email will be automatically generated to your evaluator, which will include the electronic evaluation form.  Be sure to read the LSAC instructions carefully.