We all know that you need letters of recommendations (LORs) to apply to law school, but do you really need online evaluations too?
LSAC started online evaluations in 2010 to complement LORs and to try to provide law school admissions committees with more relevant information about each candidate.
Since 2010, I’ve talked to a number of admissions officers about evaluations and the majority have said they would rather have well-written LORs than evaluations.
The reason many admissions officers said this is because many recommenders did not write anything on the evaluation; they just ranked the applicant in response to the questions (i.e., Below Average, Average, Good, Very Good, Excellent, etc.). Thus, many admissions officers find evaluations to be less helpful than a LOR.
If your law school requires an evaluation, ask two of your recommenders to write a LOR and the third to fill out the online evaluation.
If the school wants two evaluations, then you will need to ask a fourth recommender to complete that second evaluation.
No matter how many evaluations you ask for, make sure to ask your recommenders to write about your strengths and attributes in the evaluation.
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