Applying to Law School
What Is an Evaluation?
An evaluation gives law school admission professionals information about your abilities above and beyond what is currently provided via test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. An evaluation rates both cognitive and noncognitive attributes and skills that have been identified as important to success in law school. The evaluation uses a rating scale that represents degrees of a particular characteristic. Evaluators can also include free-form text comments after each category as well as in the final comments section of the evaluation.
Questions on an Evaluation
Question: Which of the following would best classify your relationship to this applicant?
Answer options: Teacher/Instructor, Employer, Coworker, Friend, Family, Other
Question: How long have you known this applicant?
Answer options: Fewer than 6 months, 6–11 months, 1–2 years, 3–4 years, More than 4 years
Question: When was the last time you interacted with this applicant?
Answer options: The interaction is ongoing, fewer than 6 months ago, 6–11 months ago, 1–2 years ago, more than 2 years ago
All evaluation questions have the same answer choices.
Below Average (Bottom 50%)
Average (Top 50%)
Good (Top 25%)
Very Good (Top 10%)
Excellent (Top 5%)
Truly Exceptional (Top 1–2%)
Inadequate Opportunity to Judge
Each category of questions has a free-form comments field of up to 750 characters.
- Is a critical thinker and problem solver
- Is an analytical thinker
- Can synthesize information
- Is intellectually curious
- Constructs logical, cogent arguments
- Is highly motivated
- Shows empathy/compassion
- Has surmounted difficulties and obstacles
- Possesses practical judgment
- Shows initiative
- Demonstrates professionalism
Integrity and Honesty
- Behaves in accord with high ethical standards
- Is reliable
- Is trustworthy
- Is honest
- Communicates effectively in writing
- Writes persuasively
- Communicates well orally
- Is a thoughtful attentive listener
- Asks appropriate questions for information gathering
- Prioritizes well
- Has realistic objectives
- Fulfills commitments
- Manages work and time efficiently
Working with Others
- Respects other points of view
- Works well with people from different backgrounds
- Motivates others toward a common goal
- Is able to lead groups of people from different backgrounds
- Organizes and manages others well
- Demonstrates good judgment in leadership decisions
After answering all of the questions, evaluators will have an opportunity to enter free-form text of up to 3,000 characters. An evaluator who has also completed a letter of recommendation for a candidate often copies his or her letter to this section of the evaluation.
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