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Future JD Students

LSAC Evaluation Questions

Background Questions

Which of the following would best classify your relationship to this applicant?

  • Teacher/Instructor
  • Employer
  • Coworker
  • Friend
  • Family
  • Other

How long have you known this applicant?

  • Fewer than 6 months
  • 6–11 months
  • 1–2 years
  • 3–4 years
  • More than 4 years

When was the last time you interacted with this applicant?

  • The interaction is ongoing
  • Fewer than 6 months ago
  • 6–11 months ago
  • 1–2 years ago
  • More than 2 years ago

Evaluation Questions

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 is followed by a free-form comments field of up to 750 characters.

Intellectual Skill

  • Is a critical thinker and problem solver
  • Is an analytical thinker
  • Can synthesize information
  • Is intellectually curious
  • Constructs logical, cogent arguments

Personal Qualities

  • 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

Communication

  • Communicates effectively in writing
  • Writes persuasively
  • Communicates well orally
  • Is a thoughtful and attentive listener
  • Asks appropriate questions for information gathering

Task Management

  • 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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