Law School - Dean's Appraisal

What is a Dean's Appraisal?
Where can I get a Dean's Appraisal?
Who prepares the Dean's Appraisal? What if I don't know the Dean?

What is a Dean's Appraisal?

Some schools require a Dean's Appraisal, sometimes called a "Dean's Letter" or a "Letter of good standing." It is a form provided by your undergraduate institution(s) that provides information on the conferral of your degree and any disciplinary records. Only provide Dean's Appraisals to law schools that specifically request them.

Where can I get a Dean's Appraisal?

At Cal, Dean's Appraisals are prepared by the Office of the Registrar that provides a request form (PDF) for Dean's Appraisals. You will need to print out and complete the request form and walk it over or mail it to the Office of the Registrar at 120 Sproul Hall. In addition, you will need to provide a pre-addressed, stamped envelope for each appraisal requested.

At other colleges or universities, different offices may prepare the Dean's Appraisal, such as the Dean of Students office. If Dean's Appraisals are required from all undergraduate institutions you attended, you will need to contact each of your colleges or universities to find out who prepares their Deans' Appraisals.

Who prepares the Dean's Appraisal? What if I don't know the Dean?

Dean's Letters are prepared by the Office of the Registrar's staff and are signed by Walter Wong, Registrar, UCB. The Dean's Letter is a form letter, not a letter of recommendation. So, the person who signs the form need not know you.

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