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Letters of Recommendation for Law School FAQs


WHEN DO I NEED TO ASK FOR LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (LORs)?

  1. Law Schools will ask you to submit letters of recommendation as part of your application process.
  2. Be sure to give your recommendation writers ample time (at least a month) to write your letter. Keep in mind that you are probably not the only person asking your recommendation writer to write a letter, so ask early!

WHO SHOULD I ASK TO WRITE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION?

  1. Your recommenders should be a mix of people who have known you well in different contexts: a professor, employer, or someone who knew you in your capacity as a volunteer with a local organization. Law schools are generally clear about what kind of recommendation you should submit. (i.e. 2 Academic LOR’s).
  2. People who write your letters of recommendation should be willing to say very positive things about your skills and strengths. Be sure to ask your recommenders if they are comfortable writing you a positive letter of recommendation. Typically, three letters of recommendation are sufficient.

HOW SHOULD I ASK FOR LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION?

  1. If at all possible, you should make your request in person. Doing this will allow your recommender to ask clarifying questions and for you to make yet another personal connection with your recommender.
  2. If you are not able to make your request in person, it is appropriate to make your request by phone.
  3. It is always a good idea to stay in regular contact with your recommenders. You never know when you will need to call on them again!

HOW CAN I HELP MY RECOMMENDERS?

  1. Provide your resume and a description of the programs to which you are applying.
  2. For professors, give them copies or summaries of some of your best work from their class (especially if it has been a little while since you were in their class).
  3. Share the Core Skills and Abilities that Law Schools are seeking.
  4. Send them the Letter of Recommendation Form from your LSAC Credential Assembly Service Account. Note that you will not see the form until you input the names of your Recommenders.

SHOULD I FOLLOW UP WITH MY RECOMMENDERS?

Yes! You should definitely send your recommenders a thank you note — a written card is always nice and tends to be appreciated more than an email. Be sure to stay in touch with your recommenders so that you can request letters of recommendation from them in the future.

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