Most law schools require 2-3 letters of recommendation, but be sure to check each school’s requirement.
How do I prepare for finding a recommender?
If you’re a student, it is important to begin cultivating relationships with your professors and employers early. Built meaningful, genuine relationships with them that enable these individuals in your life to see your character, work ethic and personality. Knowing all of these things will help these potential recommenders with the ability to easily attest to all of these aspects of you, the applicant.
How to cultivate a genuine relationship with one of your academic professors? Many students try to take multiple courses with the same professor, attend their office hours for additional help and assistance regarding class material and perhaps even volunteering to help them with research.
Whom should I ask for a letter of recommendation?
If you’re still in school, your strongest letters will likely come from professors, who are in a position to evaluate your academic performance and your potential for law school. Law schools prefer seeing academic recommenders for recent students (some law schools even require academic letters of recommendation – another reason to verify their requirements prior to finding recommenders).
If you are no longer in school and are working, your strongest letters will likely come from supervisors, professional colleagues, or mentors, who can share their knowledge of you and evaluate your potential in a professional setting.
DO NOT obtain letters of recommendation from relatives or famous strangers.
What documents should I give my references?
Your letters of recommendation should be sent to the LSAC, which will include them in your CAS report to schools. Make this process as easy as possible for your references! Providing the items in a letter packet will facilitate the process, making it easier for your references to write your letters and avoid delays.
Your letter packet should include:
- Instructions for submitting either online or hard copy. Be sure to include the deadline (at least four weeks before you need the letter).
- Recommendation form, downloaded from LSAC.org and signed by the applicant.
- Your Personal statement and your resume, including a clear statement of your intent to go to law school.
- A list of courses you have taken from the reference, including grades you recieved and examples of work you completed (copies of term papers, essays, tests).
- Your transcripts (unofficial copies are fine).
- A stamped envelope addressed to the LSAC.
Thank your references for writing a recommendation
After your reference has submitted your letter of recommendation, be sure to write a thank you note to show your appreciation.