Letters of Recommendation
Most law schools require 2-3 letters of recommendation, but be sure to check each school’s requirement.
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.
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 people.
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.