In general, law schools often require letters of recommendation as a part of the application process. Many law schools require between 2-3 letters of recommendation; however, it is important to check with each law school’s requirements. Strong letters of recommendation usually come from academic professors or direct supervisors, who are able to explain your academic achievements, skills, and professional accomplishments. In general, an impactful letter of recommendation will address these four things:

  1. A brief introduction outlining how the writer knows the candidate/student; this helps provide context for the reviewer.
  2. Specific information regarding the skills pertinent to being successful in law school, i.e. research skills, reading comprehension skills, analytical reasoning, etc.
  3. Highlight attributes that you believe will help the student be a successful law student. i.e. leadership skills, ability to work in groups and work independently, etc.
  4. Identify the course(s) the student took, how the student performed and any progress you believe the student made in the time you worked together. (Tracy Simmons, Assistant Dean, Admissions, McGeorge School of Law).

Below are some common questions to help with this part of your application.