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Letters of Recommendation

Most law schools will require letters of recommendation. You can have your confidential recommendation letters sent to CAS to be copied and distributed to the law schools of your choosing.

 Schools may specify number and type of recommendations, but generally 2-3 letters are appropriate. The most effective letters are those from professors who can make detailed and objective comments on your academic work, personal achievements, and potential for rigorous graduate study. Other useful letters could be from employers, internship and research supervisors, or administrators with whom you've had a close working relationship. It is best to think of these as letters of evaluation. Only people who have been in a position to evaluate you and your work are appropriate. Family friends with impressive titles are not the best choice, and your friends or family members are completely inappropriate as recommenders and should never be used.

 When approaching potential faculty recommenders, provide them with additional information to assist them in writing your letters. Reestablish personal contact, perhaps provide a sample of your work from the class, a resume, and a transcript. Choose recommenders who know you very well, who can cite specific examples of achievements and traits observed, and who can strongly support your application.

 During fall 2010 LSAC introduced an electronic Evaluation option to serve as a supplement to, or replacement for, Letters of Recommendation. THESE WILL BE DISCONTINUED IN 2016, but some schools may accept them for the 2015-2016 cycle. The Evaluation asks your recommender to rate you on various attributes and also asks for written comments. The Evaluation is generally meant to replace a letter of recommendation, so you shouldn’t have an evaluation and a letter from the same person going to one school, but this should be clarified with each school

Last Updated: 1/24/17