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Although they’re not your GPA or LSAT score, letters of recommendation are still an important component of a law school application. Request these letters as early as possible; gathering them can take longer than you anticipate. One key to a glowing recommendation is not requesting it at the last minute.

Who should I ask for a letter?

The following is the gold standard of how many letters you should have and from whom: two academic letters and one letter from a supervisor. If you’re applying to attend law school right after your undergraduate studies, a letter from a supervisor is less important. But if you’re applying after working full time, application reviewers will expect a letter from a supervisor.  

In choosing your references, don’t select someone simply because of their title. Law schools are not impressed by, and in fact frown upon, generic letters from big-name academics, politicians, or CEOs. A teaching assistant who can support their praise of your intellectual capacity with examples from your thesis or a small seminar is preferable to the senator for whom you worked but with whom you rarely interacted.

The most effective letters of recommendation are from those who know you well enough to support their praise of your academic or professional achievements with specific examples. When requesting letters of recommendation, do not hesitate to tactfully remind professors or supervisors of those achievements. The Law School Admission Council also notes that “[l]etters that compare you to your academic peers are often the most useful.”

What should the references say?

Your accomplishments will determine the content of a letter of recommendation. A reference should not ask themselves “what do law schools want to hear?” but rather “what has this person done, specifically, that impressed me?” The letter should be based on the answer to the second question. In other words, the experiences should guide the praise, and not the other way around. For example, if you received good grades on writing assignments, the reference should praise your writing and discuss the assignment. If you gave a great presentation, the reference should praise your oral communication skills. This method of recommendation writing emphasizes anecdotes over vague, formulaic praise. 

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