Law schools generally require 2 to 3 letters of recommendation as part of your application.
These letters should highlight your academic strengths and your personal qualities that will contribute to your success as a law student and as a lawyer. Therefore, your letters should be written by professors or supervisors who are both in a position to evaluate your work and capable of expressing enthusiasm about your abilities.
Asking for a Letter of Recommendation
The following guidelines are provided to assist you in asking for a recommendation:
- Choose a reference who knows your academic work. Law schools need to know how well you read, write, research, analyze materials, communicate, and meet deadlines. Law schools will want to hear the recommender’s opinion of your ability to adjust to the rigors of law school.
- Make an appointment with your recommender to discuss your request. Explain your interest in law school and provide some of the materials listed in the next bullet point. Ask your recommender whether he or she knows you and your work well enough to write a quality recommendation for you. Respect that the recommender may not have the time or may not know you well enough to provide the type of recommendation you need.
- Provide your recommender with specific information. This might include a copy of your transcript, a personal résumé that lists academic distinctions and accomplishments, and a copy of your personal statement or an explanation of why you want to attend law school. You may also wish to provide your grade point average, LSAT score, a list of other activities (such as student employment, internships, clubs, etc.), and a list of courses you have taken so that the recommender can indicate what grades you earned and any outstanding work you did for the class (possibly including exams, assignments, and papers). Any or all of these materials will help ensure that the letter writer can prepare a more meaningful recommendation, particularly if time has elapsed since your original contact.
- Respect your recommender's schedule. Allow him or her sufficient time to respond to your request; at least 4 weeks is recommended.
Submitting Your Letters of Recommendation
Your letters of recommendation will be incorporated along with your LSAT score and transcripts into your Law School Report. After your letter writers have agreed to write the recommendation, set up your Credential Assembly Service account with the LSAC. After you enter the information for your recommender (such as office address and email), click on the "Email" button and the system will generate an email to your recommender prompting him/her to set up a recommender account and upload your letter.
The LSAC provides detailed information about the letter of recommendation process on its website.