Recommendation letters play an important role in the law school admissions process—and they’re also an application component that’s out of your control once an individual agrees to write one for you.
So, what can you do to help ensure your recommenders present you in the most favorable way? Here are six steps to help secure strong recommendation letters:
A few final suggestions for ensuring your letter writer is fully informed: Be specific about when the recommendation letter is due, remembering that it may take LSAC up to two weeks to process it. To avoid delays in sending, provide the recommender with the LSAC recommender form and a pre-addressed and stamped envelope.
Be sure that your recommender understands that they are writing one general letter that will go to all the law schools to which you are applying. If the person has a specific connection to one of the schools, be very clear that they will be writing both a general law school admissions letter and one school-specific letter.
Choose your recommenders wisely and do your best to provide them with everything they will need to write you the best recommendation letter.