4. Get recommendations in early: "I would pick the date by which you plan to submit your application and go a month before that for your recommendation," says Ivey. For letter writers submitting by mail, it can take two weeks for the Law School Admission Council to process the letter, Ivey says.
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5. Select references who can write about specific qualities: A letter from a congressman or judge may not have much weight if it's evident that the writer doesn't know the applicant well.
"It becomes an empty letter of recommendation," says Cevallos. "It's a missed opportunity for the student."
Ivey says it's important that the person writing the letter is able to speak candidly about the candidate.
"What matters is the substance of the letter," she says. "The ones that really made a difference were the ones that were specific and gave examples to support their opinion of the applicant."
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