Letters of Recommendation ("LORs") allow a third party to speak to the law school on your behalf. There are two main points to consider when selecting people to write your LORs:
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The credibility of the writer is paramount. This doesn't mean you should pick the senator that is golfing buddies with your father's second cousin. This means that the writer needs to be in a position to evaluate either your academic or professional performance.
The writer must establish the following in order to be credible:
LORs need to share examples of your skills and abilities. The law schools want to know about your writing ability, problem solving ability, communication skills, leadership, and work habits. The people who can best speak to these things:
Never pick the person to write the letter based on their title at the expense of someone who knows you better and can provide more meaningful insight into your accomplishments. Make sure the person can list examples of projects you completed at levels above expectation, and ways you contributed meaningfully to the class or team.
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Once you've selected the right people (two to four individuals) to write LORs on your behalf, make sure to ask them in a professional way that makes it easy for the recommender to write a meaningful letter. Some tips:
Ask the person to submit the letter to LSAC two weeks before you plan to apply to law school, and mark it in your calendar to follow up if the letter is not posted on LSAC by that time.
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