What do law schools look for in a letter of recommendation?

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June 16, 2019 / By Bee
Question: I have a lot of professional experience and potential, but I hear that there is a set of certain things that law schools look for when they read letters of recommendation. Do they prefer past employers? Co-workers that you've had for many years? How much do letters of recommendation play into the choosing of a law school candidate?
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Admiranda Admiranda | 2 days ago
If you're still in college or recently out of college, then a lot of law schools would like to see at least one academic letter of recommendation. If you graduated 3-5+ years ago and don't have contact with any of your professors anymore, then you can send in all professional letters of recommendation. Law schools wouldn't expect you to keep in contact with your professors that long. Regarding professional LORs, you should choose someone of authority (boss, supervisor, manager), not a coworker. Ideally, this person would know you very well and be able to offer very specific and complimentary examples of why you'd be a good law student. If you have any doubt as to whether a person can write you a positive letter of recommendation, then either don't request one from this person or ask directly, "Would you feel comfortable writing me a positive letter of recommendation?" I know many applicants who only have professional LORs and this did not seem to hurt them at all in terms of admissions. Their cycles played out just as their numbers indicated they would. Obviously, a negative LOR is bad, but a lukewarm one isn't great, either. Most people go to professors they hardly know. The professor will write something, "Mary was an excellent student in my class. She turned in all her assignments on time and participated constructively in class. She's very intelligent and hardworking. She received an A in both of my classes. I recommend Mary for law school." LORs like this are so boring. Remember that 95% of LORs are "positive," so it's not enough that they be positive. The LOR above shows that the professor hardly knows Mary and is just regurgitating her report card and what little he gathered about her from class sessions and maybe a handful of meetings during office hours. Most students never get to know their professors well enough to get an outstanding and highly specific LOR. Writing a senior thesis or taking a seminar-style course can get you more intimately acquainted with a professor, though. This is all moot if you've already graduated. Sometimes recommenders have trouble coming up with specifics, so feel free to provide them a list of your job duties/accomplishments, as well as your skills and abilities. LORs aren't going to turn a reject into an acceptance, but if the law school is on the fence about you, they can make a difference. Admissions committees to read through them and can rely heavily on LORs and personal statements when there's doubt about the maturity or ability of the student.
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Admiranda Originally Answered: Should I mail a hard copy letter or send an email "thank you" to a professor for a letter of recommendation?
I've heard from enough professors about students who don't say thank you at all for letters, so certainly, either option is better than nothing, but I think the mailed letter is a particularly nice touch. A simple card saying thank you is definitely not at the brown nosing level. Also, make sure to keep the professor updated via email about your school acceptances as you get them. They might be useful in helping you make a decision about where would be best to go.
Admiranda Originally Answered: Should I mail a hard copy letter or send an email "thank you" to a professor for a letter of recommendation?
Writing a hard copy shows that you really appreciated it. An email seems kind of like a quick thought. It has to do with the human mind. You have to mail the letter though to show the most gratitude which is really what you want. If you pay for a stamp (or there's one on there) then you spent money on it meaning that you really thought of them even though it's only a few cents. Take some pysch. courses in Graduate school.

Tennyson Tennyson
The best letters will be full of specifics from someone who knows you very well. College professors are the best if you are a recent graduate. Otherwise your boss would be a good choice. I doubt law schools would take a coworker's recommendation all that seriously. They'll want to know about your contributions and your ethics. I personally wouldn't worry about rec letters unless you get a bad (or lukewarm) one. GPA and LSAT matter most of all, and a lot of schools will only look at the letters seriously if you're borderline. This is when having specific details from someone who really knows you helps a lot, but even a more generic letter won't be harmful. Richard Montauk covers some great examples in his book "How to Get Into the Top Law Schools." It's a (sometimes brutally) honest but 100% accurate look at law school admissions. His advice is dead on even if you're not aiming T20.
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Phinehas Phinehas
she actually sucks as a supervisor... I fairly have yet to fulfill a supervisor that has outright denied a letter of advice. is there every physique else you are able to ask to place in writing you the letter? like according to hazard a supervisor you had previously her (i spotted you mentioned you have labored for the enterprise for 2 years yet in basic terms labored for her for in basic terms certainly one of the two) or maybe going to the chief above her (if there is one) with the intention to get this resolved.
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Phinehas Originally Answered: Who should I ask for a letter of recommendation, and how should I ask him/her?
If you think your HS teacher would write the best letter of recommendation for you, I think you should ask her. Most people who are applying to bachelors programs have letters from their high school teachers, so I don't think that it will strike anyone looking at your application as being odd. You could ask for letters of recommendation in person or through email if you live far away or if it is really hard to find the person. Just tell them that you are applying to a four-year school and that you were wondering if they would be willing to write a letter of recommendation for you. You should ask at least 6 weeks ahead of time in order to give them plenty of time to write your letter for you. Make sure you give them a stamped envelope that is already addressed along with all the forms that they will need. That will make things easy for them and assure that your letter will get there on time. They are doing you a favor by writing these letters, so be extra nice!

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