Laura Julia Shappirona
Letters of recommendations?
How should I approach letters of recommendations and who should I ask to write them?
- anonymous alum Hi Laura, the best recommenders will be professors who know your work well and also hopefully know you well. Did you write an honors thesis or do an independent project with a professor? Do you have an adviser in your major? If neither of those, you likely have a professor from whom you have taken and excelled in two or more classes. Make sure you ask first if they are willing to write you a positive letter. They will tell you if they aren't. And then give them plenty of lead time so they have time to write the letter. Provide them with your resume, a draft of your personal statement, and if possible, talk with them about why you want to go to law school. All those things will help yield a strong and specific letter of rec.
- Jennie Rothman expert As always, @christina.taber-kewene 's advice is spot-on. One more thing to remember: pick a recommender based on how well they know you, not the prominence of their name. So, if you took a large lecture class with a very prominent prof, don't choose her to write a letter of recommendation just because her name will be recognized. If she doesn't know you and your work well, her letter of rec won't be strong and specific enough to bolster your application. Instead, choose a professor who knows you and your work well, even if she isn't famous. A detailed rec laying out the ways in which you shine as a student will be of much greater value than a vague rec that could describe just about any student from a large lecture class. Best of luck!