Requesting a letter of recommendation

Requesting a Letter of Recommendation

Requesting a letter of recommendation

A letter of recommendation is a key component of a law school application and gives an applicant the chance to show their aptitude from the point of view of a trusted professor or colleague. A successful letter of recommendation will showcase an applicant’s academic and personal strengths and will speak to the qualities that make the applicant stand out.

In asking a professor or colleague to write a letter on an applicant’s behalf, it’s helpful to offer guidance on writing the letter to make it especially persuasive. Applicants should supply to their recommenders a transcript, their LSAT score, a resume, a personal statement, and an academic summary so that letter writers have a full picture of the applicant.

Read a sample letter of recommendation request.

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