The stakes are high; of all the talented candidates in the applicant pool, they must give YOU a seat in the class. Yet a legal career requires strengths and abilities that are not easily measured by grades and test scores, which is where third-party reference letters come into play.
Some schools place great weight on the recommendations; others, not so much. It is very important that you have an honest conversation with the person who is asking for the recommendation.
This is admittedly a hard conversation to have, for you and for the student, but you are not doing the student any favors by sparing his or her feelings at this juncture.
Be straightforward and state clearly the reasons why you feel you cannot offer an enthusiastic recommendation. Often, students choose a potential recommender based more on title and perceived prestige than on how well the recommender knows the applicant.
This is a bad idea, and one that the Pre-Law Advising Office strongly counsels against. In particular, students in large lecture classes who have developed closer working relationships with graduate student teaching assistants than with the professor should be encouraged to seek a recommendation from the TA—the personal connection will come through in the letter and result in a far more compelling recommendation.
Tell the committee what the basis for your opinion is—what was the nature of the project, paper, or assignment that Sally completed which proved she had such great analytical reasoning skills?
It is especially important to emphasize those skills that will make the student a good law student: The corollary of the injunction to include as many specifics as possible is to avoid writing in generalities.
Because law schools do not generally offer personal interviews, they use the recommendations as well as some other written materials to really try to get an idea of who each applicant is.
Your additional input is very helpful in that regard. There is no prohibition on sharing a draft of your letter with the applicant. In fact, an applicant can often be helpful in reminding a recommender of something that might be missing, or in correcting any misinformation.
But you should not feel obligated to show the student the letter either. It is really a point of personal preference for each recommender. You will not need to write a separate letter for each law school. Law school letters of recommendation are now centralized.
LSAC will forward your letter to the schools the student applies to. If you have a strong connection to a particular law school—for example, you are an active alum, or have taught there—you can submit a specific letter to just that law school. Discuss with the student the specific procedures for this.
Please keep a copy of the letter until the student confirms that LSAC has received it, just in case there is a mix-up. One final note on timing: Open communication on this point works best for everyone.
Feel free to contact the Pre-Law Advisor by email or by phone at Let's say you want me to write a recommendation letter for graduate school.
Here is a helpful list of things you can prepare for me and your other references: A copy of your resume and perhaps of your transcript (the latter doesn't have to be official, it can just be a photocopy). Sample Graduate School Recommendation Letters Print The three sample recommendation letters that follow, which you can download by clicking on the link below, are effective because they detail what makes the students stand out as exceptional and because they paint individual pictures of each student.
The three sample recommendation letters that follow, which you can download by clicking on the link below, are effective because they detail what makes the students stand out as exceptional and because they paint individual pictures of each student.
How to Write a Letter of Recommendation for Business School Admissions Recommendation letters are often used by students during college admissions or by jobseekers seeking employment. Many colleges prefer that applicants supply at least two letters of recommendation . Dear Dr.
Jesson, I am writing the letter of recommendation to you to recommend Ernest Gould as your next High School Teacher. Ernest is a very versatile teach who was able to teach three separate subjects successfully in our district.
I’m writing to ask if you would be willing to write me a supportive letter of recommendation for my graduate school applications to the counselor education programs at the University of Maine, the University of Southern Maine, and the University of New Hampshire.