Requesting Recommendations

Law schools expect you to submit two or three letters of recommendation in support of your application. In addition to the letters, law schools now have the option of also requiring online evaluations through CAS.  Be sure to check the requirements of each of your schools.

Your recommendations should be from individuals who know you well. Start early identifying people you plan to ask to write on your behalf.  The best choices are usually professors who have had you in one or more classes, your academic advisor, and your internship and research mentors. Employers or research/internship supervisors can also make good recommenders for law school, especially if you have been working for a while since graduating.

If you have any questions about whom to ask to write your letters of recommendation, contact your pre-law advisor.

How to Ask for a Recommendation

  • Give your recommenders plenty of advance notice (4-6 weeks) when you request a reference.
  • Speak personally (in person or by phone) when you make your request, and always provide enough information to make it easy for your recommender to write a comprehensive letter for you.

Information to provide:

  • A copy of your resume and your transcript.
  • A list of the schools you are applying to.
  • The specific date by which they need to submit the letter.
  • It is sometimes helpful to remind professors what class and what semester they had you as a student.
  • It is appropriate to offer a little guidance to your recommender if there is a specific point you wish for him or her to address. For example, “I’d really appreciate it if you would make a point to comment on my writing abilities,” or, “I’ve asked you to write for me because you know about the leadership and community service roles I’ve had.”